Why is this website called Life and Lions? Good question! The “Life” is the easy part: my blog on different aspects on life, culture and church culture. Now for the Lions.

As a child I grew up reading paperback books of cartoons: Peanuts (“Snoopy”), B.C., The Wizard of Id. Since then I’ve had a love of panel jokes featuring unlikely scenarios and terrible puns. So the plan is to have a go at some myself, which this page will host. With, initially, a cast of lions. Two-foot tall lions, to be more exact.

For the moment, they aren’t quite ready for their first appearance. But good news! There is another feline friend who is ready to say hello. Enter Mewlton, the Origami Cat.

Mewlton and “The Hunting of the White Wheel”

During the last few months, Mewlton , an origami cat, has helped me send a joke or two a day to a friend of mine. Mewlton stands on the sofa, and I write out his jokes in paper speech bubbles and cut them out. Then I take a sequence of photgraphs of Mewlton with the speech bubbles in front of him and, voila!, I have a simple kind of panel joke.

Over three or four months, he has acquired a life of his own, with frequent stories of his adventures out on a raft on a nearby pond.

Then there was a day with lightning.

That evening, Mewlton told his joke from under the sofa. He was “saving his bravery for the pond.” But this wasn’t entirely believed…

So I produced an animated short, to give justice to his bravery. It needed to feature the pond and his raft. And some kind of threat. So I put together a poem (very) loosely based on the story of Moby Dick. The title needed some sort of pun. Hence the name of Mewlton’s adversary – The White Wheel.