[Media release] Book release: cartoons for dog lovers of all ages
Minnie The Westie Media Release
5 October 2011 – for immediate release
Book release: cartoons for dog lovers of all ages
Auckland dog-lover Cornelia Luethi has launched her debut book, “Minnie The Westie: The Adventures Of A West Highland Terrier Cartoon Dog”. The book portrays humorous cartoons based on Cornelia’s real-life dog, Minnie, a West Highland White Terrier.
Designed to appeal to dog lovers of all ages, Minnie The Westie takes a light-hearted view at life, as seen through a dog’s eyes. Some of Minnie’s adventures unfold across a number of pages; whilst others stand alone as single-page gags. Also featuring in the cartoons are Minnie’s boyfriend, Morris (also a Westie); Flo the bug; and Minnie’s human mum and dad.
“I’ve always loved cartoon animals: my favourite was Garfield,” says cartoonist Cornelia Luethi. “Like many dog owners, I guess I’m a little bit obsessed with my dog, and find so many of Minnie’s daily antics hilarious. It didn’t take me long to build up enough ideas for the 85 cartoons in this book.”
Cornelia adds that some of the stories are based on real events, whereas others are based on her imagination: “Westies are such lively little dogs, it’s quite easy to imagine them getting up to all kinds of antics!”
Although Cornelia only started drawing cartoons a year ago, she quickly realised she’d created something unique with her Minnie sketches: “Seeing other people look at my Minnie The Westie cartoons is very rewarding – usually, they can’t help but smile at the cartoons. I was smiling as I drew them, so it’s nice to be able to share those warm, fuzzy feelings that dogs give us!”
“That’s also why I put a whole website together for Minnie The Westie. At www.MinnieTheWestie.com, dog lovers can enjoy free cartoons, as well as signing up for “Minnie Mail”, where they’ll receive a cartoon by email each month.”
What’s more, not-for-profit organisations are able to use Minnie The Westie cartoons on their websites and newsletters free of charge, whereas commercial users pay a small fee. Full details are at www.minniethewestie.com/cartoons/licensing
Minnie is very popular on social media already, with more than 1,200 Followers on Twitter and a growing number of loyal Facebook fans. Many of these are based in the US and UK.
Minnie The Westie is available as a paperback from Amazon.com (ISBN 978-0-473-19504-5), and also as a Kindle ebook.
For more information please contact:
Cornelia Luethi (Author and Publisher)
Email: [email protected]
Photographs: the following photographs are available as high-resolution images; please email [email protected] with your image requests.
Please credit photographs as copyright © MinnieTheWestie.com.
May be used for Minnie The Westie publicity purposes only.
Cartoons: Not-for-profit organisations are able to use Minnie The Westie cartoons on their websites and newsletters free of charge, whereas commercial users pay a small fee. Full details are at www.minniethewestie.com/cartoons/licensing
Note to Editors
About Minnie, the real-life West Highland Terrier
Minnie is a pedigree West Highland White Terrier, bred in New Zealand, and is a member of the West Highland White Terrier Club of New Zealand.
As per the cartoon character she’s based on, the real Minnie also enjoys having her belly rubbed, chicken chomping, bone munching, napping, walking, sailing, and cuddling.
About Cornelia Luethi
Although Cornelia enjoyed drawing at school, she only picked up her sketchbook again in 2010, which is when she created the Minnie The Westie cartoon character.
Cornelia is a self-employed marketing consultant and copywriter; her business is FX Marketing Limited (New Zealand). She works from home in Auckland… naturally, Minnie keeps Cornelia company in the office.
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