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Thu
Aug 14 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Our Boss Went to LonCon and All We Got Was This Stupid Grail

Irene Gallo has decided to get out of the Art Directing/Publishing/Website-Producing game and pursue some dragons! Possibly also windmills and/or the Holy Grail. Personally? We vote dragons. They’ll be much more fun to have around the office. If she brings the Grail back, we’ll just have moon-eyed knights, Nazis, and rogue archaeologists wandering in at all hours trying to steal it...although if she brings both back, then we could set up a dragon guard to protect the Grail...

Morning Roundup has writing advice from Tolkien himself, an investigation with the Ocean’s Greatest Detective, and possibilities for Guardians of the Galaxy 2!

[Plus, Muppets + Beastie Boys.]

Sat
Jul 26 2014 7:40pm

These New Orphan Black Clones Sure Are Unexpected

Tatiana Maslany Orphan Black Muppets

Boy, Orphan Black season 3 is sure going to head off in some weird directions! How many Muppet clones of Tatiana Maslany are running around? How deep does the conspiracy go? Does Mr. Hooper know about this?!?

Oh...this is Maslany at Nerd HQ at San Diego Comic Con? Okay.

Wait, is Bert at Comic Con without Ernie?!? #scandal

Mon
Jul 21 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Cookie Monster Not Yet Al Dente

Is Cookie Monster our new Jesus? Will other Muppets begin appearing randomly in peoples’ foodstuffs? Cause if so we can totally work with that. If we happen to see a water-stained wall, and the stain forms itself into an image of Piggy? That’d be great. If we tear open a bag of potato chips, and find ourselves staring into the loving face of Grover? Best day ever. Children venture into a cave, only to find a vision of Kermit predicting the future? This is a world we’ll be happy to inhabit.

Morning Roundup has Star Wars news! And thoughts on Hercules’ writer, Spider-Man’s amazing future, and Kamala Khan’s cultural compromises!

[Plus a lesson in how to internet from Weird Al.]

Mon
Jul 7 2014 2:15pm

The Baby From Labyrinth Made a Short Puppet Film a Lot Like Labyrinth

Labyrinth baby stripey pajamas short film Lessons Learned Toby Froud Heather Henson puppets

It turns out the baby in the stripey pajamas from Labyrinth kind of did grow up to be the Goblin King—in a sense. Toby Froud, who played the little tot David Bowie tossed around during “Magic Dance,” is all grown up and working in the family business: Following in the footsteps of his dad, Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal conceptual artist Brian Froud, he’s teamed up with Heather Henson to bring us a wonderfully eerie, puppet-filled short film, Lessons Learned, which harkens back to the stylistic gloom of Labyrinth.

[Check out the trailer!]

Thu
Jul 3 2014 5:00pm

Happy Fourth of July from Tor.com!

Your friends at Tor.com are taking a small break to celebrate Independence Day here in the U.S., (as are our regular features) and in what has become a tradition for us, we like giving our readers a dose of Muppet patriotism courtesy of Sam the Eagle: keeping the world safe from weirdos since 1976.

Enjoy and have a great 4th of July!

Thu
Jun 5 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Who Will Serve as Tyrion’s Champion Against his Hair Stylist?

So yesterday the internet, the granter of all good things, coughed up this wonderful yearbook photo of Peter Dinklage and his rad 80s mullet. Everything about the makes us happy, from the Duran Duran-style feathering to the man-who-would-be-Tyrion’s badass countenance, and his (honestly, seriously) thoughtful yearbook quote from playwright Sam Shepard: “Words are tools of imagery in motion.”

Morning Roundup gasps as it realizes: the call is coming from within the Falcon! And we have news about a certain mystical doctor, and thoughts on how to teach both math and the alphabet!

[Plus a tribute to the man behind a wonderful Muppet]

Tue
Apr 22 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Power Boys Deserve Windows, Too!

Kate or Die shared this response to Power Girl’s inconveniently drafty creative costume. Before you worry about the fact that this would make the proposed Power Boy a bit...er...vulnerable, just think about how freeing and empowering it’ll feel for him! Once he gets used to it.

Artist Cory Walker has given us this beautifully succinct argument for form following function when it comes to superhero couture. He also points out the creative physics of cleavage creases! He’s made our week, and it’s only Tuesday.

Morning Roundup has thoughts on diversity in publishing, art from Star Wars Rebels, and a reconsideration of the proliferation of villains in the modern superhero epic.

[Plus, Kermit and Fozzie engage in an existential debate!]

Thu
Apr 17 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: This Pint-sized Agent Coulson Will Warm Your Cold, Dead Heart

Girls Love Comics made our century with this heartwarming drawing of Agent Coulson as a little boy. Do you think Mama Coulson called him Philly? And we bet he and his friends used to play “Cap vs. Hydra” all the time after school, never dreaming that one day grown up Coulson would... well... that things would get so complicated.

Adulthood sucks.

Morning Roundup has a come-to-Kermit moment, Pharrell lends his songsmithing to a spider, and there is yet another rumor about Days of Future Past!

[Plus, the best second best use of wine glasses we’ve ever seen.]

Fri
Mar 28 2014 11:00am

Tattoos Speak Louder Than Words: SFF Characters with Ink

Popeye

Tattoos are pretty socially acceptable nowadays, but there was a time when just having interesting ink marked you as an outsider, a rebel, or even a criminal. Writers have used them for years to literally mark their characters, either to push them toward the edge of society, or to mark them as special, mystical, in touch with a magical word invisible to others.

We asked on Twitter for the best tattooed SFF characters, and we’ve collected some of the responses below. See if your favorite is here, and let us know who we missed in the comments!

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Thu
Mar 27 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Game of Thrones Art Openings are Always Grim Affairs

Looking to get into the proper mood for Game of Thrones? Robert M. Ball has a project called Beautiful Death, in which he presents imaginative illustrations of deaths from each episode of the show. He’s posting one per day, leading up to the Season 4 premiere, so it’s basically a gruesome advent calendar. Ball has only worked his way up through Season 2 so far, but obviously spoilers abound! (via The Mary Sue!)

Morning Roundup has new images from Gotham, and interviews with the people behind Tyrion Lannister and Jem, and an entire rainbow of Muppets!

[Plus a discussion of race in SFF!]

Fri
Mar 21 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup Wants to Dance with Iron Princess!

The Mary Sue found these wonderful cake toppers, apparently themed for a “Princess Superhero” party! This is basically the greatest party idea we’ve ever heard.

Morning Roundup has hints about Sleepy Hollow Season 2, Captain America 3, and Maleficent!

[Plus the next step in exotic dancing!]

Wed
Mar 19 2014 3:00pm

Muppets Auditioning for the Part of Yoda

And now, the video that needs no introduction. Well, maybe it does: we all know Yoda is a Muppet. But what you don’t know is that his real name is probably Albert or Gunther, because he had to try out for the part just like everyone else. Here are the screentests of those select few who were lucky enough to score a Yoda audition in the late 1970s:

[Watch Below!]

Wed
Mar 19 2014 9:00am

Let’s Sort the Muppets Into Hogwarts Houses

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As we might have mentioned before, our favorite office game is to sort characters into Hogwarts Houses. We are not unique in this of course—a good portion of fandom has Sorting Disease—but we like bringing the party to you, as it were.

And with Muppets Most Wanted coming out, it seemed only natural to get the crew sorted! Join us while we play the music and light the lights!

[Why don’t you get things started?]

Fri
Feb 28 2014 1:45pm

The Muppets Have to Dance and Sing to You About Their Sequel

Muppets Most Wanted song and dance preview

While the marketing for Muppets Most Wanted has been admittedly brilliant at times, we were stopped cold by this song and dance number they put together. Ready to see the gang together doing what they do best?

[We’re going to do it all again!]

Wed
Feb 26 2014 9:00am

Morning Roundup: Who’s a Good Fuzzball? You’re a Good Fuzzball!

Geeks of Doom shared this image, and after the week we’ve already had, we’re sure you’ll agree that this needs to spread across the internet to every possible set of eyes.

Morning Roundup looks at Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Days of Future Past! And, taking a brief break from the Marvel universe, we have some thoughts about Dune, and a possible follow up to True Detective.

[Plus an interview with Leonard Nimoy that sets a new bar for adorable.]

Tue
Feb 4 2014 9:00am

Morning Roundup: That’s Not How You Choke Your Companion, Peter Capaldi!

The new Doctor is learning how to hug! Maybe? He doesn’t look so sure of this enterprise. But what of those rings he’s wearing? Did his new body just come equipped with accessories? Is River behind this somehow?

Today’s Morning Roundup is full of wonder! We always love Benedict Cumberbatch, but never more than when he’s surrounded by Muppets. Steven Moffat performs a post-mortem on Sherlock, and we have the greatest social media interaction of all time.

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Thu
Jan 30 2014 9:00am

Morning Roundup: MUPPETSTORM is the Name of Our Heavy Metal Band

Our music is metalll!ll, alright? It’s like a firestorm...no, it’s like a waterfall made of skulls...no, it’s like a Viking horde storming the icy shores of hell, vanquishing every foe and instituting a new order...Jim Henson’s order!!!

We got a kick out of these heavy metal album covers losing their menace with the simple addition of googly eyes. It’s so Muppety! We bet Rolf would make a great lead singer.

Your morning roundup is counting every torpedo Janeway has and stealing the pope’s blood.

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Fri
Jan 3 2014 6:00pm

Mary Robinette Kowal Sings to You in Puppet Form!

Mary Robinette Kowal puppet

Somebody get that puppet a Regency dress! Author and puppeteer Mary Robinette Kowal recently auditioned for a (professional level) puppetry workshop that will be held by the living saints that bring us Sesame Street. After being accepted, she didn’t just shout from the rooftops that she’d gotten in. Instead, she used her practice and audition process as an opportunity to talk about how the craft of writing relates to her puppetry work, and to encourage all of us to dedicate ourselves to our work, whatever that work might be.

Click through to see Kowal perform Lewis Carroll’s “The Jabberwocky” in about a billion different hilarious character voices. There is also some singing, but we’re assuming that was actually performed by Patrick Rothfuss.

[Gyring and gimbling below]

Fri
Jan 3 2014 6:00pm

Mary Robinette Kowal Sings to You in Puppet Form!

Mary Robinette Kowal puppet

Somebody get that puppet a Regency dress! Author and puppeteer Mary Robinette Kowal recently auditioned for a (professional level) puppetry workshop that will be held by the living saints that bring us Sesame Street. After being accepted, she didn’t just shout from the rooftops that she’d gotten in. Instead, she used her practice and audition process as an opportunity to talk about how the craft of writing relates to her puppetry work, and to encourage all of us to dedicate ourselves to our work, whatever that work might be.

Click through to see Kowal perform Lewis Carroll’s “The Jabberwocky” in about a billion different hilarious character voices. There is also some singing, but we’re assuming that was actually performed by Patrick Rothfuss.

[Gyring and gimbling below]

Fri
Dec 27 2013 12:00pm

We Almost Didn’t Have the Muppets: Four Alternate Points in Jim Henson’s Life

Let me be clear, before we start, that I’m about to geek out on puppetry. Jim Henson is why I’m a professional puppeteer today, even though I never met him. Like many puppeteers, I grew up watching Sesame Street and The Muppet Show and before I discovered the wider world of puppetry.

Now, I’m also a science fiction writer and here’s the thing... Henson would be a really good subject for an Alternate History story of the “Duck Mr. President” variety, where a single change could affect the entire time line.

I do not exaggerate. The face of modern puppetry would be completely different if not for Jim Henson. Here, let me show you.

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