Since the merger of the Universal and United Media newspaper syndicates, GoComics.com
has been the place to find 80%+ of all newspaper comics online*. And it has been noticed that two of the most popular comics, both in papers and onsite, haven't had new content in decades: Peanuts
and Calvin and Hobbes
. As a result, GoComics is giving many other defunct funnies a second online run, including Bloom County
cartoons alternating with Kliban's Cats
, and, most notably among recent syndication casualties, CulDeSac
(as well as Richard Thompson's Poor Almanac
). With the artists of FoxTrot
cutting back to Sunday only, the site (as well as some papers) is filling in the other 6 days with reruns. While Dilbert is exclusive to its own website, Dilbert Classics
from the early 1990s are now rerun on GoComics. Even Luann
, who just graduated high school (finally!) has a parallel run of Luann Againn (sic)
showing her as 13 years old back in 1986.
But the most interesting example of recycling old comics comes from the current custodians of the 80-year-old Nancy
, who, after observing "the Greatest Nancy Panel Ever Drawn"
become a meme, now offer a daily feature of a single non-sequitur panel from a classic Ernie Bushmiller strip in Random Acts of Nancy
**. And they ARE random. [more inside]
A sweet little tribute to American composers
Put a little kid in your lap tonight, and let them watch this after the fireworks.
Pearls Before Swine Author Stephen Pastis believes the Peanuts strip published on February 1, 1954 was a turning point in the Charlie Brown series
. [more inside]
An Unknown Alien Being acquires a child's forgotten book and mistakenly believes that it depicts proper protocol for interaction with the human world.
The book is a collection of Peanuts comics.
Woodsnoopy 45 stares into your open heart. Her yellow head squirms and pukes up feathers.
It makes you uncomfortable when she looks at you. She makes a demand.
Her demands come often and always create uncomfortably simultaneous feelings of resentment and obedience.
That is the territory of the Lucy faction. They are the ones who gather nickels. Woodsnoopy 45 is overstepping her boundaries.
Being a mere Woodsnoopy 799, however, you can do naught but obey."
When Brandon left for camp
, his last words were, "stay out of my room!" Unfortunately for Brandon, he has the
most awesome family in the entire world. [more inside]
Charles Forsman: "After my Raiders/Popeye
strip was so well received I decided to try another combination. After a failed attempt at another combination I decided to try mashing up 2 of my all-time favorites: Spielberg and Benchley's Jaws drawn like Schulz's Peanuts.
" [more inside]
pairing off-color tweets with panels from Peanuts.
"While going through my archives, I found this piece and emailed it to my friends -- most of whom didn't get it at all. There's usually only one way that change ever comes to the eternal childhood immortality of a comic strip, and that's by the strip being cancelled -- and sometimes not even then." How it turned out
We all know what happens when you take Garfield out of Garfield
, but what happens when you take the punchline panel out of Peanuts
? A never-ending morass of melancholy and despair.
"There was a night, maybe sometime around 1993, when I [Joe Matt]
was working on an issue of my comic book, Peepshow
and I was using some xeroxes of Peanuts
strips from the collection, “You Can Do It, Charlie Brown” as blotter-paper. Anyway, there came a moment when I was using white-out and to remove some excess white-out from my brush, I wiped it on the blotter paper beneath my hand. And that’s how I came to idly white-out the words balloons on a few Peanuts
strips. Once I saw the balloons whited-out and forgot what they originally said, I began filling them with the first perverted thing my brain thought they might say
. It was so much fun and I was so happy with the results that I brought the pages out to show to Seth
and Chester [Brown]
the next day. Seth was eager to try it and immediately suggested we each go home and produce a set number of pages for a mini comic. Less than a week later, Chester brought out his original take on the concept and put Seth and I to shame
." [more inside]
Funny, apocalyptic cultural-mashup stories circulated as text files from the hoary days of the Internet's early-'90s adolescence: A Peanuts Halloween II: Electric Boogaloo1
and Apocalypse Now (Or in That General Time Area): A Different Twist on the Final Judgement of Mankind2
, both by Gary Achenbach (a/k/a Subgenius Rev. Gar Drastic)
; Day of the Barney3
and Son of Barney4
by Brian Bull; and Star Wars: the Purple Sith5
, by Ali Hadden. [more inside]
What's disgusting, looks like a peanut and tastes (vaguely) like a banana? A Circus Peanut
! They are so reviled, they merit a page on bad-candy.com.
Strangely, though, Circus Peanut sales are up, at least according to "USA Today"
(most interesting link of this post). How can this be? I've never met anyone who likes them (except for one person -- see [more inside]). Margaret Husfelt of Houston, Texas
is equally confused. SOMEBODY must like them. The little suckers have a Facebook fan page
, and they are, perhaps, palatable in a Jello recipe
(here's an alternate recipe
) or dipped in chocolate
. Heck, Jolene Sugarbaker likes them in her salad
. And if you're really brave, you might want to try a Circus Peanut Margarita
. But don't be surprised if you get ostracized. Some people
will never understand
. Where's the love? [more inside]
In an age where baseball heroes are reviled as frauds
, one player's reputation remains secure. His won-loss record and career ERA set standards that will never be matched; the same is true for the character he displayed on and off the mound. But, unbelievable as it may seem, no one has ever set down the exhaustive account of this lion of the diamond. Until now. Charlie Brown's career statistics, 1951-1960
. Charlie Brown's career statistics, 1961-1970
. Previously on MetaFilter: action-packed four-panel drawings of some of Charlie's greatest games, with material from his personal life as well
Since the mid 1990s, Don Hertzfeldt
has been making animated shorts by hand. To date, his 8 primary films have an apprioximate runtime of 75 minutes, and in total have won 117 awards
, all shot on 16 or 35 milimeter film. (There is another 8 minutes or so that was part of the Animation Show
).) His recent films have been shot on the same camera rig that recorded It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
(1966), as he noted in a 2007 interview
(part of a Scene Unseen Podcast (direct link to the MP3)
). Hertzfeltd is currently two thirds of the way through his most ambitious project to date, a trilogy of films which have been called "the closest thing on film yet to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey." (Video links inside) [more inside]
A blog devoted to going through all of Peanuts' 49-year-plus comic archives, from beginning to end, and linking to the more interesting strips.
[via mefi projects
] [more inside]
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.)
Peanut butter recall - hundreds sick. Federal health authorities
on Saturday urged consumers to avoid eating cookies, cakes, ice cream and other foods that contain peanut butter until authorities can learn more about a deadly outbreak of salmonella contamination. It appears that retail peanut butter in jars is safe. So far, more than 470 people have gotten sick in 43 states, and at least 90 had to be hospitalized. At least six deaths are being blamed on the outbreak which is believed to have started at a Blakely, Ga., facility owned by Peanut Corp. of America
that ships peanut products to 85 food companie
Charles Schulz: "I finally sighed and said, 'Well, Larry, let’s put it this way: Either you print it just the way I draw it or I quit. How’s that?'" We don't usually think of Peanuts as given to political statements but this great post at Edge of the American West
makes the case for Schulz's progressive racial politics. [more inside]
Bill Watterson comments on Peanuts
as part of a review for David Michaelis's new biography of Charles Schultz. [more inside]
N.C. A&T food scientist develops process for allergen-free peanuts. An agricultural researcher at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has developed a simple process to make allergen-free peanuts. The new process – believed to be a first for food science – could provide relief to millions of peanut allergy sufferers, and be an enormous boon to the entire peanut industry.The inventor, Dr. Mohamed Ahmedna, is optimizing the process further to remove allergens from other foods.
Peanuts Meets Marvel. Peanuts
characters as Marvel Comics superheroes.
It's October, and across the nation, the search for the most sincere Pumpkin Patch begins anew. For those unfamiliar (or those wishing to reacquaint themselves) with the rituals & lore of the Great Pumpkin, the entire CBS Special is online here
. Also, for the blind readers of this site, the long out-of-print spoken word radiodrama version of the Great Pumpkin can be found here
, the best comic strip ever? Close but no cigar. Pogo? Peanuts? Calvin
? Good choices all, but still wrong. Krazy Kat
you say? Again I shake my head sadly, friend. For Mr. Dave Astor has finally stepped forward to settle this debate once and for all. The greatest comic strip ever appearing on newsprint? Why, it's For Better or For Worse
of course. Let the debate begin.
Its a rare 1962 Peanuts album recording from Charles Schulz.
The first Peanuts comic strip was originally printed on October 2nd, 1950
and in 1962 Charles Shulz
wrote an entire album featuring the gang released by Columbia Records. In 1965, he moved into TV with the brilliant Charlie Brown Christmas Special.
Nearly 50 TV specials have been made since, but lately with the help of media sharing portals like Youtube, The Gang has gotten several NSFW remakes
I could have posted a bunch
of different links
then added a little “via”
to the actual blog, but the truth is I just want to point out that Drawn!
is a cool illustration blog.
Andre 3000, Meet Schroeder.
Well, it's not flash, but it's good for a Friday... Charlie Brown meets OutKast.
The entire 50 years of Peanuts
are to be reprinted in chronological hardback volumes by Fantagraphics
in a project that will take 12 and a half years to complete.
Reports of the peanut's demise are greatly exaggerated.
Efforts to counter the declining consumption of peanuts seem to be working, the National Peanut Board has announced. Sometimes you should feel like a nut.
So Charles Schulz
ran out of ink about two hours ago, preceded in death by about five hours by Tom Landry
. The worst part is, both were in my dead pool
, which starts in about 24 hours. (The second-worst thing is all the "It's a sad day for Snoopy" and "Good grief" ledes we're going to have to endure. Blech.)
The Dallas Morning News obit went over the wires at 85 inches before Landy was even cold. Gee, you think they saw this one coming?