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!!


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!