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., an Oz-y and science fiction/fantasy author with many magazine, journal, and independent book credits, recently signed on with the publishing house, Reimann Books, based out of Richlands, North Carolina, and is excited to have been formally invited to Oz-Stravaganza! twice (once in 2011 and this year).
After meeting Reimann Books at JaxCon, a comics and gaming con, in Jacksonville, North Carolina in November 2011 and having on-going discussions, he entered into a traditional publishing agreement with them this month, and Reimann Books will have First Editions of “Whether the Sea is Boiling Hot and Whether Pigs Have Wings: Of Cabbages/ Oz/Wonderland Book II” ready with full color illustrations by Gwendolyn Tennille and co-written content by James C. Wallace II for a premiere at the festival. Baxley, Adams, and Wallace II will be signing the books all weekend at various locations, including the Authors’ Alley tent.
Baxley, Jr. said, “I am overjoyed to be traditionally published by Reimann Books and to be invited back to Oz-Stravaganza! This is a dream come true which I only thought possible somewhere over the rainbow.”s.
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.