Friday, February 13, 2004
Second discovery is the Mutts book I bought in last year's bookfair. Although I do read the strip regularly in the Philippine Daily Inquirer I never really got to appreciate the strip as much as I do now. Author and artist Patrick McDonnell effectively uses simple ink lines reminiscent of turn of the century cartoons, sparse dialogue, and three panels to bring home his message: pets are the bestest things in the world. He's also a staunch advocate of animal rights as some of the strips show. I guarantee you that next to Hobbes, you'll be hard pressed to find other endearing animals as Earl, Mooch, Shtinky Puddin, Woofie, Guard Dog, Sour Puss, Mussels Marinara, Crabby, and the others. I'm now looking forward to my next Mutts book purchase.