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Your Thoughts: The Muppet Show Comic Book

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

  1. bazooka_beak

    bazooka_beak Well-Known Member

    I still haven't bought it yet. I'm hoping it'll be at Borders if I go there soon, BOOM will be used as a last resort (I don't really want to pay for shipping).
  2. Redsonga

    Redsonga Well-Known Member

    I don't like the style of Kermit ether but I am going to be getting the book :). In fact it is shipping along with my monthly issue of Fantastic Four soon :). IMHO as long as we are buying it it doesn't matter what we each think of the art style because we are still supporting it being made :D
    Like I said before, my online comic shop (not really mine, but the one I get all my comics from) has very low shipping rates :3. But the issue is sold out, I think it is selling very well....
  3. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I've been wondering if the middle circle images on the "B" covers are artwork used in the stories, and now that it's been released, does the Kermit image on cover B appear elsewhere in the comic book?
  4. DTWolf

    DTWolf Well-Known Member

    Hmm. I'm not sure how to respond to this. I guess first is to state the obvious, that we'll all have our own opinions over whether a story works or not. I can't criticize if you liked it more than I did.

    And as for being a "tribute to everything Henson," I'll repeat that the creators clearly love and know the Muppets. No argument about the goals or integrity of the people involved and no debate that this is a heartfelt celebration of Muppetdom.

    But your third sentence. . . . I feel a need to say I've been reading comics for 20+ years--super-hero, drama, comedy, slice-of-life, and more; U.S. and Japanese, as well as some British work. I'm fully aware of the many things "comics are meant to be."

    And as a child I had a Muppet comic magazine (a story about the Muppets visiting a haunted house--my favorite pages spotlighted the ever-wonderful Thog) that I read, literally, to pieces. Eventualy my Mom was after me to throw away the few loose pages I still had that I refused to let go of. Right now on my shelf I've got a paperback collecting some 1980s Muppet comic strips by Guy and Brad Gilchrist, not to mention a number of issues of Muppet Magazine from the 1980s, which frequently had two- or three-page illustrated stories. And there are plenty of other things out there with "comics-style" Muppets. The drawings are stylized and don't look exactly like the physical Muppets, and I'm okay with that. Like I said, some stylization is okay.

    That doesn't mean Kermit's head can be a gumdrop.
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Didn't manage to get to a comic book store... went somewhere that sold comics, and they had the 2 different covers for the Incredibles comics BOOM is producing, so I know they may have got them in, and they probably sold out.

    This weekend, I'm actually going to look for it. Somehow, I thought it was supposed to come out in April, and it slipped my mind.
  6. Redsonga

    Redsonga Well-Known Member

    My comic shop is sending me the variant covers of the TMS comic so I think they will be doing the same with Robin Hood, that I have on pre-order :3
  7. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    The A cover is sort of what I was expecting. I haven't been too critical of how the characters have been drawn, and the artwork seems to be improving, but man, Miss Piggy sure does look badly-drawn on both covers.
  9. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Jamie wrote a review of the first Muppet Show comic book. Check it out here and let us know what you think. The comic is also available to order through Amazon if you can't find one locally.
  10. The Narrator

    The Narrator Well-Known Member

    I get my comics delivered bi-weekly, so my copy is scheduled to arrive (finally!) this Saturday. In the list of all the excellent pulls for this shipment, this is my most anticipated--even beating out Farscape #3. While, from what I've seen, the artwork doesn't really excite me, I'm looking forward to a fresh look at the classic Muppet Show humor. If that's not oxymoronic. More after I get it and read it.
  11. peyjenk

    peyjenk Well-Known Member

  12. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Judging by cover B, it looks like issue 4 will have some sort of Sound of Music parody.
  13. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Miss Piggy looks really nice on the huge character splash page of episode one. I wonder what happened to her design? I do like those compositions, but the pig looks a little wonky. :confused:
  14. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Okay, I know that Kermit sings the swamp song at the end, but does he perform it backstage or on-stage?
  15. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    On stage.

    Oh, and I just ordered the Alvarez variant cover. I didn't like the Midtown cover that much as it appeared to be traced more than drawn like Dave's fantastic Meltdown cover. However, both Miss Piggys are fabulous.

    MUPPETMONKEY Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I noticed that the cover that I draw for Meltdown is available now trough their website: http://www.meltcomics.com/shop/ I'm glad that you like it! Thanks!:)

    MUPPETMONKEY Well-Known Member

  18. peyjenk

    peyjenk Well-Known Member

    Your style is lovely... I like yours a lot better than Landridge's! You have captured the "essence" of the characters while still being a little avant-garde. I look forward to seeing more!
  19. bazooka_beak

    bazooka_beak Well-Known Member

    I went to Borders today to try to find it, but the employees had no idea what I was talking about :/
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    After going to a good 4 comic shops (don't think it was that tough... I know of 3 in one city, all near each other) I actually found one copy. Considering they all had the other BOOM! comics (At least The Incredibles), I think they sold solidly in that area, so that's a good sign. Next time, I ain't waiting a week. (Kinda slipped my mind last week. Worst of it was, I was about to go into the very same comic shop I got it in and opted not to)

    So my review. Nothing short of brilliance. As someone who has done lots and lots of "practice comics" using other people's characters (an excersize in seeing if I'm able to copy the writing styles of various shows while capturing the characters)... the Muppet Show isn't the easiest thing to work into a comic (especially the Swedish Chef)... but I say that Langridge nailed it, while of course keeping true to his own style. I have stacks of old Gold Key and Whitman published comics based on looney Tunes that came off as generic (any cartoon character can be put in the same situations... Daffy didn't seem Daffy at all in it... And Chilly Willy didn't work at all). I once read a Yogi Bear Carlton Comics reprint (and a Flintstones one) that was just UnBEARable. Wocka Wocka.

    Langridge seems to have captured the essence of most of the characters... Other than sort of flip flopping Statler and Waldorf's roles (I thought Waldorf was the one that made the wise cracks), he managed to make the characters, while making them his own. As for the stylization? I think it worked better on some characters than others. The Newsman looked great. Made him look a lot more animated. And it's great to see that Gonzo came all that way from looking bird like. And even writing a song we don't know the tune of in text worked very well here. We got this sweet story about Kermit that would have fit in perfectly with the show (with, I might say, a little more narrative).

    I think the real highlight was the Pigs in Space 2 pager. It makes me wish they'd devote an entire comic line to PIS as well. He managed to make Link as air headed and self absorbed, Piggy as sassy, and Strangepork as "I can't believe you two"-y asI come to expect.

    So a definite strong start, but I can't wait to pick up the next issue, where the bugs are more worked out. After all, this is a first issue... but it made a great first impression.

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