Get excited, more MUTTS is headed your way this Fall! Cat Crazy is Patrick McDonnell’s 17th book in the MUTTS Treasury series, featuring a year’s worth of full-color Sunday Strips, black-and-white daily strips and plenty of beautiful pop-art splash pages in between.
Cat Crazy will be released on October 1, 2013. Pre-order your copy on Amazon now!
Awesome news, Europe. Patrick will be making some appearances on your side of the pond!
Check out the 2013 Helsinki Comics Festival in Finald at Lasipalatsi Square from September 6th – September 8th and the Lisbon, Portugal Comics Festival in November. Check back soon, we’ll be posting more updates with specific details on Patrick’s times and locations at each festival!
Exciting news! Patrick and MUTTS have once again been nominated for Best Syndicated Strip or Panel for the 2013 Harvey Awards.
The Harvey Awards recognize extraordinary talent in comics and sequential art; they are one of the oldest and most respected awards in the comic book industry and are the only industry awards whose nominations and selections are chosen entirely by comic book professionals. The awards will be presented on September 7, 2013 at Comic-Con in Baltimore, Maryland. To read more about the Harvey Awards, head over to their website.
Congratulations and best of luck to Patrick, Mooch, Earl and rest of the gang!
It’s approaching mid-July and the summer heat isn’t quitting anytime soon. Temperatures soar into the 90′s in many places, but that number can quickly reach dangerous heights in a parked car.
Pet owners often leave their pets stranded in a stationary vehicle, an extreme risk that is widely underestimated; even if you are only gone for a couple of minutes with the windows cracked on a breezy day, the heat can escalate quickly and really put your pets in danger.
“Please don’t leave your pets – ever – in a car in the summer. It’s not worth the risk. Cars get hot very quickly, and it’s dangerous for animals, ” urges Patrick McDonnell, creator of MUTTS.
The best thing you can do is simply leave your pets at home. Bringing them with you is not worth the risk of leaving them alone in a hot car.
To see just how dangerous it can be, take a look at Dr. Ernie Ward’s video as he experiences the sweltering heat of a parked car for himself. To learn more on how you can help pets and pet owners as a concerned citizen, check out some tips from The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJ SPCA).
Great news! The Monsters’ Monster, Patrick McDonnell’s most recent children’s book, is currently featured on Bookish.com. The article features a list of six children’s books with monsters that are just like us. Give these a read with the kids and they’ll see that even monsters have a soft side (and also refuse to eat their broccoli.)
You can pick up a copy of The Monsters’ Monster to see for yourself, or find your next favorite book on Bookish.com.
Wonderful things are happening in the world of chimpanzees. On June 26, the National Institute of Health (NIH) announced that they would begin the process of retiring most of their research chimpanzees to sanctuaries where they will be free of any medical testing and experimentation. The decision will affect about 310 NIH owned animals over the next few years, placing them in havens where they cannot be recalled for future research.
However this decision does not completely end research on all NIH chimpanzees. A small community of about 50 chimps will remain on site in case they are required for urgent human health research. New guidelines for testing and housing will be put into effect in order to provide better conditions for these remaining chimps.
The NIH decision has been in the works for quite some time now after several outside efforts to protect both captive and wild chimpanzees. Groups like The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have been fighting for changes in chimpanzee research regulation. “This is a great day for the chimpanzees, and we’ve seen a number of them recently,” said Kathleen Conlee, vice president of animal research issues at the HSUS. NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins expressed similar sentiments, stating “Chimpanzees are very special animals…They are our closest relatives [and] we believe they deserve special consideration.”
Read about the chimps in the New York Times, or get involved with The Humane Society of The United States or The Jane Goodall Institute.