News Update: April 12, 2012

NEWS UPDATE: April 12, 2012
Exciting news came from the likes of Ape Entertainment late last week when they announced that their line of comic books starring the Sesame Street characters would soon be coming to stores. USA Today broke the exciting story of how, for the first time, fans will be able to bring Sesame Street home in comic book form. There are some great quotes from Ape CEO David Hedgecock, but the really exciting thing here is the first-look artwork. Mostly the fact that the art is by the incredibly talented friend of the blog Amy Mebberson (Muppet Peter Pan, Muppet Sherlock Holmes) drew the art for the cover! We have since learned that even more BOOM! Studios alumni are working on the Sesame comics, including artist James Silvani (Muppet King Arthur, Darkwing Duck) and producer Aaron Sparrow. We at The Muppet Mindset are absolutely thrilled to see what exciting things will come from this! Check out the art below:

One of the highlights of awards season every year is The Webby Awards, which honors the best of the best of entertainment on the internet in the past year. Why are the Webbys a highlight every year? Because for the past four or five years, the Muppets have been winners or nominees each year. From “Ode to Joy” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Muppets have become Webby legends. Well, this year is no different! The Muppets received a nomination for their Muppet Show Theme Song” music video with OK Go in the “Online Film and Video: Viral” category. The Muppets: Never-Ending Mahna Mahna Phenomena is also nominated for the “Movie and Film” category. is nominated for four Webbys including “Websites: Youth,” “Websites: Charitable Organizations/Non-Profit,” “Websites: Family/Parenting” and “Websites: Best Home/Welcome Page” Make sure you cast your votes every day and let’s bring the Muppets yet another Webby win!

Speaking of awesome things on the internet… four incredibly dedicated Muppet/Sesame Street fans recently created a real-people version of the classic “Fat Cat Scat” song from Sesame Street starring Bip Bipadotta and three Anything Muppets. You have to watch it… right now. It’ll blow you away.

Remember last year when all the hubbub was going on surrounding various Muppet t-shirt design contests at WeLoveFine and, most notably, Well, Sesame Street has taken a major cue from The Muppets Studio because there is currently a Sesame Street T-shirt Design Challenge going on at Threadless!! From April 12 – May 3, 2012, artists can submit their own t-shirt designs inspired by Sesame Street! The entries will be voted on and a winner will be chosen and produced. The winner also receives $2,000 cash, a $250 Threadless gift card, a copy of My Life as a Furry Red Monster signed by Kevin Clash, a copy of The Wisdom of Big Bird (and the Dark Genius of Oscar the Grouch) signed by Caroll Spinney, and a copy of Sesame Street: A Celebration – 40 Years of Life on the Street signed by Joan Ganz Cooney. Can you say WOW?! Well what are you waiting for artists? Get out there and design the best Sesame Street t-shirt you possibly can!

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