While we eagerly await the release of the upcoming Muppet Show comic book, due out in 2009 from BOOM! Studios, I find myself chomping at the bit, wondering what this thing’s gonna be like. And that’s not easy. First I had to find a bit, which is only sold in Chinatown, and then take a bite. And those things taste like black licorice. Blecch.

I had a chance to ask a few questions to Paul Morrissey, BOOM! Studios’ editor for the Disney-related comics. This interview took place before I had the preview comic in-hand (which includes all of the images used in this article), which explains why I didn’t ask any questions about Gonzo’s beak or other script-related issues.

But don’t take my word for it, here’s Paul Morrissey. And, um, me.
ToughPigs: In what aspect (besides Editor in Chief) is Mark Waid involved in the Muppet comic books? I heard a rumor that he was writing some of the content, but that sounded to me to be false.

Paul Morrissey: Unfortunately, that’s just a rumor. One of our press releases announcing the books was reprinted wrong on a comic news site. Though I’m sure Mark would write a brilliant Muppet comic, he’s a bit too busy scripting other projects–including BOOM!’s “Incredibles” comic book.
TP: Is Roger Langridge submitting short pieces for the comic (like his one-page Muppet comic in Disney Adventures), or will he be working on full 20-30 page scripts?

PM: Roger Langridge is a mad genius, so we didn’t want to restrict him to just short pieces. We miraculously found a way to have Roger write and draw full 22-page scripts. They are classic Muppets. Each one is full of hilarious skits and gags and irreverence, but Roger’s stories also manage to tug at the heartstrings, too.

TP: Will Roger be the sole writer and artist for the book, or will it be a compilation of different talents?

PM: Right now, Roger is the only writer/artist on “The Muppet Show” comic. However, down the road, we’ll have some exciting announcements about other writers and artists contributing their own “The Muppet Show” arcs.
TP: Are the “sequel” books (like “Muppet Prince Charming” and “Muppet Sleeping Beauty”) planned already, or is that conjecture on BOOM’s part?

PM: BOOM! is very much committed to having the Muppets bring their chaos to classic fairy tales and legends. Expect to see “Muppets Robin Hood” (with Sweetums as Little John!), “Muppets Peter Pan” and “Muppets King Arthur” shortly after Roger’s “The Muppet Show” comic book hits stands. We’re finding the funniest writers to script these projects. The tone we’re aiming for is an all-ages Monty Python. That’s setting the bar pretty high!

TP: Regarding the teaser comic released at the San Diego Comic Con, will there be a way for Muppet fans to see the art?

PM: BOOM! created a “Muppet Show” preview comic for San Diego Comic-Con that featured 9 pages of Roger’s amazing art and hilarious gags. Most of this material is so exclusive, that it will not appear in Roger’s first “The Muppet Show” arc. In fact, the preview comic has become a bit of a collector’s item. I’ve seen them on eBay!
TP: How many issues will the first Muppet comic series run?

PM: Roger’s first arc will be 4 issues. Issue #1 will focus on Kermit, issue # 2 will put Fozzie in the spotlight, Gonzo will headline issue #3, and Miss Piggy will ham it up in issue #4. Subsequent arcs, including the Muppet parody books, will also have four issue-arcs.

TP: Will there be any promotions attached to the Muppet series?

PM: Certainly! But nothing we can reveal at this point. As you may know, Disney is orchestrating the Muppets’ return in a major way, and BOOM! is thrilled to a part of this new Muppet era!

Thanks to Paul for chatting with us, and special thanks to BOOM! Studios’ Chip Mosher for setting the whole thing up!

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