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Gift of Nothing hits #8 on NYT Best Sellers for Children’s books

Patrick McDonnell, creator of “Mutts” announced on his web site that his book “Gift of Nothing” has made it to #8 on the New York Times Best Seller List for Children’s Picture Books. Back in December, his book made it to #8 on the NYT Best Seller List.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2006,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Gift of Nothing hits #8 on NYT Best Sellers for Children’s books

Winners of Gift of Nothing announced

A holiday season give-away prize has been announced for those who bought Patrick McDonnell’s (Mutts) new book “The Gift of Nothing.” Each winner was randomly selected, and recieved a special WINNER button with the purchase of Patrick’s new book, “The Gift of Nothing”. Each was then entered into a special drawing to determine a grand […]

Posted on: Jan 9, 2006,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Winners of Gift of Nothing announced

Nothing says Happy Valentines like beer and ‘toons

The ToonSeum is offering a very unique Valentine gift package. They’ve partnered with Church Brew Works for a night of beer tasting and drawing lessons. The more I think about it, I see the brilliance of it. It works for both sides. The men can say, “Honey, let’s take a drawing class to enrich our […]

Posted on: Jan 20, 2011,  Section: Museums, Comments: 5 Comments

Mutts ‘Gift’ book featured in Royal Gazette

Patrick McDonnell’s successful “Gift of Nothing” book is getting some positive press in the Royal Gazette. Although Mr. McDonnell’s 10th cartoon compilation “Who Let the Cat Out: Mutts X” was released in April, “The Gift of Nothing” is his first children’s book. So far it has been well received. “It has been on the New […]

Posted on: Jan 17, 2006,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Mutts ‘Gift’ book featured in Royal Gazette

Patrick McDonnell talks about his new book “Art”

The Austin American Statesman has a really good write up regarding Patrick McDonnell’s new book “Art.” Patrick’s first book “The Gift of Nothing” featured characters from his comic strip “Mutts,” but this new book is a complete departure from his Mutts strip.”‘Art’ is about a little kid who likes to draw and makes messes and I think it’s pretty autobiographical,” he says by phone from his New Jersey studio…. I actually took a photograph of my desk before I cleaned it because it looked sort of like one of Art’s drawings ? splotches all over the place.”To help promote the book, Patrick is having a ART Coloring Contest (ends April 28).

Posted on: Apr 26, 2006,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Patrick McDonnell talks about his new book “Art”

Patrick McDonnell releases new book “Hug Time”

The Asbury Park Press has a nice write-up about Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell and his new book “Hug Time.” “Hug Time” is McDonnell’s fourth children’s book and, like all his work, it is appropriate for ages zero to 110. His other kids’ books are “The Gift of Nothing,” “Art” and “Just Like Heaven,” which also […]

Posted on: Nov 26, 2007,  Section: Books, Comments: Comments Off on Patrick McDonnell releases new book “Hug Time”

Patrick McDonnell offers rare signed poster

Patrick McDonnell is giving away 7 rare signed posters of the Toys For Tots national poster. Patrick, in years past, has supported the Toys for Tots program through the Gift of Nothing gift box and book that bears that name. This year those that purchase the Gift of Nothing book and boxes will also be […]

Posted on: Nov 10, 2006,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Patrick McDonnell offers rare signed poster

‘Mutts’ creator makes NYT Best seller list top 10

Patrick McDonnell’s first story book “The Gift of Nothing” has made it to #8 on the NYT Beset Seller list for Children’s books according to his web site. It is with great pleasure to annouce that Patrick’s first storybook, “The Gift of Nothing” has made it to #8 on the New York Times Best Seller […]

Posted on: Dec 27, 2005,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on ‘Mutts’ creator makes NYT Best seller list top 10

Patrick McDonnell’s meditative life

I missed this story which ran on nj.com (New Jersey) about Patrick McDonnell’s new book “The Gift of Nothing”. The article also discusses Patrick’s attempt to keep life in the slow lane. “To tell you the truth,” he chuckled, “I don’t get out much anyway. A cartoonist’s life is like a monk’s life, very solitary. […]

Posted on: Dec 12, 2005,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Patrick McDonnell’s meditative life

CSotD: Hold the Paranoia

Good thinking, Willie. I’m gonna throttle back a little myself. It’s not that there’s no news to analyze, but much of it is News of the Stupid, and I don’t have the energy. Critical analysis isn’t like declassifying top-secret documents:  You have to do more than just think about it.   For instance, while I […]

Posted on: Sep 22, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 5 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! An Autumn Overload!

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for September 2022 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Nothing Echoes like an Empty Mailbox  (more about the USPS book)     Ink, Blood, and Linseed Oil    Celebrating 30 […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2022,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: 2 Comments

CSotD: To Brazzaville and Beyond

This Jason Chatfield piece could be a gag or a political cartoon, but, either way, it’s an exaggerated look at how I shop these days. I recognize that my refusal to buy Arizona Iced Tea is a personal crotchet: They’ve changed hands several times since trying to use Crazy Horse’s name on a malt liquor […]

Posted on: Aug 24, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 14 Comments

CSotD: Friday Follies

Tank McNamara (AMS) is willing to keep the Saudi sportswashing effort in front of the public, though I get a strong feeling that money talks and nobody cares, which I suppose wouldn’t bother me so much if so many commentators who went ballistic over Biden’s visit to Jedda hadn’t fallen silent over the LIV golf […]

Posted on: Aug 5, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Comments: 4 Comments

CSotD: Facts, logic and other irrelevancies

Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but he’s not entitled to his own facts,” a custom more honour’d in the breach than the observance. So we’ll start today with Gary Varvel (Creators)’s cartoon, an attack that has also started popping up on social media, so not simply Varvel’s […]

Posted on: Jul 1, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Comments: 1 Comment

Book Reviews and Book Revues

Despite their vast impact, the whole story of the underground comix movement has never been fully told in a coherent, systematic way. Sure, over the years we’ve seen some good work focus on individual creators or publishers, and some good bibliographic work tracking down the titles and print histories from a collectors’ perspective, but nothing […]

Posted on: Jun 30, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Books, Cartoons, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Book Reviews and Book Revues