This daily newspaper comic strip, created by Patrick McDonnell in 1994, is centered on the day-to-day adventures of two companion animals: a dog named Earl and a cat named Mooch. Earl and Mooch interact with each other, their human guardians and a large cast of neighborhood animals.
Mutts explores the special bond between animals and their guardians, and the endearing friendship of Earl, the dog, and Mooch, the cat. It strikes a delicate balance between joy, fun and responsible social commentary. Mutts has been recognized for its distinctive style, heartwarming humor and compassionate advocacy for animal issues.
Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, was a fan of this strip, saying that it's "one of best comic strips of all time."
Awards and Distinctions:
Comic Strip Excellence Awards
The National Cartoonists Society’s highest honor, The Reuben, for Cartoonist of the Year (1999)
Six (6) Harvey Awards for Best Comic Strip
Germany’s Max and Moritz Award for Best International Comic Strip
Swedish Academy of Comic Art’s Adamson Statuette
Recipient of The National Cartoonists Society Award for "Best Newspaper Comic Strip"
Environmental and Animal Advocacy Awards
Two (2) Genesis Awards from The Ark Trust
The HSUS Hollywood Genesis Award for Ongoing Commitment
PETA’s Humanitarian Award
Sierra Club Award