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Absolutely Filthy returns

For those of you who missed Absolutely Filthy, the play I praised that dealt with the Peanuts characters as grown-ups, it’s going on again, but just for a weekend this June, in Costa Mesa, CA. If you happen to be in the area at the time, I recommend it.

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What’s slightly amusing me at the moment

Peanuts buffs are likely aware of Creative Associates, which is the Charles Schulz studio operation that generates material and approves licensed goods. I’ve only just now for the first time heard about Creative Associates International., an unrelated global services organization that has sometimes been accused of being a CIA front. …

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Peanuts stamp a-comin’

According to supposed-to-be-secret documents grabbed up by the Washington Post, the US Postal Service has a Peanuts stamp in development for 2015. That year has, I feel, a little extra clue to the likely content. Yes, it’s the year that the movie comes out (and the post office has seemed …

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Snoopy license plate not yet close to needed numbers

  If you Californians want to see the above image on your license plates, then you’d best step up and order one (or two!) for yourselves. Despite press coverage (I’ve seen it in the papers and caught it on radio), at this point less than one third of the 7500 …

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Get your dog license

Hey, fellow Californians! You can now order the genuine state license plate with Snoopy for your car. (Dadgummit, someone already owns “AAUGH”.)

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The man who would have done Peanuts

My pal Mark Evanier is reporting the death of comics creator Al Plastino. Al was a talented creator with long runs in both comic books and comic strips (he did strips ranging from “Batman” to “Nancy”), and curious assignments in each realm. In comic books, his best known odd assignment …

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Recalling the Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine

Many of us fondly recall the Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine from our youth. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling those of much more recent vintage… and not so fondly. Yes, it turns out due to a manufacturing defect in three production batches of the product that were for sale between …

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It was 63 years ago today…

It was 63 years ago today that we first met Charlie Brown. Good ol’ Charlie Brown. How I hate him. (Psst: Anyone who thinks that I’m really saying that I hate Charlie Brown doesn’t know me very well, and should also go back and reread Peanuts from the very beginning.)

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Young Schulz on film

We get about 10 seconds of Schulz working on “the comic strip character ‘Peanuts’” in this short 1954 film on Art Instruction Schools. The whole thing only runs about 2 minutes, but you can skip forward to the 1:47 mark if you just want to see Schulz. (A hat tip …

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Comic-con Peanuts stuff

The world famous San Diego Comic Con is two weeks away, and they just announced the only panel I’ll be on this year: Snoopy: A Retrospective Paige Braddock (creative director, Schulz Creative Associates; creator, Jane’s World), Lex Fajardo (managing editor, kaboom Peanuts; creator, Kid Beowulf), Gary Groth (co-founder, Fantagraphics) and …