October 5th, 2008

Tinman has heart

the Oz Squad

I have mixed feelings about this comic book series, which I believe dates back to the 80's:


The Oz Squad is the story of what happens when Oz opens diplomatic relations with another world -- Earth. It's violent, dark, and shows a grown up Dorothy and Ozma.

Now, I tend to be an Oz purist (Dorothy is blonde, dammit!), but I'm okay with reimaginings, such as the excellent "Wicked", and I'm not bothered by adult themes inserted into this world, either. I'm also okay with the idea of the kids, such as Dorothy and Ozma, being mentally and emotionally grown up, although for some reason the idea of them being physically adults as in this series bothers me.

Bottom line: It's not the traditional Oz characters, and it's definitely not a kid's comic book. Still, it's nice to see some favorites from the books (even if some of them are homicidal maniacs!), it's fast paced, and it's a fun ride.

(It also makes me that much more antsy to someday write an Oz tale of my own.)
Veronica Mars types on a Mac

Writer's Block: United Nations World Teachers Day

In recognition of United Nations World Teachers Day, let us reflect on the subjects we hated most in school but must now grudgingly admit were useful. What subject will today’s students find most useful when they’re older?

Typing. (These days it's called keyboarding). It's the skill I've used most and found most useful (except for reading, of course). Some other classes might have been more useful, if I'd paid attention.

In the almost three decades since I took the class, I've needed algebra exactly once -- and I didn't remember it.