Franklin’s “Mom” gets the good treatment in Philly

You’ve seen me talking before about Harriet Glickman, the woman whose letter to Schulz inspired him to create Franklin in the 1960s – the letter itself is included as a pull-out item in my book The Peanuts Collection. Since then, she’s been getting ongoing attention, which hit a high point over the past few days at the NAACP convention in Philadelphia, where she sat for a number of interviews, got recognized by the NAACP, and got honored by the city itself, with a presentation by Mayor Michael Nutter. There’s an article covering some of this here (expect more to come; she did over a dozen media interviews while there) and pictures of her with Mar Mar Tidbit, the voice of Franklin in the upcoming Peanuts movie, here. (And in the small-world department, the pictures here are them being interviewed by Patti Jackson of WDAS – the same radio station where my stepbrother-in-law Tony Brown is host of the 7 PM to midnight shift!)

Schulz/Peanuts news
Guess who just bought a big chunk of Peanuts??

The Hollywood Reporter is Hollywood reporting that entertainment giant Sony just bought 39% of the holding company that exists to hold the rights to Peanuts. They bought just short of half of the share that DHX Media bought a year ago. This means that the ownership breaks down like this: …

Schulz/Peanuts news
Peanuts Global Artist Collective

Now this is cool! The Peanutsy folks have announced the Peanuts Global Artist Collective, an international public art effort were seven selected artists/teams are doing public art using the Peanuts characters. They’re permitted to do their own interpretation of the characters, or to use Schulz art, or to mix things together …

Animated Peanuts
A Charlie BANNED Christmas

Following up on yesterday’s post about how Texas prisons have banned The Peanuts Collection, I should note that that’s not the only Peanuts book they’ve banned. They’ve also banned the book adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas… and since they are, presumably, wise followers of this blog (all the best people …