When the Emerald Kingdom Fell We Tisk-Tisked and Tut-Tutted in Our Homes

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.

60 comments:

  1. Now we are just getting silly....guess which character I have covered and scheduled to post tomorrow????...and no one will believe I didn't cheat cos you posted early tut tut :D XXX

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    1. I expect to receive for credit for the use of the idea, which I borrow from someone else lol

      There is something attractive and primal about The Tin Man, can't wait to see what you will share with us. And my goodness, wait 'till you see what I have for tomorrow at Naughty Bits of Fiction...

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  2. It is amazing how the universe works sometimes. I am sorry for your loss!

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    1. Indeed, this circle we call life moves in ways we didn't think it would or could, but eventually it balances itself, right? Thanks for your kind words.

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  3. Magaly, I just wanted to say how sorry I am you lost someone. I am glad you found someone you thought was gone.
    I like this Tin Man concoction. He actually was not my favorite. I adored the Scarecrow.
    Hope you are staying cool. Oh, and I don't think I thanked you personally for the Kreativ Blogger award, though I thanked you on my blog yesterday! You are sweet.

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    1. Thank you, Robin. I am glad for the sunshine, too, even if it gets too hot at times ;-)

      I like The Scarecrow and all his complexity when it comes to wants and what we already have. And of course, his wisdom...

      You are very welcome, you deserve that and much more.

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  4. So many variations in the Tin Man character! I utterly enjoyed your Tin Man prelude to Oma Linda's "Celebrate Oz 2012" Blog Party tomorrow! See you then!

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    1. The variety of interpretation is what makes this party so much fun. And the winged monkeys, of course ;-)

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  5. I'm sorry to hear of the passing of that person dear to you, but pleased to hear of the discovery of a person you thought had passed.

    I like the tin man.

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    1. Life happens in balanced chunks, doesn't it? Even when they don't happen all at once.

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  6. ALL these reinterpretations of the Tin Man are great!

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    1. I thought the same thing, I think my favorite when it comes to characterization is the one from the SyFy miniseries.

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  7. I am sorry for your loss but very happy for your gain. I liked seeing all the different variations of the Tin Man, and am now quite curious about Spectrum 17. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I am, too, Nadine. Spectrum 17 looks fantastic; I might have to get me a copy.

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  8. I am having heart palpitations and feel woozy.

    I think I am going to sit down for a while.

    What's that? I am already sitting?

    Well then I need to lie down.

    Mags, dear sweet Mags, please tell me you had SO MUCH hair you just gave the extra away and did not chop off all those furious, gorgeous, buzzing, bedazzling locks of yours?

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    1. "furious, gorgeous, buzzing, bedazzling locks" I might have to frame this ;-)

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  9. Magaly, I am so happy you found someone that you thought was gone! Wow! I don't know what I would do in that situation!
    I did the Tin Man last year! I love this early post! I hope my post isn't too boring! LOL! See you tomorrow ;o)

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, my dear friend. And I'm sure your post won't be boring. Nothing you put your mind and soul into can bore the eyes of those who really look ;-)

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  10. Magaly: How wonderful that you put together this compilation of different views of the tinman. I love it.
    I am so sorry for your loss and happy for your finding someone whom you thought was lost. Our time here is filled with twists and turns of all emotions.
    And your hair.....amazing.
    I can hardly wait to read all that you will share tomorrow.
    Oma Linda

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    1. Fate takes and gives and all we can do is live... I will enjoy Oz.

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  11. Love this post!! I am dancing already!! Sounds totally enchanting! Love the pic
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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    1. Dancing is good for the soul... and for the flesh, too ;-)

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  12. Love the post Magaly. The tinman is one of my favorite characters in the movie and the books and seeing other images of this character has been a delight.

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    1. There is something about a character with so much compassion and love to give that he wishes for a heart to express the emotions. What's not to like, right?

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  13. Love the tin man, and your post is totally fascinating! Fun with Oz has begun!

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    1. It has began indeed. I have been flying on the rainbow for a while ;-)

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  14. I am so sad to hear of your loss, Magaly. Pleased that someone else has re-entered your life. And oh to have hair as lux as yours, so lux that you can donate it! Wonderful! Love your tin men too!

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    1. Thanks, Francie. I keep on repeating this, but it is true so I don't mind. Life is not fair all the time, but Fate tends to make things even. Some days are tough, others are pure hell, but we can build paradise if we choose to. I choose ;-)

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  15. That Dorothy is pretty damn hot!! I think her stockings got torn and hair messed up in the tornado.

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    1. I agree 100%. I also think the twister got a chunk of her shirt ;-)

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  16. Gorgeously written. Thank you! It's amazing how life twists around like that. Loss and gain, give and take, yin and yang... My deepest condolences on your loss, yet, congratulations on your found friend. And good on ya' for the hair donation! I do the same as well. Leaving people's mind boggled by why I constantly cut my hair short only to immediately grow it out again! They COULD just ask! Ha ha!

    I would have to say that my favorite character (or the one I most relate to, aside from Dorothy ;) would be the "cowardly" lion. I spent much of my youth being afraid and worried about everything. And while I haven't completely grown out of that, at least now I am better able to move past the fear to do what needs doing.

    Thanks for sharing your story,

    Kitty

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    1. Dear Kitty,

      You and the "cowardly" lion seem very similar indeed. For I've always thought The Lion was extremely brave, but needed some more experience (a little growing up with good friends) to accept that bravery has little to do with being afraid, but with recognizing that everybody is a little scared and working on ways to deal with the issue.

      Thanks so much for your kind words!

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  17. Swift journey to your friend. Now that the heat has broke, I can think enough to post on the sweet Kreativ Blogger award :) 'Tin Man' is a favorite movie. I think that the characters which intrigue me the most are the Witches, as a group.

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    1. The Witches used to drive me nuts! I couldn't stop wondering why they were sooo NOT like witches, then I had to remember that someone made them up lol

      Ooo, can't wait to enjoy the weather and read your Kreativ post ;=_

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  18. Enjoyed your post especially since the Oz Tin Man has always been my favorite character in the movie.
    My condolences on the loss of your friend and congrats on the sweet knowledge of one lost who is now found.

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    1. Thanks for your sweet words. You know, I need to watch Oz Tin Man. I will as soon as I cleanse my house and study for a couple of exams. Can't wait!

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  19. I loved that mini-series Tin Man. I don't enjoy the original story of Oz as much as I do all the...should we call it fan-fiction? Wicked, Tin Man, and on and on. Same thing with Alice in Wonderland, especially after learning what the intention of the author was. I love all the interpretations out there, they breath new life into a story.

    I love what you said about finding happiness. Husband and I were just talking about this. And I told him, "I know our little trailer is too small and broken, but at any given moment I'm truly happy and grateful to watch my children grow everyday."

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    1. I'm enjoying the parade, so many colors...

      And please, give your hubby a HUGE hug for me ;-)

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  20. great post and alternate view! will have to check out these other stories

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  21. I came over from Linda's and I am so glad I did!
    Thanks Magaly!

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  22. I am finally back home and re-visiting my friends...but saddened that you have lost one of yours. I am so sorry.

    I didn't realize there were so many interpretations of the Tin Man...but did always find him to be the bravest and kindest of Dorothy's friends.

    Hugs to you,
    Cameron

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Cameron.

      I'm happy to read you back. I can't wait to see the pictures of the camp trip. I'm sure they are already up (I'm a few days behind on visiting, too).

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  23. Losing someone & finding someone else never fills the place of the first but soothes the rawness of loss a little I hope Magaly. I love this post & you have featured Fables, we have constant calls from our library (hell I think we may be on their Most Wanted list) Blame it on Fables, we renew, renew, find more, share them around, & yes, after a couple of calls sadly take them back for others to enjoy LOL oh & I'll look out for the TV series & YES those boots, droolable ;)

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    1. I swear we are related by soul lol. I'm have a very close relationship with my librarian. I'm always requesting books and, yep, renewing and doing it again. I tend to start new authors through the library, that way if I don't like the tales then I won't buy it ;-)

      I'm moving to Fables: Deluxe Edition, Vol. 2. Then I'm going back to Gaiman--I kind of miss my dearest Sandman ;-)

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  24. I'm sorry for your loss, Magaly... May your friend be at peace...

    I've always had a special place in my heart for the Tin Man... I used to watch The Wizard of Oz with my grandmother when I was a kid and we used to discuss the movie afterwards. Isn't it amazing all of the life lessons and perspective you can gain in just under 2 hours? I really liked the SyFy Tin Man mini series..

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    1. Thanks very much, Autumn.

      I think fiction, both film and literature, makes our minds and heart digest things which might not be available to us otherwise. So yes, the way it affects us amazes me every time.

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  25. I have enjoyed your Spotlight on The Tin man..he sort of reminds me of Ringo- didn't get as much attention as the others. I must admit..I always loved The Scarecrow the best and when I say goodbye to our three dogs, during the day when I go to the store, etc..I always tell Henry (My Scarecrow), "I think I'll miss you most of all." But actually Dorothy was the most favorite. When things got sad at home, I wanted to be Dorothy (Who, in most of the books had short blonde hair, like me.) I wanted to be away- to escape to Oz! Also, I Love your painting- absolutely beautiful!

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    1. I LOVE the view of Oz through your eyes. It's a wonderful land of child dreams when filtered through your memories (no wonder Moore's sexual Tin Man didn't work for you!). Some things are just the way the are for us, and nothing can change it. That is a good feeling. No one can change your Oz ;-)

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  26. Wow- there is so much I did not know! You have me wishing I could track down so many of these versions and sources. (It's a time issue.)

    I loved reading the comments as well as the post this time around. I love that different characters appealed or touched different people in so many ways and at so many levels.

    But I have to agree with you - that goggled monkey is cool.

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    1. Ha! I love the way the monkey looks and the implication of seeing him riding on The Tin Man's back. It makes me wonder, why are they together? What happened in order to make them friends? And, of course, where did he get the awesome goggles? lol

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  27. Oh Magaly, how beautifully said, " 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." Your way with words sends my very soul in flight.

    I love your Oz post introducing me to all of these varied tin man themes. Yes! I too, love the hat and duster and would strut in those boots at any given time. I am so sorry for being so late sweetie. Happy Oz!

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    1. And your reactions to my words always make me want to write more, and more, and more...

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  28. I completely forgot to tell you how sorry I am for your recent loss but also thrilled that your have been reunited with one you thought was lost. Life is such a paradox and we as humans give the only meaning we know how. Hugs, my lovely freind.

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    1. Life is a complicated thing indeed, and I feel so much better to be able to share it's complexity with great friends. I think that is what makes me miss him more...

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  29. I'm a bit late in my visit but just stopping by to read your wonderful posting for this fabulous event. I'm so sorry for your loss but do celebrate your rediscovery! Wishing you happy and magickal trails on your own yellow brick road ~ always.
    ♥Sharon

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    1. Thanks so much, Sharon. Your visits always bring color to my readings.

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  30. I am sorry for your loss, losing someone is such a harsh thing. Your words "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." are just so beautiful.

    It's so kind of you to donate your hair. You definitely have heart! Thanks for the Tin Man images as well, they're fantastic!

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    1. Lisa, that was a beautiful thing to say. I didn't even make the connection between donating hair, granting a wish and having heart. Lovely indeed. Thanks for your kind words.

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