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One of best comic strips of all time.

CHARLES SCHULZ, creator of Peanuts

Patrick McDonnell’s MUTTS is up there with Peanuts, Pogo, Krazy Kat, and Calvin and Hobbes—cartoons that are smart and funny, brilliantly drawn, and full of heart.

MATT GROENING, creator of The Simpsons

Shining through this artful, delicious and—dare I say—adorable confection is Patrick McDonnell’s love affair with old comic strips. His MUTTS evokes an effervescent bliss, drawn from a century-old tradition, dating from Buster Brown to Charlie Brown that, in an instant, turns words and pictures into poetic-play. And oh, how Mr. McDonnell can play. His joyful meditation brings glee (in a balloon of course) to an old cartoonist’s heart.

JULES FEIFFER, cartoonist

I used to think the classic newspaper comic strip was dead, but MUTTS proves there really is some kind of life after death: It’s a playful visual pleasure that knows its comic strip heritage without wearing it on its sleeve, it’s smart without being pretentious, and it’s sweet without being cloying. It’s a miracle!

ART SPIEGELMAN, cartoonist

Patrick McDonnell possesses an elegance of line and narrative that both transcends and defines his medium. His artistry is in his Zen-like clarity, his simple direct address, and his unique understanding of the essential animal/human continuum. When one experiences MUTTS, one experiences genius.

ALICE SEBOLD, author of The Lovely Bones

In 1994, Patrick McDonnell created the comic strip MUTTS, which now appears in over 700 newspapers in 20 countries. 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; and the Swedish Academy of Comic Art’s Adamson Statuette.

The MUTTS cartoons have been published in 17 compilation books in the U.S. and in numerous collections throughout the world. In 2003, fine art publisher Harry N. Abrams published MUTTS: The Comic Art of Patrick McDonnell, a monograph on McDonnell’s career. In 2007, The Best of MUTTS was released containing a decade of McDonnell’s favorite strips along with insightful commentary. McDonnell has also released five children’s books since 2005, two of which were New York Times Best Sellers.