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…for this awesome Luke Flowers Arcade Dayz print of Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog playing, obviously, Frogger.

Luke Flowers' "Arcade Dayz" print of Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog playing "Frogger."

He also threw in a few sweet stickers…

Sweet stickers!

…as well as his take on a Press Your Luck Whammy.


Basking in these gifts like Michael Larson,

– Shady

…to visit Jim Henson’s Creature Shop in July.

I wasn’t allowed to take photos of anything they were currently building (but believe me when I say this: IT WAS ALL AWESOME), but I was allowed to take a few shots of some of the stuff they had scattered around their conference room.

First up, a couple sculptures of Jim.

Some Jim busts.

Next, the eyes and facial animatronics from Carol of Where The Wild Things Are.

Carol's eyes from "Where the Wild Things Are."

These are Jim’s original designs for the creatures of Turkey Hollow.

Jim's "Turkey Hollow" creature designs.

Baby Sinclair from Dinosaurs was there…

Baby Sinclair from "Dinosaurs."

…as was Yolanda from… something.


But then things got really cool, like this Oscar the Grouch that was one of the originals used on Sesame Street way back in the day.

Oscar the Grouch!

And then there were the Skeksis from The Dark Crystal!








…and amazing…




And finally, in the bathroom, I came across these two signs…

So must guests.

…accompanied by this sitting on the counter.

But not with that.

As a sidenote, I also got to meet Toby Froud, Brian Froud’s son, later that day. All in all, it was a pretty awesome experience.

Hopefully, some day soon I’ll be able to tell you why I was there, which is also an amazing story. Hoping I can share it with you all soon, folks!

Until then,


Let's close out this shit-fuck year with the memory of a brilliant man.

Nietzsche’s next,


…including these two prints by Berlin artist Dirk Verschure

Dirk Verschure!

the painting of our three beasts by our good friend Jason “McFly” Kincaid

Three beasts by Jason "McFly" Kincaid!

…our good friend Marla Campbell’s original portraits of Mr. Fabulous…

Mr. Fabulous by Marla Campbell!


Meatshake by Marla Campbell!

…and Heisenberg…

Heisenberg by Marla Campbell!

…this “Being Bill Murray” print by Spain-based illustrator Loren

"Being Bill Murray" by Loren!

…this Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog print by Austin-based artist(s) We Call Ourselves An Institute

Jim and Kermit by We Call Ourselves An Institute!

…this print from Hungarian artist Aman


…and finally, this original pen and ink illustration that also created by our good friend Marla Campbell.

Marla Campbell!

Needless to say, our walls are quickly filling up.

Fifty (give or take) more pieces to go,


"Jim Henson: The Biography"

…with this Jim Henson biography called… uh, Jim Henson: The Biography.

Thanks, Dad and Sue!

Already learned something new about him,


..and if you visited Google’s homepage yesterday (or part of today) you might have seen this:

Click here to read about Google’s homage to Henson, or just watch this video that explains the collaboration between Google and The Jim Henson Company.

Just as good as the Freddie Mercury one,


…for this “OC Weekly” article.

Doo doo doo-doo-doo,


“The Blarg” gets some love from the popular letter-collecting site right here.

Be sure to check it out, especially if you’re a Muppet fan. The entry features not only my letter from Big Bird, but also a handwritten letter from Jim Henson writing to the Swedish Trade Office in 1983… in the voice of the Swedish Chef. Pretty awesome.

Learn more about “Letters of Note” here.

Sadly, our kids won’t know what letters were… or polar bears,


…this week for two reasons:

1. My good friend Dylan Bolin makes an appearance as voice actor/puppeteer Stan Freberg.

2. There are two amazing quotes that take place during the show. They are:

“This small piece of rubber filled with helium is not the, uh, greatest thing in the world for a king to have floating around his nose.”

-Fred Rogers as King Friday, “The Children’s Corner”

“Somebody with a bizarre sense of humor had passed out pickles… and a  nine-year-old with a gigantic gherkin can be a very dangerous part of  your audience.”

-Pat McMahon, “The Wallace and Ladmo Show”

This isn’t to mention the nod to folks like Jim Henson and Bozo the Clown.

Check it out. Your childhood will thank you.



…from this 1969 clip from the Iowa Public Television’s kids’ show “Volume See.”

Don’t hit me while I’m making eyes,


Old Poop!