The Mup Art Show: Fran Brill Week

Published: November 20, 2014
Categories: Art, Feature

Join us for a week-long celebration of Muppet performer Fran Brill!  Fran recently announced her retirement from performing, so we’re dedicating a week’s worth of articles to her colorful career with Sesame Street and the Muppets.

Fran Brill helped to create some fantastic characters.  Some were iconic and lasted decades, like Prairie Dawn and Zoe.  Others came and went as a small part of the humungous and diverse family of Muppets, like The Jim Henson Hour‘s Vicki and Elmo’s Mom.  And some faded into obscurity and are only loved by Muppet fanatics like you and me, like The Land of Gorch‘s Vazh and the background characters of The Great Santa Claus Switch. And you know what happens when pop culture characters enter the world of fandom, don’t you?  They result in fan art.

The following edition of The Mup Art Show was inspired by our first image, illustrated by our resident artist, Smig, when he learned of Fran Brill’s retirement.  It led to a search for more fan art of Fran’s characters, and then we realized that Smig may have drawn Prairie Dawn more than any other fan artist!  So, many thanks to Smig for helping to fill out this article, and a million thanks to the other artists whose work is represented here.

Brillby Chris “Smig” Smigliano

prairie_dawn_by_cindysuke-d3eqihlby Cindysuke

vazh_by_smigliano-d6mlj26by Chris “Smig” Smigliano

a_vector_work_by_cindysuke-d6ya3raby Cindysuke

zoe-736865by Chris “Smig” Smigliano

_zzzzzzoooooooeeeeee__by_kenjomite-d5jly7bby Kenji Seay

pogo-balletby Chris “Smig” Smigliano

prookie_c__by_missuspatches-d3erdb3by MissusPatches

crack-of-dawnby Chris “Smig” Smigliano

GORCH_BUT_NOT_FORGOTTEN_5_by_Fourpanelheroby Jay Fosgitt

C3501026by Chris “Smig” Smigliano

jim_henson_hour_cast___by_gonzocartooncompany_by_animatedc9000-d65ira4by David Rosenberg

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