This above pictured is of original art from the recent San Diego Comic-Con I attended. Which got me thinking a lot about the work of Charles Schulz through his strips of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang.
I grew up with the Peanuts strips, then all eventually stopped as I would no longer read the newspaper cartoons, or feel the allure of the paperback compilations. My sequential art appreciation evolved more into serialized comic books with more hard-edged fiction, complex storytelling, and abstract, fantastical settings.
But attending the latest San Diego Comic-Con, I passed by a booth with this displayed for-sale original art strip. The beautiful four-panel magic of Schulz transitional reaction to Lucy’s suggestion of simplifying love by focusing on a particular complexity, perhaps leading to a new emotion. But Snoopy, being a struggling writer who I can relate to, finds such a complex emotion isn’t easily simplified the more you focus on. Agony can be enduring, overbearing to comprehend; especially when expressing deep emotion.
– Orion T
Happiness is watching some Peanuts cartoon from the warmth of your surroundings. These good times with Charlie Brown and the gang do not have to be from the home, or with familiars, or in direct gaze at the screen.
You’re a good man, Charlie Brown.
I think I came this way to write and share my mind with the world. It’s what I do, and enjoy most in life. What about you?
As for the picture above, I love the Peanuts comic strips and related anything brought to life by Charles Schulz. Especially, Charlie Brown. Everything about Charlie Brown is wonderful, easy to relate. He is an emphatic symbol for all who strive, and keep going no matter the result. Throughout and afterwards of his own actions – we find questions, explorations, reflections not just in our favorite blockhead, but in ourselves. Charlie Brown’s conclusions are often humorous, and understanding. We learn from him, to best enjoy and perhaps appreciate our little failures in life, at least for a chuckle. Then, we find other reasons to smile, often the less complicated life things work best, like peanut butter sandwiches and funny dogs.
Concerning the above picture: I love the transitional flipping of black and white. This adds much more to the message and conclusive question. As a result, I feel Charlie Brown may have pondered this for a while. The differences in time between panels could have been minutes or days, perhaps years; I think it’s all the same. As to what leads him to this rumination process, we could only imagine. Losing another baseball game? Another awkward encounter with the Little-Red Haired Girl? Another 5-cent psychiatric evaluation with Lucy Van Pelt? Or perhaps, nothing at all..
I know not the original source of the above picture. The pic was on my hard drive for a long time and forgotten until now. I felt it needed sharing. If anyone knows more info: including the original printed platform, publication date, additional context; please share.