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New Category: The Man Behind the Curtain

Do you like behind the scenes commentary, concept art, and witty anecdotes from your favorite stories? I do. My shelves are lined with concept art books from movies – from Star Wars, to Pixar’s The Incredibles, to The Dark Crystal. My favorite part of the movies and the stories is all of the imagination that goes in to making it. When the sketches are rough, the final product can be anything – at that moment, the rough sketch is completely powered by imagination.

It is for this purpose that I am introducing a new category to this blog: The Man Behind the Curtain. Of course you understand the reference. The Wizard was controlling the various disguises from behind the curtain. He was revealed as a humbug in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz novel.

Humbug is not my aspiration, rather, I want you to see what I see. Ideas come, sketches are scribbled, and drafts are written. Only at the end does it look inevitable. Of course it was meant to be that way.

So when you see the category: The Man Behind the Curtain, just know that it is a behind the scenes glimpse of my creative process.

What are some of your favorite movies or books to glimpse behind the curtain?

2 responses

  1. Oooh, what a great idea Tarl. I would have loved to have see how e e cummings wrote. It seems he sometimes wrote for aesthetics as well as for sound. Everything seems to have a reason and purpose. And it always makes me wonder.


    March 15, 2013 at 3:07 AM

  2. Kat

    Greetings Tarl,

    I stumbled upon your blog and I represent Dorothy Gita Morena, who is L. Frank Baum’s great-granddaughter. She is a psychotherapist, teacher, and author who brings the legacy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz into many aspects of her work/ speaking engagements, and could definitely collaborate with you on some Oz history projects in the future.

    If you are interested I’d like connect her with you via a guest post or announcement board. The real-life Dorothy enjoys collaborating with all kinds of company on the yellow brick road. Is this a possibility? You can check out her sites for more info as well:


    Professional Site:

    Book: “The Wisdom of Oz” (in eBook also).

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Enjoy your day!

    Kat Cowley

    Representative to Dorothy Gita Morena


    May 23, 2013 at 7:25 PM

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