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Charles M. Schulz: Conversations (Conversations with Comic Artists)


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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, 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).


A biography in interviews of one of America's best-loved comic strip masters


A biography in interviews of one of the best-loved comic strip artists ever.

Table of Contents

The success of an utter failure / Hugh Morrow — You're a good man, Charlie Schulz / Barnaby Conrad — A visit with Charles Schulz / Kenneth L. Wilson — A conversation with Charles Schulz or the psychology of simplicity / Mary Harrington Hall — Penthouse interview : Charles M. Schulz / Jim Phelan — You're a good sport, Charlie Schulz / Charles Maher — Charles Schulz : "comic strips aren't art" / Stan Isaacs — Cartoonist profiles : Charles Schulz / Jud Hurd — Atlanta Weekly interview : Charles Schulz / Eugene Griessman — An interview with Charles M. Schulz / Leonard Maltin — Good grief! Charlie Brown is 35 / Leonard Maltin — The Peanuts progenitor / Cynthia Gorney — A conversation with Charles Schulz / Frank Pauer — A chat with Charles Schulz / Marty Jones — Charlie Blue : the fragile child lurking inside the cartoonist / Sharon Waxman — Schulz at 3 o'clock in the morning / Gary Groth — "I hate Charlie Brown" : an appreciation / Garry Trudeau — Drawn into a dark but gentle world / Bill Watterson.

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Inge, M. Thomas
University Press of Mississippi
Inge, M. Thomas
Inge, M. Thomas
Jackson :
Form - Cartoons & Comics
United states
Comics & Cartoons
Cartoonists -- United States.
Schulz, Charles M
Popular Culture
Popular Culture; Biography
Graphic Novels - General
Comics Studies
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