You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

breaking news

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire from NASCAR following 2017

Mutts to appear daily

Comic has won awards environmental and animal advocacy


His animal-and-earth friendly philosophy has made cartoonist Patrick McDonnell a favorite with comic strip readers. Beginning next week, his popular “Mutts” comic will appear daily.

The strip explores the special bond between animals and their guardians, and the endearing friendship of Earl, the dog, and Mooch, the cat.

“It’s just cute the way the dog and cat interact,” says Jan Davidson of Tipp City, who voted for “Mutts” in our recent readers’ poll, and says she finds the strip very funny.

“Animals contribute to our happiness and our well-being,” McDonnell says. “In my strip, I try to capture those small moments of happiness that celebrate the human/animal bond. All animals are intelligent and have awareness and feelings. They are fellow beings and deserve to share this beautiful planet with us in peace. I try to see the world through their eyes, and give them a voice, while still keeping ‘Mutts’ fun and entertaining.”

He seems to be succeeding : “Mutts” is now is tickling readers’ fancies in more than 700 newspapers and is read in 20 countries. McDonnell has won the National Cartoonists Society’s highest honor, The Reuben, for Cartoonist of the Year and five Harvey Awards for Best Comic Strip.

On an international level, it has won 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.

A book author as well

McDonnell has published a number of books: In “Shelter Stories: Love,” McDonnell’s animal shelter–themed strips are accompanied by real-life pet adoption stories submitted by readers worldwide. In 2009, he collaborated with “The Power of Now” author Eckhart Tolle to create “Guardians of Being.”

The “Mutts” cartoons have been published in 22 compilation books in the United States 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 addition to his comics, McDonnell also writes children’s books. Among them are “The Gift of Nothing,” a New York Times Best Seller, “Art ,” about a boy named Art who makes art, and “Just Like Heaven,” about the joys of simple blessings. “Hug Time” is about a kitten named Jules who goes around the world hugging endangered species.

He has also produced “South and Wag!” and the 2012 Caldecott Honor winner, “Me … Jane,” a biography about the young Jane Goodall, and The Monsters’ Monster. All of his books are printed on recycled paper.

You can check out McDonnell’s website, MUTTScomics.com, where you’ll learn more about his philosophy. He and his wife are vegetarian and live with Amelie, their rescue Jack Russell terrier, and Not Ootie, their formerly feral cat.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Springfield Entertainment

Ludacris’ rap of ‘Llama Llama Red Pajama’ is classic
Ludacris’ rap of ‘Llama Llama Red Pajama’ is classic

It’s a bedtime story full of fun llama drama, thanks to hip-hop artist Ludacris. >> Read more trending news The singer took the Anna Dewdney’s classic “Llama Llama Red Pajama” to a new level when he rapped the book’s text on Power 106’s “The Cruz Show,” the Huffington Post reported...
Penelope Cruz gets Julia Roberts to lip-sync iconic song
Penelope Cruz gets Julia Roberts to lip-sync iconic song

Julia Roberts relived a scene from her iconic 1997 movie “My Best Friend’s Wedding” thanks to some prodding by actress Penelope Cruz, ETonline reported.  >> Read more trending news At Wednesday’s Lancome's Stars & Wonders gala in Monaco, California, one of the bands covered Dionne Warwick’s 1967 song ...
Nintendo Switch emulator: It’s a scam, feds say
Nintendo Switch emulator: It’s a scam, feds say

Don’t slip on this banana peel, federal officials say; there is no Nintendo Switch emulator on which you can run Switch games on your desktop. “It’s a scam,” said the Federal Trade Commission. Online ads may come with Nintendo branding, but when you try to download an emulator, it can install nasty things such as phony...
Fiona the hippo turns 3 months old
Fiona the hippo turns 3 months old

Fiona — the world’s favorite prematurely born hippopotamus — turned 3 months old Monday. The early days of cuddling the tiny, fragile hippo are long gone, Jenna Wingate, the Cincinnati Zoo’s Africa keeper, told our media partner WCPO. Here are three updates about Fiona that Wingate shared with WCPO: 1. The ‘dung shower&rsquo...
Elton John cancels shows following release from hospital due to infection
Elton John cancels shows following release from hospital due to infection

Singer Elton John has cancelled all of his Las Vegas shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace through May after he was sent to the Intensive Care Unit following a rare infection, according to Rolling Stone. The Colosseum at Caesars Palace issued the following statement on its Facebook page Monday: Variety reported that fans who purchased tickets...
More Stories