Sunday, August 13, 2017

Charities that I Support

Luckily, I have a birthday coming up before long.  Everyone knows me: I love my friends, which I consider my greatest gifts of all-time!  I just want to be around people I love that care about me, and I'm going to have a happy birthday.

That's also to say: Please don't buy me anything.  I have a ton of stuff already.

What I would like for you to do is consider one of the charitable options below in order to celebrate my birthday with me, and help some much needed organizations.  Check back, I'll be adding others.

First, the church I attend is First Congo.  They have TONS of ministries that help so many people.  The ministry that first sticks out in my heart is the food ministry.  As of this writing, there are around 500 people that come to lunch each week seeking food.  We also buy about $700+ food to go with the Memphis Food Bank and MIFA supplemental foods along with a food pantry to shop in and clothes closet.  Help feed others, because your money goes a long way here!  CLICK HERE to support.

Muley has been the Official Spokes-Mule for the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis for a few years, and that's because we support the House that Love Built, housing 50+ children that are being treated at St. Jude Children's Hospital and their families (so families aren't torn apart).  The living conditions are clean, and the kids are surrounded by loving staff and volunteers, and they get to have great events that will let them share time with each other.  This communication between kids and parents going through the same thing is very beneficial to all of them.  CLICK HERE to support.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  What can I say that you don't already know? CLICK HERE to support them.

Patreon: MAW Productions.  These are my dearest friends and folks with whom I've worked for around 20 years on graphic novels and more.  This Patreon account helps the whole family keep the artwork and books going.  CLICK HERE to support them.

There are a few other organizations that educate and entertain.  Here is a list that I'd like for you to use:
Memphis Zoo and Aquarium
Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum
Elmwood Cemetery
National Civil Rights Museum
Save the Massac Theater
Center for Puppetry Arts
Yellow Feather Fund
Give Kids the World
Make A Wish
Charles M. Schulz Museum

Thursday, August 10, 2017

So, so, suck my toe…

Anybody remember your terrible comebacks when you were a kid?  I remember the bully kids always bumping my shoulder to start a fight with “Yo’ mama!” and rude things like that. 
“Yo mama!”
“Yo daddy!”
“Yo greasy, greasy granny with the holes in her panties going beep beep beep down Sesame Street!”

Or, when the mean kid would try to say something hurtful like, “You look like your family can’t afford a washing machine!”
“So, so, suck my toe all the way to Mexico!”
“Up your nose with a rubber hose!”

Then, the kid who always told his stories really big (not necessarily lying, just spicing things up), and the other kids would tell me, “Liar, liar, pants on fire!”  Sometimes followed by, “Hang ‘em high, hang ‘em low, hang ‘em on a picture show!”

Yeah, I still like telling stories big.

As I recall others, I’ll post them here as an update.  Do you remember any of your childhood come-backs?

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Superman Celebration June 8-11, 2016

One of my greatest pleasures in life happens the second weekend of June in a little town called Metropolis, IL.  SUPERMAN CELEBRATION gets me an opportunity to see many friends (family!) that we only see once per year.  It is three days of blissful joy, and I love every second of it.

Always close to my heart are Karla Ogle and Lisa Gower, and their parents, Papa Cliff and Mama Wanda Helm.  I look forward to seeing those four each year and celebrate their hard work and dedication to the event.

This year, I get to head up some puppet-making workshops that are wonderful and fun, and I love seeing the creations that come from what people are creating!   Then, we have two Muley and Friends Show LIVE! performances, with Muley helping Joan co-host the Kids' Costume Contest!

CLICK HERE to read more.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mr. Snuffleupagus - When Did They REALLY Meet Him?

Sesame Street, the greatest television show ever, started on November 10, 1969, and from its inception there were always great running gags in the story lines of the program whether it involved the adults or the Muppets.

From his first appearance on November 8, 1971, until episode 2096 on November 18, 1985, there was a running gag in which Big Bird could not get the adults on the street to meet, let alone believe in, his friend Mr. Aloysius Snuffleupagus.

Finally, according to the show, amid a funny mock of The Phil Donahue Show (who?), Big Bird was able to get the adults to meet his big, furry friend, Snuffy!  But...was this the true canon?  Was this all a part of Big Bird and Snuffy's reality along with those on Sesame Street?

Or is it just a story line cooked for the show?

You see, in 1973 Sesame Street Records released an album titled "Sesame Street Live," and as you look at the cover you see it.  There they are, all standing together!

So, did they already all know each other as of 1973 or earlier and pretended not to on the show, or was there some sort of lapse in memory?  I don't know, and it doesn't matter because it's still a great show, but something I noticed that I wanted to post about.

Special thanks to those who have compiled tons of information at Muppet Wiki!

Monday, November 23, 2015

2015 Memphis Comics and Fantasy Convention

Just some photos from the 2015 Memphis Comics and Fantasy Convention!  I had the opportunity to help promote the tours by Historical Haunts Memphis, and also spread some information to people about investigations of properties, businesses, and more, by Mid South Paranormal Society, the regional family of TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society, created by the lead investigators on Ghost Hunters).

Huge Crowds Attended

Cause-Play cosplayers

Daddy and Junior Deathstroke, one way or another
someone is going to get 'busted.

Little Bo Peep, and Keeper of the Holy Grail.

Minecraft.  Not yourcraft.

Does whatever a spider can--whatever that is.

Deadpool and Lara Croft!

Time to run!

What's up, Doc?

Wonder Woman!

Stephen Guenther and Tanya Vandesteeg of
Historical Haunts Memphis and Mid South Paranormal Society