Patrick McDonnell

Illustrator. Dog Lover.

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A Dog In Every Panel

In 1994 Patrick McDonnell created the comic strip MUTTS, which now appears in over 700 newspapers in 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; and the Swedish Academy of Comic Art’s Adamson Statuette. MUTTS has also won awards for its environmental and animal advocacy: two Genesis Awards from The Ark Trust, The HSUS Hollywood Genesis Award for Ongoing Commitment, the PETA Humanitarian Award, and a Sierra Club award.

The MUTTS cartoons

Have been published in 22 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. Available in 2008, Shelter Stories: Love. Guaranteed features his popular animal shelter–themed strips accompanied by real-life pet adoption stories submitted by readers worldwide. In 2009, McDonnell collaborated with The Power of Now author Eckhart Tolle to create Guardians of Being.

Photo of Patrick McDonnell
“Patrick McDonnell” by Jeffrey Beall – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons