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Sesame Street is back with another flawless pop-culture parody, this time taking aim at Marvel’s The Avengers in Age of Bon Bon, which doesn’t cast Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the best light.
Faced with a foe determined to destroy all healthy vegetables, six of the planet’s greatest heroes — and most terrible puns — come together in the Battle of New York: Dr. Brownie, Onion Man, Captain Americauliflower, Black Bean Widow, the Mighty Corn and Zuchin-eye. Alas, Dr. Brownie initially lacks the focus to carry out the Aveggies’ not-so-brilliant plan (hey, it is children’s educational television). And Zuchin-eye? He doesn’t get respect in any universe.
In the past year, both Loki and Superman have dropped by Sesame Street to teach the beloved characters valuable (and not at all sinister) lessons, and this week it’s Magneto’s turn. Or is that Gandalf’s?
Appearing alongside Sir Cookie Monster, Ian McKellen is tasked with telling young viewers what the word resist means. But considering that Cookie Monster doesn’t even know, it’s up to the actor to explain, using a couple of vaguely familiar examples.
“Say there was something you really loved, and it pulled you towards it like some sort of powerful magnet,” says the Master of Magnetism. “If you were able to control yourself and not go near it, you would resist it.”
During its first-ever appearance at Comic-Con International, Sesame Workshop teased a Star Wars send-up — one in a long, fantastic series of parodies that’s included Sons of Anarchy, Homeland, True Blood and Boardwalk Empire — and now that it’s here, it certainly doesn’t disappoint.
Called “Star S’Mores,” the short sends Luke Piewalker — complete with pitch-perfect whine — Flan Solo and Chewie the Cookie on a mission to rescue Princess Parfaita, but only after they find a way to stop Flan Solo (played by Cookie Monster) from eating his co-pilot. The solution, Only One Cannoli suggests, is to use the Four. However, their other mentors have strategies of their own.
Determined not to be upstaged by the god of mischief, the Man of Steel dropped by Sesame Street to teach a valuable lesson of his own. Appearing on today’s episode of the beloved children’s series, which kicked off its 44th season on Monday, Man of Steel star Henry Cavill explained the meaning of respect to Elmo, the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs.
“Respect means treating someone in a way that makes them seem cared for and important,” Cavill tells Big Bad, who’s quick to pick up on the lesson. There’s even a “Piggies Rock!” cake involved (Loki only had cookies).
You can watch Cavill’s “Word on the Street” appearance below. Entertainment Weekly also has a behind-the-scenes details, and a photo of the actor posing with Super Grover during his visit to the studio (his segment was taped shortly before the June 14 release of Man of Steel).
As if we needed more proof that the minds behind Sesame Street intend elements of the beloved television series to be as much for adults as for children, a new clip features The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World star Tom Hiddleston teaching Cookie Monster an important lesson about self-control and delayed gratification.
“I just made the correlation between your name and what I’m about to eat,” the god of mischief taunts. Watch the video below.
To celebrate Wednesday’s landmark Supreme Court decisions that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and permitted same-sex marriage to resume in California, The New Yorker has debuted Jack Hunter’s cover for the July 8 and 15 issue, described as “Bert and Ernie’s ‘Moment of Joy’.”
“It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime,” Hunter said. “This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.”
Creators | Pickles creator Brian Crane, who was recently named Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonist Society, talks about how he was ready to give up on his dream of being a cartoonist after his pitches were rejected by three syndicates, but his wife wanted him to keep going: “To prove her wrong, I sent it to The Washington Post Writers Group. She proved to be right. Since then, I’ve learned: She’s almost never wrong.” [Comic Riffs]
Comics | Chicago City Council recently passed an ordinance, which takes effect in July, regarding wage theft, and Interfaith Worker Justice, a Chicago organization, has put together a 32-page comic explaining workers’ legal rights and what recourse they have if their employers illegally withhold their wages. [Crain’s Chicago Business]
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It’s not easy to bear witness to the downward spiral of a childhood hero.
It wasn’t that long ago that Cookie Monster, whose last known address is somewhere on Sesame Street, was the prime suspect in the brazen theft of a 44-pound bronze cracker, and now he stands accused of pushing a 2-year-old boy.
NBC 4 New York reports that a Connecticut woman claims an aggressive man dressed as Cookie Monster in New York City’s Times Square picked up her son and encouraged her to snap a photo of the two of them. Afterward, he allegedly demanded $2 from the woman, who said that she would need to get cash from her husband.
Following an audacious heist that makes the recent Smurf assault seem like small portabellas, police in Hannover, Germany, are on the crumb-littered trail of a missing cookie — a 44-pound golden cookie. The prime suspect? A certain blue-furred compulsive eater by the name of Cookie Monster.
The gilded bronze sculpture was stolen early this month from a 100-year-old sculpture atop the headquarters of German baker Bahlsen (below), leaving authorities puzzled. While Cookie Monster adamantly denied any involvement in the crime — “Me no steal the golden cookie. But me willing to help find real cookie thief!” — not even the promise of a $1,350 reward for information could turn up anything about the real culprit.
But then on Tuesday, someone stepped forward with some demands. Some very delicious demands.
Following the unusual press release last July where Ape Entertainment announced they were in negotiations with Sesame Workshop to produce a series of comic books featuring the characters from Sesame Street, Ape Entertainment confirmed this week that they have indeed completed those negotiations and will publish Sesame Street comics this fall.
“We are excited about our new relationship with Sesame Workshop to bring the Sesame Street characters to comics, which is a dream come true for all of us here at Ape,” said Ape Entertainment COO Brent E. Erwin in a press release. “Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Grover, and the whole Sesame Street gang have always been a part of our lives, now we feel like a part of their family, and that’s a great feeling.”
According to the release, the comics will “emphasize educational and entertaining content for younger readers,” in standard comic-sized printed editions for $3.99 and digest-sized hardcover comic book editions for $7.99. Ape CEO David Hedgecock told USA Today that the hardcover versions will contain additional content and are aimed at the younger crowd. “It’ll be in a sturdier format so when you pick it up and you want to read it to your three-year-old, they’re going to finger it and play with it and it’s not going to fall apart in your hands,” he said. They will also be available digitally through Apple’s App Store for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
Ape has built up a solid library of kid’s titles over the past few years, licensing kid-friendly properties like Richie Rich, Strawberry Shortcake, Casper and Kung Fu Panda, as well as popular mobile games like Cut the Rope and the mega-popular Pocket God. Adding Grover, Big Bird and the rest to their line-up seems like an “A-OK” move.
New York Comic Con picked up steam in its second day with announcements from Vertigo, Dark Horse, Marvel, IDW Publishing and Image, and the possibility of Sesame Street comics. Here are some of the highlights:
• Following in the footsteps of DC Comics: The New 52, most of Vertigo’s titles will be available digitally the same day as print.
• Geoff Johns announced that work is about to get under way on a Robot Chicken DC Comics special that will skewer the company’s superheroes in the same way that the show tackled Star Wars. The episode, written by Johns and MAD‘s Kevin Shinick, is set to air next summer.
• Confirming last-minute speculation, Ed Brubaker announced that he and frequent collaborator Sean Phillips (Sleeper, Criminal, Incognito) will release their next project through Image Comics. Called Fatale, the series blends noir elements with the supernatural world. “I’ve been wanting for a while to do something with a more supernatural element to it,” Brubaker told Comic Book Resources. “So Fatale mixes what we do and all the ways we’ve poked fun at the noir genre. If Incognito was us doing ‘What if Doc Savage, Dashiell Hammet and Raymond Chandler had all existed in the same universe?’ then this is a weird combo of James M. Cain and Lovecraft. It’s got a real horror element to it — the first time I’ve really tried to do anything with horror — but it’s also got this really epic story to it.”
It looks as if Sesame Street, the television series that’s educated and entertained children since 1969, could be making the move to comics.
It all seems very tentative, but Ape Entertainment has announced it’s in talks with Sesame Workshop to produce a series of a series of comic books featuring such beloved characters as Ernie, Bert, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Elmo. If the deal pans out, the comics would debut next year in print and digital editions.
Although the Muppets and the gang at Sesame Street might be puppets, they’ve made their way into comics on multiple occasions, and with the 10th anniversary of the Jim Henson-centric fansite Tough Pigs coming around this year, a number of artists have chipped in to celebrate the occasion.
For this event, Tough Pigs reached out to a variety of artists, including those from the Muppets and Fraggle Rock comics, the Sesame Street storybook illustrators and even fan artists to celebrate the event and the impact of Henson’s creations. One of the standouts of the bunch is the illustration at right by Mouse Guard creator David Petersen, who also contributed covers to to both BOOM! Studios Muppets titles and Archaia’s Fraggle Rock series.
Head over to the Tough Pigs site to see all of the artwork they’ve assembled, and look into the archives for other original art collected related to Jim Henson.
In a perfectly timed parody, Sesame Street has released a preview of its upcoming spoof of the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark a day before the long-troubled musical is finally set to open. The video features Grover as Spider-Man (or, perhaps, star Reeve Carney), along with a couple of felt-covered jabs at Bono. Sesame Street begins its 42nd season in September.