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Garage Oldies

I’ve been cleaning out the garage, excavating lots of old artwork from my Muppet days when I was designing and illustrating licensed products. I thought I might post some iPhone pics here.

This one looks like a piece I did for some Muppet art markers – and it looks like it wrapped a thick book or package with a rat in the middle, on the spine – as line art to be colored, I’m sure.

Here another one, which is quite big and very light, which makes me think type was going over all the light parts – I think it was a complex package (judging by the crop marks where folds would go) with a window in the open space showing the product inside – which I’m guessing was a Fraggle celery vehicle toy. That’s why the characters are not in the same perspective – the box turned a corner between the characters. Hey, I designed 2,000 Muppet products/packages 30 years ago, and I don’t remember them. Also, it has been a long time since I used watercolors – all I do are political cartoons on the computer now. Sorry about the color and exposure – hey, it’s a phone camera.

Here’s another Fraggle project I don’t remember – these look like line art for sheets of Fraggle stickers, or rub-ons, or Colorforms, that probably were meant to stick onto backgrounds that I probably painted – but I have no idea. Does anybody remember this product? Jeez, the garage is full of old junk. I did lots of stuff like this. I even did Muppet Shrinky-Dinks.

I miss my old Muppet days.

In the garage I found a bunch of Muppet comics pages, like this one that I’m guessing was for Muppet Magazine. I remember going into Marvel Comics where they asked me to draw Muppet comic books, and I said, “great! lets do it!” and they said, “$50/page” Ouch. No Marvel Comics for me.

This gouache painting was for a Muppet Babies wallpaper runner. I remember they thought my Piggy face wasn’t baby enough so I corrected it with a patch. I drew Muppets on wallpaper, shoes, pajamas, toys, books, games, watches, glassware, lunch boxes, hats, purses, McDonalds toys, turnarounds for sculptors … my memory fades, but my garage never forgets.

I’ll post some more occasionally.

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.