The fame game


My co-writer on Charles M. Schulz: The Art and Life of the Peanuts Creator in 100 Objects, curator Benjamin L. Clark, is interviewed on the latest episode of the Unpacking Peanuts podcast, so if you liked him on his AAUGH Blog Podcast episode, there’s more of him!

Now, I usually don’t listen much to other people Peanuts podcast, not because they’re not good — I think what they’re doing with Unpacking Peanuts is great — but because I don’t want to listen so much to any one other persons opinions or interpretations on Peanuts that it overwhelms my thoughts. Plus, with a very conversational podcast like UP, it can be frustrating not to be part of the conversation. “Wait, that thing you just said, I have some nuance for it!” my brain screams at me. But despite the tendency of some podcasts to end with “see you next episode,” podcasting is monodirectional and neither sound nor image flows from me to the podcasters.

However, I have begun listening to this episode, and about twenty-two-and-a-half minutes into it, one of the cartoonist hosts refers to me as “the noted world famous Peanuts historian.” And for a moment that “world famous” term strikes me as unlikely… until I realize what they’ve done: they’ve turned me into a Snoopy alter ego! “World Famous Peanuts Historian” indeed!

The AAUGH Blogger on “It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown”

William Pepper has a podcast where he is recapping and reviewing all of the animated Peanuts, piece by piece. Thirteen episodes in, he decides to vary from the format to have his first guest – me, the AAUGH Blogger. It’s playable below (or, if you’re getting this via email, here’s …

Lucy’s Ghost

If you’ve read the 1971 Holt, Rinehart, and Winston-published storybook¬†Snoopy and “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night”, then you’ve seen the interesting image shown here. If not, then just understand that the book (built around strip stories, but with new Schulz art) is about Snoopy’s writing his great novel, …