UPDATE: We have removed the original May 15 deadline for submissions and are now accepting artwork and stories indefinitely. Yesh!
With so many of us staying at home these days due to social distancing and other impacts of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to make time for small activities that bring us comfort.
That’s why we’re inviting readers of all ages — yes, kids too! — to draw your own MUTTS comic strips, and to share them with us. Channel your inner cartoonist to show us the moments that bring you joy.
For instance, how are your pets helping you to stay active or upbeat? Are you using this time to foster an animal? What’s your shelter story you’d like to share with the world? What new adventures would you like to see Mooch and Earl embark on? We’d love to hear your stories and see your creativity blossom.
Where will the drawings appear?
In the coming weeks, we’ll be selecting our favorite images to share on the MUTTS social media accounts and on our website. You can also showcase your own drawings on social media by using the hashtag #MyMuttsArt.
Plus, Patrick would like to choose a few reader-submitted creations to include in the MUTTS comic strip for publication in newspapers around the world! If your image is chosen for this, Patrick will re-draw your comic strip and, of course, provide you with a writing credit. (Please note that the text in your image may be revised for clarity or to adhere to our editorial style guidelines.)
Additionally, if your art is chosen to be redrawn and published in newspapers, Patrick will send you a free, signed copy of the final comic strip.
How do I submit my drawing to Team MUTTS?
We welcome readers of all ages and locations to participate. To help you get started, we’ve included a few printable comic strip templates below, with spaces for you to include your name and other basic info.
You can share your art with us by scanning your completed drawing (or by taking a close-up, high-res photo with your phone) and sending it to email@example.com.
Any questions? Reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!