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
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...