Scattered stuff from a native New Yorker, disorganized former English Major, film buff, haiku enthusiast, semi-professional photographer and totally amateur fencer.

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"There is no place like home"

In the 6th Oz Book “The Emerald City of Oz” (which Baum originally wrote as the finale to the series), Dorothy moves to Oz permanently (along with Toto, Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, of course). It’s also more than suggested it was just her aunt and uncle’s love of their farm (which eventually went under) that stopped her from taking that step earlier.

Mostly thanks to the 1938 movie and the fact that few people have gone beyond that (indeed the MGM film informs the new Disney “Wizard” Oz one more than Baum’s source material) think that Oz is all a “dream” and Dorothy’s greatest wish was to get back “home” to Kansas, where she was happy. 

But that isn’t the journey Dorothy takes in the books. What she really wants to get back to is Aunt Em and Uncle Henry because they are her “home”, not Kansas persay. Uncle Henry even comments that upon her initial return from Oz she is NOT the same Dorothy and becomes more of a dreamer with a far-away look, as if she is searching for something.

Dorothy is a character in all the Oz books, save the second (which introduced Ozma). She was brought back, by Baum’s own admission, because the children who read the first book demanded it. From book 3 on till Dorothy found herself returning to Oz, each by different ways as if some unnatural force was always pulling her back there.

When she knows she can bring her Aunt and Uncle with her (and they agree to go) she does not hesitate to go to Oz and in the future books she never looks back. There is no yearning for Kansas. Home is where Ozma is. Where the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, Billina the Hen, the Hungry Tiger and ultimately Toto, Aunt Em and Uncle Henry reside. Later in a post-Baum book, The Lost King of Oz, Dorothy returns to the real world (Hollywood, CA to be exact) and finds herself rapidly aging to her 20s (her actual linear age) instead of a perpetual 12 year old and her greatest urge is once again to return home and to her old self. “There’s No Place Like Home” turned out to be Oz after all. It just took her awhile to realize that.

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maximiliani:

PING! PING! PING!

The third and fourth pages of Fsbot’s Cassandra Cain versus Scarecrow mini comic colored by myself. Last we left her, she’s been gassed with Fear toxin! Not one-hundred percent done, but almost? Let me know what you think! First two colored pages of short comic here. Click above picture for HQ.

Fsbot:

Here are the scenes in clockwise order, starting from the bottom left:

-Cassandra’s first kill as a child and when she first understood death. She killed the man by digging her fingers into his neck and ripping out his throat.

-The “death” of Stephanie Brown.

-Lady Shiva. This was a little difficult, because there’s no official look for Shiva. She used to be white, now she’s asian. Her hair changes and she has no official outfit.

-Deathstroke with the drug he used to manipulate Cass.

-Evil Cass, killing some poor lady

-Abandonment issues.

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slothchild:

fsbot:

Pages 3 and 4 of the Cass/Scarecrow Comic, after Cassandra inhaled some fear gas.

For elaborate, here are the scenes in clockwise order, starting from the bottom left:

-Cassandra’s first kill as a child and when she first understood death. She killed the man by digging her fingers into his neck and ripping out his throat.

-The death of Stephanie Brown.

-Lady Shiva. This was a little difficult, because there’s no official look for Shiva. She used to be white, now she’s asian. Her hair changes and she has no official outfit.

-Deathstroke with the drug he used to manipulate Cass.

-Evil Cass, killing some poor lady

-Abandonment issues.

Ohmygod this is heartbreakingly lovely ;~; <3

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fsbot:

The first two pages of a 6-page comic of Cassandra Cain vs. The Scarecrow.

This was an incredibly fun piece to draw. Not so much to ink.

And I’m sure most of you recognize this rendition of Scarecrow. I like my Scarecrow competent and truly terrifying, not a big-nosed nobody who’s dependent on his fear gas for everything.

 This looks awesome.

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