About Patrick McDonnell

Patrick McDonnell is the creator of the animal-friendly comic strip MUTTS, which has received numerous awards internationally, both for comic strip excellence and for its themes of animal protection. Charles Schulz called it “one of the best comics strips of all time.” Prior to creating MUTTS, Patrick was a freelance magazine illustrator for multiple publications, including the Russell Baker “Observer” column for The New York Times Sunday Magazine. His solo painting exhibition Side Effects: Paintings by Patrick McDonnell 2016-2021, opened at the Urban Arts Space in Columbus Ohio on August 3, 2021.

Patrick has produced ten picture books, two of which have been adapted for the Kennedy Center stage. The Caldecott Honor-winning Me...Jane (a biography of Jane Goodall) debuted in 2017 and was nominated for five Helen Hayes Awards, and The Gift of Nothing was awarded one for Best Play or Musical Adaptation. His book MUTTS Shelter Stories – Love. Guaranteed. is a collection of his shelter-themed MUTTS strips along with stories of real-life shelter adoption successes. He has collaborated on books with author Eckhart Tolle (Guardians of Being) and with poet Daniel Ladinsky (Darling, I Love You). Currently, Patrick is working with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Heart to Heart, a book centered on the environment, animals, and compassion. It will be published by HarperOne in fall 2022.

Me...Jane is currently under option agreement with Cartoon Saloon, slated to become a children’s TV series, and MUTTS is under agreement with Disney for a feature-length animation. 

Patrick uses MUTTS to advocate for the environment and all animals, and to support animal welfare. Dog Fancy included McDonnell in its top 25 “Dog World Changers.” The MUTTS characters appear on New Jersey Animal Friendly license plates and in animated Public Service Announcements for the Shelter Pet Project. McDonnell was filmed for an episode of PBS’s Shelter Me, where he created shelter-themed MUTTS comic strips based on his observances while working alongside the shelter staff at the ACC of NYC.

Patrick was a member of the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of the United States for 18 years and currently serves on the boards of the Fund for Animals, the Charles M. Schulz Museum, and D&R Greenway Land Trust.

He resides in New Jersey with his wife Karen, along with their rescue dog and formerly feral cat. 

Interviews & Press

Comics creator Patrick McDonnell making his mark in other works
The Columbus Dispatch / September 2021
Art Review: Side Effects — Paintings by Patrick McDonnell 2016-2021
Columbus Underground / September 2021
MUTTS Creator Patrick McDonnell on His ‘Second Shot’ With Abstract Art 
CityPulse / September 2021

Patrick McDonnell steps out of ‘MUTTS’ world to make comics-inspired abstract paintings
Columbus Alive / August 2021
Long-Running Comic Strip MUTTS Encourages Readers to Go Green
CBR / February 2021
The Art of Everything
Animal Culture Magazine / January 2021
Funnybook MUTTS
Comic Book Creator / Fall 2020
An Exclusive Interview With Patrick McDonnell
The Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN) / October 2020
Mutts Creator Patrick McDonnell: A voice for animals (Video)
HSUS / December 2019
The Beautiful Philosophy of Nothing: Patrick McDonnell
Pop Goes the Page / December 2019
Patrick McDonnell’s Strip ‘MUTTS’ Lovingly Imitates Art, Literature, Comic Books, Music, and More
MusicFestNews / November 2019 /
How the ‘Mutts’ comic strip helped pet adoption go mainstream
TODAY.com / September 2019
Can Drawing Change the World? Yesh!
Kind News Magazine / September 2018
Are Cats Mutts? Yesh! (Audio)
Cattitude: Petlife Radio / September 2018
MUTTS on a Mission (print; non-digital) / Science of Mind Magazine / June 2018
Book Chat with Illustrator Naoko Stoop (Video)
LB School / June 2017
Patrick McDonnell Books Illustration (Video)
New York Times / January 2017
Shelter Me: Hearts & Paws (Video)
ShelterMe TV / November 2016
NJ’s Patrick McDonnell on writing, drawing, and tech
NJ.com / October 2016
The N.J. native behind the comic strip ‘Mutts’
The Press of Atlantic City / November 2015
Mutts’ Comic Strip creator is all About Animal Adoption!
Modern Dog Magazine / April 2015
MUTTS Ado About ‘Nothing’
The Washington Post / November 2014
A behind-the-scenes view of The Gift of Nothing musical
The Kennedy Center / November 2014
Super Soul Short: Inside the Mind Behind MUTTS
Oprah Winfrey Network / April 2014
Cartoonist Patrick McDonnell Explains the Inspiring Message Behind Every Mutts Comic Strip (Video)
The Huffington Post / April 2014
Meet MUTTS creator Patrick McDonnell
Spot Magazine / November 2012
Patrick McDonnell: His Monster Marches to a Different Drummer
Kirkus Reviews / September 2012
PW Talks with Patrick McDonnell
Publishers Weekly / June 2012
Little Drawings Filled with Life
Animal Voices / May 2012
Jane Goodall, Illustrated (Video)
New York Times / May 2011
Me…Jane: Meet-the-Author Book Reading (Audio)
TeachingBooks.net / February 2011
One on One with Patrick McDonnell
Vegetarian Times / September 2010
Comic strip artist Patrick McDonnell on his collaboration with spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle (Video)
PBS / July 2010
One-On-One With Patrick McDonnell: Life imitates art for this animal-championing artist
Vegetarian Times / July 2010
Sunday profile: Patrick McDonnell on MUTTS
Weekly Story Book / April 2010
Kiss Your Life Hello Radio Show
Jiva Essence of Life / February 2010
Video Interview with MUTTS Creator Patrick McDonnell
Tripawds / October 2009
Interview With the Mutts comic guy, Eckhart Tolle’s co-creator of ‘Guardians’
Read the Spirit / October 2009
‘Mutts’ Cartoonist Inspired by His Pets
GuidePost / September 2009
Patrick McDonnell on MUTTS, Children’s Books & More
Comic Book Resources / September 2009
No. 210: MUTTS cartoonist Patrick McDonnell (Video)
The Petcast / September 2009
Tiras criadas há 15 anos nos EUA ganham ediḉao brasileira
Folha De S. Paulo / April 2009
Wag!, Patrick McDonnell
BookVideosTV / August 2009
The Interview: MUTTS Cartoonist Patrick McDonnell
The Washington Post / December 2008
An Interview with Patrick McDonnell—Author of ‘South’
Through the Looking Glass / December 2008
His Name is Earl
New Jersey Monthly / February 2008
Patrick McDonnell’s Speech to the 2007 Graduating Class at Center For Cartoon Studies
The Comics Reporter / June 2007
A Talk With Patrick McDonnell on ‘Guardians of Being’
New World Library / 2007
Where the Mild Things Are
The New York Times / September 2005