Joshua Patrick Dudley, author of the Lost in Oz trilogy, has announced that his stories of Oz are going graphic! A new, five-issue comic series has begun production, with artwork by Benjamin Kissell. Following the success of many Oz-inspired comics, Dudley hopes to bring a new twist to the genre, while remaining faithful to the original stories by L. Frank Baum.
The stories follow modern teenagers who make their own history in Oz after destroying the original story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, simply by existing in it. A prophecy is revealed for the group and the future looks grim. The teens must find a way to fulfill or derail their prophecy, while trying to return Oz to its proper state of being. Famous Oz characters are in abundance and include Dorothy Gale, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman, Lion, The Wizard of Oz, Jack Pumpkinhead, Scraps – The Patchwork Girl of Oz, and, of course, the Wicked Witch of the West.
Dudley and Kissell are working closely with one another, searching for the perfect look for Oz and its citizens. The characters are based on the work of the original illustrators of Oz, W.W. Denslow and John R. Neill, but Kissell is adding his own genius to the art, as well. The pair met through the popular social network, Facebook, and work with each other mostly by email.
Dudley currently resides in New Hampshire, where he has just finished writing the third installment of the trilogy, Temple of the Deadly Desert. He has loved Oz since he was a child, and has spent the last three years traveling the country, promoting his work and his passion for Oz. Kissell is from Virginia, and is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. Samples of some of his test-art for the series can be found at the book’s official website, www.LostinOzBook.com.
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Lost in Oz
by Joshua Patrick Dudley, 2007, Lulu Publishing, 155p, ISBN: 978-1-4303-1278-9
Lost in Oz: Rise of the Dark Wizard
by Joshua Patrick Dudley, 2008, Lulu Publishing, 203p, ISBN: 978-0-615-18871-3
Lost in Oz: Temple of the Deadly Desert
by Joshua Patrick Dudley, 2011, Lulu Publishing, 295p, ISBN: (TBA)