A few weeks ago, I wrote a post featuring a ceramic mail-order frog named Tillie. Jeffery and I came across Tillie in a 1986 issue of McCalls. You can read all about that here.
I thought my assessment of Tillie was rather cheeky. So, needless to say, I was surprised when her creator, Jessica DeStefano, wrote to me and suggested a collaboration.
“I would love to talk with you further as I absolutely love your website and your incredible talent and insights. You are right Tillie attracts mostly an older clientele. But, Tillie is about to have a mid-life crisis and perhaps you could give me some tips on how to have her emerge a little more edgy and perhaps reach a younger crowd without losing the wonderful loyal fans she already has.
Tillie has an interest in being a voice for going Green…After all she is already GREEN!!”
I was sure that someone was getting my goat, er, frog. Like, this must be payback for all the times I’ve secretly answered my friends’ Craigslist ads and feigned interest in an oversized orange couch or guitar lessons.
Then I received this:
And…wait for it….
“Here are a few sample Tillie talk bubbles… You and your readers can just write what you think Tillie might be saying under each picture or type it in the talk bubble if you/they have photoshop. I think it would be fun..!! Let me know …k…. ” Rib-bit Up!.” as Tillie would say!”
Rib-bit up, readers. What do you think a Thoroughly Modern Tillie might have to say? You can either leave your responses as blog comments or email me at Trybeccablog@gmail.com. Extra points for photo-shopped Tillies. And remember: 2007 Tillie is older, edgier, and probably owns An Inconvenient Truth. But I doubt she uses profanity (ie, keep it clean like an aerated pond). I’ll narrow the captions down to the three funniest, and then let you, my readers, vote on a winner a la The New Yorker cartoon contest.
Oh, and I’m proposing Tillie Vanilli: a sculpture of two lip syncing frogs and a synthesizer.
I still haven’t heard from Mary Louise Parker, but I just know she’s next.