Saturday, September 28, 2013

John Rose "Snuffy Smith" Book Signing

I've always been a fan of Snuffy Smith.  Could it be because of his buddy Barney Google's horse named "Sparky" is also the nickname of my long-time hero, Charles "Sparky" Schulz?  Or, could it be because I feel a special kinship to those hillbillies?  I think it's the kinship as much as anything.

I had a chance to meet my buddy John Rose, who is now the cartoonist for Billy DeBeck's "Barney Google and Snuffy Smith" comic strip, back in 2006 when the Southeastern Chapter of the National Cartoonist Society met in Memphis for the Fall Meeting.  It was a fun time to be had! 

So, a long time passes and I found out he was headed to Nashville for a signing at Ernest Tubb's Record Shop.  When a friend travels in from that distance I have just got to go visit!  Other Memphis cartoonists also went to visit (you'll meet them below) and some local Nashvegasians were there as well.  The reason of the trip?  To sign the first collection of his "Snuffy Smith" comic strips: The Bodacious Best Of Snuffy Smith: A Barney Google and Snuffy Smith Collection!

I bought mine ahead of time! :)  I even went up the night before to meet up with everyone for lunch with the expectation of spending that Friday night partying--but, fell asleep at 9pm.  I think I'm getting old!!

John even posted about all of us on his Snuffy Smith blog, so go check that out when you get time!

So, here are some photos of that fun night for your review and entertainment!

Travelling down the road in Nashville, TN.
The dome home of The Nashville Predators! HOCKEY!!
John Rose shows off his new book...and sunglasses!
Lunch before the signing with delicious food and people.
Yes, delicious people.
Here is one of the delicious people in attendance: Greg Cravens!
And more cartoonists  Lonnie Easterling listens in...
Lonnie and John mug for the camera!
Muppet fans will remember the strips by Guy Gilchrist, who also
does the Nancy and Sluggo comic strips.
Hail, hail, the gang's all here!  (L-R) Bob Kimball, Lonnie Easterling,
John and Karen Rose, Greg Cravens, Guy Gilchrist (in hat), and me (in cap).

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Muley's Kids' Message Schedule and Church Banquet Performance

Click the image below to learn more about Muley's Kids Messages at First Congregational Church and how he, Buford the Dog, Roy Duck and Missy Mule will help celebrate the church's 150th Anniversary!

click the image to learn more...

Paranormal Research Bibliography

Not required?

You can misinterpret a sign if you imagine a comma where there isn't one...


August 2013 St. Jude Visit

Back in August, I had a chance to visit St. Jude with the Mid-South Cartoonists Association and draw with the kids there.  I met one kid (who I discovered was nicknamed Monte, accent over the "e", same as my best friend growing up) who said he hadn't drawn before in his life, "not really."  So, I asked if he wanted to learn to draw and he was game.  You can see the results as we went step-by-step to draw Charlie Brown, Mickey Mouse, and Muley the Mule.  He's an awesome 14 year old-ish kid, and my best wishes are with him.


Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday the 13th.

Okay, true story:

When I was a kid a family friend was taking me to my grandparents' house out in the country.  It was a full moon Friday 13th and, as if that wasn't bad enough, she ran over a black cat on the highway.  Not long after she fell sick and had to have surgery which didn't help and ultimately led to her demise.

Now, I consider this and wonder about superstition.  You know me, as a Jesus fan, I feel that I have a stronger force on my side than bad luck; however, when things like this happen is it superstition come to life? Coincidence?

What do you think?  Share below, and no answer can be wrong because it's 'what you think.'

Are you bothered by Friday 13th?  Do you have a fear of the #13?  Have you ever been to a hotel with a 13th floor, or one that lacked the 13th floor? 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Scary Stuff!

I've been to graveyards, old houses, abandoned hospitals...I have to admit that they aren't nearly as terrifying as humans.  Humans will destroy anything, animals will not.  I am much more afraid of running into a human I don't know than a ghost.  So, when I saw this posted on Facebook, I had to bring it here to share it.


Saturday, September 7, 2013

A Healthy Drink

My friend Angie showed me this drink and I think it tastes just fine. Here are the ingredients that you have to have to make this drink.

You need this much of these ingredients to make this drink:
1 - 2 tsp of Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar
1 - 2 tsp of Unfiltered Honey
1 tsp of Ceylon Cinnamon

In an 8-ounce glass, first add your cinnamon and drizzle in your honey.  You'll want to mix this up as a paste.  This keeps your cinnamon from clumping up.  Then, stir in your vinegar until well mixed.  Now, keep stirring as you fill the rest of the glass with cold water.

Then, you drink it and feel better.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

So, what's this supposed to be about?

The first thing that is going to make many people skip this entire blog is the fact that there is no Muley the Mule.  Why?  Because this is my blog.  It is about anything I do that doesn't have any connection to Muley other than that I am doing it.  If you want to read more Muley stuff, you can find TONS of information at his original website:

or on the website for the upcoming television program:

And, so, now back to me. 

I have ideas, thoughts, opinions, and you can bet that along the way I will contradict myself.  I am not well-informed, but what bit of information I do have you can bet I have an opinion of it.  I'm going to write things that will be innocent as a butterfly along with things that are going to make you hate me; but, if you stick with me long enough I will also add something that will make you happy again.

What are you going to read about here?  Everything.  I plan to use this blog as a place to post my random thoughts about topics, or just goobley-goop stuff--yes, I have attention deficit and you're going to read those posts as well.

So, who is the guy writing this?  Nobody special.  I'm just a regular guy like you (unless you're a gal), and I have many things I love to collect, watch, read, and more:

Obviously, I love my Muley work and any work I do where I have a creative hand in things, such as the fabulous graphic novel series of Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa and Turra: Gun Angel spin-off comics.

My four main fanatic loves:  Muppets, Peanuts, Ghostbusters, Blues Brothers
Heroes always include Charles Schulz, Jim Henson, Dan Aykroyd, and Hank Ketcham

Charles Schulz, Jim Henson, Hank Ketcham, Dan Aykroyd, family and pets.

Next: Dennis the Menace, Old Comedians (Laurel & Hardy, Abbot & Costello, Three Stooges)
The rest:  is history...

I love cartooning, puppetry, blues and Memphis Soul music, paranormal research, reading, writing, and most of all spending time with my friends or family any chance I get. 

I love food, cooking, and discovering new things.  I love Jesus and the concept of religion, but don't plan on being preachy.

I love fun.  Just being silly, stupid, making jokes, funny pranks, funny videos.

I hate housework, traffic, and mean people.  And Mondays (unless we're off for holiday).

So, I hope you are ready to play along.  Feel free to make comments to the posts, although I may not always read them.  You can feel free to write me through the blog website, or I can be reached at:

PO BOX 770397
MEMPHIS, TN 38177-03979


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