By James H. Burns: For years now, MUTTS has been my all time fave comic strip.
Greeting the morning with a reading of that day’s Patrick McDonnell strip is a grand way to start the day.
The epoch follows Mooch the cat, Earl the dog, their humans, some birds, some squirrels… (Actually, the environs seem a lot like what my life used to be!)
McDonnell is something of a glorious genius, someone whose compassion seems as strong as his talent and imagination.
…And some years back, he wrote this wonderful small book, The Gift of Nothing, petite in only its length; certainly not its grace, or warmth.
And now my pals Mooch and Earl will be dancing across a stage, and I’m certain into quite a few more hearts.
(Through the years, MUTTS has also presented some lovely surrealistic sequences, as well as a delightfully depicted series of tributes to and evocations of the history of super heroes, and other comic art!)
The show runs November 22 to December 28 at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. Ticket info here.