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Muppet Labs Redux by CrackpotComics Muppet Labs Redux by CrackpotComics
A reworking of this old piece [link] , for the "So I Herd U Liek Progress" contest which ends in a number of hours...once again, it's a scene from my old fanfic "A Very Muppets Mystery"; long story short, Fozzie's on the run from the police (hence his disguise) while the human detective Phyllis Pepper (the first-person narrator) works his case, with one of the clues directing her to Muppet Labs, where a number of ridiculous gags take place, including the following...

“Ah, yes, of course,” the Doctor rejoined, waving my request away like a fly that he was dealing with very patiently. Picking up a clipboard and ballpoint pen, he began to write furiously on a piece of paper before pausing confusedly to pick up the pen and shake it a little. “That’s strange,” he muttered, then proceeded to write on Beaker’s lab coat, the wearer of which tried desperately but pointlessly to wriggle out of reach. Though no ink mark was made on the coat, the spot that had been written on did burst into flames. Shrieking, Beaker ran around wildly trying to put it out while Dr. Honeydew chuckled to himself again and put the pen back in the chest pocket of his lab coat. “How silly of me,” he laughed lightheartedly, turning around the clipboard to reveal a piece of paper with a blackly charred hole in the center. “That was my prototype Muppet Labs Flare Pen™, for writers who like to live on the dangerous side!”

As the Doctor chortled over his carelessness, Beaker was still trying to find some way to put out his flaming lab coat. Eventually he jumped into a water cooler in the back, sighing thankfully as steam
hissed out and into the rest of the room. I was beginning to have my doubts about coming here...

“Can I buy one of those?” Fozzie asked excitedly, so impressed by the display that he’d removed his hat.

“I’m afraid not,” the Doctor sighed regretfully. “Upper management deemed it too hazardous for public use.”

“Gee, I wonder why,” I commented sarcastically, but Dr. Honeydew didn’t even seem to register the tone I’d used.

“I wonder as well...”


As you can see, here I represented a different moment of the scene than in the original work, as well as giving it a different feel. Whereas the original was a pretty stagnant moment, mostly showing the short pause and overwhelming shock following Beaker's extinguishment, here the focus is on the pure chaos and exaggerated emotions, with Beaker's terror, Bunsen's jovial obliviousness, Fozzie's eager excitement and Phyllis's vague surprise/disbelief. And of course the original was done with one fine marker pen and colored pencils while this was done with a variety of brush and marker pens and digitally colored, as well as utilizing a different angle and composition and other things that are readily discernible.

Poor Dr. Strangepork. Even though he was present throughout that entire chapter of the story, in the original version of the piece he was almost totally obscured by Phyllis, and now he doesn't appear in the image at all...
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Darth-Silas Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012   Artist
I read through the entire A Very Muppet's Mystery. I really enjoyed it. Had a thought for a possible story.

Do you remember the episode of Muppet's Tonight where Bunsen invented Mood Meals? The biscotti made the eater incredibly nice and the chimichanga made them pure evil.

So, what would happen if Beaker ended up eating the chimichanga? He'd probably be pretty dangerous with all the bad memories and suffering he's undergone as Bunsen's test subject. He'd be out for revenge. His clones did chase Bunsen all over the Muppet Theater.
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Artist
I actually haven't ever seen any episodes of Muppets Tonight...they're not out on DVD or anything, are they? (I keep forgetting to check if any more seasons of The Muppet Show have wound up on DVD, too...)
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Darth-Silas Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012   Artist
Some can be found on Youtube. I have the first season of The Muppet Show saved as a playlist and haven't gotten around to adding the others yet. They should all be on the user page I found them on though.

My Aunt has the Muppet Show on DVD, so at least some of them are out, if not all five.
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Tartansweet Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This made me laugh so hard! You're artwork reminds of the style used in some muppet comics... either way, lovely work. :D
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Artist
Aw, thanks so much!
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SharkBiteGal Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist
lol I loved that part in the story, Im on Chapter 19 right now I LOVE the story! :D
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student Artist
Aw, thank you so much!
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Jane-Martin906 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Wow, you can definitely see the progress. You have improved immensely. :)
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Student Artist
Thank you so much!
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Zebeckras Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
I REALLY like how this turned out, not only your angles but the change in cartooniness and your confidence in that style really shine through. The exagerrations, which I have failed to spell properly, in the expressions just bring this totally to life. I love Fozzie's grin. I also love the framing of the action just before Phyllis and Fozzie, to the point where you're balancing the focus of the picture - they are in the foreground and are larger, and there is plenty to get out of them, but the way you shaded them and made the center of the pic brighter despite being smaller draws attention to them. I actually think the focus is even between the two, rather than being fixed mostly on Bunsen and Beaker, and I think that's largely thanks to how you coloured it rather than to the more lively action in the center.

Anyway, whew, long comment but this is really, really well done and does show a ton of progress that I did not think was needed when I first saw the original pic (which I thought was great). Colour me impressed!

Btw, I'm heading home today and I'll let you know straight away if the commission is in. I never remembered to ask about it in phone calls and my husband never volunteered the info, but I'll find out in a few hours. I hope. If my flight is not delayed. :P
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Student Artist
Thank you so much! At least pieces like this let me know I'm getting something out of art school, in terms of being able to balance compositions in the way you so perfectly described in your comments. :)

Hope you have a good flight!
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halfeatencandybars Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Professional Artist
Love, love, LOVE this picture! I want to get all nerdy art-terms on your ass, like gush about how successfully you conveyed depth by the figures in the foreground, and nonsense like that . . . the expressions are fantastic (poor Beaker XD), and I love the "Safety first!" sign. While someone is on fire in the background. Very nice work, my friend.
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Student Artist
Thank you so much! And yeah, the "safety first" sign...that was basically tossed in because my favorite part of the original was the partially obscured "A Safe Lab Is A Happy Lab" sign in the background, and I was all sad when I realized that the lack of detailed background here meant I wouldn't be able to toss it in again, until I realized "Duh, tape it to the table". :XD:
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YakkoWarner Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
I remember this!! I loved that story! <3
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Student Artist
Thank you! And hey, it's fitting that you came back for this, since you partially inspired the original version of the piece (re: artist's comments [link] ). :D
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YakkoWarner Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Haha! I totally forgot about that! :D It's really cool to see you redo it.
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Lil-Vampy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
I LOVE. I LOVE I LOVE I LOOOOVE. Phyllis has been missed!
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Student Artist
Thanks! I've missed her too. :)
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Orange-Octopi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Definitely more energy in this pic than in the original, and depicting one of my favorite scenes from the story, which remains one of the best fanfics I've ever read, next to Crowns of the Kingdom. Looks great, good luck on the contest!
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Student Artist
Aw, thank you so much!
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Fangirl-of-Ace Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Oh holy whoa. *_* It really looks like it could be the cover of a comic book, so kudos for youdos!
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Student Artist
Haha, thanks!
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Groovy-Gecko Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Student General Artist
HOORAY! Phyllis is BACK!!! :iconlaplz:
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Student Artist
I'm actually thinking of having her cameo someday in this original series of mine: [link] :P Which wouldn't be for a long time, to be sure, but just so you know she's a looooooong way from getting trapped in OC Purgatory.
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Groovy-Gecko Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Student General Artist
I think she'll fit in there just fine! :D
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MonkeysUndles Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Student Writer
*hysterical laugh*
Oh my gosh this is perfict! The faces, the dialog, the whole idea, just brilliant!!
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Student Artist
Thank you so much! I still love this ridiculous scene, so it was a lot of fun to play with again.
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CassieThomas Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is a thing of beauty that deserves first place.
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CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Student Artist
Not really, considering I threw it together in a day or two (which mostly just occured in fifteen-minute increments spread out over at least two weeks), and there are so many nicer-looking pics in the contest gallery...^^; But thanks!
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