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March 1, 2009 8:10 AM   Subscribe

A few years ago, we had "Peanuts Meets Marvel." In another thread, someone name-checked Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown. The Web currently brings us Peanuts characters anime-style, a la Jack Kirby, by way of Family Guy and as seen on The Simpsons. (See also this pessimistic vision of a grown-up relationship between Charlie Brown and the Red-Haired Girl.)
posted by GrammarMoses (30 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wow, the manga style really captures the spirit of the characters. Amazing.

Galactus & The Silver Surfer at the end of the Marvel link made me laugh, that's classic.
posted by Xoebe at 8:23 AM on March 1, 2009


On a related topic, a very nice cartoon indeed:

Calvin, Hobbes, and Susie, grown up.
posted by Malor at 8:25 AM on March 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


The metacafe links don't work in Austria.
posted by dunkadunc at 8:28 AM on March 1, 2009


Yeah, the anime Charlie Brown is fantastic. Thanks!
posted by King Bee at 8:36 AM on March 1, 2009


Peanuts Watchmen.
posted by $0up at 8:44 AM on March 1, 2009 [4 favorites]


Good Ol Marxist Brown

The War's Over, Charlie Brown!
posted by aswego at 8:47 AM on March 1, 2009


That Family Guy clip only reinforces why I actively avoid the show at all costs. [shudder]
posted by incessant at 8:49 AM on March 1, 2009 [4 favorites]


Sorry, dunkadunc. Here you go: Simpsons; Family Guy.
posted by GrammarMoses at 8:51 AM on March 1, 2009


Brian on the Family guy is pretty much a direct reference to Snoopy already - white beagle with a single back spot on his back. (He's also clearly Seth McFarlane's alter-ego, which is interesting in and of itself.)
posted by Slap*Happy at 9:12 AM on March 1, 2009


Oh, I want Anime Peanuts to be real now.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 9:19 AM on March 1, 2009


Peanuts, by Charles Bukowski.
posted by notyou at 9:34 AM on March 1, 2009 [10 favorites]


I wonder if Charlie Brown has become the modern equivalent of the obligatory piece of fruit as a subject for those learning how to draw.
posted by Tube at 9:35 AM on March 1, 2009


Peanuts, by Charles Bukowski.
posted by notyou at 9:34 AM on March 1 [1 favorite -] [!]


I'm gonna come out and confess that reading this has inspired me to finally read Bukowski.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 9:44 AM on March 1, 2009


Oh, I want Anime Peanuts to be real now.

There's always Weapon Brown...
posted by First Post at 10:48 AM on March 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Well the anime peanuts would explain Charlie's obsession with the Little Red Headed Girl. Dang.
posted by sonic meat machine at 11:10 AM on March 1, 2009


That's Freida, sonic. With the naturally curly hair. As in "Did inkeepers' wives have naturally curly hair?"
posted by hifiparasol at 11:19 AM on March 1, 2009


None of these, however, beat Achewood's take on Charlie Brown.

I think it's possibly the saddest thing Chris Onstad has ever drawn.
posted by Zero Gravitas at 11:51 AM on March 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Whoops, spoke too soon. Yeah, she is hot. Sorry sonic.
posted by hifiparasol at 11:56 AM on March 1, 2009


I was trying to find a image, but failed to, of a Charlie Brown inspired kimono in Kill Bill. I want one like that.
posted by slyrabbit at 12:01 PM on March 1, 2009


Somewhat related: Robin in the Rye.
posted by clockworkjoe at 12:25 PM on March 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Don't forget Todd Graham's classic Blue Peanuts.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 1:26 PM on March 1, 2009


Malor: "On a related topic, a very nice cartoon indeed: Calvin, Hobbes, and Susie, grown up."

An alternate take: Calvin = Jack. Hobbes = Tyler. Susie = Marla.
posted by WCityMike at 2:48 PM on March 1, 2009


Wow, the manga style really captures the spirit of the characters. Amazing.

Only in the sense that they totally do not in any way whatsoever infinity. Jeez. Charlie Brown does not scowl, that look of cruel mirth is alien to Linus, Lucy's general demeanor should be more smug/angry, and giving Schroeder a goatee is akin to blasphemy.

At least Snoopy isn't inked in, hopefully because the artist realized that his nature is antithetical to the idea of realistic proportioning.
posted by JHarris at 2:50 PM on March 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


(But on the other hand, it's nice that the artist knows who Patty, Violet, Franklin and Frieda are. I'd almost expect Roy, 5 and Europa to show up.)

First Post:
I've met the creator of Weapon Brown on two consecutive DragonCons now, and pick up a copy at the last one. Still haven't brought myself to read it past the first few pages though.

Tube: I wonder if Charlie Brown has become the modern equivalent of the obligatory piece of fruit as a subject for those learning how to draw.

It wouldn't be good for general drawing, the characters are way too stylized, but for expressing personality it'd be great. If they could actually get the right personality down, that is.
posted by JHarris at 3:01 PM on March 1, 2009


Charlie Brown does not scowl, etc

Did some googling and found the artist's gallery here. He explains some of his stylistic choices regarding each picture (young depressed Charlie Brown developing into a somewhat angsty teen, Linus gaining more confidence as he needs his blanket less and less, etc).
posted by PsychoKick at 3:14 PM on March 1, 2009


Malor: "On a related topic, a very nice cartoon indeed:

Calvin, Hobbes, and Susie, grown up.
"

I saw that last week and found it pretty creepy for some reason. I think it's the look on Calvin's face that does it.

This one is so much better. Just gives you the warm fuzzies...
posted by Rhaomi at 4:16 PM on March 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


The only anime redo that I thought was good was the one of the Simpsons that went around a while back (here it is). Sorry, but those Charlie Brown and Calvin and Hobbes ones are abominations. Take a set of random anime characters and calliing them "Peanuts" because they have the right genders/skin color/hair color is just lazy and in the Calvin one, yeah, creepy. Seeing Calvin getting his jollies is not really an intelligent update, anymore than having him piss on a Ford logo.
posted by emjaybee at 7:51 PM on March 1, 2009


A few more grown-up Calvins and Hobbeses.
posted by gerryblog at 9:12 PM on March 1, 2009


I know this is laaaate to the thread, but gerryblog's blog link shows the line art for the anime grown up Calvin and Hobbes alongside the colored version and it looks like the colorist turned his frown into a smile. Alters the mood of the drawing. Calvin seems a bit embarrassed to be giving Susie a piggyback in the original.

I liked it.
posted by Mister Cheese at 4:32 PM on March 4, 2009


Schultz City: That Yellow Shirted Such-and-Such
posted by Artw at 4:54 PM on March 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


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