Hey Danny! We're having a discussion on the Article Content Board about the unfinished project "Island of the Lost Muppets", a.k.a. "Muppetamia". One of the sources is an old MuppetZine article, where you say that the show would have introduced new Muppets called The Orangs.
There's no mention of the Orangs in any of our other sources. Do you remember where you heard about them?
Gosh. It was probably from Playthings magazine, which I scoured in the library for mentions of Henson. They would mention upcoming projects as possible sources of licensing. I think that's where I got the info on some of the other projects mentioned in that article, like Muppet Voyager, Muppet High and the Miss Piggy mystery books. I don't know if I still have a photocopy -- I just looked through old piles of files and I haven't found it yet. I'll keep looking. It's a pain that I wasn't more careful in the MZine days to keep track of sources; I didn't realize I would be co-writing an encyclopedia ten years later. :)
Even though I'm a few months late, I wanted to thank you for posting those fantastic pictures! I find those very inspiring -- they always immediately make me want to start drawing something. (I've even been compiling a color guide for my own reference.)
How awesomely weird is this? This cover might have originally been some kind of "what's wrong with this picture" activity game; look at Bert's incomplete umbrella! And nobody at this publishing company bothered to check.
I used to own a fourth book that had a photo of Bert, Ernie, Cookie and Grover on the back, with a puppeteer's face clearly visible underneath Bert. I'm still searching for that one.
Heya! I just came across this pop-up cafe thing that happened in Japan a couple years ago. I googled around a bit and found some other pictures, too. Is that something we'd want to cover here, do you think?