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.

October 11, 2022 MUTTS Comic Strip

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.

Signed Walking Home Book

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.



Comments (19)

We enjoy reading the continuing story about Earl & Mooch and all of their friends. We had a cat and dog that looked like both of the characters. Sad that they have left us, but reading Mutts everyday keeps their shared memories alive.

George L Johnson

My niece in the DC area and I in Iowa share your comic strips each day as a way to connect. We appreciate the kindness, humor and, yes, at times, snarkiness, that Earl, Mooch and your wide cast of characters portrays. Each strip provides a few minutes of respite from the social darkness that pervades the news. Thank you for enriching our lives and those of all your faithful readers.

Janet Dellinger

I love Mutts.

Please release Guard Dog and give him a happy home. I cry when I see him in a strip.

Lisa Turner

Where is Guard Dog? I haven’t seen him in ages.

Charles Hines

Very excited about the potential graphic novel! Commenting in the hopes of connecting with Patrick – I draw a comic strip called The Poet I think he’d enjoy, and would be happy to send a few of the tiny book collections his way – MUTTS has long been a favorite of mine! Anyhow, if you see this, thanks for doing what you do, Patrick!

Todd webb

Pawesome! Sho looking forward to a graphic novel. Can’t wait for details…

Jim Nelson

I read the Mutts every day, several times a day , all thru the night. There is a solace in the knowledge that comes out of your art. The balm of Gilead I suppose. But no matter how hard my day is, all the tests, the prodding, poking, moving + empty aloneness I feel, I feel healing in each smile. I hope in each strips message of hope.


Good morning, Patrick… I have been a reader and lover of MUTTS for years and I have to tell you my late mother loved the strip as well and she loved Mooch and his little pink sock!! She used to like to talk to me sounding like Mooch with all the SH’s LOL… I have to say you are quite a wonderful humanitarian and a great artist and writer and you don’t just put together a comic strip, books, calendars etc. you actually do all you can to help the environment and change the world in your own modest way… Thank you for all you do and I will continue to read about and enjoy my favorite cat and dog pair, Mooch & Earl forever 🐶😺❤️❤️❤️❤️

Steve London

Met you in Worcester, MA a long time ago. You met our chihuahua, Cookie and signed two of your books for us. You even drew a cartoon of Cookie with her tongue hanging out. It was a pleasure. You are indeed a good-hearted individual.

Judith Luparelli