A biography in interviews of one of America s best loved comic strip masters Through his comic strip Peanuts, Charles M Schulz 1922 2000 has left his signatures on American culture Lucy s fake hold for the kickoff, Linus s security blanket, Charlie Brown s baseball team that never wins a game, and his everyman s cry of Good Grief When Schulz died February 13, 2000A biography in interviews of one of America s best loved comic strip masters Through his comic strip Peanuts, Charles M Schulz 1922 2000 has left his signatures on American culture Lucy s fake hold for the kickoff, Linus s security blanket, Charlie Brown s baseball team that never wins a game, and his everyman s cry of Good Grief When Schulz died February 13, 2000, the eve of publication for the last Sunday strip he would draw, the world mourned the passing of a gentle humorist and minimalist innovator, a comic strip artist who had become one of America s major pop philosophers, theologians, and psychologists in the last half of the twentieth century Charles M Schulz Conversations reveals that man, open and warm once a conversation began During his career, his little kid characters and Snoopy and Woodstock appeared for 355 million readers in 2,600 papers in 75 countries, in 30 television specials and four feature films, and in an off Broadway musical Selected from over 300 interviews published between 1957 and the present, this collection serves as a celebration of the popular strip s 50th anniversary on October 2, 2000, and as a lasting tribute to the man friends called Sparky Schulz talks at length about life, theology, sports, the art of the comic strip, and the human condition in general He ruminates as well on the origins and the importance of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, and friends as icons of the American imagination America s most universally admired and respected comic artist talks about how his own life and insecurities have inspired some of his finest moments in comic strip history Until Schulz s retirement, he never missed a deadline and was totally responsible for writing, drawing, and lettering the feature every day, a record matched by no other cartoonist in newspaper history Including dozens of classic Peanuts strips, this volume suggests that if we had only one artifact for deposit in a time capsule, something to tell future historians what life in the late twentieth century was all about, we could do no better than to enclose a complete run of Peanuts M Thomas Inge, a friend of Schulz s for many years, is Robert Emory Blackwell Professor of Humanities at Randolph Macon College He has authored or edited over 40 volumes, including Conversations with William Faulkner University Press of Mississippi, 1999.
Charles M Schulz Conversations A biography in interviews of one of America s best loved comic strip masters Through his comic strip Peanuts Charles M Schulz has left his signatures on American culture Lucy s fake hold fo
Was Charles Schulz complicated or not And how do journalists interviewing him scratch enough away of his exterior to find that out Everyone who loves Peanuts knows that the comic strips are deceptively simple those four panels often contained complexity that was both deep and brilliant, particularly in the golden age of Peanuts 1960s 1970s The words of Charles Schulz, at least those in this collection of interviews, aren t really very deep or brilliant You want to be able to gather up his words, [...]
I really loved the Schulz biography by David Michaelis that came out a few years ago, but while that book paints Schulz as a gloomy agoraphobe who lived a lonely, sheltered life, this one shows other sides of his personality his humor, his worldliness he went to Paris and Italy, had breakfast with Fellini, etc , and his all around good perspective on life and cartooning Here are some choice quotes from the pages I dog eared It s hard to convince people when you re just staring out of the window [...]
This book contains eighteen of the 300 interviews that Schulz gave over the course of his 50 year career, beginning with a 1956 piece from The Saturday Evening Post and ending with two 1999 reflections by Garry Trudeau and Bill Watterson, which appeared in the Washington Post and Los Angeles times in the week after Schulz announced his retirement With the exception of the two latter pieces, almost all of the interviews cover the same ground Probably owing to his own shyness, it appears that Schu [...]
Awesome to the max According to the intro, the interviews with Schulz that were included in this text were selected from over 300 that were reviewed by the editor With so many to choose from, it would have been interesting to know what criteria were used to justify inclusion, but there are certainly some good ones in here If nothing else, the reprint of the 100 page 1997 interview from Comics Journal No 200 makes this book worth a trip to your local library.One of my favorite quotes from the boo [...]
Conversations is a collection of interviews with Schulz through the years In this way it works as a better biography than most actual biographies The drawback is a lot of basic info is repeated virtually every time Place of birth, how he got nicknamed Sparky etc Over and over While that may grate on some nerves, it is hardly noticeable as the selections presented here are from a varied group of authors that ask and detail Schulz in many different lights Sparky was a warm and open human being and [...]
Great, career spanning collection of articles and interviews, highlights being a weird interview with Mary Harrington Hall for Psychology Today, Charlie Blue by Sharon Waxman, and the lengthy, famous Gary Groth interview from The Comics Journal Whether you re a cartoonist or just a human being, the man is an inspiration, and his words provide a guide towards a truly profound way of living life Of course I don t agree with everything he says, but he says it all with such an understated, down to e [...]
An excellent source for learning about the origins or Peanuts and about Schulz s creative process.