It’s like Sparky returned to his old gig

IMG_0993.JPGCharles Schulz’s lettering style was distinct. I’m used to seeing the work of a lot of professional comic book letterers (from the old days of hand lettering; most of it is done by computer now), but I’m used to seeing each letterer’s work being placed over a range of different artists. While Schulz was briefly a professional letterer before his own cartooning career took off, it was before his lettering style was fully developed. So when I see something that looks like Schulz lettering from the later years, and it’s not on Schulz art, I get taken aback. However, there have been a number of computer fonts generated based on his lettering, and while those are sometimes seen in a Peanuts context, sometimes they are not… such as the illustration that is here. This particular example is from Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth, the first in a new graphic novel series from Judd Winick (who a few of you may remember from his days on MTV’s The Real World, and who the comics cognizant may know from such acclaimed works as the moving Pedro & Me and the hilarious Barry Ween, Boy Genius, but who I know because hey, he provided cartoons for some of the Complete Idiot’s Guide books I wrote, and then we got to know each other online and at conventions.) Used just for the chapter headers and differing strongly from the font used in the dialogue balloons, this really leaps out and makes my brain go “hey, what’s that doing here?”

The Untouchable Charlie Brown

If you look at this ad, you may be wondering (as I did when I stumbled across it) why Charlie Brown is advertising a television show in 1963… and why, of all shows, he’s advertising The Untouchables. (Or you may be one of the many people now populating the earth too …

Peanuts First Edition guide

As proud as I am of my Peanuts Book Collectors Guide, it is not the be-all and end-all guide…. and as much as I have visions of making it so, the real life of being a father of two, the runner of a business, a make of dinners, and a …

Peanuts and the public domain

As you may have seen discussed elsewhere, as of today, the first couple Mickey Mouse cartoons are in the public domain in the United States. That means that people are free to make not just copies of the cartoons, but derivative works based on those cartoons. It doesn’t mean that …