The Gilchrist brothers Muppets comic strips from the 80s continue to inspire me. The perfect way to unwind after a hard day’s work. Super simple in content and style, they still make me smile. Or maybe I should say they make me smile because of their simplicity. Or is it the innocent sweetness reminding me of my childhood?
I really like Guy Gilchrist’s drawing style. The characters are boiled down to the essentials, interpreted in a personal way. The weight of the ink lines are well balanced, the volume of the characters is solid. You don’t find a single superfluous line. Every line has meaning.
I love these collection books. The strips are pure black and white, which makes you appreciate the ink work a lot more. I got them through Amazon from various second-hand bookshops. Cheap, fast, carefully packaged. I like to think about how these books were once in somebody’s home. There’s a history to these items.
The only thing I miss are the half and whole page strips that I used to collect from various magazines as a child. Does anyone know if there are collections of these available? The final strip of the Muppets series according to Muppetwiki:
Guy Gilchrist worked on many comic strips, like Nancy and Sluggo, Mudpie, Today’s Dogg and The Muppets. He even helped create The Muppet Babies cartoon series back in the days.
Guy Gilchrist is also a country musician. You can check out what he’s up to these days here. Everything in this post is ⓒ The Jim Henson Company.