Sunday, July 20, 2008

The staggering genius of Charles Schulz

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Although Charles Schulz also had a lighter side (represented, for example, in Snoopy's joyous dancing), the above cartoon (found in The Complete Peanuts 1967–1968) illustrates his true genius. It's absolutely devastating. We're alone in a cold, cruel world, it says. Oh, and the people who tell you it's all going to be okay? They're lying. Schulz sums up all the pain, fear, and horror of aloneness in a simple four-panel comic strip, and he makes us laugh while he's doing it. The strip, and Schulz, are magnificent.

1 comment:

  1. peanuts was (is?) a great comic strip and i used to read it all the time when i was a kid. garfield? yeah, i don't think so!!

    unfortunately, charles schulz was kind of an asshole to his family, though.

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