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Patrick McDonnell

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Mutts was created by Patrick McDonnell. In 1994 McDonnell created the comic strip MUTTS which now appears in over 700 newspapers and 20 countries. MUTTS has been described by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz as "one of the best comic strips of all time." McDonnell has received numerous awards for this strip, including the National Cartoonists Society's highest honor, The Reuben, for Cartoonist of the Year, five Harvey Awards for Best Comic Strip, Germany's Max and Moritz Award for Best International Comic Strip. In 2005, McDonnell embarked on a children's book career. His first children's book, which featured the MUTTS characters, The Gift of Nothing, quickly became a New York Times bestseller. Art (2006), his second release, told the story of a boy named Art who makes art. His next release, Just Like Heaven (2006). In 2007. McDonnell again returned to the New York Times bestseller list with Hug Time, featuring a kitten named Jules who goes around the world hugging endangered species. His fifth children's book, South, was released in the Fall of 2008. McDonnell is involved with many animal and environmental charities, and is a member of the Board of Directors for both The Humane Society of the United States and the Fund for Animals. His characters have been enlisted by the United States Marines (2006 Toys for Tots holiday poster), the American Library Association (2007 ‘Read!' poster), and by The HSUS (humane postage stamps). The MUTTS characters appear on the New Jersey Animal Friendly license plates which fund state pet population programs. The 2007-2008 MAZDASPEED Team featured MUTTS-themed vehicles promoting pet adoption and the work of The Humane Society of the United States. Patrick McDonnell (born March 17, 1956) is the creator of the daily comic strip Mutts. He has also illustrated Russell Baker's Sunday Observer column in New York Times magazine and created the monthly comic strip Bad Baby for Parents magazine. McDonnell was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and grew up in Edison, New Jersey. After graduating from Edison High School (in New Jersey) in 1974, McDonnell attended the School of Visual Arts. McDonnell began a career as a magazine illustrator and would frequently include a dog in the background of his illustrations. Moving to Hoboken, New Jersey, he met a group of underground cartoonists such as Peter Bagge and Kazimieras G. Prapuolenis (Kaz), and had some of his earliest drawings appearing as Jerseyana in New Jersey Monthly magazine. A book of his life and work, Mutts: The Comic Art of Patrick McDonnell, was published in 2003 by Abrams Publishing.McDonnell is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Humane Society of the United States.McDonnell and his wife Karen reside in Edison, New Jersey, with their dog Peanut, and their cat, MeeMow. Their Jack Russell, Earl, who was the inspiration and constant muse for the Mutts character of the same name, died in November 2007 after living with Patrick for over 18 years. He recently collaborated with author Eckhart Tolle to create Guardians of Being, a picture book. In 2011, McDonnell's children's book Me...Jane was published. It is a story about naturalist Jane Goodall growing up and her awakening curiosity about the lives of animals around her. P A T R I C K M C D O N N E L L Earl
Based on Patrick's own dog, Earl is a small mutt with a big heart, cheerfully tugging at the leash on the walk of life. Mooch
Earl's feline pal, the tuxedo kitty with his own way of thinking and talking ("Yesh!") who loves his little pink sock. Ozzie
Earl's guardian and best friend. "He's the guy who feeds me, gives me treats, rubs my belly, and takes me for rides — my Ozzie." Millie
Mooch's doting guardian. Frank
The husband of Millie, Mooch's cantankerous caretaker who calls Mooch "the cat". Characters Books 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Me...Jane (April 5, 2011) The Gift of Nothing (September 14, 2005) The Monsters' Monster (September 4, 2012) Wag! (October 1, 2009) Just Like Heaven (October 4, 2006) Comics
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