Posts tagged Kabumpo
Posts tagged Kabumpo
I never imagined Kabumpo as the sort to take up roller skating.
It may seem a bit odd to wish a happy birthday to a fictional character, but I’ve seen people do it for Harry Potter and Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, so why not? According to The Road to Oz, today is the birthday of Ozma of Oz. In this book, she has a grand celebration and invites notables from all over fairyland, which serves within the fiction as a way to make alliances with her neighbors, and…
We’ve established that there aren’t very many ROMANTIC couples in the Oz books, but there are a whole lot of best friend pairs. Some people choose to make them romantic pairings as well, because that’s what fans of pretty much every fictional universe seem to want to do these days, but they’re not canonical. The Scarecrow and Tin Woodman are probably the most frequently used, but when they were…
From the 1980 Winkie Convention. That’s Eric Shanower and his sister Elizabeth in the Kabumpo costume.
Ruth Plumly Thompson made a few references in her Oz books to a wizard named Wam, but he never appeared and John R. Neill never drew him. This is the only picture I know of the character, drawn by Mogo Brown for Henry Blossom’s “The Blue Emperor of Oz.” He looks rather like a cartoon janitor here.
As L. Frank Baum developed Oz, he eventually made it a place where no one dies, although he wasn’t always totally consistent on this point. In The Tin Woodman of Oz, he reports that death and aging stopped when Lurline enchanted the land, and implied that this happened long ago. Other references in the books, like how Nick Chopper’s father died after visiting the Emerald City, imply that the…
Let’s Get Baked
Ruth Plumly Thompson was known to have brought several of her original creations from short stories…
I was invited again this year to contribute an illustration to the 2012 Winkie Con program. Winkie Con is an annual convention held every year in the Monterey area of California, that celebrates the works of L. Frank Baum as well as the various writers who continued the Oz books after Baum’s death. This year, the convention was celebrating, among other things, the 90th anniversary of the publication of “Kabumpo in Oz,” the second OZ book written by Ruth Plumly Thompson.
Since I hadn’t read the book, my first idea for an illustration was to create a portrait of the book’s main characters. They include Prince Pompadore of Pumperdink, Kabumpo the elephant, Wags the rabbit and Peg Amy a wooden peg doll. I based my character designs on the illustrations of John R. Neill, the original illustrator of the book. This is a digital sketch that I created in Painter 12.
I wasn’t really happy with the way this illustration was going (I couldn’t get the Prince’s pose, standing on the elephant’s tusk, to look right) so I eventually abandoned this idea for an entirely different illustration from a different book that was also being celebrated. I’ll post that illustration at another time.
Copyright 2012 Vincent Desjardins.
The Box Wood, by S.P. Maldonado
“‘I Was Only Trying to Light You Up,’ Wailed the Candleman” - illustrated by John R. Neill by docarelle on Flickr. “Kabumpo in Oz” by Ruth Plumly Thompson, illustrated by John R. Neill, Chicago: The Reilly & Lee Company, 1922.
Kabumpo, Ojo, and Number Nine
Great image of the Runaway Country fromKabumpo in Oz
Russian edition ofKabumpo in Oz