A Kidnapped Santa Claus

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First published in 1904, "A Kidnapped Santa Claus" by L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz, describes the action of some uncommon events in the land of Santa. Not far from the Laughing Valley where Santa and all his magical helpers live, and beyond the Forest of Burzee, there stands a huge mountain that contains the Cave of Demons. Each demon has a specialty: Selfishness, Envy, Hatred, Malice, and Repentance. Because the promise of Santa puts all girls and boys on their best behavior, the demons have hardly any visitors to their caves. In order to remedy their dismal foot traffic, they conspire to kidnap Santa! But oh! even when it looks as if the demons might win, one can never underestimate the power of devoted (and magical!) friends.

Adapted by Alex Robinson, author of several graphic novels, the action and menace of the tale will be enhanced and lightly spoofed. It seems a most appropriate treatment of Baum's work -- he was an author who often let his profound and unsettling meanings roil beneath the surface of his otherwise fanciful stories.

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About the author

Alex Robinson's books include Box Office Poison, Tricked, Alex Robinson's Lower Regions, and Too Cool to Be Forgotten. He lives in New York City with his wife and their pets, Krimpet and Wrigley.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900 and received enormous, immediate success. Baum went on to write seventeen additional novels in the Oz series. Today, he is considered the father of the American fairy tale. His stories inspired the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz, one of the most widely viewed movies of all time.

Michael Sieben is a professional designer and illustrator, primarily within the sub-culture of skateboarding, whose work has been exhibited and reviewed worldwide as well as featured in numerous illustration anthologies. He is a staff writer and illustrator for Thrasher magazine, and a weekly columnist for VICE.com. He is also a founding member of Okay Mountain Gallery and Collective in Austin, Texas, as well as the cofounder of Roger Skateboards. The author of There's Nothing Wrong with You (Hopefully), he lives and works in Austin.

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Publisher
Harper Collins
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Published on
Nov 29, 2011
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Pages
72
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ISBN
9780062044006
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Language
English
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Genres
Comics & Graphic Novels / Adaptations
Fiction / Holidays
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This content is DRM protected.
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Eligible for Family Library

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Alex Robinson
"By basically transcribing a completely mental D&D session into comics - down to healing potions and backstabbing, which must be this week's theme - Alex Robinson's made the only Red Sonja comic I'd want to read. For $7, it's a perfect stocking-stuffer for the gaming nerd(s) in your life." --Kevin Church, BeaucoupKevin.com "Lower Regions is a firecracker of a comic spin on sword and sorcery . . . just plain fun to read . . . this little book just explodes in your hands and face."-- Leroy Douresseaux, Comic Book Bin "The absence of dialogue actually makes Alex Robinson's Lower Regions more clever than one might think . . . . Any gamer that recognizes the inherent -- or inadvertent -- comic qualities of many tabletop D&D sessions should appreciate Robinson's Lower Regions all the more. Appreciate them. Appreciate them now."--Kurt Amacker, Mania.com "It's really quite accomplished, for all its seeming absurdity .... an immensely fun and surprisingly rewarding trifle."--Tim O'Neil, The Hurting You tasted his Box Office Poison then got Tricked, so brace yourself for ALEX ROBINSON'S LOWER REGIONS! The award winning creator follows up his acclaimed graphic novels with a bold new direction: a pretty barbarian lady with an axe chopping her way through a dungeon filled with monsters! And if that doesn't make you curious, how about this: this bloody, funny 56-page story contains only one word: THOOOOM!. A unique blend of mayhem, cheesecake and humor, ALEX ROBINSON'S LOWER REGIONS will leave you breathless.
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