Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Superman Celebration 2018

It's that time of year again when everyone descends upon Metropolis, IL, for a super weekend!  It's SUPERMAN CELEBRATION 2018!  After so many years, Metropolis is like a second home and this event is just like a family reunion for us.  It's always great to see so many old friends and make new ones!

Special Media Guests at Superman Celebration this year are:
Brandon Routh, Shaun Sipos, and Blake Ritson!

Come join us at the Smallville Tent for the making of puppets!  It's a huge event, so it's being presented on both Friday and Saturday.  We'll have a short discussion of puppetry, and then we'll dive right in to taking socks and making them into lovable creatures to perform.

The Muley and Friends Show - Live! will be presented on all three days, with a new showtime added on Sunday!  We're going to have Muley present one of his special kids' messages that he gives to First Congo that morning before presenting  his friends one final time during the weekend!

Don't forget to dress your kids up and bring them to the Super Kids Costume Contest hosted each year by Joan (in one of her fabulous costumes!) and Muley!  This event is fun for all ages!

Teeming with guests and artists/authors, there is someone for everyone!  Other guests this weekend are John Haymes Newton, our pal Aaron Smolinski, Jeff East, Jack O'Halloran, Ilya Salkind, Philo Barnhart, Alex Saviuk, Art Baltazar, Peter Poplaski, Michael Eury, John Pinto, Charles D. Moisant, Daniel Peretti, and more!

Be sure to come to Artist's Alley next to the Smallville Tent for even more great guests!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Save the Earth! Muley's Earth Day Message at First Congo

Delivered to the congregation of First Congo on 4/22/2018:

So, today is the day:  EARTH DAY!  It’s a day that we celebrate the earth!  Yeah, “Happy Earth day to you, Happy Earth day to you, Happy EARTH DAY dear Ear-erth!  Happy Earth day to you!”  And what a planet to celebrate!  It gives us air to breathe by having all the big, beautiful trees make oxygen, and food to eat from the clean soil, and water to drink!  Earth takes good care of us.  None of the other planets do that!  You can’t get that on Mercury, or on Venus, or on Jupiter, or on Mars, or on Pluto, or on Saturn, or on Neptune, or on the other planet which name I won’t say in church!  But, the planet Earth has everything on it for all of us and it takes good care of us.

And, what do we do when someone – or, I guess in this case, something takes care of us?  We say “Thank you!”  But, how do we say “thank you” to the planet Earth?  Like this:  “Thank you, Earth!”  Just like the Earth takes care of us, we have to take care of it.  You might say, “But, I’m only one person!  What can I do to take care of the earth?”

Well, plenty.  In the book of Genesis, we’re told to “till the earth and keep it.”  That means that we can work the land, but keep it safe also.  All we have to do is pay attention to the things we use every day.  Can the things we use be reused or recycled?

I brought some items and stuck them to the stage-podium-box thing here.  And you’ll see some numbers next to them.  Now, what number is next to the plastic straw?  7.5?  Right now, there is an estimated 7.5 MILLION straws on the edge of the oceans of the United States, and around the world the land that touches the water is covered by possibly 8.3 billion plastic straws.

Do you see that plastic bag?  What number is next to it?  100?  Every year there are 100 BILLION plastic bags used in the US, and 500 BILLION used around the world.  That’s one plastic bag for every man, woman and child every 4 days.  The city of Memphis spends $5.6 million dollars every year to bury plastic bags in landfills.  Guess what:  It takes between 10 years to 1000 years for a plastic bag to decompose!

See the plastic bottle?  What number is next to it?  1?  Seeing that number, how many plastic bottles do you think are used every minute? 1 million bottles are used per minute, and each bottle takes more than 450 years to decompose!  Less than 14 percent of plastic gets recycled per year, and that means that there’s a lot of garbage out in our planet that will never go away – unless we pay attention to the things we use!

And, now, what’s that number next to the earth that I drew?  1.  Hold up one finger.  There’s only one earth like our earth, just like there’s only one of each of you.  You are special because nobody else is like you in the world, and we only have our one world which makes it special so we HAVE to take care of it!

So, I just put down a bunch of numbers, and what does it all equal?  I have NO clue!  I stink at math.  But, I do know that your adults can help you figure it out, and that there are ways we can save our planet.  There are now stainless steel straws that can be reused, and we reuse plastic bags all the time at our house.  Oh, and the plastic bottles?  Forget about it.  I have washable and reusable containers at home. 

I once asked, “What can I do to take care of the earth?  I’m only one person!”  It only takes one person to be a leader.  I get my friends and we pick up garbage from the neighborhood, or at the park, and while it may not have been a ton of garbage at one time, it was enough to make a difference.  And you and your friends can do that, too.  We only have one beautiful earth, and we have to take care of it and keep it just as God gave it to us.  And you know why God gave us such a beautiful planet?  Because God loves you, and your pal Muley loves you, and I’ll see you real soon.


The following photos were borrowed from internet searches with no recollection where they were found; but, we'll be happy to list proper credits when given them!

What God gave us and what we did to it...

What God gave us and what we did to it...

What God gave us and what we did to it...

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Evolution Pop Culture Community Summit 3/10/2017

featuring Actor, Producer, Director - Robert Townsend (Meteor Man, Five Heartbeats, Hollywood Shuffle, B.A.P.S. etc.) will be hosted by Heal the Hood Foundation of Memphis and MAW Productions. The Summit will feature comic book story telling classes, a Community Summit with a Q&A session discussing African American Heroes, Meteor Man, Black Panther, social and economic empowerment, Meet and Greet opportunities and many more surprises. 
There will be live entertainment, autograph signing, and a huge opportunity to connect youth and adults in a growing culture of minority heroes. This exciting event gives you a in-depth experience with the first African American Super Hero to appear on the silver screen as well about powerful artists, writers, storytellers and visual effects experts. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it is absolutely FREEPlease RSVP to reserve your spot.  In addition to the Summit, we will have a Comic Book Storytelling class for 40 students that are interested in a massive opportunity to see how it's done first hand.
Please RSVP for the classes as well. Here's the schedule:

1pm - 1:45pm - Comic book Story Telling (Hero Empowerment Center)
2pm - 3:50pm - Community Summit featuring Robert Townsend, and a Celebrity Panel hosted by Amy Spears Speropoulos (Community Room) 
4pm - 5pm - Meet and Greet, Autograph signing and Mixer (Hero Empowerment Center)

Hickory Ridge Mall - Hero Empowerment Center
6075 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38115

Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (CST)

Heal the Hood Foundation of Memphis

Heal the Hood Foundation of Memphis (HTH) is a nonprofit organization that uses creative methods of the arts and media science to enact community change in the city of Memphis and surrounding areas.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Muley's Kids' Messages - Jan - July 2018

You know we love visiting our church at 1000 S Cooper St with a monthly message for the kids (and congregation!) at 10:30 am on Sunday morning.  There's usually some coffee about 10am somewhere that you can meet and greet church members and ask questions.  Come out to First Congo and visit with us!

Muley's Message Schedule
February 11
March 11
April 22
May 20
May 27
June 17
July 1

Photo by Chris Cooper. 10/29/2017

Muley never fails to captivate during the Children's Sermon!
Thanks to Kevin Williams for his talent and commitment to our
children's ministries. 6/18/2017

Muley and his human assistant, Kevin Williams, wait quietly
and very still in a tight box for at least a half-hour until it's time
for the Children's Sermon (below). But their dedication is rewarded
when they can see how much the children enjoy their special gifts! 4/23/2017
Kevin's Children's Church Lessons
February 4  Kevin Williams
March 18  Kevin Williams
April 15 Kevin Williams
June 3 Kevin Williams
July 8 Kevin Williams

Friday, September 22, 2017

SuperMule visits the Red Mullet Radio Show

Years ago, Red Mullet created the RCA and invited Muley the...er...SuperMule to be a part of the team.

Now, years later, they reunite for an exclusive interview.  CLICK HERE or CLICK HERE to check out this interview while enjoying the art below (by Andrew Chandler).  When the link opens, you want to go to Episode 20!

Red Mullet and Cow-Boy created by Jay Chuppe
Muley the Mule and SuperMule ©KLWP
Show produced by Andrew Chandler
Written by Jason Negen and Kevin L. Williams
Featuring the vocals of:
-Andrew Chandler
-Martheus Wade
-Janet Wade
-Amanda Chandler
-Kevin Williams

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Eclipse of 2017

Everyone has been so excited about the eclipse of August 21, 2017, that they've bought their special eclipse viewing glasses and are planning to stand outside to see the moon completely cover the sun.

Even these guys.

And girl.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Missy - not going to let you stop her...

We copied the previous comic strip here so you now know why Missy was looking in the window while Muley, Buford, and Roy Duck were watching TV.

You can see these comics and more information if you sign up for the newsletters at www.acmeclassics.com which shows the greatest old movies, shows, newsreels, and cartoons!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Updated Kids' Messages by Muley the Mule

Our church home is First Congregational Church, and ever so often Muley gets up to talk to the kids and the congregation about some important topic.  Usually something bible-y.

Each Sunday morning, someone shares a lesson with the kids before they go to children's church.  The other leaders are inspirational, and even the adults find something thought-provoking and interesting.  We lean on the energy of these people for our presentations.  Keith Norman, Marsha Walton, and Butch Odom are the others, and their deliveries are beautiful!

Come join us sometime and see what it's all about.  The music, the people, the message.  It's a good home to be a part of!

Below follows the kids' messages, and further down is the schedule for Kevin's turn in children's church.

There are just so many people to name for Children's Church.  It's such a great time, and the kids are brilliant and fun!

July 16:  Kevin and Muley
August 13 Kevin and Muley
September 3 Kevin and Muley
October 1 Kevin and Muley
October 29 Kevin and Muley
November 26 Kevin and Muley
December 31 (New Year's Eve) - Kevin and Muley

July 30 - Kevin Williams
September 17 - Kevin Williams
October 15 - Kevin Williams
November 19 - Kevin Williams
January 7 - Kevin Williams

Monday, June 26, 2017

Muley's June 18, 2017 Kids' Message

As is well-known, we attend First Congregational Church on Sunday mornings with a Meet-n-greet session in the Commons area with snacks and coffee starting at 10:00 am.  Services begin at 10:30 am.  One of the first things that drew us to the church was the beautiful performances of the choir.  Before continuing, CLICK HERE to hear "The Ground" from Sunrise Mass (video added by Mark Ratay, leader of the Cafe Congo which feeds 500 people each week {donate here}).  It's beautiful, and sounded even more beautiful in person.  Come hear them.  And will sound great while reading this.

So, as the church anthem begins, our own right-hand man to Roy Duck, DaMarco Randle, makes his way to light the worship candle.

Photo by Mark Ratay.

Followed by Muley's presentation.  His message follows (it changed a little bit during the presentation).

Photo by Mark Ratay. Julia Hicks wrote in "The Congo Beat" newsletter: "Muley never
fails to captivate during the Children's Sermon!  Thanks to Kevin Williams for his
talent and commitment to our children's ministries."
Good morning, Friends!  Today is one of my favorite times ever, and that’s when I get to be here, and I get to see all your faces.  Yup, looks pretty much like all our friends are here.  And some new friends.  Hi, new friends.  And some really OLD friends.  Hi, old friends.   
So, friends.  Let’s talk about friends!  Not the TV show, that was so 90’s! I mean real friends.  The people we see, talk to, e-mail, and that we love very much.  Friends will help you when you need them, friends will watch after you, and sometimes friends can be closer than even family members.  And some family members can be your closest friends!  Friends love you unconditionally AND friends are fun and funny.  You can play jokes on each other and not get mad. Friends are people you can share things with, like food, toys, probably not clothes, but you get the idea.  Friends are truly a treasure.  At least to me.  I have a friend who’s a dog, a duck, a cow, my cousins are also my friends and that’s a donkey and a horse; but, I also have human friends.  I consider you all my friends, too.  Do you all have friends?
Oh, have you ever had a friend that moved away?  That’s always the saddest.  I’ve had one of my friends move away and we couldn’t see each other or hang out anymore, but we can e-mail, write letters, and talk on the phone.  That’s always a good way to keep in touch.  I once heard some people talking and they said that you can always tell your very best friends.  They’re the ones that you can be away from a long time and when you do finally get together again, it’s just like old times!  Which, for us, “old times” is more like a few weeks ago, right? 
Well, we’re in a season of Pentecost, and it’s that period of time after the crucifixion and all, and Cleopas and a friend are walking away from Jerusalem.  Now, Jesus had 12 disciples, right?  Well, he had more than just 12.  He had a lot of followers who were also disciples and Jesus sent them out into the world also.  And of those other follower-disciples, here comes Cleopas and his friend, walking away from Jerusalem, and they were very sad.  They met up with a stranger and had to explain everything that just happened, and the stranger began to tell them how all the prophets through time gave news and the bible says that the stranger “interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.”  Hmm. “things about himself?”  He stayed the night with them, and at dinner he took a piece of bread and broke it and gave it to them, and then they realized that the stranger was Jesus! 
I wonder if Jesus is sometimes on the sidelines of the disciples’ activities, and then just jumps out all of a sudden and says, “Ta-daa!  It’s me! Jesus!”  That would be fun!But, Jesus let Himself be known when he broke bread over dinner.  Still, He was their friend and they didn’t recognize Him at first.  Kinda makes me wonder.  I wonder when I’ve been out and about and didn’t realize it, but do you think Jesus could show up to us even now?  Have we met Him and never known it?  The man on the corner asking for food?  The cold child who needs a jacket? The little old lady who needs the door open for her?  Jesus is everywhere! 
I think Jesus is always with us, and is even in this room right now.  Jesus is always with us, and is always right here…in our hearts.  We show others love, compassion, and fair treatment, and that’s what Jesus wants.  That’s what Jesus wants for us and from us, because Jesus loves you, and so does your pal Muley, and I’ll see you real soon!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Muley in Black and White

There's a couple of references here, wondering if you will see them; but, I'll share below.  This has been drawn to run with a newsletter from ACME Classics TV.
If you saw our show "Millionaire Magazines" on ACME Classics, you will notice the ball thrown into Jonathan's head at the end of the show; but, also from the table when the boys are doing art there are 3 drawings, the Bug toy (what other reference does this toy make?), and their box of crayons.  And, as always, Missy Mule is stalking Muley from outside the window.

Another 'inside' joke we have in the MuleyVerse is that dogs are supposedly color blind; but, we always let Buford the Dog make references to color.  Indeed, they're watching a good old movie ACME Classics TV.

In black and white.


I was once asked why our puppet shows use old music, or why the comics or props are always "old" items.  Well, "everything old is new again," meaning that modernized telephones, televisions, radios--the designs are SO BORING!  This comic strip wouldn't have the same effect if it were a new LED Flat Screen TV.  Just another insight from our MuleyVerse!