I discuss Peanuts elsewhere

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For those who want to hear my finally say things about the works of Charles M. Schulz, I’m a guest on the just-released episode of It’s A Podcast, Charlie Brown. There I chat with host William Pepper about It’s Only a Game, Hagemeyer, and even Invisible Zeppelin, my podcast sitcom that William wrote an episode of. (You should listen to his episode… but you should start with episode 1 and work your way to it. Then keep going after it.)

And while I’m chatting about my discussing Schulzy stuff off the blog: you know that article I wrote for the Star Trek website about the links between Trek and Peanuts? It was never meant to be definitive and complete, but there were a couple major links that I left out — one which was in my brain while I was pitching the thing but disappeared somehow, one which was not.

Pamelyn Ferdin, who was the frequent voice of Lucy in the Charlie Brown specials, also appeared in the Star Trek original series episode “And the Children Shall Lead” in 1968. (She’s also someone I had a real kid crush on, back in the day.)


Screen shot from "And the Children Shall Lead" with Pamelyn Ferdin, other kids, and William Shatner on the bridge of the Enterprise
That’s Pamelyn in the Mexican squeezeoff with Captain Kirk.

And Anthony Rapp, who these days can be seen on Star Trek: Discovery playing Lieutenant Commander Paul Stamets, played Charlie Brown in that 1999 Broadway revival of  You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.


Spot the Dog

I publish things. I also research things. And really, the two efforts are often one and the same: I research stuff and find that it’s worth publishing; I publish stuff and in the process I’m doing research. That all just happened for me with a syndicated comics panel called “Spot” …

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Meet Peanuts!

One of the complaints that Schulz had about his strip being named Peanuts against his wishes is that it lead some people to think that one of the characters in the strip was named “Peanuts.” That was brought to mind when I read this particular strip in a book that …

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Be More Charlie Brown impends

I have now received my box of author’s copies of Be More Charlie Brown, which will be officially released next week. This light-hearted self-help book is a follow-up to my earlier (and still available) volume, Be More Snoopy. As I always do with my new Peanuts-related hardcovers, I’m willing to send …