Author & Artist Alley

This year we are excited to bring to you authors and artist from all over the Oz universe.

Comic Book Artist & Author
Tom Hutchison

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.

Tom and the Big Dog Ink team are celebrating 10 year of “Legend of Oz: The Wicked West!”

Julienne La Fleur

For as long as I can remember, the secret to getting me out of the doldrums of life has been to watch the movie The Wizard of Oz. On feeling-blue weekends I curl up on the couch and follow Dorothy on her journey with skipping, dancing, and many happy tunes. Beneath the musical, the powerful, positive messages always renew my spirit. Finding two hours to watch a movie is almost impossible, so I looked for a book about the lessons from Oz. The few books available for adults were overly analytical, written dryly by academics, and were a disappointment to me as an Oz lover. I needed a book written by someone like me–someone who adores the movie, can do a mean munchkin imitation, and knows where and why the film touches your heart. None of the books related Oz to life in a fun way to give me that inspirational fix I needed. Jotting down my own lessons became a kind of game. Every time a challenging situation appeared, I’d ask myself "What would Dorothy do?" and could always find the answer. The list of lessons grew, as the thought of this book would plague me. I’d think, "This would be a great book! I wish someone would write this!" Finally, it hit me, if you want something written right, you’d better write it yourself. This book is as much for me as it is for anybody. These lessons are my own little pep talks for the really grumpy days.

Jordan Riley Swan

Jordan Riley Swan is a wild word hunter living in the far and dangerous reaches of rural Ohio. He spends his nights tracking down big-game stories, capturing them in paper cages, and training them to be better tales. Through an Emerald Gale is his foray into the wonderful land of Oz and he hopes there will be plenty of story-hunting trips to come!

Amber R. Duell

Amber R. Duell was born and raised in a small town in Central New York. While it will always be home, she’s constantly moving with her husband and two sons as a military wife. She does her best writing in the middle of the night, surviving the daylight hours with massive amounts of caffeine. Her favorite stories are dark with a touch of romance and a villain you either love to hate or hate to love. Amber's books include the Faeries of Oz series (Lion, Tin, Crow, Ozma, Tik-Tok)!

Cory Leonardo

Cory Leonardo grew up believing she’d replace Vanna White on Wheel of Fortune. When things didn’t pan out, she decided to turn letters and phrases in a different way. Her debut middle grade novel, The Simple Art of Flying (Call Me Alastair in the UK) has earned such distinctions as a Parents’ Choice Medal and a nomination for the CILIP Carnegie Award. Her sophomore book, The Hedgehog of Oz, was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. Cory's books have turned up everywhere from OwlCrate Jr.’s book subscription boxes to Scholastic book fairs, and now, Oz-Stravaganza! A born and bred upstate New Yorker, Cory currently lives in the Syracuse area with her husband, a collection of snow shovels, and her three children.

Dr. Alan Lindsay

Dr. Alan Lindsay’s work does not fit into easy categories. His re-envisioning of fairy and folk tales and touchstones of literature offer different things to different audiences, both children and adults. He writes stories that re-envision familiar and foundational tales, drawing on Clement Moore, L. Frank Baum, the brothers Grimm and Nathaniel Hawthorne. He received advanced degrees from the University of Maine and the University of Notre Dame. He teaches literature at NHTI, Concord's Community College, in central New Hampshire. His latest book “The Love Magnet of Oz” is just one of his trips to the land beyond the rainbow. Previous Ozian works include “Oz House” and “Stolen to Oz: Toto and Miss Jennie in Oz (Without Dorothy).”

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