Read a Gorgeous and Twisted Webcomic Retelling Of The Wizard Of Oz

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Toto, I don't think we're in L. Frank Baum's Oz anymore. In The Black Brick Road of Oz, an amnesiac girl who thinks she's Dorothy Gale finds herself in an Oz populated by flesh-hungry witches, zombie scarecrows, and a tin woodman mourning more than the loss of his body.


Xamag's webcomic uses Baum's Oz as the basis for her story, with the lost girl whose house crushes the Wicked Witch of the West and encounters a brain-deficient scarecrow and a woodman whose body has been replaced with tin on her journey. But unlike Gregory Maguire's novel Wicked, which purports to be the "true" story of Oz, Xamag takes pieces of Oz and rearranges them into a rather different fantasy tale.

Instead of seeking out a flim-flam Wizard, Dorothy is sent to find Ferret Lie, a supposedly good witch who can help Dorothy figure out who she is and point the way home. But as Dorothy and her feline (rather than canine) companion travel through lands of candy people, teapot towers, and scarecrows who are better at spooking people than keeping birds away, it's clear that there is something sinister to the tale of Ferret Lie and her sisters Pepper and Bastille, who have each taken over a corner of Oz.

While the mystery of these witches is intriguing, The Black Brick Road of Oz stands out largely as a feast for the eyes. Xamag is clearly having a great deal of fun building her particular version of Oz, which is at once dark and luminous. She also experiments with her digital canvas, adding small animations and games along the way to further immerse her readers in her fresh take on Oz.

[The Black Brick Road of Oz]


Absolutely stunning, thanks for the link.

Any chance io9 could start inteviewing webcomic artists? I'm incredibly curious if they are labours of love, or material for books; how they find inspiration; their technical setup etc. I love the links, but overall I'd like to learn more about the people behind the art and stories :)