Oct 8, 2013
News Update: October 10, 2013
Cookie Monster is coming to New York ComicCon! That's right, David Rudman is bringing the voracious monster to the booth of our friends at WeLoveFine T-Shirts on Saturday, October 12th at New York ComicCon. There will be two photo ops/signings with David and Cookie Monster at 11am and 2pm on Saturday, October 12th. WeLoveFine's booth is #1836. WeLoveFine will also have a NYCC Exclusive Cookie Monster t-shirt, which you can see at right. If you're a Muppet fan going to New York ComicCon, this cannot be missed!
Speaking of New York ComicCon--which is this weekend, by the way--there are tons of Muppety things going on. Our friends at ToughPigs have the definitive list, but we'll provide a quick recap. On Thursday from 2:30-3:00 in Room 1A17 there will be a panel about creatively energizing students featuring our friends Bonnie Erickson, Noel MacNeal, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, and Louis Henry Mitchell. On Friday from 1:45-2:15 in Family Room 1B02, Noel MacNeal will be hosting a workshop on how puppets are made. On Friday from 4:30-5:30 in Family Room 1B02, Louis Henry Mitchell is hosting a Sesame Street drawing workshop. On Saturday from 12:00-1:00 in Room 1A06 is the Comics For Everyone panel which features Joey Mazzarino and a rumored Sesame friend. On Sunday from 4:15-5:00 in Family Room 1B02 will be Leslie and Lolly Make Stuff Up starring our friend Leslie Carrara-Rudolph and the awesome Lolly Lardpop.
As if that weren't enough, our awesome (and awesomely lucky) friends Joe Hennes and Ryan Roe over at ToughPigs are moderating and hosting their very own ComicCon Panel! Their panel, ToughPigs Presents Jim Henson: The Biography is on Friday at 7:45pm in Room A101 and will feature Bonnie Erickson, Karen Falk, Fran Brill, and Brian Jay Jones. This is bound to be the most informative, most fantastically Muppety panel at ComicCon, so don't miss it if you're there!
This Thursday, October 10th our friend Brian Jay Jones, author of the New York Times Best Seller Jim Henson: The Biography will be the featured guest on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to promote and discuss the book. This is huge, out of this world promotion for the book so be sure to set your DVRs or your eyeballs to catch Brian's appearance! If you miss it, don't worry, we'll have a link to the video as soon as we can.
Some more big news this week from the world of Sesame Street International, as Cookie Monster and Elmo have been officially announced to be starring in the new Sesame Workshop/CBeebies show The Furchester, which will debut on British television station CBeebies in fall 2014. No word yet on if Cookie Monster and Elmo will get new performers for this show (as they do with most international efforts), though I doubt it since most Brits are probably familiar with their classic voices. For more info, check out the BBC's press release for the series.
We end this week with sad news. Last week it was reported that master Muppet engineer Faz Fazakas had passed away at age 95. Faz was a brilliant craftsman best known for creating the engineering breakthroughs that allowed Kermit to ride a bike, Emmet and Ma Otter to row a boat, and allowed the Doozers to exist and work so brilliantly. Faz's influence on the technology of making the Muppets move in realistic ways without the assistance of visible hands or wires was truly extraordinary. He will be missed. The Jim Henson Company set up a wonderful tribute page on Facebook with many rare photos and videos of Faz and his work.
The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier, firstname.lastname@example.org