Peanuts: A Golden Celebration: The Art and Story of The Worlds Best-Loved Comic Strip by Charles M. SchulzCharles M. Schulz has been cartooning for an astonishing 50 years (the Peanuts strip itself debuted October 2, 1950, but he drew an earlier incarnation called Lil Folks before that). Peanuts: A Golden Celebration is a remarkable collection of strips spanning that time period. Readers get to see the first appearance of Linus, Marcy, Pigpen, and Woodstock, and even the momentous first time Lucy holds a football for Charlie Brown to kick. Schulz comments on the cartoons and his inspirations via notes in the margin, ranging from boyhood stories about his father (a barber, just like Charlie Browns) to an account of the time the narcolepsy experts at Stanford University expressed concerns over Peppermint Pattys constant sleeping in class. One of the most interesting inclusions is that of several letters of complaint, ranging from readers whose religious sensibilities have been offended to a 1969 missive from Schulzs own syndicate asking him not to depict Franklin in the same school as the white students anymore. Naturally, the much-loved Peanuts holiday specials are covered, as is the musical adaptation Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown, but its the strips that really make the book. Readers can follow the evolution of Schulzs drawing style--deliberately less realistic as the years went on--and even check out a few panels drawn by Schulzs own cartooning heroes. This is a terrific compilation that serves well both as a chronicle of popular culture and as just a really funny collection of comic strips. Dont wait for the Great Pumpkin to bring you one. --Ali Davis
Charles M. Schulz
He had a less-than-distinguished academic record, but outside the classroom he drew constantly and read newspaper comic strips with his dad. When Schulz was 15, he published his first drawing, a picture of his dog, who later served as the inspiration for Snoopy. Following his high school graduation in , he worked odd jobs and submitted cartoons for publication in magazines. Snoopy, Lucy. Charlie Brown, and Linus stand in a line in a drawing from the Charles Schultz,
I recently had the chance to speak at a charity event with three other cartoonists who have had success in various literary formats. Virtually every successful comic strip feature that has followed Peanuts owes a huge debt of gratitude to Schulz for getting to the essence of what makes comics a powerful medium. Schulz understood how to make every line count. Nothing extraneous, no waste. Rejections, blocks, false starts, and dead ends distract us; they cannot lead us away from this holy destiny we know is ours. Cartooning is a fairly sort of a proposition.
This is a list of adaptations in film , television , musical theater , and video games , based on characters from the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. The remaining films were produced and released by Paramount Pictures. Charlie Brown and friends have also appeared in educational videos, which were produced in the s and distributed on 16mm film to schools. Video rights to all the television specials were licensed by Media Home Entertainment and Kartes Video Communications in the s, and by Paramount Home Entertainment from to Family Entertainment controls home video distribution rights. A series of releases from Warner Home Video, collecting the prime-time TV specials in chronological order of their original production and airing.
When Alex Davis was 2 years old, he pointed to a drawing his father had done and exclaimed, "Snoopy! Charles Schulz's black-and-white dog is so beloved, though, that a lasagna-loving cat can't even compete.
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Good Grief: A Peanuts Tale
On the morning of Sunday, February 13, , newspaper readers opened their comic pages as they had for nearly fifty years to read the latest adventures of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang. This Sunday was different, though; mere hours before newspapers hit doorsteps with the final original Peanuts comic strip, its creator Charles M. Paul, where Carl worked as a barber. Throughout his youth, father and son shared a Sunday morning ritual reading the funnies; Sparky was fascinated with strips like Skippy , Mickey Mouse , and Popeye. He took his artistic studies to a new level when, as a senior in high school and with the encouragement of his mother, he completed a correspondence cartoon course with the Federal School of Applied Cartooning now Art Instruction Schools. As Schulz continued to study and hone his artistic style from the late s through the s, the genre of comic art experienced a great shift. The full-page comics of the s and 30s afforded artists the space to reflect the Art Deco details and sensibilities of the day, including the highly-stylized illustrations of Dick Tracy and Little Nemo in Slumberland.
Snoopy started writing fiction on top of his doghouse on July 12, He always takes a typewriter, and puts it on his doghouse roof, then starts writing saying, "Here's the World Famous Author writing". How Snoopy fits his huge typewriter on top of his skinny doghouse roof, has never been revealed. Snoopy starts many of his stories the same way, with the words, "It was a dark and stormy night. Snoopy does not make very good use of their suggestions. For instance, in one strip Linus says Snoopy's stories all begin the same way, and tells the beagle he should change that.