Sunday, February 20, 2022

Muley Reads: Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type

Sometimes, we have disputes or misunderstandings that need some compromise.  If we can figure how to compromise quickly, our problems could be over before they start.  I bet it would help if we think ahead of things and make sure that people, especially those who help us, have what they need to continue to help us comfortably.  Compromise can end a problem quickly.

That's what Farmer Brown learns when the cows and other farm animals have needs in the book 'Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type.'

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Muley the Mule assisted by Kevin L. Williams Music is Crazy Chicken by David Fesliyan, DONATE. 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!!

Saturday, February 12, 2022 - The Great Muppet Mural

I LOVE doing a collaboration with people!  It can be so much fun to share ideas and build something HUGE together.  

When given an opportunity to participate in The Great Muppet Mural, I couldn't say no.  It would be a HUGE undertaking for several artist friends who I admire, and would celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fansite with art direction by James Carroll, Kenny Durkin, and Dave Hulteen, Jr.

Dave even created a three-part documentary that will be put together as one whole film soon (links below)!

The art directors got to take place in the mural, as did 72 other artists creating 270 characters in the mural.  You can learn all about the artists HERE, HERE, and HERE.  Don't forget to visit the bottom of the ToughPigs story about the mural where you can find an artist/character key!


My three assigned characters were Sesame Street's The Amazing Mumford (and a bunny that is well-loved by Animal from The Muppet Show), Zoe and her pet Rocco, and Hup from The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.  Getting a great classic character such as Mumford was a blast, and of course we love Zoe.  It was a bit of a fright to get Hup as I always stink at doing Creature Shop characters, especially new ones, but after a little research on the design I feel I caught him well in my style. 

Here, I've compiled my three characters onto the 70s set of Sesame Street because - well, why not?

You can also see the three-part "making of" documentary on the official website by clicking these links:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Friday, February 4, 2022

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Ice Storm 2022 - February 3, 2022

 Overnight, the news discussed how cold it would get, and that with rain and cold we'd see ice.  Then, we learned we'd have freezing rain and sleet.  And it came to us!

I'm reminded of the Ice Story of 1994 when I was in college at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, MS.  The freezing rain and sleet felt just exactly how that all began!  The roads are slushy today, ice settling on trees are already causing branches to fall and trees to tumble.  Friends are already losing power with transformers exploding around them.  All day today, I've heard firetruck and ambulance sirens!

Here are a few items from today.

The streets are slushy and are going to freeze up! If you're at work, go home. If they won't let you go home: SHOW THEM THIS and tell them, "Muley says to."