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 Post subject: Mapping Skin Horse to Oz
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:44 pm 
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I couldn't find anything in the Forums about this topic already, so I thought I'd start one. Several weeks ago I started reading all of the original Oz books. There were 14 original books and I'm midway through book 6, so this is going to take a while. But as I've been reading them I've also been at least attempting to map various Skin Horse characters to Oz characters. There's a bunch of obvious ones that are explicitly named in Skin Horse:

Tip = Tip / Ozma
Nick = Tin Woodman
Moustachio = Tik-Tok
Leo = Cowardly Lion
H.T. = Hungry Tiger

And not so obvious:
Unity = Scarecrow
Sweetheart = Dorothy / Toto

Does anyone else have any insights on how other Skin Horse characters might map to Oz characters? I have some ideas, but I'm not confident about them, and I still have another 8 1/2 Oz books to go.

Gavotte = Glinda? (she does have that "save the day" edge)
Dr. Lee = The Wizard? (she can be a bit of a humbug, and she gave Unity her brains and Nick his heart, so to speak.)
Konstantin = Omby Amby? (the only named soldier in the Emerald City so far)
Tigerlily = The Nome King? (that seems to absurd, but he's the only recurring bad guy I've seen so far in the Oz books)


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 Post subject: Re: Mapping Skin Horse to Oz
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:01 am 
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I was thinking that Unity is straight up Patchwork Girl.
Great idea to do this.
And I really like the idea of Sweetheart as embodying both Toto and Dorothy.


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 Post subject: Re: Mapping Skin Horse to Oz
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:18 pm 
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I now totally agree with Unity = Patchwork Girl.
At the time of my original post (over a year ago... thank you notification email) the comic wasn't as far along, and I had only read maybe 4 of the Oz books. I've read the Patchwork Girl book since then, and it's dead on.

I also received a brief reply from Shaenon about this, and she said that pretty much all of the characters in Skin Horse are from various children stories, not strictly the Oz books. So feel free to delve into other stories for ideas as well, should this topic continue.


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