Thursday, October 22, 2015

NYCC 2015 Roundup!

At long last I was finally able to get my report from this year's New York Comic Con together! 

While there wasn't as much official Muppet items as in past years, you'll see that there was still PLENTY of great Muppet stuff to be found around the con. 

In Artist's Alley, talented Muppet comic artists like Katie Cook, and Jay Fosgitt were spotted along with Amy Mebberson, James Silvani, and David Petersen who were gracious enough to sign their Muppet Snow White covers. 


I also saw two very different types of Muppet fan art on display. Marvel colorist Justin Ponsor, had these awesome Muppet mashups for sale. 

While Colin Lawler had terrific water colors of Bunsen and Beaker and The Swedish Chef:

This year's "Creatively Energizing Young People with Comic Books and the Arts" panel was once agian moderated by Mike Lopez and featured:
Arthur Novell, from The Jim Henson Legacy:

Alex Simmons & Paul Castiglia from Archie comics and  founders of Kids Comic Con, 

Noel MacNeal from Sesame Street and Bear in The Big Blue House, and Artist/Educator Ray Felix.

Who each told wonderful stories about Jim Henson, The Muppets, and how to inspire young audiences. 

On the show floor we spotted a number of interesting items including a Funko Pop! prototype of Snuffy - for $600!

 A Muppet Babbies Castle playset for $425!

 Some beautiful, but also too expensive original Sesame Street puppets:

 And one of my grail items, a Muppet Shrinky Dinks set - still sealed! 

We may never know how many kids got burnt trying to make these, but I remember them being well worth it!

If you had a good eye, there were Muppets hanging around all over the place.  

 Sir Didymus finally got the respect he deserves and is got his own t-shirt!

As they did at San Diego, Hallmark showed off thier 2016 Muppet ornament - The Electric Mayhem bus!

While Diamond Select officially unveiled some their upcoming Muppet mini-mates and action figures:

Our pal James Carroll helped on the Mini-mates, but really contributed to the overall perfection of the action figures. 

 Fozzie will be packed with Scooter and each have around 10 points of articulation!

Gonzo will come with Camilla:

Kermit has 13 points  of articulation, and will come not only with both his banjo stool and log, but with both Robin and Bean as well!

While at the Diamond booth we spotted Sam, of Mo Monster fame and his hand crafted Kermit puppet. 

Sam also came ready to cosplay as his favorite ToughPig - our friend Joe Hennes, who just happened to be right around the corner! (Kermit wasn't as impressed)

We caught a glimpse of fan art that placed it's star into various pop culture situations, including this one of Kermit's "But's That's None of My Business" meme. 

 Zen Monkey Studios had their new Doozer shirts available:

Mid afternoon we heard Funko sold out of their NYCC Exclusive flocked Cookie Monster, 

But for hose that those that's couldn't get one, we have one for sale on eBay, along with Funko's convention exclude flocked Snuffy!

On the way out of town I spotted this cover of New York magazine cover featuring an unlicensed Times Square Elmo recreating the famous V-J Day kiss. 

Another very whirlwind NYCC with plenty of cool Muppet items to be found. 

By the end of the trip I wound up adding a Colin Lawler Swedish Chef print, a pack of unopened American Greeting Muppet invitations, a full box of Dark Crystal trading cards, an original Muppets Take Manhattan program, the Funko pop! flocked Cookie Monster, a sealed DVD of Johnny and the Sprites (found the day before a shop in Brooklyn), and - I couldn't resist - the Muppet Shrinky Dinks to my collection. And yes, if you look closely, Noel MacNeal was gracious enough to sign two Bear in Big Blue House items for me.

1 comment:

  1. Great coverage, Chris! I started drooling that you found the Muppet Show Shrinky Dinks. I I had that set as a kid and for years had all the characters after the stage playset was long since destroyed. I stupidly tossed the characters in my preteen transitional phase where I threw out some of my original Muppet toys including the Fisher price Fozzie Bear doll you showed in the other photo. But great stuff! Hope to get to NYCC next year!