No, ’cause Kaws

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I’m not a fan of the work of conceptual artist Kaws (real name: Brian Donnelly.) I can see where taking someone else’s character and replacing the eyes with Xs may make some statement in some context once or twice, but as a style for a lifetime, no… and when I see a Kaws-traced Simpsons album cover selling for eight figures (while the artist of the cover – a pal of mine – gets $0), I question the general usefulness to the culture.

Apparently, a few years ago Kaws did some Peanuts-oriented work, some of which ended up on Uniqlo products. And there’s a 2016 book of that material, KAWS: Man’s Best Friend. It’s there for any of you who want to spend a couple hundred book on Kaws material, but I think I will allow this hole to remain in my collection.

Kaws book cover - altered PigPen image

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TV Guide revelation

The latest addition to the reference library is a TV Guide from February, 1980, which features an article about Peanuts, written by Schulz himself. In it, he discusses why some things work in the strip that don’t work in the animated specials, and he manages to do so in a …

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Review: Christmas Gift Certificates for You

When I ordered a copy of the 1981 Hallmark Peanuts product Christmas Gift Certificates for You, I reckoned it would be one of those novelty coupon books, each page removable and offering the recipient a walk in the snow, help taking down the tree, or some Peanuts-y equivalent thereof. I …

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 I just picked up the July 1964 issue of Drag Cartoons, a black and white comics magazine focused not on performative gender-bending as the youth must suspect, but on souped-up autos, including not just drag racers but hot rods as well. Did I pick it up because it had a …