Wednesday, January 19, 2011


          I have to write a "catalog description" for each issue of any comic book I'm working on.  We used to be limited to 50 words, but now we can go over that, which makes it a little easier.  It's still a tricky thing to do, condensing something complex, nuanced, and rich in detail (or so I like to think) into a bite-sized paragraph to instantly grab someone's attention in the midst of a giant catalog full of garish, dynamic comic book plots.
          Anyway, it's time to turn in my catalog description of the 5th and final issue of "The Royal Historian of Oz."  Here's what I came up with:

The Royal Historian of Oz #5
Written by Tommy Kovac
Illustrated by Andy Hirsch

It's time to mobilize! Scraps the Patchwork Girl has been possessed by the soggy ghost of the Wicked Witch of the West, and wrested control of the powerful magic on display in Jasper Fizzle's Oz Historical Library and Museum. Ozma and her immortal friends join forces with Frank Fizzle and travel to the mortal world (with the help of a giant space/time continuum-crunching friend) to right the tangled wrongs of two worlds. Is there any way for Jasper to redeem the Fizzle family name in the eyes of the citizens of Oz or the literary snobs of the Official Oz Society? The pen may be mightier than the sword, but how mighty is a rickety old manual typewriter?

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