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February 4, 2020 8:59 PM   Subscribe

It started with a tweet: Still no word on whether or not they will let me take over Peanuts.

That was in November 2019. More followed.

Starting at the end of January, Adam "Apelad" Koford's perfect homage to Peanuts was picked up by Andrews McMeel Universal. Start from the beginning.

Previous Apelad
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit (27 comments total) 45 users marked this as a favorite
 
This is... I mean... it bizarrely feels like a 2020-appropriate successor to Charlie Brown. I guess now I have to set the tab for this next to my tab for Bloom County and refresh daily. Thank you.
posted by hippybear at 9:40 PM on February 4, 2020 [2 favorites]


(Annoyingly, twitter is down for me this evening so I read the "Start from the beginning" link.)
posted by hippybear at 9:50 PM on February 4, 2020


This was the strip that convinced me to follow.
posted by Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane at 10:04 PM on February 4, 2020 [4 favorites]


There's a lot more of these strips at Instagram.
posted by Miss Cellania at 3:07 AM on February 5, 2020 [1 favorite]


Between this and the Nancy reboot, it's a good time for delightful remakes of classic comic strips.
posted by a car full of lions at 4:49 AM on February 5, 2020 [3 favorites]


Also I'm really happy to see this because I've always loved Apelad's illustrated HTTP errors. I hope someone uses them in a computer networks course.
posted by a car full of lions at 4:53 AM on February 5, 2020 [3 favorites]


It started with a tweet

Oh, doesn't it always?

But seriously, these are pretty awesome, and the child's dog's brother joke sounded like it was ripped from a John Mulaney routine.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 5:00 AM on February 5, 2020 [6 favorites]


I couldn't disagree more with the notion that this is "a perfect homage to Peanuts." It's got some of the trappings, okay, and it's trying, but....there is some kind of essence or x-factor that it hasn't captured. It's like a cargo-cult reaction to Peanuts.

Calvin and Hobbes had that essence. This doesn't.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:45 AM on February 5, 2020 [5 favorites]


Welp now I know what my comic club is doing next week: making our own Peanuts strips.
posted by tofu_crouton at 6:08 AM on February 5, 2020 [3 favorites]


P U R E
posted by The Underpants Monster at 6:34 AM on February 5, 2020 [3 favorites]


This is more mid-run Skippy crossed with a sprinkle of Cul de Sac, which is almost as good as new Peanuts strips.
posted by FakeFreyja at 6:35 AM on February 5, 2020 [1 favorite]


I had low expectations, but this is good, and more in the spirit of the original than any Peanuts product I've seen in many years.

It's a good argument for limits on copyright. These characters should be in the public domain, free to speak their names.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 7:17 AM on February 5, 2020 [3 favorites]


I couldn't disagree more with the notion that this is "a perfect homage to Peanuts." It's got some of the trappings, okay, and it's trying, but....there is some kind of essence or x-factor that it hasn't captured. It's like a cargo-cult reaction to Peanuts.

Calvin and Hobbes had that essence. This doesn't.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:45 AM on February 5 [1 favorite +] [!]


I'm sorry, but "you're acting like I don't know what happens when a child's dog's brother comes to town" is one of the greatest lines. It has the exact tone of taking nonsense seriously that C&H has, with just enough truth to it. I mean it is nonsense, but aren't we all excited when a new dog comes to town? It straddles the line well.
posted by FirstMateKate at 7:21 AM on February 5, 2020 [15 favorites]


It definitely has a 2020 Internet humor bent to it, like KC Green or the like, and that's ok. I consider it more of the artist's personal interpretation of his own experience of Peanuts as a comic rather than a perfect homage. Like, I get where he is coming from, and he takes the mood and themes of Peanuts to the extreme (which, again, is 2020 humor for you: very LOUD and hitting you over the head with every subtle theme or joke which then in and of itself becomes the joke, etc.). The strip with Lucy offering Charlie Brown a premium membership to her psychiatric services only to reject him is spot on and cracked me up. Some of them miss a bit of a beat. It's fine.

Actually, you know, this reminds me of all those Moomin fan comics on Twitter. It definitely doesn't reflect the mood of original comic at all, everything is just a bit too ON, but everyone interprets their favorite media differently, so it is interesting to see.
posted by Young Kullervo at 8:04 AM on February 5, 2020 [2 favorites]


I miss Peanutweeter.

But this is just fine.
posted by delfin at 9:08 AM on February 5, 2020 [1 favorite]


Unofficial RSS feed, for us holdouts ...
posted by WCityMike at 9:45 AM on February 5, 2020 [3 favorites]


I like everything about it except the idea that Charlie Brown's dad would need haircut practice. He's been a barber since at least 1958.

Unless the joke is that he's a terrible barber who needs the practice? That would be easy, sloppy humor that doesn't fit with the spirit of the original strip or this homage.
posted by hydrophonic at 11:01 AM on February 5, 2020 [1 favorite]


Previously, sort of.
posted by dbx at 11:35 AM on February 5, 2020


This is delightful. I needed this. Thank you!
posted by FallibleHuman at 1:09 PM on February 5, 2020 [3 favorites]


I hope we get more Snopy. "Look out! He's doing his power up!"
posted by JHarris at 3:22 PM on February 5, 2020 [1 favorite]


I like everything about it except the idea that Charlie Brown's dad would need haircut practice.

Maybe he's coaching haircut students?
posted by umber vowel at 3:35 PM on February 5, 2020 [1 favorite]


SNOPY: Chaotic Evil
posted by JHarris at 4:35 PM on February 5, 2020


Calvin and Hobbes had that essence. This doesn't.


Everyone is entitled to their opinion (you knucklehead).
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 4:53 PM on February 5, 2020 [2 favorites]


Also, I hear all of these in the voices of the kids from the original Charlie Brown Christmas.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 4:57 PM on February 5, 2020 [2 favorites]


So happy Apelad is actually having a go at this, and also to see the Apelad love here.
posted by whuppy at 6:15 PM on February 5, 2020 [2 favorites]


Let's not forget how Peanuts began.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 7:00 PM on February 5, 2020 [3 favorites]


speaking of haircuts, I like faux-Schroeder's happenin' D.A.
posted by Iris Gambol at 7:41 PM on February 5, 2020 [1 favorite]


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