Schedule for Virtual OzCon 2021
Friday, July 16th – Sunday, July 18th
OzCon will be virtual again this year due to COVID-19! Our programming will spread over three days. Friday will be pre-recorded content on YouTube, Saturday will be live 10am–10pm, and we will close on Sunday with more pre-recorded content on YouTube. We hope this schedule will give regulars and newcomers alike the flavor of a full OzCon.
We are hopeful that the progress of vaccinations and the gradual safe reopening of public events will mean next year we can return to a face-to-face event in California.
On the Zoom platform, we will be presenting several live events throughout Saturday morning, afternoon, and evening. You will need to register for OzCon 2021 to receive the unique access link for those transmissions. Please join us and share your thoughts in the chat channels. We will also record those events for later use on YouTube.
On OzCon’s YouTube channel, The OzConnection, we will release a series of videos exploring different aspects of Oz. For many of those videos, you will need to be registered for OzCon 2021 to receive the unique access link. All those videos will remain available for a week after OzCon. Some will stay up for longer, and we plan to add more. Please share your comments and join in the OzConversation on OzCon’s Facebook page and The OzConnection Facebook and discussion group.
All times below are Pacific Time.
Friday, July 16th
All programming for Friday is pre-recorded and hosted on YouTube at The OzConnection. You will need to register to receive the links on that Friday.
Welcome to Virtual OzCon – YouTube, The OzConnection channel (Link Provided to registrants by email)
Chair Colin Ayres and co-chair Erica Olivera welcome you to OzCon 2021 and talk through the schedule.
Hollywood Baum – YouTube, The OzConnection channel (Link Provided to registrants by email)
Video presentation by Nate Barlow. Baum’s arrival in Los Angeles coincided with the blossoming of the Hollywood film industry, so it was only a matter of time before the lifelong lover of the stage would birth the Oz Film Manufacturing Company. Although ultimately unsuccessful, the Oz Film Company was one of the earliest and most innovative Hollywood film studios.
Restoring The Magic Cloak of Oz – YouTube, The OzConnection channel (Link Provided to registrants by email)
The butchery of the Oz Film Manufacturing Company’s The Magic Cloak of Oz is well documented. What has survived through the decades is a far cry from Baum’s vision, a truncated version of the eventual National Film Corporation of America release of the film. This video is a proof-of-concept of what a possible restoration might entail, edited by Nate Barlow. An existing video transfer has been upscaled with previously lost footage inserted, all intertitles recreated to match the Oz Film Company’s style seen in the lost footage, and main titles redone based on the design of those from The Patchwork Girl of Oz. Since a proper restoration would involve a new high-resolution transfer from original elements, dust and scratches have not been repaired and there has been no attempt to normalize contrast, but the worst shots have been image-stabilized for smoother watching.
Crypto-Oz-ology, Part 1– YouTube, The OzConnection channel (Episode 1Available to all)
Who wants to hear a story? How about six? Listen to The Little Wizard Stories as read by five different narrators and hosted by Crypto-Oz-ology’s storyteller, Erica Olivera. Lose yourself in six classic short stories written by L. Frank Baum that take place around the Land of Oz and feature familiar characters that we all know and love.
• L. Frank Baum’s “The Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger,” read by Erica Olivera Presented with dynamic illustrations by John R. Neill. Video edited by Sam Milazzo.
• L. Frank Baum’s “Little Dorothy and Toto,” read by Sam Milazzo. Presented with dynamic illustrations by John R. Neill. Video edited by Sam Milazzo.
• L. Frank Baum’s “Tik-Tok and the Nome King,” read by Justin Peavey. Presented with dynamic illustrations by John R. Neill. Video edited by Sam Milazzo.
Toto of Oz – YouTube, The OzConnection channel (Link Provided to registrants by email)
Sam Milazzo leads a panel discussion with Ryan Jay, J. L. Bell, Jay Davis, and OzRoy Chase about Dorothy’s loyal canine companion Toto, the role he plays in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and how his appearances (and appearance!) differ in the later books. Our special guest is Ryan Jay’s own little Toto!
Discover – Down the Yellow Brick Pod – YouTube, The OzConnection channel (Available to all)
If you have not discovered the delightful Down the Yellow Brick Pod then you’re missing out on an Oz load of rainbow fun. Sample the magical delights of Tara and EmKay’s podcast and Patreon Ozzy creative content.
The International Wizard of Oz Club – YouTube, The OzConnection channel (Link Provided to registrants by email)
Jane Albright, President of the International Wizard of Oz Club, discusses what it means to be a member of the club, which has now been promoting the study and love of Oz for almost two-thirds of a century.
How to Spot First Editions with the Wonderful Books of Oz – YouTube, The OzConnection channel (Available to all)
Cindy Ragni, proprietor of WonderfulBooksofOz.com (an official sponsor of OzCon), chats with OzCon chair Colin Ayres about how to identify true first editions to add to your Oz book collection.
Use discount code: OZCON2021 at www.wonderfulbooksofoz.com for $10 off $40 min order, thru end of 2021, one use per customer.
Going Back to Oogaboo – YouTube, The OzConnection channel (Link Provided to registrants by email)
Join Erica Olivera as she interviews Karyl Carlson and Eric Gjovaag, co-authors of the fan-favorite novel Queen Ann of Oz, first published in 1993. Hear them talk about how they met, where their ideas came from, and how they collaborated by mail in the pre-Internet era. (The expanded edition of Queen Ann of Oz is available on Lulu.com.)
Marvel Oz – YouTube, The OzConnection channel (Link Provided to registrants by email)
Eric Shanower and Skottie Young discuss with Colin Ayres their journey to Marvel’s highly successful comic-book series, which grew from L. Frank Baum’s first six Oz books, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz through The Emerald City of Oz. These graphic novels became popular among many Oz fans and brought new readers into the fold with Skottie Young’s fresh visual take and Eric Shanower’s expert adaptation of Baum’s text.
The Wonders of Oz – Part 1- YouTube, The OzConnection channel (Link Provided to registrants by email July 16)
The first of a series of three documentaries exploring the origins of Oz and how it became the cultural phenomenon we love today. This episode looks into the life of L. Frank Baum and how he came to write the original Oz books. Produced and Edited by Jay Davis narrated by OzRoy Chase
Saturday, July 17th
Most of Saturday’s programming is live on Zoom. You will need to register for OzCon 2021 to receive the access link that Saturday.
OzCon Live Welcome – Zoom (Live)
Join Chair Colin Ayres and Co-Chair Erica Olivera for a welcome to OzCon, whether it’s your first time or your 57th time!
Down the Yellow Brick Pod Live – Zoom (Live)
Join good witch trouble Tara and EmKay from Down the Yellow Brick Pod in a recap of their recent deep dive into MGM's Oz for Hollywoodland trivia, musical sing-a-longs, and community connection aka Oz Church! Heart and courage required, brains less essential :-)
Matilda Joslyn Gage’s Influence on L. Frank Baum – Zoom (Live)
OzCon’s Dina Massachi moderates a discussion with biographer Angelica Carpenter and Baum descendant Gita Morena on how radical suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage, mother-in-law to the creator and royal historian of Oz, influenced his life and work.
1 PM Lunch Break
Ruth Plumly Thompson, Second Royal Historian of Oz – Zoom (Live)
OzCon observes the hundredth anniversary of the publication of The Royal Book of Oz, initially credited to L Frank Baum but completely written by new young Oz author Ruth Plumly Thompson. She would go on to write even more Oz novels than he did, with a total of nineteen for Reilly & Lee plus two more for the International Wizard of Oz Club. J. L. Bell moderates a panel with Atticus Gannaway, Eric Shanower, Erica Olivera and Mari Ness.
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)- Pulling Back the Curtain - Zoom (Live)
Scott Brogan and Robert Welch reveal behind the scenes, special effects and hidden details that brought all the magic of Oz to movie screens in 1939. From flying monkeys to the secrets of the Winkie spire, the culmination of this historical (hysterical) duo will showcase the best of the behind the scenes imagery, prop wizardry, and technology.
Ask the Flowers to Tell You. Zoom (Live)
Ready for some Ozzy live piano music? Oz content creator and YouTuber The LA Quadling returns to OzCon tinkling the ivories live with Ask the Flowers to Tell You, from L Frank Baum’s 1913 The Tik Tok Man of Oz stage musical. Followed by a talk on learning to play this historic Oz piece of musical theatre.
The OzCon History and OzCon 2022– Zoom (Live)
Eric Gjovaag moderates a panel on the long history of OzCon, including its early decades as the Winkie Convention, featuring past organizers Peter Hanff and Marc Lewis and more. Then Colin Ayres and Erica Olivera look ahead to talk about OzCon 2022 and the planned return to an in-person convention in Pomona.
A Barnstormer in Oz: A Bumpy Ride? – Zoom (Live)
Lead by Erica Olivera and Mikey Dee, panellists Caitlin Masters, Colin Ayres, and David Maxine discuss A Barnstormer in Oz by Philip Jose Farmer, the first extra-canonical Oz book from a major publisher. Listen as the panel talks about themes of technology vs. magic, societal and political duties, and right vs. wrong. Like the book itself, this panel will include adult content that may not be appropriate for all audiences.
6:00 PM Dinner Break
OzConnect Live! – Zoom (Live)
Join hosts Colin Ayres, Erica Olivera, and OzRoy Chase for a special edition of OzConnect live on Zoom! They will be joined by special guests Aron Toman, creator and cast member of podcast series The Chronicles of Oz, and Oz author Kris Silva discussing their upcoming book Straw Song, featuring the Scarecrow. Stay afterwards at 7:45 PM for a 15-minute Q&A with the hosts of the show you all know from YouTube! (Chronicles of Oz can be heard wherever you listen to podcasts. Find some of Kris Silva’s other novels on Amazon.)
Tik-Tok People – Zoom (Live)
L. Frank Baum's 1913 stage musical The Tik-Tok Man of Oz should have smashed Broadway records. Instead, after a strong start, it ticked along for months until it ran down without much notice. Who were the men and women who struggled to keep The Tik-Tok Man of Oz wound up? Eric Shanower introduces the personalities who kept the clockwork going as long as they could.
The OzCon Quiz - Zoom (Live)
With Ozzy Quiz Master Erica Olivera ensure you have your Kahoot App downloaded on your Smart Phone to take part.
Closing Remarks and Online After-Party – Zoom (Live interactive)
Join us for a drink at the OzCon after-party. (Bring your own drink!) Let’s kick back and chat about Oz online together to finish the evening.
Sunday, July 18th
All programming for Sunday is pre-recorded and hosted on YouTube The OzConnection. You will need to register to receive the links on that Friday.
1910 “Wizard of Oz” Silent Film Commentary – YouTube, The OzConnection channel (Link Provided to registrants by email)
Colin Ayres and Erica Olivera offer witty and informative commentary on the short silent film “The Wizard of Oz” from 1910, the first movie adaptation ever made of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and that’s just from listening to the hosts.
Exploring Oz with Paul Dana – YouTube, The OzConnection channel (Link Provided to registrants by email)
Erica Olivera chats with author Paul Dana in this audio only interview. Listen as they discuss Paul’s writing process, why he loves Oz, and all about his book series featuring Button Bright and Ojo. Dana is the author of The Law of Oz and Other Stories, The Magic Umbrella of Oz, The Yookoohoos of Oz, and Immortal Longings of Oz, all available on Lulu.com.
My Mother Was a Royal Historian of Oz – YouTube, The OzConnection channel (Link Provided to registrants by email)
Robert Payes talks with Erica Olivera about his mother, Rachel Cosgrove Payes, author of The Hidden Valley of Oz, The Wicked Witch of Oz, and many non-Oz novels. They discuss what Rachel Payes was like and what she left behind, her influences and a few funny stories. Robert Payes is a musician, writer, and photographer living in New York City; like his mother, he enjoys a good sci-fi story.
Sounding The Baum Bugle – YouTube, The OzConnection channel (Link Provided to registrants by email)
Former Oziana editor J. L. Bell interviews current Baum Bugle editor Sarah Crotzer on the latest and future developments of the International Wizard of Oz Club’s journal of Oz scholarship, criticism, reviews, and news.
Vlogs, pods, and Oz Talk, oh my! – YouTube, The OzConnection channel (Link Provided to registrants by email)
The wonderful world of Oz conventions and events around America had to pivot in 2020 and 2021 due to the global pandemic. One result has been a burst of Oz activity online. Several leading content creators discuss this new journey and what it means for the future of Oz events and fandom. Moderated by Colin Ayres, the discussion includes Ryan Jay, Tori Calamito, The La Quadling, Jay Davis, and Justin Peavey.
Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist – YouTube, The OzConnection channel
In her book Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist, Angelica Shirley Carpenter describes the life of an author, leader, and organizer for the first fifty years of the women’s movement. Unlike her colleagues Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Gage believed in equal rights for all, regardless of race, sex, or class. After Gage died in 1898, her so-called friends wrote her out of history. OzCon Chair Colin Ayres with Angelica about her thoroughly researched writing on just how ahead of her time Matilda was.
Crypto-Oz-ology, Part 2– YouTube, The OzConnection channel (Available to all)
Who wants to hear a story? How about six? Listen to The Little Wizard Stories as read by six different narrators and hosted by Crypto-Oz-ology’s storyteller, Erica Olivera. Lose yourself in six classic short stories written by L. Frank Baum that take place around the Land of Oz and feature familiar characters that we all know and love.
• L. Frank Baum’s “Ozma and the Little Wizard,” read by Erica Olivera. Presented with dynamic illustrations by John R. Neill. Video edited by Sam Milazzo.
• L. Frank Baum’s “Jack Pumpkinhead and the Sawhorse,” read by Colin Ayres. Presented with dynamic illustrations by John R. Neill. Video edited by Sam Milazzo.
• L. Frank Baum’s “The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman,” read by OzRoy Chase. Presented with dynamic illustrations by John R. Neill. Video edited by Sam Milazzo.
A Stroll Through Baum’s Hollywood YouTube, The OzConnection channel (Link Provided to registrants by email)
Hollywood historian Bill Graff turns back the clock and reveals the town that L. Frank Baum knew.
Program and guests subject to change.