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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: SLG Publishing; First Edition edition (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593622163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593622169
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,700,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Baum s books differ greatly from the MGM 1939 film, you can come in with zero knowledge of his books and The Royal Historian of Oz should be 100% accessible to any reader." "This is not just a great Oz comic, but a terrific comic by any standards." --Guttergeek.com

"This is not some retelling of a Baum story. This is the story of a kid whose father has taken upon himself to write new Oz stories. Terrible, terrible Oz stories. He can't pay the bills, he can't get respect, but he keeps churning out Oz story after Oz story, much to the embarrassment of his son. Until, of course, something significant happens. This was a really promising story, and has me absolutely amped to see where they take it. It takes a lot for a black and white indie comic to excite me And this one does." iFanboy.com --iFanboy.com

"As I ve mentioned before, the capes and tights schtick does tend to get tiring after a while, and being able to sit down and read a comic that is totally out of the genre resets and refreshes my desire to continue to read the medium" --Stephen Schleicher, Major Spoilers.com

"This is not some retelling of a Baum story. This is the story of a kid whose father has taken upon himself to write new Oz stories. Terrible, terrible Oz stories. He can't pay the bills, he can't get respect, but he keeps churning out Oz story after Oz story, much to the embarrassment of his son. Until, of course, something significant happens. This was a really promising story, and has me absolutely amped to see where they take it. It takes a lot for a black and white indie comic to excite me And this one does." iFanboy.com --iFanboy.com

"As I ve mentioned before, the capes and tights schtick does tend to get tiring after a while, and being able to sit down and read a comic that is totally out of the genre resets and refreshes my desire to continue to read the medium" --Stephen Schleicher, Major Spoilers.com

"This is not some retelling of a Baum story. This is the story of a kid whose father has taken upon himself to write new Oz stories. Terrible, terrible Oz stories. He can't pay the bills, he can't get respect, but he keeps churning out Oz story after Oz story, much to the embarrassment of his son. Until, of course, something significant happens. This was a really promising story, and has me absolutely amped to see where they take it. It takes a lot for a black and white indie comic to excite me And this one does." iFanboy.com --iFanboy.com

"As I ve mentioned before, the capes and tights schtick does tend to get tiring after a while, and being able to sit down and read a comic that is totally out of the genre resets and refreshes my desire to continue to read the medium" --Stephen Schleicher, Major Spoilers.com

About the Author

Tommy Kovac has been writing and illustrating comics since 1999. He wrote & illustrated the original series, Stitch," "Skelebunnies," and "Autumn," through SLG Publishing. Kovac then wrote Wonderland for SLG/Disney, a new look at Lewis Carroll's classic Alice stories, illustrated by Sonny Liew. It was selected for the American Library Association s Great Graphic Novels For Teens list for 2010. Kovac s latest writing project is, The Royal Historian of Oz. This 5-issue comic book series takes a unique look at L. Frank Baum s Oz through the eyes of a failed writer named Jasper Fizzle, and his teenage son, Frank. Royal Historian is illustrated by Andy Hirsch, and available from SLG Publishing. Kovac s storytelling ranges from naughty, to tragic, to fantastical, depending on the project. He has no formal training in art or writing, but reads all the time, and belongs to the Society of Children s Book Writers & Illustrators, as well as a writer s critique group. Sometimes he also creates zines filled with thoughtful essays, dirty drawings, spontaneous cartoons, and weird activity pages. Kovac currently works full-time as a library technician for a 7th-12th grade college prep academy, and resides in Orange County, California, with his handsome husband, Anthony. (20 years and counting!) They adopted a lovely little Chihuahua-mix named Esther in 2010.

More About the Author

Tommy Kovac has been writing and illustrating comics and other works since 1999. He wrote & illustrated the original comic book series "Stitch," "Skelebunnies," and "Autumn," through SLG Publishing.
Kovac then wrote "Wonderland" for SLG/Disney, a new look at Lewis Carroll's classic Alice stories, illustrated by Sonny Liew. It was selected for the American Library Association's "Great Graphic Novels For Teens" list for 2010.
Kovac's latest writing project is, "The Royal Historian of Oz." This graphic novel takes a unique look at L. Frank Baum's Oz through the eyes of a failed writer named Jasper Fizzle, and his teenage son, Frank. "Royal Historian" is illustrated by Andy Hirsch, and published by SLG.
Kovac's storytelling ranges from naughty, to tragic, to fantastical, depending on the project. He has no formal training in art or writing, but reads all the time, and belongs to the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, as well as a writer's critique group. Sometimes he also creates zines ("Library Bonnet," and "Disenchanted Moue") filled with thoughtful essays, dirty drawings, spontaneous cartoons, and weird activity pages. He's even done some very recent dabbling in eBook publication.
Kovac currently works full-time as a library technician for a 7th-12th grade college prep academy, and resides in Orange County, California, with his handsome husband, Anthony. They've been together since 1990.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Wynn on January 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Let me tell you something about this book. The reason there are not more black and white comics is because there are not that many artists who can do it well. Illustrator Andy Hirsch is one of those artists who ROCK in black and white. His confident and crisp use of total shadow negative space is eye-popping. And if you know exactly how hard it is to do what he does, you will be blown away. If you run out and buy ISSUE #4 (the one with patchwork girl on the cover), you will not know whether to read it or frame it. Hirsch is on a short list of artists doing comics that I would recommend to people who want to learn how to provoke people with only the white of the paper and darkness of a pen.

Tommy Kovac's story funny, intriguing and shows a genuine love for world created by Frank L. Baum. If you have bought Marvel's Wizard of Oz comics series, then you should pick up this compendium of issues #1-5.

One last thing: At this point, there is one other person who has reviewed this book. Although she apparently liked the book enough to collect each copy, she gave this book ONE STAR because the series was canceled because comic book stores did not order enough copies for the last issue to pay for publishing. SLG allowed readers to buy a digital version of the last issue. She could have bought the last issue digitally to read and she could have bought collection of all 5 issues for a steal at Amazon's price. I think it not especially honest to give one star to a book she obviously liked. That's like trashing the TV show Firefly because it got canceled half-way through the first season. She's complaining about the perils of buying into stories from smaller publishers? Well, thanks a heck of a lot Evzenie. You're no help improving things.
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Slave Labor Graphics finished up its run of The Royal Hostorian Of Oz by Tommy Kovac, although not all 5 issues were done in print as seperate releases. Because of low sales, only the first 4 were done in regular comic format, but all 5 were available online, as well as the recent trade paperback which collects the whole series. Since his somewhat successful turn on Disney's Wonderand comic, Kovac thought he'd tackle the other fairyland of Oz. With Andy Hirsch doing the art for it, this turned out to be a great look at what it would be like for an Oz fan to discover that their favorite literary world actually existed.

Set sometime in the mid-21st Century, Jasper Fizzle is a struggling independent author who keeps trying to have one of his books about Oz published. The Official Oz Society keeps turning him down though, and are threatening to sue him because of their eternal copyright on all Oz printed material. Jasper's teenage son Frank keeps defending him, even though he just about gives up on him when Jasper brings home what he believes is the genuine Silver Slippers that Dorothy first used return to Kansas. After nicking them from an estate sale, Jasper discovers that they do in fact take him to the land of Oz. He returns back home after taking several magical items from there, and opens up his own Oz museum. Frank is skeptical at first, but comes to realize that all this is real, including the flying monkey Zik that he befriends. After Ozma finds out about some of the missing magical items, she sends Scarecrow, Lion, Tin Man, and Scraps to Earth to find them. They kidnap Frank, and take him back to Oz to exchange for the stolen items, but Scraps breaks away from the group, and gets lost in the big city.
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2 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Evzenie Reitmayerova on December 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
i bought the single issues, they were great and i liked the story.
4 out of 5 issues were released and then the series was canceled.
you support a small publishers and buy their stuff? here is my lesson!
now the publisher SLG tries to get my money again. why should i pay to read only the last issue?
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