Black Lines Matter


The folks putting together The Complete Peanuts series did a really good job of hunting down the best quality source for everything they reprinted. This can be particularly problematic when one is dealing with older Sunday strips, where one might not be able to find a printing or stat of the work in black-and-white, and de-coloring a scan of a color page can be trickier than you’d think. In some cases, the original art was re-shot to make the page, with the goal being to get what Schulz had originally drawn as the black line. That is the right move… generally. But… well…

This is what the final panel of the December 19, 1999 strip looked like in the first book it was reprinted in, Peanuts 2000:

And this is what it looks like in The Complete Peanuts volume 25:

(Forgive the fuzziness of the right end of that, I didn’t want to damage the book.)

In this case, the color added by Schulz’s assistant (to be specific, Emanuel Leutze, via his 1851 painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware”) was kind of vital.

Things that should not go unsaid, and telling the tales of the times

Back in May 2017, in posting about the way Google book search finds the word “Snoopy” in places where it isn’t actually there, I posted one place it found where it was: this cartoon. Now, I didn’t point out the ultra-Peanutsiness of the fact that it’s not just Mr. Snoopy, …

Millionaire, recluse, cartoonist

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Braddock says goodbye to Jane’s World

Paige Braddock, the Chief Creative Officer over at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates and quite a cartoonist on her own, has been doing her own strip for decades. I haven’t read all of “Jane’s World” but the chunks that I have read are quite enjoyable, and I always mean to …