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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.

1:45 PM
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.

2:00 PM
The Oz Film Manufacturing Company – 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.

3:00 PM
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.

4:00 PM
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!
5:00 PM
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.

6:00 PM
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.)

7:00 PM
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.

8:00 PM
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

Friday Close

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.

10:00 AM
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!

10:30 AM
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 :-)

12 PM
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

1:30 PM
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 more to be confirmed.

2:30 PM
MGM’s Special Effects Magic and behind the scenes– Zoom (Live)
Robert Welch, co-editor of The Wizard of MGM, is joined by
Scott Brogan of the fabulous The Judy Room. They discuss and
reveals how Robert’s grandfather A. Arnold “Buddy” Gillespie
and his special-effects department behind the scenes and all
things that brought the magic of Oz to movie screens in the
1939 The Wizard of Oz.

3:30 PM
Ask the Flowers to Tell You. (Live Interactive)
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.

4:00 PM
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.

5:00 PM
A Barnstormer in Oz: A Bumpy Ride? – Zoom (Live)
Lead by Erica Olivera and Mikey Dee, panelists 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

7:00 PM
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 Man, 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.)

8:00 PM
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.

9:00 PM
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.

10:00 AM
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.

11:00 AM
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 Clubs’s journal of Oz
scholarship, criticism, reviews, and news.

12:00 NOON
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.

1:00 PM
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.

2:00 PM
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.

Close

Program and guests subject to change.

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