Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Also, mixed in will be images from our holiday happenings which we hope you'll enjoy. In these montage images, you can see Muley's visit to the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis as "Santa Mule" to play with the kids while Santa takes 'orders' for holiday delivery. You can always find ways to donate or volunteer with them by visiting the official website of the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis.
You will also see images of Muley and Family as they visit the Airways Police Department here in Memphis, TN. You know, too often the Memphis Police Department are seen in a negative light as kids see them cart off brothers, fathers, mothers, uncles, aunts, cousins--but, to show their heart Officer Vance Stacks helps head a group of officers who have toy and gift drives in which their police cars are filled to the max with gifts that are brought to the station and put on display for the kids of the community to come and get gifts to their hearts' desires during a time of year when they might not otherwise get any Christmas gifts. What these officers are doing from their hearts are the true meaning and spirit of the holiday, whatever you choose to celebrate!
Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS, and, as always, our very best wishes to all readers and your friends and family, and their friends and families, for 2011!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
And, of course, no good holiday treat is complete without an appearance from *gulp!* Santa Fish!
Want to know more about Santa Fish? Click on the image above! You'll be sorry you did!
Finally, long ago, we posted about our thoughts of what Christmas is all about, and we still agree that Linus has it right. You can visit that post by clicking here.
Oh, and will there be a Christmas Video? Stay tuned (but turn the sound down, a 6 year old mule can only sing so well)!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
UPDATE: Images are now online!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
As always, Muley donned his Santa Mule costume and made his way across town to his pet charity, the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis. Lots of fun was had--seeing old friends, making new ones...it's such a treat to go visit.
You can learn more about making donations or event-planning by visiting the official website of the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis. In the meantime, feel free to visit the photo album by clicking on the following image.
But, if it is art that you're looking for, then look no further because you can click on either of the images below to see caricatures of Muley from his collector sketchbook, or art made by his friends and fans. Click on either image to visit!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
I call it that because the entire holiday season is spent with folks 'bustling' here and there and everywhere to buy those last-minute gifts for everyone. Of course, I always tell people that 1) my greatest gift is their friendship and 2) don't buy me anything--I'll get me stuff I need/want and say it's from them, and they can get something for themselves and say it's from me! It's easier and you're guaranteed to get what you want.
Gift-giving, it is said, began with the Magi who appeared to Jesus' manger with Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. But, what did these gifts mean? Well, gold represented that the child would be royalty. Frankincense was believed to carry our prayers to heaven. Myrrh (and now you'll get Roy Duck's meaning in the last posting) was used as an embalming oil and represented that the infant was born only to die for the world.
It was nice to know that something nobody expected was the gift of Salvation through Jesus. It is unappreciated by those who don't belive, underappreciated by those who do, and then there are those who are indifferent just 'because.' Around here, we're not preachy and aren't going to rub our readers' noses in our beliefs; but, there is reason to believe a lot more than there is reason to doubt!
And I also have reason to believe that Christ has a great sense of humor, and so won't mind that the following "Magi" have appeared in this Muley-Mini (also a failed idea for this year's Christmas card) bearing their own gifts:
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Of course, we never really knew (even from the Holy Bible) that Jesus' manger was made of wood and in a stable out back of the inn, and that the wise men (magi) were only numbered by 3 as they rode in on their camels this night with their gifts. As a matter of fact, the 'stable' could have been a small cave-carved portion in limestone, and there could have been 3 wise men or 20--there isn't a reference to that, only to the number of gifts. There also isn't - to my knowledge - any reference to a little drummer boy in the scriptures.
Still, here is a Muley-Mini which actually was pencilled to be this year's Christmas Card, although another idea won out!
When I quickly inked it, there is a bit of a tangent: can you see it? Hope it's a fun one for you! Oh, and the joke is a bit obscure about the myrrh: do you get it? Do you need an explanation?
If you understand it, comment below!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
I do recommend, also, that you use it as directed; not as Buford uses it here:
Of course, later, Buford caught Muley misusing it as well.
The brand I suggest is below. It's what I use. It will help you!
Basically, what I do is get some lukewarm water (too hot and it burns your sinuses and you talk funny, too cold and you feel like you're drowning), and pour in a packet of the sinus rinse. I put a thumb over the hole in the lid and one over the spout and shake the snot out of it (ha ha)! I put the spout in one nostril and leaning WAY over (with my head almost upside down) let the water flow. You can breathe through your mouth in this process.
Keep in mind, though, that if it pours too fast it comes back through your sinuses and into your mouth. It's really salty and yucky tasting if that happens, so pour slowly. Have on hand a wash rag to dry your face if you need to, and paper to blow your nose into. It's helpful, or I wouldn't tell you about it.
Keep safe, happy, and well, and I'll do the same!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Let's digress to important people: After Jesus, most dear to my heart was a man who you all know as Papa Roy. He made a great grand-father (and father) figure and was always there to talk to me and (in those times I felt it was hard to deal with) when I would call and ask him, "Will I be all right?" He would reassure me, "Why, sure!" (MAN! I miss that phone call. Nobody else says it as asuredly as he did, so I quit asking and just hope now).
With Papa Roy, my heart's angel was Granny Ethel. Quiet, soft-spoken, unassuming, deep-thinking--she was the grandmother that a lot of us have (but, of course, I'm biased and have to say I like mine better than your's!). I didn't need a mother-figure in my world because my Mama was always there, even now. She's very involved in the whole "broken arm" thing. But, Granny was there as a guide for my religious thoughts, she was someone who (when she spoke) spoke the truth and spoke of important thoughts.
For example, one time as I sat with my Papa and Granny, I asked Granny, "What's the meaning of life?"
"Well," she said, "When all is said and done, I think the meaning of life is to love everybody as much as you can, do as much good as you can, love the Lord, and try to make yourself and others happy."
That made total sense to me. It's a good definition of the meaning of life! So, I turn and asked Papa Roy, "What's the meaning of life to you, Papa Roy?"
"Don't dip snuff!" He exclaimed, without even a pause for thought. "It almost killed me! I got so addicted to it I would use that junk instead of eat, and I wasted down to nothing! I was weak and sick and couldn't hardly do my work! Yep, don't do snuff!"
Umm, ok! Ha ha. In the whole scheme of things, I suppose I can see where not doing snuff is important to defining life: if you use it and die because you didn't eat anymore, then that doesn't sustain life and you can't love everyone and so forth.
Papa Roy was never without his overalls, olive green work shirt, t-shirt under that, and work shoes. And, you could always find him in a cap of some sort, chewing away on some Juicy Fruit chewing gun. Granny Ethel was always dressed in a light shirt with either a t-shirt or tank-top under that, a skirt or pants, and an apron. More often than not she wore open-toed house shoes with socks, or a pair of slippers. Now, this is at home. Papa Roy was wearing whatever he might work in that day; Granny was dressed down at home--but, if you were taking them out, or it was a holiday, or it was a special occasion, they were dressed UP! Yes, Papa Roy would dress UP in his finest overalls, olive green work shirt, t-shirt under that, and work shoes--all new, all clean. Granny Ethel would put in her teeth, fix her hair, and my Mama and aunts had her some nice clothes purchased that they would fix her up in. Both were a handsome couple for grandparents!
Anyway, in 1988 my mother re-married and we moved to Munford, TN. My heart ached because everything I knew was in Holly Springs, MS, and Cornersville, MS. My grandparents would now be nearly 2-and-a-half hours away. But, if I didn't call them I would send them a letter.
Here is a letter from circa 1988 that I sent to Papa Roy and Granny Ethel, and an un-dated Father's Day Card I drew for Papa Roy probably in 1988 or 1989.
I'm sure they either understood that the heart symbolized "Eye love U", or they may have wondered, "Why'd Kevin draw a heart eating a cookie with the letter U on it?" Papa and Granny in their usual "costumes." The logo back then was a "W" up top and an "M" on bottom connected by lines and framed by brackets (W for Williams and M for Mule, back then I called everything under Williams/Mule Productions).
Here's where you can see my love of the Joel Chandler Harris books about Uncle Remus. At the time I drew this (from 1980 up until the early 90's maybe) I used to let the characters all speak in a really southern dialect like from that book or from Snuffy Smith:
Here, you see the ultra rare autographs of Buford the Dog and Roy Duck. Apparently, the drawings were colored in crayon and were rubber-cemented into the card, as was some money (that's what the "For Gum" is pointing to, I'm sure).
One thing I miss is how Papa and Granny would serve as an audience to my "live art" display at their house. I would spread all my art stuff out on the floor and draw, paint, anything...and they would watch. I loved the remarks like, "It's funny how you can take a bunch of lines and make something like that!"
Just a look into my past and history and more about my wonderful grandparents. Wish you could have all met them--they were fantastic!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Someone asked me recently, "What was that dinner in A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving?" Well, it was prepared by Snoopy and included buttered toast, jelly beans, popcorn and pretzel sticks. YUMMY! The after effects being more sugar-high than a tryptophan-low.
So, using the comments section below: what are you thankful for? How will you spend Thanksgiving?
I'll be spending the holiday with my extended family! We gather together and eat, eat, eat! Hopefully, your meal will be plentiful, your time together will be the stuff memories are made of, and happiness will be yours on this day and every day!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
I'm also thankful for many other things besides food: clothes, shelter, work, friends, the talents given me for art or puppetry; I'm thankful for vision, hearing, speaking. I'm thankful also that my friends can have all this stuff, too. I'm thankful for the salvation that Jesus provided from the cross. I'm thankful for friends I've known that I've lost touch with (but who are always on my mind), and I'm thankful for the friends I have that are close to my heart. I'm thankful for the opportunity to meet new friends that the future holds for me.
I'm thankful for having known my Papa Roy and Granny Ethel as long as I knew them, and thankful for my mom who calls me daily (unless I all her first) and who constantly watches over me.
I'm thankful that you are taking the time of your busy life to share my thoughts and to allow me an opportunity to share these thoughts and to share entertainment with you through Muley. And, if you'll chuckle a little bit when you see the silly Muley things I give you then I'm thankful for that, too.
There is nothing more powerful than laughter, and nothing more beautiful than a smile.
Speaking of which, it's now time to turn this post over to a Muley-Mini. Bon apetit!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Although we have a pet turkey in the Muley-verse that will never be eaten, Muley and his pals can't understand--even when told--this turkey is not going to be eaten; so, they set out to find ways to save it each year. Here's one small instance of this attempt.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Now, in the case of this particular comic strip, I have often wondered why an insect gets itself into such compromising and dangerous positions. Such positions are: crawling on my counter; crawling on my floor; crawling on my wall; crawling around the trashcan; crawling around anywhere that I can see it. Almost as if it has a death-wish!
Well, I fixed 'em! There is a product (and here comes my PSA) called Terro Ant Killer. You can read about it in a blog by clicking here. Basically, you have these little cards that you set down near the ants, and you put a drop or two of this stuff on the little card, and the ants flock to it. After a day or two: you're ant free.
Now, I know someone out there is going to say, "You're so cruel, Kevin!" Yet, I have to say that I didn't tell those ants to put themselves in such a dangerous position. It was their death-wish, not mine. And, it's also not nearly as cruel as what I caught Muley doing to them (which you'll see in the next comic strip).
As usual, what goes around comes around (which you'll also see in the next comic strip); so, I expect any day now to find a big card with a blotch of clear liquid that smells and tastes like chocolate.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Well, we wanted to do a Muley-Mini to celebrate 30 years of Pac-Man! Hope you have a fun-filled day after reading this with plenty of Power Pellets at your disposal to get rid of your enemies! Chomp Chomp!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
In my own family, I have a great stepfather who served in Vietnam and has told me the horror stories of that period of time--not just during the war and fighting, but also upon returning home to the picketing many who weren't boycotting and spitting upon the war itself, but ungratefully spat upon our returning soldiers who fought, lost limbs, lost friends or lost lives like my Uncle Ellis who I never had the pleasure to know.
Unfortunately, these same kinds of behavior exist even today. Where is the appreciation? When there are "Christian" groups who are picketing at a fallen soldier's funeral: 1) you are not human if you cannot respect the family any better than that and 2) we're serving a different Jesus and God! You cannot be a Christian if you do not have Christ's love in you, and to behave in such a way is absolutely not Christ's way. Shame on you. (Okay, so, that's my political and religious stance).
Now, I have friends who are in the military, whether overseas in the Middle East, home now either returned or headed that way, and to those friends of mine (you know who you are) I appreciate you, your hard work and dedication to keeping me, my friends, my family, and my country safe. I wish I had an ounce of the courage you have to do what you do.
So, for those who have served: Thank you! I may not otherwise be allowed to be free to draw, perform puppetry, or post on the internet if not for you. To those serving: Thank you for maintaining my freedom of speech, religion, and life.
To find ways to help our veterans, please do some online searches or visit these websites:
Disabled Veterans National Foundation
Vietnam Veterans of America
To discuss other ways to help our military folk, please visit THIS LINK.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
The background in the comic strip is "borrowed" from the fine art piece below from John Trumbull.
Memphis Comics and Fantasy Convention was a fun time, and we got together with several of our old friends and made some new ones! Check out the pictures by clicking on the logo below!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Click the image below to visit the official website!
You can also find Muley Comix and Stories #1 online at the new web address by clicking here.
To keep up with what Muley is up to these days, you can find him on his Facebook page by clicking here.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Muley was able to perform the Santana/Rob Thomas song "Smooth" at the First Congo talent show on October 18 with much success and fun! Mark Allen, a fantastic guitar player, was there as well. After Muley performed, Mark leaned over to our pastor and asked, "I have to follow that?" We told him later, "At least you played your guitar for real--Muley is only acting." The following pictures came from the church newsletter. Special thanks to Muley's ASSistants DaMarco Randle and Kevin Williams.
And now, some new comic strips including (as far as I know) the first SuperMule comic strip on the web!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Then, November 5 & 6 you will be able to meet up with Muley and his pal Jetta at the actual convention!
You can find out more about the convention by clicking on the logo above.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday morning, October 18, Muley and Kevin (assisted by DaMarco Randle) will appear at one of Memphis City Schools to speak to special needs children about puppetry. This is a closed event, but we thought someone might like to know about it!
Thursday, October 21, at 10 am, Muley will appear at Dillards (Wolfchase Galleria Mall location) as Dillards presents a check to The Ronald McDonald House of Memphis. How can you help? Click here!
Sunday, October 24th, from 6-8 pm, Muley will appear in the Talent Show of First Congregational Church in the Cooper-Young District. Muley has participated at the church several times with Juan Salter for the Children's Sermon.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
JETTA: TALES OF THE TOSHIGAWA - LAST CHANCES issue 1 is now available on WOWIO.COM. Download a copy today for only $.99. It's 32 Pages of full color that is perfect for your iphone, ipad, ipod, or e-reader of your choice. Order your copy here!
About The Story
Vol.0 The Toshigawa clan has long guarded and ruled Japan from the shadows. Now, one of the clan’s former members has become emperor of Japan and wants to destroy the remaining members of the Toshigawa clan, including his own daughter, Shianndrea! But before she can flee to America, she has to deal with the formidable Desai – and rumors that her sensei is a traitor!
Don’t miss this 80 page web story of the TOSHIGAWA SAGA.
Written by: Martheus Wade
Inks by: Janet Wade
Illustrations by: Martheus Wade
Colors by: Gareth Melvin
Editor: Kevin Williams
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Heroic Ambition is the new superhero entertainment documentary, produced by HeroicWorld Productions. This film was written and directed by Scott Cranford, founder of HeroicWorld.com and former official "Superman" of Metropolis, Illinois.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Come see Muley the Mule and Friends along with Jetta at the Nashville Comic Con September 25 & 26, 2010 located at the Music Valley Event Center (2611 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214) across from Opryland Hotel. You can meet Muley the Mule in person (or mule), as well as the team of MAW Productions. All of the Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa books will be for sell there as well as Muley Coloring Bookz!
MAW Productions will be hosting a panel on Sunday 10-11. Join us as we talk about Indy Comics today and beyond.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Yes, you'll see Batman, Wonder Woman and Stormtroopers in the video along with Muley; but, can you spot the cameos of Muley's assistant, Kevin, and our Official Photographer, DaMarco Randle?
Be sure to come to the Memphis Comics and Fantasy Convention November 5 & 6 to meet Muley the Mule and his best pal, Jetta!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Indy Planet was down for a little while, but you can now get to the comic book and buy your own issue while supplies last! The current issue is scheduled for an overhaul and the second edition print of issue one will have some comic strips replaced with Muley and the Gang ONLY strips! So, get it before it's gone!
Muley the Mule and Jetta appeared August 27 at the Memphis Redbirds Game. Be sure to check out pictures by clicking on the one below!
In this photo: DaMarco Randle, Kevin L. Williams, Muley, Jetta (Sara Freitas), and Martheus Wade.
ASK MULEY PART ONE!
Now, you can post your questions to Muley and he will be responding to them all by video soon. Click on his Mule on the Street logo below.
Mule on the Street logo by Lin Workman.
You can find Muley, Jetta, and their teams at the Nashville Comic Con on September 25 and 26!
Speaking of Jetta: Kevin Wiliams is the editor of the graphic novel series: Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa. Coming soon is the book Full Circle; but, first, check out the Last Chances graphic novel now appearing for the firs time in full color at the Web Comics section of Toshigawa.com.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
The final updates for Screaming Tiki Con trip is in the albums below. You can see our nights in Buffalo, NY, and day in Niagara Falls, as well as the visit to Lost River Cave in Bowling Green, KY, by clicking on the albums below!