Peter Hanff became passionate about Oz when he was three and was becoming a serious collector by the time he was in junior high school in Los Angeles. By his second year at university, he won first prize in the first annual book collection contest at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and that same year, with his parents, hosted the first Winkie Convention of Oz enthusiasts at their home in the San Fernando Valley, aided and abetted by Professor C. Warren Hollister, Judy Pike, and Blake Maxam. He has spent many years studying the Oz books, their history, and their authors and illustrators. In 1976, with Douglas G. Greene, he was coauthor of Bibliographia Oziana, and in 2011 he published Cyclone on the Prairies, a history of the creation of the magnificent first edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He has served a total of eighteen years as President of The International Wizard of Oz Club, and continues to serve as Bibliography Editor of the Club's journal, The Baum Bugle.
Dina Schiff Massachi
Dina Schiff Massachi received her B.A. in English Education from Ithaca College and her M.A. in English, with a concentration in children’s literature, at UNC Charlotte. She has written and presented numerous academic essays on Baum’s Oz and its various adaptations. Currently, Dina lectures UNC Charlotte's English and American Studies departments; one of her favorite classes is a course on The Wizard of Oz.
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Cartoonist Eric Shanower is currently at work on Age of Bronze, his comics adaptation of the Trojan War legends. He also produced a series of five graphic novels telling new tales based on the Oz series, in addition to writing graphic novel adaptations of the first six of L. Frank Baum's Oz books for Marvel Comics. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with his partner, David Maxine, and their cat, Pyrzqxgl. This year, Eric published All Wound Up, the history of L. Frank Baum's The Tik-Tok Man of Oz, a musical OzCon hosted a one-night revival of in 2014, which Eric produced.
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