Welcome to the MUTTS October Newshletter. The days are starting to get shorter during these crisp days of early fall when the leaves turn golden. Shweater weather. My favorite time of year.
MUTTS might look a little different to you this week and in the future. If so, it’s because I’ve loosened up my art style, using very little preliminary pencils (in some cases none) and going straight to drawing in ink. It gives the strip more of the power and intimacy of a preliminary sketch, which I love. I’m also freehand lettering the dialogue.
With COVID lifting, last weekend the Princeton Library held its annual Children’s Book Festival. I had the honor of being the featured author, doing a book reading and ‘chalk’ talk, and creating the illustrations for event. So many people came out for it. Thanks to everyone who attended. One MUTTS reader, Faith Ann, came all the way from Reading, Pennsylvania. She told me that she and her daughter regularly share the goings-on in the daily MUTTS.
October 25th is the release date for my latest MUTTS collection, Walking Home. It contains some favorite strips, including Butchie converting the Fatty Snax deli to a plant-based establishment.
Next month I will be travelling to the Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California, for a panel celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Charles Schulz, joining Al Roker, Cathy Guisewite, Robb Armstrong and Stephan Pastis on November 12th.
Heart To Heart, my collaboration with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is scheduled to be released on January 24, 2023. The publisher should be releasing the cover shortly, and we will then update the landing page with all the details of the project and book tour. It's been a long, intense, fun journey, and I can’t wait to share it all with you soon.
And I’ve been obsessed with my next project, a graphic novel. That publisher is keeping the details a secret for now, but as soon as they allow, I'll tell you more.
Wishing you all a joyful, Happy Halloween. Stay safe and be kind to our fellow creatures.