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Animator/musician David Heatley, comedian Daniel Lobell, and academic/3anuts author Daniel Leonard join your host Mark Linsenmayer to discuss Charlie Brown and his author Charles Schulz from Peanuts' 1950 inception through the classic TV specials through to the various post-mortem products still emerging.
What's the enduring appeal, and is it strictly for kids? We talk about the challenges of the strip format, the characters as archetypes, Schulz as depressed existentialist, religion in Peanuts, and whether the strip is actually supposed to be funny.
Some articles we used for the discussion include:
- "The Paradox of Peanuts" by Bruce Handy
- "All Your Life, Charlie Brown. All Your Life." by Eric Schulmiller
- "A Charlie Brown Christmas may work even better now than it did 50 years ago" by David Grossman
- "10 Weirdest Charlie Brown Parodies Of All Time" by Phil Hall
- "Why Are Newspaper Comics So Terrible?" by Scott Meslow
Also, RIP Peter Robbins (the day before we recorded this). Here's the 1982 Rerun comic Daniel Leonard reads us near the beginning. The biography that we keep referring to is David Michaelis' Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography. Yes, Dondi was a real (bad) comic strip.
Check out David's new album and other projects at davidheatley.com. Follow him @heatleycomics on Twitter and @davidheatley on Instgram.
Get Daniel Lobell's Fair Enough comic at fairenoughcomic.com and read about the rest of his activities at dannylobell.com. Follow him @DanielLobell on Twitter and @daniellobell on Instagram.
Read Daniel Leonard's 3anuts, and buy Peanuts and Philosophy, which contains one of his essays. Follow on Twitter @3anuts.
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Here's a 3eanuts example. Leaving off the last panel leaves us in despair!
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