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Disney greenlights "The Muppet Show" comics

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by uppitymuppity, Jul 23, 2008.

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  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah. Haven't we seen that poser group photo a hundred times by now? I swear I have it as a kid's puzzle, among other things. Would have been great if they got the poser muppets in to shoot a special comic book cover.
  2. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    The cover says "Special preview cover", so that may not be the official one.
  3. jacobsnchz

    jacobsnchz Well-Known Member

    Is it gonna be like one of those Tokyopop books?
  4. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Doubtful - the Tokyopop are mangas - very full novel sized books that come out once or twice a year between editions...the Boom comics would be more standard "comic book" size.
  5. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    You know what? The artist tapped for the Disney Adventures' Muppet Comics supposedly is in talks to do the art on these per the CBR article above. That would be awesome.

    IF they can pull of classic story retellings like the Pearl Bailey episode, then I'm okay--however, I don't want each book to be about that. I want it to be about The Muppet Show doing that kind of story on stage 'like' the Pearl Bailey episode. After all, so far it appears that the comic book is called The Muppet Show. I'm good with that.

    Mark Waid is a fantastic writer and a fantastic guy. I'm glad he's working on this. He's very knowledgeable about everything DC, and I hope he's done homework on the Muppets and is a fan. I trust him with whatever comes of it!

    Definitely an add-to in my collection.
  6. matleo

    matleo Well-Known Member

    Also well known for his stint on Fantastic Four, of which I'm also a fan. I think one of the things that Waid did well on FF was really give them a sense of fun, which is what both FF and the Muppets are about. I think if anyone in comics is prepared for this series, it's him.
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Not me... I'd rather see all original stories with the Muppet characters. I never was too crazy about comic adaptions of anything... especially TV episodes. (though, to its credit, I really liked the Mirage published TMNT first movie adaption)

    Any chance they'd have different writers and artists on board? and mayhaps the occassional reprint of muppet comics from Muppet Magazine?
  8. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I agree with you in part. I like the idea of taking what has been established (like an episode of Pigs in Space) and running further with the concept - past the one minute of jokes. The comics provide an opportunity to see the characters in a different light and I like that.

    I would also like to see a more traditional look to the comics. I liked that Roger Langridge's conceptual Muppet look, but only for short Disney Adventures Magazine as originally planned. I think any artist given this opportunity should translate from what makes the puppets special first and then run with the design.
  9. peyjenk

    peyjenk Well-Known Member

    See, I kinda agree with the idea that the Muppets have always done classic stories... think of "Hey, Cinderella! and "The Frog Prince", and then there are the Robin Hood and Alice in Wonderland episodes of TMS, the Rowlf as Merlin segments on The Jim Henson Hour, the old Muppet Press Robin Hood book, and of course, MCC and MTI (which are both good movies, a point that is often forgotten on this forum). You could even stretch it a bit and say that GMC and MTM are genre movies retreading familiar ground with age-old plots.

    My point is that the Muppets have always retold classic stories their own tongue-in-cheek way, and they've always done them well.
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'd love them to try to get Darryl Cargayle (I only vauguely remember his name) who did the comics from Muppet Magazine most of the time to work on a couple issues. I wish I could track down the issue with Chore Games. I swear he did that one. I just liked his style with the muppets.

    And they can draw whoever they want to be in it. Scooter, J.P. Grosse, any characters that haven't been seen due to not being recats. That's what makes the idea of retelling stories better. No human cast members to play second fiddle to... unlike MCC or OZ...

    I'd also like to see breif TV or movie parodies (once again, like the Muppet magazine comics) done on occassion. Just more timeless films and shows. Something along the lines of I Love Piggy or something./
  11. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie Well-Known Member

    I saw the preview book at Comic-Con and I'm sorry to say I hated the artwork. They wanted $5 for a small preview book, so I didn't buy it, otherwise I'd scan a page and show it to you.

    I wish they had gotten Dave Alvarez to draw it. He was doing some Muppet comic strips on his own and I loved his drawings. Dave used to draw a lot of Looney Tunes comics, too. I went to him a few years ago, before Disney bought the Muppets and had pitched the idea of doing a Muppets comic book. I even wrote a script, but he never got around to drawing it for me. I also had Henson interested in it, but since I never got the sample done, the idea just went by the wayside and now somebody else has done it.

  12. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    What did the artwork look like? Was similar to these listed in the Muppet wiki?
  13. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie Well-Known Member

    Wow, I only kinda glanced at it, but I'd say it looked kinda similar to the Fozzie Bear drawing in that link, only maybe even a bit weirder. Not so much like the "Pigs in Space" drawing. I remember Kermit being especially odd-looking, in a sort of underground comics style, with his head all misshapen.


    Actually, I just looked at the Wiki again and I'd have to say the drawings in the new book are much more bizarre than those.
  14. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Misshapen Kermit? Oh, I'm not glad to hear that. I liked those weird comics on the Wiki as one-shot strips rather than comprising an entire book. There's nothing I dislike more than an artist making a name for himself by tinkering with (rather than respecting) the greater work of others. There's a way of honoring the material without going all "Crumb" on the Muppet likenesses. If they want to go with high-stylization they should check out Vic Romano's stuff. That's something I'd buy.
  15. peyjenk

    peyjenk Well-Known Member

    I HATE that Fozzie drawing. It does not capture the character at all.... he looks sneaky, vicious, and cruel. He looks like his name should be Voldemort Bear.
  16. Barry Lee

    Barry Lee Well-Known Member

    Hahah the Fozzie in that one-shot comic looks some sort of a sleezy drug dealer. :o Imagine that.... wow.
  17. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    Maybe that's what they're going for, sorta like with Loonatics. Only instead of turning the characters into action stars, they'll be gang members. :)
  18. TheJimHensonHour

    TheJimHensonHour Well-Known Member

    Yeah, and they will be called the Mobbets :o
  19. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I'm still wondering about what the appeal of this style is to classic or new fans? I get the look of these Mayhem, Muppet and Piggy passed-on animated pitches from the Wiki because they still retain some natural Muppetisms (well the Kermit one's a little wonky, but it's still just conceptual art rather than this other dude). But this isn't quite to my taste for carrying an entire comic. It seems more like a rip off than an homage or licensed product. :sympathy:
  20. peyjenk

    peyjenk Well-Known Member

    Not to mention the fact that his speech bubble says "Wakka wakka". :rolleyes:

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