Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Muley Reads: The Gingerbread Man

Sharing a Thanksgiving dinner with friends and families is always a great thing, especially with dessert!  Anyone like gingerbread?  We do.  And more than just sharing food it's fun to share stories.

Muley's pal, Binky Bunny, hopped in with a suggestion to read a favorite book - one of Muley's favorites, too: The Gingerbread Man!  Fun book from 1973, originally owned (with additional coloring and illustrations) by Kevin L. Williams.


Zachary Haumesser assisted Binky Bunny.

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Music is Crazy Chicken by David Fesliyan.

Muley Reads is a series of videos starring Muley the Mule reading some of his favorite books - and we hope some of yours - wishing to inspire a love of reading, learning, imagining, and creation in children of all ages!  And, as always, we love the books that communicate about people, animals, environment, love, and friendship.  Some of Muley's special friends may even pop in to request a book.

"Reading is fundamental!"  Books add the fun, Muley adds "da mental!"

Grab your family together, grab a snack or two, and sit back to relax while Muley Reads!!



Thursday, November 19, 2020

Muley Reads: Stella Brings the Family

Just as Muley and Friends celebrate the differences between themselves, we celebrate the differences between people and differences.

Stella Brings the Family is a fun book about Stella who chooses who to bring from her family for a Mother's Day Party at her school.

What is your family like?  What about your friends' family?  Are there pets in either family?

Muley has a fun way to describe families as he prepares to read: Stella Brings the Family!

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Music is Crazy Chicken by David Fesliyan.

Muley Reads is a series of videos starring Muley the Mule reading some of his favorite books - and we hope some of yours - wishing to inspire a love of reading, learning, imagining, and creation in children of all ages!  And, as always, we love the books that communicate about people, animals, environment, love, and friendship.  Some of Muley's special friends may even pop in to request a book.

"Reading is fundamental!"  Books add the fun, Muley adds "da mental!"

Grab your family together, grab a snack or two, and sit back to relax while Muley Reads!!

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Muley's Holiday Story Dilemma 2020

 The Mid-South Cartoonists Association has a publication, "The Good, The Bad, and The Sketchy," for which I've been in the company of many great artists from the group, and have had a chance to include Muley and Friends.

One thing I rarely share is me actually working on a project.  While working today, I was also watching a Blues Brothers concert on YouTube, so you'll hear that in the background.  Further down, I listed my process, because I love how things come to creation.

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My process is to sit for days on end - sometimes weeks - trying to come up with the jokes and story.  Then, I quickly write the ideas down, transfer them to script form and do a fast gesture-thumb-nail of the page layout.

On larger paper, I do a sketch of how the text will lay out, along with the panels, and if I feel that it flows properly, I'll start the next process.

I take my 11x17" tracing paper and begin my layout in pencil, using a classic yellow #2 pencil.  This is how I keep from dulling my inks (which would happen if I penciled my Bristol board and inked over them and then erased the pencil).  

I put the penciled paper on the light table, and my Bristol board on top.  This allows me to ink my pages without erasing pencils later.  I use different pens and brushes to ink my art, using brushes for close-ups and different thickness of lines for distanced subjects.

I scan the art, and sometimes clean up the art and other times add text in my computer (because I'm a horrible letterer).

Then, off to publish.  I hope this was interesting and slightly informative. HA HA

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Muley Reads: The Chicken of the Family

How does Henrietta handle it when her teasing sisters convince her she's a chicken?  

Do you ever have people tease you?  How do you handle it?  Well, this book lets you see different ways that you can deal with it, including turning the joke around on the teasers!

Have fun as Muley Reads: The Chicken of the Family!





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