Roger Stanton Baum is a best-selling children's book author and the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum, creator of the original Oz book series. He has appeared as a guest on Today on NBC as well as Showbiz Today on CNN. Roger has followed in the hallowed footsteps of his ancestor by creating fourteen books to date about the magical Land of Oz. One of his titles, “Lion of Oz and The Badge of Courage,” was made into an animated movie by Sony Wonder featuring the voices of Tim Curry, Dom DeLuise, Jason Priestly and Lynn Redgrave. Another title, “Dorothy of Oz,” is scheduled to be released by Summertime Entertainment as a 3D animated musical, featuring the voices of Lea Michele, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Jim Belushi, Megan Hilty, Hugh Dancy, Oliver Platt, Patrick Stewart and Bernadette Peters.
Roger Stanton Baum
Roger continues to speak at schools to encourage children, of all ages, the young at heart, to use their imagination and think outside the box. Roger and his wife along with their three Cairn Terriers reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gwendolyn Tennille, who currently lives in Florence, SC with her two children, but is originally from Olar, SC, is a freelance artist and illustrator whose work is mostly privately owned. To her credit of books are “Of Cabbages, Kings, and Even (Odd) Queens” written by Ron Baxley Jr. and James C. Wallace II, “The Talking City of Oz” written by Ron Baxley Jr., and “Whether the Sea is Boiling Hot and Whether Pigs Have Wings” Book II written by Ron Baxley Jr and James C. Wallace II.
She was a guest illustrator at Oz-Stravaganza 2011 and has had multiple guest appearances to her name. If you ask her where her inspiration comes from she will say it was born to her. It is a gift that she loves to use not only to make herself happy, but to make others happy as well. Her works range from gothic/fantasy to landscapes and everything in between. Gwen says, “I can think of nothing better to do other than bringing to life my imagination.”
Ron Baxley, Jr.
Ron Baxley, Jr., a teacher and instructor of over a decade, has been a published Oz author for 16 years since an early edition of his The Talking City of Oz was published by March Laumer’s The Vanitas Press and has been an author for 23 years since he published a skit in a glossy youth magazine. He has published stories, poems, articles, and essays in “Filmfax,” “Parsec,” “The Baum Bugle,” “The Rambler,” and many other national and international publications after graduating with a B.A. in English from U.S.C.-Aiken and working on his alternative teaching certification. To his credit of Oz books are a modern version of The Talking City of Oz, (illustrated by Gwen Tennille) and a new sequel to The Talking City of Oz, The Evil Emerald Village of Oz (illustrated by Dennis Anfuso). He has also co-authored the Of Cabbages/ Oz/Wonderland series with James C. Wallace II (illustrated by Gwen Tennille). The Of Cabbages books are as follows respectively: Of Cabbages, Kings, and Even (Odd) Queens of Wonderland and Oz; Whether the Sea is Boiling Hot and Whether Pigs Have Wings; and Of Dismal Things to Do and Deeply Sympathizing (the latter of which is premiering at the Oz-Stravaganza festival as the other books in the series have). They are also available on Lulu.com and Amazon.com.
Baxley has approached a decade assisting students as a college preparatory and transitional English and reading instructor at Piedmont Technical College in Newberry, S.C. He has thrice been honored non-consecutively to attend Oz-Stravaganza in the Author’s Alley in Chittenango, New York and has attended Oz events and other events as an authorial vendor throughout the country. Baxley stated, “I only wish to continue sharing Mr. Baum’s magic land, a land that has given others and me so much joy, to adults and children alike.”
Ethan Tarshish is a popular independent comic book writer/creator for the smash hit series “Woe Is Oz” and a “yet to be announced” upcoming Oz spin-off series. He has also done expansive freelance creative material for SyFy channel’s promotional campaigns, providing his talents to hit shows like “Defiance,” “Helix,” “Robot Combat League,” “Total Blackout,” and many others.
With an overwhelming passion for film, comics, fantasy, science fiction, and pop culture, Ethan has firmly established himself in a world which is like a second home to him. Though Ethan has attended many conventions, his love for the world of Oz, makes Oz-Stravaganza! a particularly important and meaningful marker in his life.
For more info, visit his website, www.woeisoz.com or his facebook page www.facebook.com/WoeIsOz.
Tom Hutchison is the co-founder of Big Dog Ink comics as well as the writer and creator of The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West. The Wicked West is a re-imagining of the classic L. Frank Baum story but told with an old west twist. Instead of ruby slippers, Gale wears ruby spurs and her best friend Toto is now her trusty steed.A life-long comic book fan, Tom first stumbled across comics at a flea market at the age of 10 and comic books quickly became a staple in his life. Tom has taken part in virtually every portion of the industry at one time or another, starting as a reader and collector and then managing a local comic book shop before moving on and owning his own store. Tom started assisting with other’s creator owned comics and now is writing and publishing his own stories as well as helping new creators with their projects in an editorial capacity.
James C. Wallace II
James C. Wallace II currently lives in Terre Haute, Indiana with his wife Amanda. His background covers over 27 years in children’s education, including experience working for the world’s largest children’s museum; The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, where he was the Planetarium Educator for SpaceQuest Planetarium.
In addition to children’s books about Oz, he is recognized by NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a leading developer of web-based educational games, educational exhibit design, curriculum development and implementation. In addition, he is involved in the DiscoverHover program, which is an educational program developing and utilizing hovercraft in a unique and fun way.
He now serves as the Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma, Sovereign Ruler of Oz and endeavors to fulfill her royal command to tell the tale of her newest Royal Magician to the children of the Great Outside.
Kenneth L. Doane II
Former professional wrestler, Kenneth. L. Doane II will be coming to share with us his children’s book, Billy’s Bully.
His story is enjoyed by students in elementary through high schools as well as by adults. When Kenneth isn’t writing, he travels to visit young students in schools and camps across the country to speak about the importance of education, creative writing, and to spread awareness against bullying.
Drawing on his past experience with WWE, television and in his pursuit of his Bachelor’s degree he captivates young audiences of his published book, in motivational speaking and offers frank insights to older students into a writer’s life and process of becoming an author and pursuing his dreams.
Dick MickelsonDick Mickelson was raised in Tully, NY and worked on the many farms in this area. Many of my stories involve the happenings on the farms. I Have been writing children’s stories since 1990 with ten books currently on the market. Eight of which are about a teddy bear named, Richie and his elf friends, Tyler and Katie. My chapter book, “The Wizard Of Oz, Where Is He Now?” was released in 2013 and has been a huge success. My other chapter book, “The Frog Who Jumped Over The Moon,” was released in April 2014. I am currently working on sequels to the Wizard of OZ and Frog.