Friday, April 27, 2018

Muppet Performers Invade The Great Philadelphia Comic Con!

The Great Philadelphia Comic Con begins this weekend with quite a selection of Henson talent. 

Just look at the amazing people they lined up:

Caroll Spinney is the beloved Muppeteer who has performed as Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird in more than 4,000 Sesame Street episodes. 
Beginning with the show’s very first episode in 1969, Spinney shaped a personality for Jim Henson’s oversized bird puppet.
Spinney’s rich puppetry career began when he was eight years old and put on puppet shows using a secondhand puppet and a stuffed green snake. His interest continued into adulthood, and in 1958 he began his puppetry career on The Judy and Goggle Show. 
Sesame Street television specials have taken Spinney to China, Japan, Australia, France, Germany, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and he has performed on a number of other shows, including 141 episodes of Hollywood Squares. He has earned four Emmys, two Gold Records, and two Grammy Awards. In 2000, the Library of Congress declared Spinney, as Big Bird, a “Living Legend.”
With J Milligan, he wrote the 2003 book The Wisdom of Big Bird (and the Dark Genius of Oscar the Grouch): Lessons from a Life in Feathers. 
Most recently, Spinney received the Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. He is also an accomplished artist and lecturer. 
This year is Caroll’s Farewell Tour, celebrating over 50 years of bringing joy and education to the children in all of us. Be sure to not miss this last chance opportunity to meet him.

In 1982 Hugh Spight spent six weeks at Elstree Studios filming in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. But he believes his chance at fame was shot down when his name was misspelled during the credits, renaming him Hugh Spirit.
Spight played several small background roles in the film—a pig-like Gamorean guard and an Elom monster. Originally trained in ballet dancing, Spight made it on to the Star Wars set after he was spotted next door on the set of Muppet-creator Jim Henson’s movie The Dark Crystal.
Mr Spight’s biggest role is as the Gamorrian guard who escorts Han Solo into captivity. He said: “We were on Jabba the Hutt’s barge and in those scenes I was the one who had my hand on the shoulder of Harrison Ford. “We had to take him down to the dungeon.”
Spight also portrayed several roles in Classic Doctor Who, including the iconic black Dalek in the Seventh Doctor story “Remembrance of the Daleks” with Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred.


Steve Whitmire is a voice actor and puppeteer best known for his career with The Muppets as Kermit the Frog, Ernie, Statler, Rizzo the Rat, Beaker, Wembley Fraggle, Bean Bunny, and Sprocket. Since starting on The Muppet Show in 1978, Whitmire has performed in almost every major Henson company project, including all Muppet and Sesame Street related film and television appearances, as well as non-Muppet fare such as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and Dinosaurs.
Steve began his Muppet career as Rizzo the Rat, Lips, Foo-Foo, and Fletcher Bird on the original The Muppet Show in 1978. He was skekTek the Scientist in The Dark Crystal, and starred in Fraggle Rock as Wembley Fraggle, Sprocket, Marlon Fraggle, Flange Doozer, Murray the Minstrel, Papa Tree Creature, and Crusty Doozer. In 1986 he originated the role of Bean Bunny, and worked on Labyrinth as The Four Guards (puppetry only), Firey 4 (puppetry only), and Ambrosius (puppetry only). Following the death of Jim Henson in 1990 he inherited the roles of Kermit the Frog and Ernie.
Steve worked on Dinosaurs from 1991 – 1994 as B.P. Richfield (puppetry), Robbie Sinclair (face), Chief Elder (face), Mr. Mason Dixon, Sonny Woody, Blarney, and Judge H.T. Stone (puppetry). Following the death of Richard Hunt and the retirement of Jerry Nelson, Whitmire left the role of Ernie on Sesame Street in 2014 to focus on Kermit for The Muppets television series. Whitmire ended his relationship with The Muppets in July 2017 after an almost 40 year career.
Not only do they have Henson performers, but Henson comic artist, and super fan Jay Fosgitt will be there too!

Jay Fosgitt
Jay P. Fosgitt has drawn for many familiar properties, such as SESAME STREET and DREAMWORKS ANIMATION MAGAZINE (Ape Entertainment), MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE/MICRONAUTS/TRANSFORMERS and POPEYE (IDW), ADVENTURE TIME, THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL, and JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH and THE DARK CRYSTAL(Boom), BETTY AND VERONICA and LITTLE SABRINA (Archie), and ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT, AVENGERS, GWENPOOL, WEB WARRIORS, CHAMPIONS, DEADPOOL, JESSICA JONES and NOT BRAND ECHH (Marvel). Jay has also written and drawn his creator-owned titles DEAD DUCK AND ZOMBIE CHICK (Source Point Press), NECRONOMICOMICS (Rue Morgue) and BODIE TROLL (Boom). He resides in Plymouth, Michigan with his cat, Goonie.

It's worth noting that this is Steve Whitmire's first con, and part of Caroll's final tour. They will be holding panels and you can get a professional photo taken with both Steve, Caroll, Steve AND Caroll and Hugh!

If you're in the Philadelphia area make sure to come out and see them!
Tickets and info can be found out and using these links. 
You may even see a few familiar fans there there too!

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