Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Wondrous Wizard

“A Wondrous Wizard” is now available over at my #CafePress Shop: (

Unseen for most of the novel, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the ruler of the Land of Oz and highly venerated by his subjects. Believing he is the only man capable of solving their problems, Dorothy Gale and her friends travel to the Emerald City, the capital of Oz, to meet him. Although the Wizard is very reluctant to meet them, they are all eventually granted an audience. He meets them separately, and appears to each in a different form; once as a giant head, once as a beautiful fairy, once as ball of fire, and once as a horrible monster.

Oz Fact: The Wizard’s real name is Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs.

Artist's Personal Note: This Wonderful Wizard of Oz’s appearance is a departure from his description in the Baum’s novels, as well as from his appearance in the 1939 MGM film. Inspired by the iconic and traditional image of fantasy wizards, artist Roberto Mendoza creates an Emerald City Sophisticate like no other. The Wizard’s regal turban is in actuality a hot air balloon, and the pattern decorating his robe is a stylized crown / jester’s hat.

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