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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 …

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Peanuts meet Iron Man

For those of you who wondered “is the new season  of Arrested Development going to have Peanuts references, as they did during the first two and half seasons of the show years ago?”, the answer is yes, as of the very first new episode. (And for those of you who …

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The Filth returns

If you’re in the Los Angeles area and didn’t get to see the grown-up unauthorized parody Peanuts characters in Absolutely Filthy before it closed, you’ve got another chance. Next month will see five performances as part of the Hollywood Fringe festival. Apparently they’ve trimmed the show a mite. Info and …

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Make your house a museum

The Schulz Museum is selling off some interesting items, including display placards from past shows, as their It’s the Great Sale!.

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*Schulz Style*

Plenty has been written on certain ways that Peanuts has had an impact on our language. Tech writer John Gruber points to one matter in which I’d not seen Peanuts’ influence explored before: The Rise of Bounding Asterisks in Lieu of Italicization for Styling Text. (Several folks steered me toward …

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Weekend Peanuts events

First, let me quickly note that AAUGH Blog reader Naomi tells me that where she is in Northern California, and possibly elsewhere, the Saturday showings of Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Valentine will be pushed back from Saturday to Sunday, due to NBA play. Folks in …