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Why Woodstock was funny

I ran across an old article today in which someone put down the introduction of the name Woodstock as an unfunny gag, that simply giving the little bird a name from hippie culture does not make it funny. However, that commentary was written in 2007, more than a third of …

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Franklin’s 45th!

To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first appearance of Franklin, Hogan’s Alley magazine has put online the article I wrote for them a couple years back about the creation of Franklin. Go read!

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The Snoopy panel at Comic-Con

For those of you who couldn’t make it to Comic-Con last weekend, someone named Padma Bella recorded and posted a couple sections of the Snoopy panel discussion. The talk is being moderated by Damian Holbrook of TV Guide; the panelists are (from left to right) Lex Feaardo (whose duties at …

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Snoopy is always in fashion

For those who like their Peanuts gear to go beyond the t-shirt level, here’s a UK designer offering a licensed Peanuts line. I can’t say that their modeling particularly enhances the appeal of the clothes, but then I’m not the target market for a $500 sequined dress. (That’s my story, …

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Vaguely Peanuts-related bits

Famed rapper Snoop Dogg (a.k.a. as Snoop Doggy Dogg) has changed his moniker (last year; yes, I’m that far behind on my hiphop news) to Snoop Lion. This should prevent any further confusion. Of course, if he wanted to avoid being confused with a cartoon character, he should’ve just kept …

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Peanuts and the Seduction of the Innocent

The book Seduction of the Innocent is getting some attention once again. Folks with a sense of comic book history will know that this book, while it didn’t start the “will somebody think of the children?!” campaign against comic books in the 1950s, was the item that really brought it …

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Heard at the movies

Last night I went to see One Night Stand, one of those one-night-only-in-cinemas film events. In this case, it was a documentary on a one-night-only-in-a-legitimate-theater event, the 24 Hour Musicals. This would be a musical version of the 24 hour play… in other words, this is short plays that are …

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If not Snoopy

After my post the other day mentioned that Snoopy was Schulz’s second choice for the character’s name, I got email asking about what the first choice was and why it was changed. That’s a question I answered here on the blog several years ago.

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little Peanuts notes

Next week will be a Peanuts tribute week in the comic strip “Mutts“, which was a modern favorite of Schulz’s. Look for a full week of Peanuts/Schulz-referencing strips. Here’s someone’s blogpost about how his record album of the A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack became the copy that the Library of …

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Peanuts crossing over

As I noted earlier, during this year’s MetLife Super Bowl commercial, while the characters from Peanuts were in the same ad as other cartoon characters from various sources, they were never actually on the screen at the same time. This is clearly no accident, and there has been a general …