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Your Thoughts: The Muppet Show Comic Book

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by GelflingWaldo, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    The release date is here! The Muppet Show Comic Book #1 by Roger Langridge is now available in comic book stores.

    You can order the comic (with various variant covers) online via BOOM! Studio's website:

    And here's more information on the comic book release…

    So, for those who have picked up the comic, what are your thoughts on this new comic adaptation of The Muppet Show?
  2. Kermieuk

    Kermieuk Well-Known Member


    So there are actually 4 different covers for this comic, the Boomn web site shows two more covers in Ltd Ed of 500?

  3. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Well-Known Member

    Just finished reading it. You know, overall, I liked it. In some places I thought the writing was a little bit off, but for the most part I really liked how the book stuck to the variety show format while still having a backstage plot. It was funny and sweet, and I think the book has a lot of potential.
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Okay, I've read the ten-page online preview, and read the description at Muppet Wiki, but does the comci ever say what the letter Kermit got was all about? Seems like an important plot point, and the description at Muppet Wiki makes a point of mentioning it, but what is the letter about that makes Kermit homesick?
  5. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Absolutely amazing! This is the first time I've seen the zany flow and chemistry of the Muppet Show feel right on in an illustrated translation since I first read the 1978 Muppet show book.

    Sure, it is written with a more modern humor/writing style in a lot of parts, and a few gags seemed to be reaching. But overall I found it amazing and magical. The opening Muppet Newsflash gag seguewaying into that beautiful two page spread of the whole Muppet stage to me is worth the $3. Langridge makes a lot of great segueways throughout the whole issue.

    I hope non hardcore fans pick it up!

    And I noticed in the next to the last page, there seems to be a lot of alternative covers that were done?
    Im glad to hear this series will be extended past the 4th series,
    as we've all been waiting many many years for something like this. I knew right away when I first saw Langridge's test page a couple years back that his style was perfect for the Muppets.
  6. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Well-Known Member

    Yeah, it's in the last few pages. Don't want to spoil anything, though . . .
  7. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    Loved the comic. My two and a half year old actually saw it first on our wednesday trip to the comic store. She even picked which cover she wanted. SHe held onto the thing for dear life it seemed and kept shout "kermit, kermit" all the way to the check out. I though it was really good actually. It had the set up of the muppet show but the sweet sentimentally of the Muppet Movie. My daughter has looked at it about a dozen times now and she definatly give it her seal of approval. I guess I hope thats where this goes and reaches that next generation of Muppet fans. My wife and I were discussing the art and we both agreed that if they looked too much like the actual puppets and were not stylized it probaly would not work in the comic format. I guess what I'm saying is the art has really grown on me. it is different but very well done.
  8. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Grrr I could not find it anywhere yesterday, so i spent the money on a football game. Now i'll have to wait till thrusday when I get paied.
  9. King Prawn

    King Prawn Well-Known Member

    It's been a while since i was last here, very excited about all the new stuff going on.

    I'm trying to find an online comic site that ships comics internationally, can anyone reccomend a good online comic store?

  10. BlakeMP

    BlakeMP Well-Known Member

    Try mycomicshop.com or milehighcomics.com. Both good services.

    For those of you looking for the comic outside of comic shops, it sounds like Barnes & Noble is going to get it first. Here's an interview with Boom! Studios about the distribution deal: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=20585

    I absolutely LOVED the first issue. Perfectly captured the controlled chaos of the Muppets. Even the "songs" worked on the printed page, something I never would have thought they could make happen.
  11. uppitymuppity

    uppitymuppity Well-Known Member

    UNBELIEVABLE! Roger Langridge did a superb job. A beautiful tribute to The Muppets and Jim Henson, finally! Highly recommended. I can't wait for the next issue!
  12. BlakeMP

    BlakeMP Well-Known Member

    If anyone is interested, here's the review I wrote of Muppet Show #1 for the website I write for. I was really impressed. I hope the rest of the series lives up to this first issue.
  13. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Well-Known Member

    I finally got the first issue and I enjoyed every moment of it.

    I mean it was almost like a regular show of the Muppets, but it was in comic book format.

    I can't wait for the Fozzie centered issue next month.:o
  14. mbmfrog

    mbmfrog Well-Known Member

    Yes it is explained in the issue just what was the letter about. :)
  15. uppitymuppity

    uppitymuppity Well-Known Member

    It's explained that the letter was from a cousin telling him that the tree where he was born was pulled down to make way for a new butterfly overpass.
  16. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    I'm hoping to find it in Books-A-Million when i go over there sometime this coming weekend. But as much as i have heard i can't wait to read it. I'll finally have a new comic to buy since i haven't bought comics in years. I used to buy the Sonic the Hedgehog but stopped after getting my last one in the mail.
  17. SgtGonzoPepper

    SgtGonzoPepper Well-Known Member

    Man, I can not wait for this. I ordered it from BOOM! the 22nd, and it's still processing. :attitude: This book looks amazing.
  18. DTWolf

    DTWolf Well-Known Member

    Sorry to spoil the mood, but . . .

    Personally I was a bit disappointed.

    Now I'm very pleased that someone is making a Muppets comic. And certainly this comic is being done by folks who have the right idea. The format of alternating between onstage skits and backstage storyline is absolutely the right way to go. The type of humor is what we saw on the Muppet Show. And clearly the creators love and know the Muppets. This could have been (and in other hands doubtless would have been) much much worse.

    So they're going in the right direction, I just don't think they got there.

    • The Kermit story was weak. "Kermit being homesick" wasn't a good choice to build a whole issue around. It lacked the substance to carry the tale while being downbeat enough to drag down the fun of the rest of the material. It struck the wrong tone.

    • In general I don't think they have the timing right--which is crucial to humor but very hard to manage in a comic book (since the reader's eye can wander to the end of the joke before reading the rest of it).

    • And worst of all I can't stand the way Kermit's head is drawn. I don't mind some stylization of characters, but this is too much--Kermit's head is not a gumdrop with eyes.

    EDIT: Oh yeah--I do intend to keep buying it, though!
  19. uppitymuppity

    uppitymuppity Well-Known Member

    Oh please. DT Wolf, you got it all wrong. Comics are meant to be distorted and strange, off beat if you will. It was a miraculous tribute to everything Henson. Langridge hit every beat... Just great. I felt like a kid again. He certainly got it right.
  20. peyjenk

    peyjenk Well-Known Member

    Ouch... that one stings a little!

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