Sesame Street Comics Contest: WINNERS

Published: December 3, 2015
Categories: Art, Feature, Your Two Cents


I can’t stress enough how floored we were by your entries to our Sesame Street Comic Book contest.  The creativity of Muppet fans knows no bounds.  Add that to the bottomless pit of comic books, comic strips, and other comic references, and we ended up with some fan art gold.

Earlier this week, we shared a series of the runners-up, which had some incredible entries.  So as you can imagine, the rest are gonna knock your socks off.

Below, you’ll find our editor’s picks, which are our favorites that came close, but didn’t make the cut.

After that, our celebrity guest judge Jay Fosgitt lent his artistic and Muppet fan expertise to help choose the five runners-up (who will be receiving free copies of the Sesame Street comic book) and our grand prize winner (who will get a Muppet caricature by Sesame comic artist Rolo Mallada).  Jay gave solid explanations for each of his picks, so be sure to give those a read.

And hey, it’s worth mentioning again: Go to your local comic shop and check out the Sesame Street comic book!  The first three issues are out now!

Editor’s Picks:

Dave Hulteen - Yip Yips as TMNTThe Yip-Yip Martians as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Dave Hulteen

Evan G - BertBert in a New Yorker Cartoon by Evan G.

Joel Swanson - Cookie as CathyCookie Monster as Cathy by Joel Swanson

Matthew Soberman - Pearls Before Alligator KingThe Alligator King in Pearls Before Swine by Matthew Soberman

Noel Schornhorst - Big Bird and Radar as Calvin and HobbesBig Bird and Radar as Calvin and Hobbes by Noel Schornhorst

Smig - Elmo as DarkseidElmo as Darkseid by Smig

Smig - Harvey Kneeslapper as JokerHarvey Kneeslapper as The Joker by Smig

Smig- Abby as RavenAbby Cadabby as Raven by Smig

Steven Chin - Big Bird as HawkmanBig Bird as Hawkman by Steven Chin

Tim Pommorin - count and big bird as asterix and obelixThe Count and Big Bird as Asterix and Obelix by Tim Pommorin

And now: THE WINNERS!  As chosen by Sesame Street comic artist Jay Fosgitt!

Nate Puppets - Herry as Mr NaturalHerry Monster as Mr. Natural by Nate Puppets

HONORABLE MENTION (prize – free copies of the Sesame Street Comic Book!): Such a unique choice for a mash up. I’d never have thought of mixing Robert Crumb’s characters with Sesame Street–well, maybe the scene in “Fritz the Cat” where Fritz hides from the cops in a trash can. That’s so Oscar. But other than that, just an inspired pairing. And the gritty fuzziness to the piece suggests both Muppet monsters and the prevalent early 70’s underground comix cartooning style perfectly.

James L. - Stinky as Baby GrootStinky as Groot by James L.

HONORABLE MENTION (prize – free copies of the Sesame Street Comic Book!): The concept is fun, and such an ideal pairing. The execution is pristine and eye catching. There’s no question which Sesame Street character is represented here. I think a background (ANY background would have been nice to see) suggesting Starlord’s ship would have helped sell the mash up, or maybe even having someone like Fat Blue/Mr.Johnson as Drax in the background to firm up the parody.

Kenny Durkin - Bloom CountyBloom County Sesame Street by Kenny Durkin

RUNNER-UP (prize – free copies of the Sesame Street Comic Book!): For sheer skill at rendering Berke Breathed’s characters so faithfully, and for coming up with such an original, unpredictable mash up. If this piece had been a little more Sesame-centric than Bloom County-centric, it would have been in the top three easily.

Mary Beth Oliver - The AddamsSesame Street Addams Family by Mary Beth Oliver

RUNNER-UP (prize – free copies of the Sesame Street Comic Book!): Beautifully executed, and an original, unpredictable concept. I think I would have liked to see the Sesame Street characters carried just a bit further into Addams’ designs to really sell the idea.

Smig -Two-Face MonsterThe Two-Headed Monster as Two-Face by Smig

RUNNER-UP (prize – free copies of the Sesame Street Comic Book!): A familiar pop culture pick executed in an extremely original manner. I’d never have thought of using this dual-identity Muppet as Batman’s duel-identity foe, and I’m kicking myself for it. Great line work and coloring, as always.

Clayton Roederer - Big Bird as RiddlerBig Bird as The Riddler by Clayton Roederer

3RD PLACE (prize – free copies of the Sesame Street Comic Book!): Beautiful line work, great gag and dialogue, and an unconventional pairing. I would have liked to see this colored either in all traditional art media (i.e.marker.colored pencil, etc.) or else all digital color, just to give it a more uniform look. If that were the case, I could see this being a professionally licensed sesame Street product (and I would buy the heck out of it)!

Steve Troop - Bertman and DuckieBert & Ernie as Batman & Robin by Steve Troop

2ND PLACE (prize – free copies of the Sesame Street Comic Book!): It’s possibly the most recognizable reference in all the applicants, but the quality seen here makes it shine. The cartooning style is so wonderfully chunky and free in its lines–the characters are drawn so joyously organic despite the use of a decidedly inorganic technology to create the piece. I love Bert’s expression as Bernice is about to land on his head. And Grover’s exhuberant response to seeing them is endearing and funny. I do wish the artist had continued the organic quality of his characters with the way he drew the building and background (the chunky stars in the sky, however, fit the characters perfectly). The flat, precise digital brick work and city skyline distracts the eye from an otherwise gorgeous cartoon.

Noah Ginex - TintinSesame Street TinTin by Noah Ginex

1ST PLACE (prize – your own Muppet caricature by Sesame comic artist Rolo Mallada!): This piece has it all–an inspired, original concept, a slew of Sesame Street characters to play with in TinTin’s world, and a really fun, loose cartooning style that screams “Muppets!” while still having that familiar Herge feel to the design and theme. The Two-Headed Monster as Thomson and Thomson is an extremely inspired choice. And Telly as Nestor the butler really stands out for me in this piece–a lovely little cartoon character unto himself. And the background is superb–a perfect fit alongside the characters in the foreground, and lovingly detailed. While I appreciate fading out the background to make the foreground characters pop (I employ this in my own work frequently), I would suggest a little less fading here, just so that great background isn’t entirely washed out. All in all, a brilliant pop culture mash up!

Congratulations to our winners, and a huge congrats to Noah Ginex for winning our grand prize!  You’ll be getting your very own Muppet caricature!

And many thanks to everyone who entered our contest!  We are beyond impressed with all of you!

And once again, thanks to Jay Fosgitt for joining us as our celebrity guest judge! You can keep up with Jay’s work on his website.

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by Joe Hennes and Jay Fosgitt

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