Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. I love the colorful, changing leaves, the crisp air, and anything pumpkin.

This fall is particularly special as I am celebrating the silver anniversary of MUTTS with the release of a special new book, The Art of Nothing, which comes out this month and is available now for pre-order at the MUTTS Shop. And as you may know, I will be signing and doing a small sketch in each copy of the book ordered at MUTTS.com (through the end of 2019).

This month, I’d like to share with you a brief excerpt from the book’s preface:

With a silver anniversary collection of a daily comic strip, there’s about 10,000 pieces of art to look at. Reviewing these was akin to going through a family album. I’ve spent a lot of quality time with Earl, Mooch, Ozzie, Frank, Millie, Guard Dog, Woofie, Shtinky, Crabby, and the rest of my Mutts gang. They are all a part of me. Ultimately, I chose the art that just intuitively felt right.

Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz said, “A cartoonist is someone who has to draw the same thing day after day without repeating himself.” All daily cartoonists rely on variations of themes, and this book is loosely arranged using them. Since I try to see the world through the eyes of animals, most Mutts themes are quite basic: cats, dogs, rain, snow, the moon, the ocean and what all animals (including us) want: food, naps, and love. And, because all art is personal, other themes explore the language of comics, the high art/low art discourse, the human-animal bond, animal rights, and spirituality.

I’ve said it before, but I have truly enjoyed compiling this anthology of memories and am looking forward to sharing them with all of you, whether you’ve just discovered MUTTS or you’ve been with Mooch and Earl from the very beginning. 

Let me know what you think!

Comments (15)

I have been reading MUTTS for the last 25 years and it’s the best comic strip out there. I just love everyone in the strip, including Miss Lulu. I bought the “Pet Psychic” tee shirt, and lo and behold, the other day I was in Publix and a lady asked me if I do house calls!

Ellen Barnett

I have been reading Mutts for going on 15 years now. I receive the daily email….first thing I read to start my day. Warms my heart and Soul/Spirit. I also have various T-shirts, night gowns, hats and yearly desk calendar. Excited to get the new book that I just ordered.
Thank you for your gift Patrick…💕🐾💕🐾

Sunshine Johnson

For me, Mutts filled my Calvin and Hobbs void, thank you Patrick!

Sandarmaclee

Patrick,

As an animal lover and animal rights activist, I enjoy your Mutts comic. Recently Mutts has focused on deforestation and the extinction of animal species, which is a laudable focus for your work. Yet, today’s comic has Butchie the Butcher standing behind his glass counter that is filled with meat obtained from slaughtered animals. Aside from the horrors of factory farming and the pain inflicted on animals, raising cattle and other animals for human consumption is a Major factor in deforestation. Please retire the character of Butchie.

Atticus Carr

I remember when MUTTS joined my comic line up. My Dad read us the comics since I can remember and I took the paper for years just for the comics. I have my copy ordered! MUTTS is just Awesome! Thank you for sharing them with us over the years.

Joyce Cagle