Growing up I used to love Sunday mornings in my house. My father would get up early, go to our local bakery and come back home with some delicious crumb cake and the Sunday newspapers. I would take the biggest piece of crumb cake there was, get a tall glass of milk and run off to read the Sunday Comics or what we affectionately called the “Funny Section.”
I loved reading comic strips and on Sundays they were twice as long and in color! It was like reading a funny letter from a friend – following the crazy adventures and outlandish situations the characters always seemed to get themselves into. A few of my favorites were Blondie, Peanuts, Family Circus, Hagar the Horrible, Bloom County, Fox Trot and Calvin and Hobbes.
Flash forward to my first job out of college. It was 1994 and I was working as an account executive at a small PR firm in New York. One of my first accounts was King Features Syndicate which sound kind of boring until you heard what the company did, they syndicated comic strips. Yes, it was a like a childhood dream, I was publicizing comic strips and their artists.
That’s when I first was introduced to the brilliance Patrick McDonnell and his comic strip Mutts and it has been one of my favorites ever since.
Mutts follows the day-to-day adventures of dog and cat duo, Earl and Mooch. Earl is a small dog with a big heart who cheerfully tugs at the leash on the walk of life. His buddy Mooch is a mischievous kitty with a bit of a lisp and who has a penchant for singing – often and off key! Somehow Mooch always seems to drag poor little Earl into his shenanigans.
Earl and Mooch interact with each other, their human owners Ozzie, Millie & Frank and a large rotating cast of neighborhood animals.
I love Mutts for its distinctive, graphic novel artistic style, its heartwarming humor and its strong, yet non-preachy stance on important animal issues such as responsible pet ownership, animal advocacy and adoption.
And it’s clear I’m not the only Mutts fan out there. The comic strip appears in over 700 newspapers in 20 countries. Even legendary Peanuts creator Charles Schultz called Mutts “one of the best comic strips of all time.”
Mutts is so popular that on October 13, Earl, Mooch and all their human and animal friends are coming out with a brand new collection of some of the most popular Mutts strips. The new collection is called The Mutts Winter Diaries.
I was sent an advance copy of the book and I think it would be the perfect gift for any animal lover – young or old – on your list this holiday season.
As its title suggests, The Mutts Winter Diaries focuses wintertime and our favorite furry friends, Earl and Mooch,have a lot to do to get ready to hibernate:
Step 1: Fill their bellies with shnacky shnacks (that’s Mooch-speak, remember he’s got a little lisp!).
Step 2: Cozy up on their people’s warm laps.
Or maybe instead of hibernating, Mooch and Earl will help Shtinky Puddin’, Bip and Bop, Guard Dog, Sourpuss and the rest of their buddies enjoy the beautiful and magical winter season. You’ll have to get the book to find out!
Want a copy of The Mutts Winter Diaries of your own? Well, one lucky reader will win a copy of the book along with this adorable and cozy Mutts comic sleepshirt designed by Richard Leeds International.
All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. It’s easy to enter and the more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win. This giveaway is open until Sunday, October 11. Prizing will be provided directly to winner by sponsor.
For Full Disclosure: The Harried Mom was provided with a copy of The Mutts Winter Diaries by Patrick McDonnell and a Mutts comic sleepshirt to facilitate this post. As always, the opinions expressed in this post and on The Harried Mom blog are all my very own and are not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing any products as your opinion may differ.
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