STITCHING TOGETHER, $3: 5½” x 8½”, offset, 16 pgs.

Nov 30, 2010

I don’t usually review comics—I don’t read many and I don’t feel qualified. But because the cover of this one features a lovingly hand-drawn portrait of one of my heroes, Kermit The Frog, I had to fish it out of the review bin. The Muppet Show was something my parents and I watched as a family before cancer made my family smaller. My lawyer mom and C.P.A. dad laughed as hard as I did. Kids at school used to tease me for being tall but none of the Muppets were normal. The glamorous human guest stars were just fine with Gonzo’s beak and Miss Piggy’s curves. Lots of people have stories like mine and some are included in this comic, which tells the life story of Muppets and Sesame Street creator Jim Henson. Did you know that the first Kermit was made out of halves of ping pong balls and Henson’s mother’s coat? It also includes a bio of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, the Stitching Together author Ed Choy Moorman did in art school. It is well drawn (meh, what do I know? It’s pretty). There is a nice alternative layout about a pilgrimage to Henson’s boyhood home in Leyland, Mississippi. If the Muppets had an impact on your life at all, this one’s a must. ([email protected])