Beware fake Schulz

I’ve said it before, but with gift-gathering time impending, I shall say it again: beware fake Schulz art. There is a lot of counterfeit on the market. I would say that the majority of single-image Peanuts pieces being sold as Schulz on eBay are fake, generally tracings/recreations of Schulz-drawn images.

And it’s not just online sales, either. Elsewhere, I think that a group of us managed to convince someone out of spending thousands of dollars at a gallery for some “Schulz” art that gave us plenty of reason to believe had never come within a hundred miles of Sparky. This wasn’t just one of those cases where someone who has a signed print doesn’t realize it’s a print; some faker had reproduced rather random images out of context and imperfectly.

I haven’t seen much in the way of forged strips; I guess that takes too much work, and the source can be easily identified and examined. But one image’s worth of Schulz (or Seuss, or other cartoonists) is a pretty easy thing to copy. Unless you really know what you’re doing in terms of art authentication, single-image cartoon art is an easy place to get taken advantage of.

(But hey, you know what is a good way to toss your money? Original art commissions. There are plenty of skilled young artists online who would be willing to create a drawing for you at an affordable price. It’s custom, it’s unique, and it’s to your specifications!)

The annual shopping guide

Time for this annual post. Sorry to those who are sick an tired of such things, but most of this are things that I feel need to be said for the “shopping season”… and those that aren’t are, well, self-serving attempts to continue to justify this blog. Gift-giving season is …

Classified Peanuts

If you’ve read a lot of Peanuts reprint books, you’ve probably at some point read the June, 1962 storyline where Linus’s blanket got turned into a kite, which in turn got carried away by the winds. You may even have seen this panel: That panel showed up the in the …

Why your shipments are rescheduled

If you pre-order books from Amazon like I do, you may recently have gotten some messages letting you know that the book has been rescheduled and will arrive later than originally planned. While this is something that always happens to some extent (planning for the future is an imperfect science), …