by Jeremy Konrad
Charles Schultz impact on all forms of art cannot be overstated, as he has had such a direct influence on such a wide variety of people that his fingerprints are all over popular culture. This was on full display here at SDCC as a panel of talented creators sat in on a panel celebrating the 65th anniversary of the man and his "gift to the world" as the panel put it.
The panel opened with the panelists talking about how Schultz influenced them and their styles. Terry Moore, Art Baltazar, and Colleen Coover all gave proper respect to the man, with Terry Moore sharing some of his experiences with Mr. Schultz. As the creators were talking, they put up some wonderful slides from an upcoming tribute book titled Peanuts A Tribute to Charles Schultz. Other artists featured in the book include Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen, Mike Allred, among others. It also features a fantastic cover by Ryan Sook. All of the images were pretty spectacular, and for the Terry Moore strip, he actually asked permission form the Scultz Estate to let Charlie Brown kick the football!
After that they showed off some art from a original graphic novel from Kaboom titled Where Beagles Dare! starring Snoopy as the Flying Ace, written by Jason Cooper with art by Vicki Scott in September. The book will have Snoopy doing battle with his old nemesis the Red Baron, and from the pages shown off, looks to be quite a bit of fun.
The Q&A portion left a little to be desired, as the questions ranged from why they were not still producing Snoopy themed landmark t-shirts, or why there was no Snoopy cafe in the US (they are all currently located overseas). The only mention of the upcoming big screen CGI Peanuts film was asking if we would see the trailer at the panel, and they directed us to the Peanuts both.
The rest of the panel was focused on the Scultz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA. Cesar Gallegos, the archivist for the museum, was on hand to talk a little about all of the different works of they have on hand, including quite a few tribute pieces of art that made it into the new tribute book.
There was no real mention of the current Kaboom volume of Peanuts, which was a little sad, as the book itself is pretty entertaining and a very faithful interpretation of the characters we all know and love. It is celebrating its 2 year anniversary, and I was hoping that they would make a few announcements about some artists they were going to bring onto the book. The panel, Hoover specifically, went into how daunting it is to submit art to the comic or even this tribute book. All of the artists had wildly different ideas of how to interpret Scultz, with Hoover most interestingly mentioning that she always found Peanuts to be melancholy.
Check out some of the featured art below: