Thursday, January 22, 2015

Buford Adopts a Kitty - Part 3

(Click comic strip to see it larger.)
You can see Parts 1 & 2 by clicking here.

As I mentioned before, I like to take items from my real life and add them to the comic strips for Muley the Mule and Friends. 

When we perform puppets, I assist Muley; but, Martheus Wade assists Buford the Dog and Janet Wade assists Missy Mule.  Now, while I adopted Wendy that inspired this series, Martheus and Janet adopted a black cat which they named Black Cat, who had a kitten that was named Black Kitty

So, when it came time for Buford to name his kitten, I thought, "What better play on real life than to borrow from his live-show assistant."  So, Buford names his cat Kitty since it's a kitten.

The Wades with the original Kitty.

Hope the story is moving along fun for you!

Here comes part 4!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Buford Adopts a Kitty - Parts 1 & 2

(Click the comic strips to see them bigger.)

I have mentioned before that most of the things I write for puppets or comic strips have a basis on my real life.   In this series of strips, Buford the Dog adopts a kitten.

The story begins with Zombie Walk and my buddy, DaMarco Randle, also the supplier of the photos to follow.

DaMarco is the clown in the middle...
 A few years ago, after Zombie Walk was over, I traveled home on Danny Thomas Blvd in Memphis with my buddy DaMarco Randle, when he, in the passenger seat, began hitting the invisible passenger-side brakes yelling, “CAT IN THE ROAD! CAT IN THE ROAD! Didn’t you see the cat in the road?”

“What?”  I asked, hoping I didn’t hit anything.  “Where?”

“There was a kitten in the road!” he exclaimed.

“Living or dead?”


I was certain that it was up to fate to handle the life of that kitten.  I didn’t put it there, and it wasn’t my responsibility. 

But, I’m an old softie and as I thought about it I began to realize that I can’t just leave a kitten on side of the road, so I did a huge, illegal U-Turn in the middle of Danny Thomas Blvd, aka Hwy 61, and crossed back over the bridge.  From within the deep grasses across the street I hear “Meow! Meow!”  This poor kitten screaming and hollering.  My initial thought:  I hurt it! 

I whipped the vehicle around again and stopped by the side of the road where DaMarco lured the kitten to him and into the vehicle.  All the way home, this kitten kept looking at me.  I didn’t want to make eye contact with it because I just knew what would happen.

We got her home, watered her, fed her, washed her, and while she dried I left her in the towel, holding her to my chest to keep her warm.  I looked down at those big eyes a few times, and shouldn’t have, though I could still resist.

But, she pulled the winning card.
Purring, this kitten began to crawl out of the towel, up to my chin, rub against it, and I sank into the couch.

“You’re keeping her, aren’t you?” DaMarco asked as I sank.


One cat had already been a rescue, and his name is Casper*.  After the ghost.  So, of course, you have to partner that name up with the good little witch, Wendy.

That being said, you know the real story; but, here is how it happens in the MuleyVerse.  Let’s see what happens when Buford finds a kitten lost in the wild over the next few weeks.
This is the first kitten sketch planned for the strips.

*The first pet to rescue was a male cat now named Casper.  He wandered into my driveway just before a storm and was brought in to keep the kitten from suffering through the storm.  I was playing with him and accidentally named him.  When you name it, you have to keep it.  Which is why I never name people or kids.

Wendy was the second rescue.  The third rescue would be a dog.  DaMarco named her and her sister that looked just like her:  Bebe and Cece.  We kept Bebe.  I wanted to name her Princess, so her name is Princess Bebe, but we just call her Bebe.  I guess it was a better name than Aeae.

Enjoy these stories!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

2015 Jan-Jun Children's Message Schedule

We hope you'll come visit First Congo on any Sunday for great people, music, services, and more.  There are tons of volunteer opportunities to participate in that can help you and others.  There is a fair trade store to buy gifts for good prices that pay fair wages to the crafters of the products.  Organizations to meet and participate with.  More!

As a part of this church, Muley is very happy to participate with the kids' messages.  Following is his schedule through June 2015!  Please come out to visit.

10AM - You can visit members and learn about the church at the Cafe Congo.
10:30AM - services begin.

January 25-Kevin and Muley
February 22-Kevin and Muley
March 15-Kevin and Muley
April 12-Kevin and Muley
May10-Kevin and Muley
June 7-Kevin and Muley
June 21-Kevin and Muley

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Videos Through History

Okay, so, not a long history of it.  Several years ago we were late on sending a Christmas Card out to folks, so we set up a camera and recorded Muley and Kevin to make that Christmas Wish.

It had to be followed by our New Year's Day message (to make a drawn-out joke work):

Lame, silly joke.   I know, but otherwise it wouldn't be a Muley joke, right?

But, then, Muley found a magic book in which we borrowed (what we thought was) a Santa's Helper for a quick cameo:

However, it was then our discovery that we didn't get an official Santa, but closer.  Somewhat of a cousin, but we were still not sure exactly who--or WHAT--we had, until this happened...

That's right, it was the moment of discovery of the dreaded SantaFish!!  You can learn more about SantaFish in his o-fish-al biography by clicking here.

In 2008, we had a video where Muley wrote a letter to Santa Claus; but, his letter went, as all letters by naughty boys and girls go, to SantaFish!  Here's what happened, followed by out-takes and alternate shots.

In 2009, Muley broke his arm.  How'd that go for Christmas?

It went thataway.  Yep, in 2009, there was a Christmas whine.  But, in 2010, there were people whining that Muley ruined a perfectly good song.  C'mon, folks: he's 6 years old with a camera and a karaoke tape, give him some credit!

Then there was the time he and his buddy Roy Duck performed "Little Drummer Boy" from their school play.  They done okay!

And that is the long, drawn-out history of Muley's Christmas videos.  Let's see what happens in 2015, shall we?  Could it finally be the long-awaited "Truly Muley Christmas Special?"

Probably not...

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Supporting Families Around The World

As you know all too well, Muley loves to talk to the kids and grown-ups at First Congregational Church in Memphis, TN, and as part of that once in a while gets to make an announcement, like he did recently about Heifer International.

First Congo has supported Food Justice for a long time including a Food Pantry open to the needy three times a week, Fishes and Loaves closet which feeds homeless folks on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Food for Families once a month feeding over 300 families, and Heifer International which, since 1944, Heifer International has helped over 250 families in 125 countries, including the USA, by offering cows, sheep, geese, bees, goats...everything needed to help sustain life!

Below is the image (taken by Roger Courts) that ran in this week's Congo Beat newsletter and the text to go along with it!  Note the Irish spelling of "Kevin," which is an Irish name.


Click the photo to learn more about Heifer International and donate to them.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

It's in Black-and-White...

Tonight, I watched a colorized version of the I Love Lucy Christmas Special and just wasn't distracted by the color version at all.  But, in a discussion about it, the note came up by my buddy Joseph that the advertisement said it was colorized for kids of all ages.

Huh?  I grew up on both color and black-and-white TV.  Great characters with personality, great stories, fun entertainment: those are the things that are needed.  Not color.  Kids can enjoy color TV or black-and-white TV.  If it's good TV, they'll like it.

Now, I am reminded about a comic strip I did a LONG Time ago, posted here.  The joke is that it is said that dogs are color blind.  And, it is biographical: I remember watching a show with a friend of mine as a kid and she asked, "Is there a problem with your TV?"

Holy Cow! Erm...Mule...

The year in review for all of Muley's sermons on this, the final day of his message to the kids and their parents at First Congo.  We're working on a publication of his messages from the beginning until now, but in the meantime, here is a photo from November 2014 message taken by Roger Courts, followed by the scriptures that the messages were based upon.

Today's message was about peace.  What can each of us do to change the world for the better?  How can be bring peace to the world?  Individually, we all have to make an effort and change our own hearts and minds and that is where it begins.

January 2014 - Matthew 3:1-12
February 2014 - John 1:1-5
March 2014 (#1) - II Samuel 16:5-14
March 2014 (#2) - Matthew 3:21-28
April 2014 - John 20:19-31
May 2014 - Psalm 66:8-20
June 2014 - Matthew 10:24-39
July 2014 - I Kings 17:8-24
August 2014 - Matthew 18:21-35
September 2014 - Romans 12:1-8
October 2014 - James 2:14-18
November 2014 - I Timothy 6:17-19
December 2014 - Isaiah 2:1-5

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014, "The Muley and Friends Show" comes to ACME Classics TV!

"The Muley and Friends Show" makes its full-fledged television debut on ACME Classics TV on Thanksgiving Day at 8:55am and 4:25pm.  A day when families come together, this is an opportunity for our program to do exactly what we've wanted from the start:  Bring families together for an entertainment opportunity!


Sunday, October 26, 2014

2014 Frog Fest Photos

Here are photos from the 2014 Leland Frog Fest for your entertainment pleasures!

The busy arts tents!

Touch a Truck!  You could run sirens and horns.

Race cars.

Bounce House with a slide in it, and a small obstacle course.

More art tents fun!

Kevin teaches Delta State University instructor and students
the joy of folded paper puppets.

Folded paper puppets of Elmo, Big Bird, and Cookie Monster.

Muley hosts the kids' costume contest.

Muley hosts the kids' costume contest.

Muley hosts the kids' costume contest.

Muley hosts the kids' costume contest.

Lazy River Band - 15 year reunion!

The Great Pumpkin Kermit.

Deer Creek from the Rainbow Connection Bridge.

Busy street vendors!  Packed with folks!

Breaking Grass blue grass band.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

2014 Frog Fest - October 25th

A fun time as always in a great town located in the Mississippi Delta!  Birthplace of Kermit the Frog and boyhood home of Jim Henson, Leland, MS, has been a home away from home for Muley the Mule and Friends since Frog Fest began.

Many years ago, we made our first trip down to get photos of a Kermit prop replica, and have been back many times since!

Check out the official poster and our schedule poster below, and come down to visit us. 

And don't forget to give your face a taste of delicious vacation and visit Vince's before you leave town!  Our choice of fine dining!