Patrick McDonnell

Ranked #244 on the list Best Comic Strip Creator of All Time

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About Patrick McDonnell

Patrick McDonnell (born March 17, 1956) is the creator of the daily comic strip Mutts. He has also illustrated Russell Baker's Sunday Observer column in The New York Times magazine and created the monthly comic strip Bad Baby for Parents magazine. He has contributed to publications such as Sports Illustrated, Reader's Digest, Forbes, Time, and has co-authored the book Krazy Kat: the Comic Art of George Herriman. McDonnell was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and grew up in Edison, New Jersey. After graduating from Edison High School in New Jersey in 1974, McDonnell attended the School of Visual Arts. McDonnell began a career as a magazine illustrator and would frequently include a dog in the background of his illustrations. Moving to Hoboken, New Jersey, he met a group of underground cartoonists such as Peter Bagge and Kazimieras G. Prapuolenis (Kaz), and had some of his earliest drawings appearing as Jerseyana in New Jersey Monthly magazine. A book of his life and work, Mutts: The Comic Art of Patrick McDonnell, was published in 2003 by Abrams Publishing. McDonnell is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Humane Society of the United States. In 2009 collaborated with author

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