Thursday, January 10, 2019

Karen Falk at the Jim Henson Boyhood Museum


January 10, 2019, found the Jim Henson Boyhood Museum and the Leland Chamber of Commerce in Leland, MS, hosting a talk by the Jim Henson Company Archivist, Karen Falk.  It was great to head back into the Delta to see my old friends and make a few new ones.  The event was held at the Delta Council in Stoneville, MS.  It was catered with delicious food and the center pieces were fun, and the front door was a sign greeting us in.

The Museum event described it as, “The Jim Henson Delta Boyhood Exhibit invites you to a Meet & Greet with Karen Falk, Archivist for The Jim Henson Company at Delta Council in Stoneville on Thursday, January 10th at 6:00 pm. This event is free to all Jim Henson and Muppet fans. Since 1992, Karen Falk has served as the Archives Director and historian for The Jim Henson Company and is Vice President of The Jim Henson Legacy. She is the author of Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal and the main contributor to the Jim Henson Company website “Jim’s Red Book.” As part of her work with The Jim Henson Legacy, she curated the Jim Henson’s Fantastic World exhibit which traveled throughout the country and has organized other Henson exhibits for museums, galleries and universities. Recently, Falk worked with the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta on the creation of their Worlds of Puppetry Museum and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Journey to The Goblin City exhibit and is currently collaborating with the Museum of The Moving Image in New York on their permanent Jim Henson Gallery. In addition, Falk has contributed to numerous publications, documentaries, web sites and video releases relating to the life and work of Jim Henson.

The museum has undergone some changes of the set-up, and it looks so good now!  

After the event, I retired to the very fancy and beautiful Thompson House Bed and Breakfast.  I completely suggest it as a place to stay the night.  It's very cozy with comfortable beds, pillows, and a fun library full of books to read.  I sat at the main dining table after arriving and drew pictures of Muley and Big Bird for the hostess, and of Muley for Karen and the other guest staying at the BnB.  Breakfast was delicious!  Their phone number is below in the photo, so when in the Delta - USE IT!





Fun pic, me in my Scooter jacket.  To the top left you can see thephoto we used during the "Kermit and Jim" photo. If you click this image you should be able to go see that article, too.


I went to Leland to meet Brian Jay Jones whose in-depth Jim Henson biography had been published,
and wasn't aware that the paper-table-cloth drawing I did was saved!  It now resides in the
museum's scrap book!  Love!!


THE EVENT





Karen Falk and my friend museum curator Ashley Zepponi

The Musem and the Chamber

Ms. Karen Falk and I - great to visit again.





I had to leave a quick sketch for the owner, who came down to
check me in at 9:30 pm!

I was allowed to spread out my art supplies and drew two comic strips.

The Thompson House is SO spacious!  Perfect for all sorts of events!



The Library!

"It's not easy being green" in the library, but of course!

Deer Creek, famous to us Jim Henson fans.

Such a great event, great people, and great town!  I do love Leland, MS!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Sunny Days - Why'd the Chicken Cross the Sesame Street?

I love when Frank Oz and Jim Henson play off each other.  One of my favorite characters is Fozzie Bear.  I love him because he never gives up!  He has a passion and refuses to not try to make people laugh.  His joy is in bringing (or TRYING to bring) others joy!!  I also love Ernie.  I was told once that I'd rather play and pick on folks instead of eat and, while it's not true - it's pretty close to truth.

So, what happens when these two characters come together?  Well...

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I better get back to work!  This is my last strip drawn - have others to ink and color and...maybe today!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Sunny Days - Oscar the Kid

In our "Sunny Days" universe, it all happens on Sesame Street.  Behind Hooper's Store is a magical hole to Fraggle Rock, a portal to the worlds of Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.  You can go "around the corner" and down the street to find the Muppet Theater.  This connection will allow me to keep adding more Jim Henson creations to my little fan comic strip.

Are you having fun with these?  I hope so.
I am.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Sunny Days - A Fan Comic Strip by Me - Oscar's Reality

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I think we can all agree that reality television is trash.  I hate it.  A bunch of no-talents get famous for doing nothing extraordinary and that makes ME grouchy!

Again, I've used photos of the actual Muppet and the street to get the real images.  I did lights and darks this time for two reasons:
1) I wanted to try it out.
2) I forgot I did only flat colors last time.

What do you think?  Are these fun?

Oh, and as far as reality TV goes, that one guy who has a show that says he's a doctor but really isn't had a Muppet character on Sesame Street that interviewed Bob.  Look REALLY closely at Oscar's TV screen.  Heh heh heh...

(Also, Sesame Workshop, please don't sue me as I'm not making any money on these; but, feel free to hire me and I'll be right there!)

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Sunny Days - A fan comic strip by Me.

I've wanted to do this for years: create a comic strip around Sesame Street where all things Jim Henson converge on the street and participate with one another.  I've wanted to do it forever and, so, after much discussion, have decided to just do it.

Of course, my Muley the Mule and Friends comic strips will remain on their own website.  I will also say that without this show, the Muppets, and a love for Charles Schulz' Peanuts, I probably would never have been inspired to create!

Now, I'll include some older art, etc., but definitely wanted to start this post with the most recent (and what I'll call the official first) Sunny Days comic strip.

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A little side-note: when possible, I'll be sampling the colors from actual photographs to keep the characters closer to their original counterparts.  Even some props I hope to sample colors from that, and background colors from set images.  So, you should feel more at home when reading the strips.

They will likely be few and far between; but, it will help get some of my need to go there in person (and meet Big Bird which is my life-long dream!  Get me there somehow, folks!)

Hope these are fun for you.  They are for me!

Earlier on, I wanted to do "Sunny Days" under a different title, which I chose not to do now:












A now famous photo by Lin Workman and myself, taken with
the help of Martheus and Janet Wade!


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Elmwood Cemetery - Soul of the City (tour and party) (10/26/2018)

Crone Memorials is a program sponsor of Elmwood Cemetery's "Soul of the City: Elmwood Rises" party and tour.  The description from both websites of Crone and Elmwood:


Once again, CRONE MEMORIALS is a proud sponsor of the 13th Annual Twilight Costume Tour “Soul of the City: Elmwood Rises.” Each year, actors perform the roles of many of Memphis’ historical figures who are interred in the cemetery. Come to the event and tell them Crone Memorials sent you!
Saints and sinners. Patriarchs and politicians. Suffragists, scoundrels, leaders of the Civil Rights movement. Veterans of all the wars, and many more.

This year, we’re expanding your all-access pass to Memphis history.

Join us Friday, October 26th or Saturday, October 27th for a tour like none other. Elmwood Cemetery presents The Soul of the City, a two-night engagement that will introduce you to some of the storied folks buried in your city cemetery.

Tours will begin at 5 pm and run nonstop throughout both evenings until the last group enters the cemetery at 8pm.

This year, we’re expanding your all-access pass to Memphis history.
Join us Friday, October 26th or Saturday, October 27th for a tour like none other. Elmwood Cemetery presents The Soul of the City, a two-night engagement that will introduce you to some of the storied folks buried in your city cemetery.
Tours will begin at 5 pm and run nonstop throughout both evenings until the last group enters the cemetery at 8pm.

 Elmwood started in 1852, and this long history has found many prominent - and not-so-prominent - members buried here.

Here are photos taken during the night (sorry, they're from my cellphone and not the best ever photos):