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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

Patrick McDonnell (b. 1956). Mutts. “Yesh! It’s Been Three Months. . . ,” March 11, 2001. Ink and opaque white over graphite underdrawing with paste-ons. Gift, Patrick McDonnell, 2006. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (022.01.00) © 2001 Patrick McDonnell, Dist. By King Features Syndicate, Inc. LC-DIG-ppmsca-68652

Hitting the Snooze Button

Patrick McDonnell had already been working as an illustrator, cartoonist, and cartoon scholar when in 1994 he created his gentle feature Mutts about a cat, Mooch, and his dog friend, Earl, along with their respective owners. He created a world from the animals’ point of view, and at times uses the comic strip as a platform to deal with environmental and animal rights issues. Here, an angry bear, not quite ready to leave the comfort of the cave in which he has been hibernating, quiets Mooch.