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.

Charlie Brown, playa

I have no idea whether the copywriter here thought that Patty was Charlie Brown’s main love interest and Lucy his side-piece, or the other way ’round. But in any case, someone needs be shot for putting unneeded quotation marks within a word balloon. Share this:

Stop by your local comic book store

Hey, I’m going to avoid my usual “gift certificates are convenient last-minute gifts” speech, and instead steer those with some holes to fill to head down to their local comic book store. Those shops have been having a fairly tough year and could use the business – and boy, have …

Guaraldi via Grohl

For those of you what like covers of “Linus & Lucy” – on this past weekend’s Saturday Night Live, the musical guest The Foo Fighters closed the show with a medley that included a nice, hard-rocking take on that song. You can find it online here (you’ll have to watch …