MUPPET MONDAY: Bobo

One of my daughter’s favorites (not the painting, the character). Well, it’s one my favorite Muppet paintings, and here it is.

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Bobo is a Muppet who has steadily gained traction to now. To borrow a hockey term, he’s a solid two-way center. This isn’t the guy who’s going to score the game-winner every night, but he’s an integral part of the team, and really, the Muppets are the ultimate in celebrity teams. Not one of them could ever survive on their own. (Well, maybe Pepe. I could see him leading a sitcom starring an otherwise all-human cast.) It’s the summation of their part that makes the Muppets great, and its nice to see a new character break through to join the staples we all know and love.

But that brings me to the point: The Muppets has omitted some previously established well-known puppets. I’m playing devil’s advocate when I ask what happened to Walter, because I hated him from day one. But seriously, he was the star of the Muppets’ revival on the big screen in 2011 and now he’s… uh… in storage?The Muppets

We’ve also been without penguins and Camilla the chicken, Gonzo’s former main squeeze. If there’s background room for Crazy Harry, a personal favorite whose antics as a trigger happy bomber shouldn’t fit in the PC post-9/11 world, then there’s got to be a place for Camilla.

Muppets Tonight alumni Clifford and Johnny Fiama (and his monkey, Sal Minella) have been MIA for years, which is especially telling considering the visible, if not prominent, roles they held during the mid-90s through the earliest part of the 21st century. Meanwhile, fellow Muppets Tonight stars, Andy and Randy, Miss Piggy’s nephews, have at least had some blink-and-you’ll-miss-them moments in 2015.MuppetsTonightSandraBullock

Beauregard is stick clutching to whatever screen time he can get with a vice-like grip, but we’ve lost Pops and George the Janitor. (It looks like Beau inherited that glamorous gig.) I can’t remember the last time I saw Mildred Huxtetter, but it was probably the original Muppet Show.

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Beauregard and Andy (or Randy) sneak into a shot of otherwise well-known Muppets. At least we got Behemoth in a Santa cap, too.

I’d also like to see more of Gene/Behemoth, just because.the-muppets-abc-series-750x422

 

Jason Voorhees Badass New Jersey!

Jason VoorheesInspired by The Sexy Armpit‘s Purple Stuff Podcast, I’m going back to my home state and the Bad Ass New Jerseys (BANJ) with the Garden State’s favorite serial killer, Camp Crystal Lake’s Jason Voorhees!

The Friday the 13th star was created with watercolors, colored pencils and spray paint on 11×15″ 140lbs watercolor paper. Then I burned it as my two-year-old sang Happy Birthday, and if that’s not the cutest damn thing in the world, well, I don’t want to be here anymore anyway. And then I buried it in the dirt. If I owned a gun, I would have shot it, too, just for authenticity’s sake.

I posted this to my Twitter feed Friday afternoon, and said Twitter feed exploded with a bevy of comments, favorites and retweets. So I figured, shucks, I should make a purchase link for this, like, five minutes ago. And then it was sold and is currently on its way to Indiana, which I find to be the weirdest part of this story.

Foogos Storms Back!

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Believe it or not, this ketchup and mustard Stormtrooper I “painted” yesterday is sorta work-related. I’m tying the annual International Food Day holiday event (which launched the Foogos concept five years ago when I condimented the map of the world) into the release of the new Star Wars movie. I have to do some more work here, but I’m hoping to theme this year’s IFD as “Intergalactic Food Day.”

Three bottles of impossibly-hard-to-squeeze-out French’s mustard and three bottles of disgusting Hunt’s ketchup (tastes like sugar… gross) were sacrificed in order to create this 24×30″ Foogos portrait.

Lila Sketches

MERRY CHRISTMAS!  I drew these for my parents, both grandmothers and my in-laws as Christmas gifts. (I also framed the final pieces.) These four sketches are of my little Monchichi.Lila III Lila IV Lila Lila IIEach of these is 9×12 ink on mixed media paper. The painterly looking one is an ink wash. They depict the Bean at various cute moments over the past year. The last one is my favorite.

MUPPET MONDAY: Scooter!

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Muppet Monday on actual Monday? Call the fire department. This one’s outta control.

Scooter is the lovable nerd who is always looking to please Kermit, a tag-along who somehow lacks the annoying quality most human shadows seem to possess.

In The Muppet Show, he inauspiciously debuts as the nephew of JP Grosse, the man who owns the theatre in which the Muppets perform. Scooter is a gofer for the theatre, tailing Kermit at every turn, and he’s been in pretty much every Muppet production since. They even Rule #63ed** him when Skeeter was created for Muppet Babies. Additionally, there’s this bit of utterly random information from the Muppet Wiki:

Scooter is a vaguely humanoid character of unknown heritage (as cited in Of Muppets and Men,[2] when pressed about his family, he explained that his mother was a parrot but he didn’t know about his father).

Scooter’s original performer was Richard Hunt, but after Hunt’s death in 1992, the Muppet was seldom used until David Rudman lent him a hand (get it?!?!?!) in 2008.

**Rule #63 is cosplay/nerdspeak for an occurrence of a character’s sex having changed for the sake of the cosplayer. So like, if a chick dressed up as a female version of Blanka from Street Fighter, that would be an instance of Rule #63. Or, y’know, if Scooter became a girl. Skeeter. Rule #63.

MUPPET FRMONDAY: Roosevelt Franklin

I had every intention of painting young Roosevelt Franklin in 2015, as one of my estimated 50, but shucks, sometimes it all comes together. I painted this in a matter of a couple hours yesterday morning.

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Unofficially, Rosie here is the 53rd Muppet painted in my ongoing series.

You can pick this critter up here.

Here’s a FUN FACT: Roosevelt Franklin’s “rowdy leadership in class set an example for kids poised to enter school for the first time. Advisor Jane O’Connor shared the disquiet voice by some about the character being perceived as a negative cultural stereotype. Although African-American writer Matt Robinson originated and voiced the Muppet character, the concern grew too great; Roosevelt was phased off the show.” Louise A Gikow, A Celebration: 40 Years of Life on the Street

MUPPET MTUESDAY! Sully & Biff (16×20)

It’s been a while, but Muppet Monday returns! (Yes, today is Tuesday.)

This is a 16×20″ acrylic on canvas portrait of Sesame Street’s lovable, if not under-appreciated, handyman duo of Sully and Biff.

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I have a lofty goal to paint 50 new Muppets in 2015, and I already know it’s never happen. In 2013, I completed 33 of these. This year, including Biff and Sully, I’m unofficially at 22. (This also includes second portraits of Animal and Statler and Waldorf, and I’m coutning the Two Headed Monster as two.)

So again, realistically, 50 is never gonna happen. But I like making obscene personal challenges, so if I fail, whatever I HAVE accomplished is still way more than the average person.