Recently Patrick made an exciting announcement — he is taking his first-ever sabbatical to work on a literary graphic novel with none other than His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The tentative title for this book is Heart to Heart, and it will be published by HarperOne in the fall of 2022. (Not to worry though — Patrick has provided handpicked strips to run during this six-month period, so we won’t be without Mooch, Earl, and the rest of the MUTTS gang.)
Upon this announcement, we received a huge influx of well-wishes for Patrick as he embarks on this new adventure. At Team MUTTS, we are just as excited about this project as you are, so we wanted to share some of the sweet notes we’ve received on Patrick’s behalf.
“I’m wearing a Peace, Love, Rescue tee-shirt as I type this. The first thing I look for each morning is the MUTTS cartoon! However, writing something with the Dalai Lama is totally awesome! I can’t wait to purchase it. It is definitely worth waiting for. Thank you so much.” — Beverly S.
“He is the perfect writer and artist for this project. What an honor! Congratulations to him, Godspeed, and see you back in Jersey in 2022. 💞🌍🐾“ — Maureen F.
“Excited for you and looking forward to the results of your project. In the meanwhile, vintage Earl and Mooch will be fun!” — Anne A.
“This sounds wonderful! We have all been so blessed by your drawings. Wishing you and His Holiness the Dalai Lama all the very best and cannot wait for Heart to Heart. No doubt will be a treasure!” — Gail C.
“Congrats, Patrick! This is really exciting news. I wish you creativity and inspiration.” — Mary M.
“Please send congratulations to Patrick on the honor of working with the Dalai Lama, and thank him for so many years of incisive, comic reflections on the human/animal condition! I am eager to see the fruits of this new collaboration!” — Wendy L.
“You are the perfect person to write with His Holiness. Your two huge hearts will merge into a beautiful book.” — Jeanne A.
“How wonderful for you and for all of us. And I can reread MUTTS comic strips over and over again so six months of reprints is no problem. Blessings!” — Kate K.
“I am so excited to hear about you working with the Dalai Lama and look forward to hearing from you about your progress. I can’t wait to see the work of art created by two of my favorite people: you and the Dalai Lama. God bless you both!” — Carol B.
Want to share your thoughts with Patrick, too? Just leave a comment below, and we’ll make sure he gets your message!