Outside Reading — Return to Oz edition

Frank Oz on life as Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and Yoda: ‘I’d love to do the Muppets again but Disney doesn’t want me by Hadley Freeman

It’s a shame that The Guardian editors chose to headline this articles with its most clickbait-y detail, and, sure enough, most reaction stories pointing to the piece highlight the very same conflict with the mouse-house powers that be. The creative differences are the least engaging part of this profile of Franz Oz, the performer who was second only to Jim Henson in shaping the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational set of characters to emerge in the latter half of the twentieth century. In particular, writer Hadley Freeman brings her own emotional reactions into the piece in a way that properly and effectively mirrors the resounding influence the Muppets have had on so many.

Superman short story by Scott Kurtz and Karl Kerschl

This five-page comic story, created by writer Scott Kurtz and artist Karl Kerschl outside the purview of DC Comics, does a marvelous job capturing the spirit of the last son of Krypton. It’s warm, kind, filled with wonder, and beautifully rendered in every way. This is Superman and his most fundamental and affecting. It also represents the creative approach that the character’s corporate owners too often seem hellbent on avoiding.

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