First, I want to share something that has very little to do with this post, but you know me and the way my mind works… if a thing needs to come out—especially if it’s an outrageously bad or an amazingly good thing—it will take the shape of words and demand to be born. So here it is, my Luvs: a few days ago I learned that someone who meant a lot to me had met a terrible end.
The news broke me a little and numbed me for a while. Then, yesterday, when I went to cut my hair for my yearly donation, I was met by a face I hadn’t seen in more than seven years. She put me in contact with someone whom I honestly believed gone. But love is not interchangeable or replaceable, so the hole left in my heart by the loss of the first cannot be filled by the gain of the second. However, finding someone I thought to be gone fed my soul with a hope-infused idea: Life is not perfect, but if we open our eyes and then open them again, we might notice that perfection is not an essential ingredient for concocting the brew of happiness.
Now, with a ginormous smile on my face, I shall honor the words in the title… they are a quote from Bill Willingham’s Fables:The Deluxe Edition, Book One, illustrated by Mark Buckingham and Lan Medina. One drawing of The Tin Man, which appears in this comic book collection, was what motivated me to write my first post for Oma Linda’s Celebrate Oz party on works inspired by one of my favorite characters in The Wizard of Oz. Relax… imagine… and meet The Tin Man while he strolls down many different Yellow Brick Roads ;-)
The Tin Man in Fables – in the first volume, he looks like in the old movies. I picked this illustration because of the company, isn’t it just magical? Fairies, frogs, pixies, gnomes, awesome...
But Bill Willingham’s Tin Man is not the heart-grieving character we meet in L. Frank Baum’s original tales; instead, spinoffs like Cinderella: Fables Are Forever presents a rogue with a bit of an arsenal attached to him.
The SyFy Miniseries Tin Man – I wasn’t absolutely impressed by the plot of Tin Man, but the characterization blew my mind. In the TV miniseries, The Tin Man is on the side of the law. He is imprisoned in some kind of iron suit for years, and years, and years… and comes out mad as hell and seeking retribution. I love his duster and his hat, what do you think?
The Tin Man in Spectrum 17 – I won’t say much about this Tin Man, mostly because every time I see this cover, I just stare at Dorothy’s boots and begin to drool. I also star wishing to meet a winged monkey with goggles. How I want those boots and I want to meet that monkey! *sigh*
“The Tin Man,” by Kenny Chesney – I could never speak of The Tin Man without pointing out this song. You are lucky if this verse has never spoken to you, but most of us have agreed with Kenny:
“Saw a man in the movies that didn't have a heart
How I wish I could give him mine
Then I wouldn't have to feel it breaking all apart
And this emptiness inside would suit me fine”
Here is the whole song…
This mysterious Tin Man will be discussed mañana (Jul 19th) at Naughty Bits of Fiction . . .
This post is a day early; Oma Linda’s party doesn’t start until tomorrow. But my Muse wants “The Emerald Kingdom” and other tales to be forever and for always. She is armed with imagination; daring anyone to say that she “tisk-tisked and tut-tutted” while fairyland fell. Can you blame her for wanting to Celebrate Oz all year long? Think before you answer, for her finger is on the trigger of a story.