Whee! Three Kings are coming

This is an interesting stage for someone who has a small part in Peanuts history. Tennis great Billie Jean King was a friend of Schulz’s, and they worked on each other’s books (Schulz did a lot of good illustrations for Tennis Love.) And now she’s in a curious position for a real, still-alive person: there are apparently three films being made about her. Well, about her and one odd competition she got into, which was publicized as a major part of the battle for women’s equality yet seemed quite silly to me at the time… but actually oddly seemed to have an impact, despite of the very manufactured nature of it. I don’t know how I’d feel if that was being done about me. (Then again, if Emma Stone played me, I’d be fine with that, as unlikely as that casting may seem. Because Emma Stone.)

 

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Peanuts as bird droppings

Comics history buff Steven Thompson (not to be confused with pop culture buff Stephen Thompson, son of comics history buff Maggie Thompson; the world often confuses me) pointed out this 1970 ad for the Dayton Daily News. The paper tried using the Dayton Daily News Bird, crafted by comic book …

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there is erroneous information on the Internet

I was doing a little research, looking up forgotten hotelier the Reverend Caleb Nimmo for an utterly unPeanuts-related project. One of the genaeology websites, Ancient Faces, had a rather barebones listing for him. The only data they really had for him was birth date, death date, and one location where he …

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More North Korean football references

Thanks to a post by comics writer Dan Mishkin, I’ve managed to add to more examples to this array of the “Lucy pulls the football away” concept being applied to the recent discussions with North Korea.   And that, of course, is just its use in cartoons. There’s plenty of …