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A day of being the Peanuts guy

Sometimes, a day goes by with almost nothing Peanuts-related intruding in my life. Other days are like today. An auction house wanting to know if what they were being offered could possibly be Schulz original art, even though it wasn’t on the same sort of paper as they’ve usually seen …

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If you have 45 grand burning a hole in your pocket

If you’ve read The Peanuts Collection, you’ll have seen the reproduction of a Schroeder Christmas card which had been given out by a member of the You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown cast decades back – bearing a drawing created just for his use by Schulz. Well, that piece of …

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A nice letter from Schulz

Letters of Note: I have never drawn PEANUTS for children.

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Peanuts in American Heritage

The latest issue of American Heritage is now out – well, okay, that’s a stupid thing to say – the latest issue is always out, since whatever the most recent issue out is is always the latest. Let me start again: the Fall 2010 issue of American Heritage is now …

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Jean Schulz, Peanuts Collection on The Today Show

Jean Schulz was on the Today Show this morning, talking to Al Roker for several minutes about Sparky, Peanuts, and The Peanuts Collection. As the writer of that volume, I’m blown away; believe me, I’m not used to this scale of promotion for my books. Yipes. If you have a …

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Peanuts animator passes

Jerry Beck reports on the passage of Bill Littlejohn, who worked as an animator on a number of Peanuts specials dating all the way back to A Charlie Brown Christmas, as well as quite a respectable list of other projects. It’s been 45 years since that first Peanuts special. As …


Some online notes

My 5-year old daughter was playing her favorite online game Poptropica, and suddenly called me overĀ  to show me they’ve added a “Great Pumpkin Island” to the game, with Linus. Looks like they’re going to be adding more stuff to it soon. Those of you going to the actual blog …

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Peanuts switching syndicates

I doubt that news in the syndication world gets much bigger than this – this coming February, after more than 60 years with United Feature Syndicate, Peanuts will instead be distributed by Universal. This is not Universal’s first venture into the Peanuts world – their publishing arm Andrews McMeel published …

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Political Cartoon by Charles Schulz

Here’s a find! In mid-July, 1960, Schulz did a run of strips about Lucy trying to become a political cartoonist: Well, one newspaper asked for a copy of Lucy’s cartoon – and Schulz sent it to them! Click through and take a look. I sure do.

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Cartoonists – want the sense that Schulz is looking over your shoulder?

Here’s an interesting item up for auction – a drawing board from Schulz’s studio. Now, this wasn’t Schulz’s own board, which remains properly ensconced in the Schulz Museum. No, this was the board used by Dale Hale, who worked in the studio most notably on the Peanuts comic book stories. …