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BOOM! Studios Comics Releases For February 17, 2016
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Below you’ll find the solicitations information and cover artwork for all of BOOM! Studios comics titles that were released on February 17, 2016.

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9 Things You Might Not Know About Jim Henson’s ‘Labyrinth’ (Video)
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David Bowie in Labyrinth

It’s hard to believe, and quite depressing to think about, but Jim Henson‘s cult classic fairy tale Labyrinth celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

To coincide with the anniversary the fine folks over at CineFix were set to do an episode of their “Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know” YouTube video series. It was planned for later in the year, but with the passing of star David Bowie recently it was decided to do it a little earlier.

So without further a do, click on over to the other side now to learn some fun facts about Labyrinth you might not have previously known about.

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Jim Henson’s ‘Labyrinth’ Reboot On The Way With ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Writer
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Jim Henson's Labyrinth Goblins

In October of 2014 we shared with you news that Labyrinth, the 1986 movie directed by the late, great Jim Henson, could be getting a sequel. Many were excited by the news, but it was then reported not long after that that sources had denied that a sequel to the puppet filled fantasy flick was actually being made. And we all moved on.

Though fans were excited about the thought of another adventure in the labyrinth with all of our favorite characters, including Jareth the Goblin King (played by David Bowie), prepare for some news you might not be so excited about. It’s now being reported that, not even two weeks after Bowie left us forever, a reboot of Labyrinth is in the works.

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‘Sesame Street’ Actress Sonia Manzano Will Retire From The Show After 44 Years
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Sonia Manzano and Elmo on Sesame Street

After more than four decades, one of Sesame Street‘s most lovable non-Muppet residents is moving on. Commence tears…

Actress Sonia Manzano, who has played the role of Maria Figueroa-Rodriguez for the past 44 years, recently announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference that she will be retiring from the show. Manzano joined the cast of Sesame Street in 1971 but didn’t become a series regular until three years later. On the show, her character runs the Fix-It Shop with her adoring husband Luis (Emilio Delgado, who has also been a cast member since 1971).

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt To Produce & Star In ‘Fraggle Rock’ Movie
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Fraggle Rock

The long gestating Fraggle Rock movie has added the kind of star power it needs to finally get into production. Joseph Gordon-Levitt joins the film, based on the The Jim Henson Company’s franchise of the same name, as producer as star, this according to a new report from Variety.

Debuting in 1983, Henson described Fraggle Rock as “a high-energy, raucous musical romp” that is “silly” and “wonderful.” The series centered on “cave-dwelling creatures called Fraggles who have to deal with the industrious Doozers and furry giants called Gorgs,” all of whom lived in the underground world known as Fraggle Rock.

More on this, as well as a quote from Gordon-Levitt after the jump.

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Must See: ‘Dinosaurs’ Dad Sings Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize”
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Dinosaurs TV Show

One of my favorite TV shows growing up was Dinosaurs, which ran from 1991 to 1994 and followed the day-to-day lives of an anthropomorphic family of dinosaurs. As a kid the primary reason the show caught my attention is because of the fact that all of the characters were puppets—or the Jim Henson factor. And not just because it reminded me of Labyrinth or Dark Crystal and so on; it was actually created by Jim Henson Productions along with Walt Disney Television, Buena Vista International, and Michael Jacobs Productions.

Every now and again you see a mention to Dinosaurs, but for the most part it’s one of the many lost to time. But today, today brings with it a real treat. Someone took the show’s father character, Earl Sinclair (voiced on the show by Stuart Pankin), and created a music video of him performing The Notorious B.I.G.‘s hit song “Hypnotize.”

The result is simply perfect. You’ll be amazed by how well it works. This, ladies and gentlemen, is what the internet was made for. You can check out the video for yourself below.

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Comic Review: Jim Henson’s The Musical Monsters Of Turkey Hollow
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The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow reviewJim Henson’s The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow
Hardcover
Written by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl
Art by Roger Langridge
Colors by Ian Herring
Letters by Roger Langridge
Covers by Roger Langridge
Archaia Entertaintment
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Cover Price: $24.99

Before Sesame Street and The Muppet Show existed, Jim Henson and his writing partner Jerry Juhl were still trying to find their way into bigger television markets. After finishing up their first television project Sam and Friends, as the foreword to this book explains, they began plotting out new programs and feature length films. One of the programs, a Thanksgiving Day special, never made it to the air. But enough of the original material survived and found its way into comic form.

The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow follows a young boy named Timmy who comes across a group of monsters that speak in music. They help him learn guitar, which astonishes his sister Ann as her lessons didn’t seem to be taking hold. They also cause a bit of strife for Timmy, and Mr. Sump uses them as an excuse to get Timmy’s family kicked off their farm so he can have it all to himself. Rabbles are roused, hijinks ensue, and at least two shots are fired (don’t worry, no one gets hurt) in this tale of friendship and song.

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Check That: ‘Labyrinth’ Sequel Might Not Be In The Works After All
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Labyrinth Worm

Last week we spotted a curious little bit of information in an article by Variety that seemed to indicate that, along with the new Fraggle Rock and Dark Crystal movies we’ve heard about, The Jim Henson Company was also working on a sequel to their 1986 fan-favorite Labyrinth…something no one else had ever heard about.

It seemed odd that not another peep about this sequel was to be found anywhere on the internet, but seeing as how it was Variety, we ran with it while also warning that it could turn out to be a misunderstanding. And as it turns out, sadly, this might be the case after all. According to Entertainment Weekly, sources have told them that a sequel is not being developed at the moment. The Henson Co. had no comment.

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Patton Oswalt’s ‘Parks and Recreation’ Filibuster To Become A Movie…Starring The Muppets?!
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The Muppets

Disney is reportedly quite unhappy with the scathing reviews and middling box office of Muppets Most Wanted, the latest big screen outing of the late Jim Henson’s adorable felt creations. Thus they have announced today that the beloved characters will be taken in a completely different direction for their next feature film.

The studio has decided to unite The Muppets with two of their most profitable franchises in adapting Patton Oswalt‘s epic filibuster from an April 2013 episode of the NBC sitcom Parks & Recreation. In the full nearly 9-minute video (which you can watch here below), Oswalt wove an amazing tale that combined the Star Wars and Marvel universes in one awe-inspiring adventure that would shatter the minds of geeks the world over. According to an unnamed spokesperson at the studio, Disney feels that this story could work, without undermining Star Wars: Episode VII and the various Marvel Studios projects in various stages of development.

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John Henson, Son Of Muppets Founder Jim Henson, Has Died
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John Henson

John Henson, one of the sons of the late Jim Henson, who had created an empire with his puppet creations The Muppets, died of a heart attack on Friday. He was 48 years old. A rep from The Jim Henson Company confirmed the news on Facebook on Saturday, stating that Henson was at his home in Saugerties, NY, with his daughter at the time of his death.

Henson had been full-fledged involved with his father’s creations; he was a puppeteer for the Muppets and had performed as Sweetums the Ogre in several Muppet-themed films, including Muppet Treasure Island and The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz. He was also a shareholder and board member of The Jim Henson Company.

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