Episode 50 – “Steve Troop/Melonpool”

Show notes: For this 50th episode of Drawing Funny I’m joined by MSCA president Kevin L. Williams as we interview his longtime friend Steve Troop

Steve has worked as an animator, cartoonist and graphic designer for around 30 years now. He’s the creator of Mayberry Melonpool, an online comic strip series since 1996. In the late-2000s, Steve’s puppet versions of Melonpool were featured in the online web series Quickcast by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy). He has worked as an illustrator and storyboard artist for Attack of the Killer Tomatoes – The Animated Series, and the CGI animated feature Ping Pong Rabbit. Steve co-owns Puppet Design Studio in Valencia, CA where he’s designed and built puppets for Nike, American Greetings, Glee, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Teen Titans, and The Big Bang Theory. Steve’s credits include working with Mike Johnson (director – Corpse Bride), Phil Nibbelink (animator – Roger Rabbit), Kid Cudi, Pharell, live puppetry performance in Trace Adkins’ music video “Brown Chicken, Brown Cow” as well as Ed Sheeran’s 2014 MTV Video Music Awards Best Male Video, “Sing.”

Steve and Melonpool made a cameo in Comic Book: The Movie, and is also the co-creator of the off-off-Broadway FRINGE production, Alien VS Musical.

Steve will be the instructor at a puppetry design/build workshop at The Land Schools in Las Vegas this March 24-26, 2023. He’ll teach you everything he learned in the first ten years of building puppets – in three days! If you are serious about puppetry, you should attend this class. Use code Prcy30 at checkout for 30% off ANY workshop. More info at www.thelandschools.com.

(Photo by Julie Eisenhower)

We’ll have video segments from this interview on the MSCA’s YouTube channel soon. “Stay TOONED!”


Mid-South Cartoonists Association/MSCA (Memphis, TN) – www.midsouthcartoonists.org

My art website – www.linworkman.com

Kevin L. Williams – www.muleythemule.com

Steve Troop (Portfolio)www.stevetroop.com

Melonpool Comics www.melonpool.com

Alien VS Musical www.alienvsmusical.com

Puppet Design Studio www.puppetdesignstudio.com

Puppet Troop www.puppettroop.com

Land Schools (Las Vegas) www.thelandschools.com

Books by Steve Troop on Amazon www.amazon.com

Garibaldi’s Pizza www.garibaldispizza.com

901 Comics – www.901-comics.business.site

Germantown Community Theatre www.theatrememphis.org
















Theme: Silly Bank Heist” music by Steve Oxen. Additional music “ShakaLaka” by David Renda.

©2020 Fesliyan Studios Inc. – music and sound effects used by permission.

Please DO NOT add this audio content to the Youtube Content ID System. I have used background music which is owned by Fesliyan Studios.

Movie quotes and additional sounds from 101soundboards.com. 

Run time: 1hr 40min

Mayberry Melonpool and Muley The Mule.

C-3PO PVC puppet.

Alien VS Musical

GLEE: Becky (Lauren Potter) and her puppet in the “Puppet Master” episode of GLEE on FOX. ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Adam Rose/FOX

GLEE: Some of the New Directions and their puppet dopplegangers in the “Puppet Master” episode of GLEE on FOX. ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Adam Rose/FOX

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