A Note from Patrick: May 2019 | MUTTS

A Note from Patrick: May 2019

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Hey everyone,

As promised, this newsletter contains another sneak peek at my forthcoming MUTTS 25th anniversary book The Art of Nothing, which will be published by Abrams this fall.

Today I am sharing several of our early, previous cover ideas. There are a lot of factors as to what makes a good cover, and it’s always fun playing around with different concepts. What do you think?

MUTTS Anniversary Book Cover 1

MUTTS Anniversary Book Cover 2

MUTTS Anniversary Book Cover 3

MUTTS Anniversary Book Cover 4

MUTTS Anniversary Book Cover 5

In other news, this month I will be attending the National Cartoonists Society’s NCS Fest in Huntington Beach, California. For the first time, it’s open to the public. The three-day event, held May 17-19, is a celebration of comics and cartoon art from all over the world!

On Friday, May 17, I’ll be speaking on a panel titled “The Art of George Herriman’s Krazy Kat.” Then on Saturday, May 18, I’ll give a presentation about MUTTS in two separate sessions. You can see my full NCS Fest schedule here — or purchase your passes at the NCS Fest Tickets page.

Last week, on April 27, I had the pleasure of presenting an event titled “A Celebration of Companion Animals,” hosted by the Princeton Public Library in Princeton, New Jersey. I invited Heather Achenbach from SAVE Animal Shelter and Brian Hackett, the N.J. State Director for The Humane Society of the United States, to speak during my talk. It was a treat, as always, to speak with other animal lovers about the bonds we share with our furry friends. Plus, three pets were adopted on the spot. It was a wonderful event and we will share more about it on our blog.

In New Jersey we are blessed with four distinct seasons and I’m enjoying the return of our feathered friends.


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38 thoughts on “A Note from Patrick: May 2019

  1. The last one of course! Simple, yet poignant!

  2. I like the simplicity of #3 … it personifies “the art of nothing”. <3

  3. I like the one on top. 🙂

  4. I adore them all, but the very last one “Taking Notes” is my pick. I love all of your creations, admire your generosity, and am envious of your talent! Long Live MUTTS!

  5. Hi Patrick,
    really love the thrid. The pefect Mutts style I love so much!

  6. To me, the first three seem to be poking fun at your comics, but I love the last one, “Taking Notes;” it’s a very peaceful and relaxing message and I’d want to read it in the same kind of environment.

  7. Hi Patrick,
    My vote is for the third panel, for the wonderful expansive view. It could be called, “The joy of small moments”, because your work reflects so many
    tender times. Thanks for sharing your pet-hugging talent with the world for a quarter of a century!
    All the best,

  8. I like the third from the bottom for a book cover – uncluttered but nicely conveys the message. Love Mutts and your commitment to animals in shelters. Keep up the good work!

  9. I love the very last one for the cover! <3

  10. I didn’t realize you were in NJ. North Plainfield native here! *wave*

  11. Any ONE of those covers would suffice…I had a laugh at them all. bernie

  12. The single tree with the” twosome of terror” dong nothing is my choice…

  13. I like the “taking notes” cover the best, but I love ALL of Patrick’s art!

  14. I loved the last entry above, “Just float”, “Keep a song in your heart”, “reflect”, “Smell the roses”, “Be hoppy”, “Find your own pace” – Hope it makes the cover!

  15. 25 Years of MUTTS and the Art of Patrick McDonnell is my favorite.

  16. third one, with mooch and earl and Happy earth day (every day, of course, is earth day!) Simple but profound, like the strip

  17. Thank you so much for you art, humor and love of animals. I receive your comic via email EVERYDAY and so love it. I also have 3 cats 0
    pickles and Cherrio and a pit bull Linus. ALL have been adopted and they live peacefully together. They are the Ginger Gang. 2 orange tabby’s and a red nose pitty! ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you


  18. I love everything about Mutts and I am glad I don’t have to decide which will be the book cover. Please just keep up,the good works.

  19. “I bow to the wow” Yesh. So wonderful to be with you, Karen, Brian, Heather, the animals and all of our animal loving friends at The Princeton Public Library. Thank you for bringing goodness to our each and every day with The Daily Mutt’s. Sincerely, Adrienne (Yoko’s and Scarlet’s mamma).

  20. Hands down the cover with Mooch and Mutts is my favorite.

  21. You asked about covers. I like the one at the top the best. Color draws me in, as well as some simplicity. But it varies depending in the type of book. In cozy mysteries, I like the ones with cute shop interiors and furry friends, as pets are now almost de rigueur for cozies. Romances, I like simple artwork of the main character(s) or interior scenes. Thrillers are more simple and graphic. and yours, well I’d pick it up regardless, but a simple message is all that’s needed, and I don’t want to spend too much time reading the front. I want the meat of it. Your beloved fur friends.

  22. Patrick, I feel that the “Art of Nothing” is an absolutely WRONG way of considering 25 years of your work.
    It is “Not Nothing”. Which means it is “something”! Sure, I am a “fan”atic about Mooch and Earl and the causes you support.
    But those of us who love what you do and the message you give want to “celebrate” not “minimize” what you have accomplished.
    Yours truly,
    Jim McConnell (yes, for 25 years!)

  23. Please continue to do your wonderful work of encouraging animal rescues, shelter adoptions & wildlife conservation! You are a voice for all God’s creatures!

  24. Mooch under the covers is my favorite.

  25. Hi – I am ur biggest fan in Austria – always sad that i never can attend any of ur events cause just too far away 🙁 But always reading with so much pleasure the daily Mutts and stocking up on ur books :)) Will deff purchase the new one and would love to see the first idea of Mooch in bed put onto the cover of the anniversary book.
    Love u much Love u Mooch , always urs Beate

  26. I really do like the first one – I like the way the conversation leads to the title of the book. I look forward to adding this new book to my collection.

  27. I like the third one. Also, I can’t believe I’ve been waiting months for 25 years!

  28. I love the top cover with Mooch in bed. It reminds me of my Sooty, a black cat, who just died April 18th, Holy Thursday. She spent a lot of time in my bed, snuggled under the covers, perfecting the art of nothing.

  29. You are one busy man! Thanks for all you do, and the donation of a signed print which was a huge hit at my recent fundraiser for The Oshkosh Area Humane Society in Oshkosh, WI. (www.oahs.org) You are the best! Nikki Hronis

  30. I like the “cover” one (or third in the list), with just Mooch and Mutts. Nice and simple.

    1. I agree! I like the third one.

  31. The last cover with Shtinky Puddin would be my husbands choice of cover for your book. We have named one of our cats Shtinky Puddin.

    1. I am besotted with Stinky. He is my favorite of all the characters. He embodies so many things that really matter. I would be thrilled to give him a hug.


  32. I love the last picture best. Of course, all your work is great. I fell in love with Mutts from the very first strip I came across years ago. I spent 21 years as an OTR truck driver, co-driving with my husband. I purchased newspapers in every area we traveled. I made a list of which papers carried Mutts. I would be so upset when I couldn’t find a local paper with your strip. Then I found your website and get Mutts daily. It is the first email I open. I love your sweet sense of humor. I know Mutts will never offend and always causes my heart to warm. Thank you for sharing your art and talent with those of us who are not so blessed.

    1. Me too, Susan! I used to have Mutts as my screensaver and was and am so upset that I don’t know how as it went away. At least I can open my email and enjoy it that way. I love the Wise Quotes as well, don’t you?

  33. The simple tree with our beloved Mutts is the best civer.

  34. I like all the suggestions, but the one with the tree and landscape and mooch is my fave. animal lover bob.

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