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Peanuts fucking blows, and everyone in St. Paul is depressed, cold and bitter.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 16, 2007 11:43 AM

Peanuts is a masterpiece and Schulz was a genius. It's funny how his family are disregarding a biography that shows him as human and an artist.

Posted by Lloyd Cooney | October 16, 2007 11:49 AM

Schultz always wanted to be like Andrew Wyeth. He had to settle for beloved characters and zillions in merchandising.

I left St. Paul years ago but I'd hardly call everyone there depressed, cold, and bitter. I'm sure Joe Mauer is doing fine.

Posted by Jason Josephes | October 16, 2007 11:50 AM

Was this on the radio this morning? Is that why I half-dreamed about Charlie Brown's big head being a metaphor for Schulz's big head?

Posted by Gidge | October 16, 2007 11:53 AM

Over and over, Charlie Brown's trust is betrayed by Lucy. His dog is revered, and he is a loser. The Great Pumpkin is a fake. Christmas is commercialized, and the meaning is lost. Psychiatry is a farce. Love is always unrequited. Maybe Linus wasn't depressing, but he had that blanket as a crutch.

Posted by left coast | October 16, 2007 11:55 AM

I hated watching Peanuts' cartoons when I was little. They always left me feeling so melancholy.

Posted by MC | October 16, 2007 11:59 AM

I'm not crazy about Peanuts..
Peter Parker is the real Charlie Brown.

Posted by Josh Feit | October 16, 2007 12:02 PM

Actually, the old cartoons when Snoopy was a puppy are pretty damn cute. But, Snoopy and Woodstock were really the only of the Peanuts group that I liked.

Posted by monkey | October 16, 2007 12:07 PM

Peter Parker is the biggest dipshit on the planet, and deserves everything bad that ever happens to him. Charlie Brown is sensitive, and creates empathy; Peter Parker is just a soulless jerk, who creates contempt. A tool. A douchebag. He makes Mark Trail seem soulful and cool.

Posted by Fnarf | October 16, 2007 12:16 PM

Peanuts is probably the most important snapshot of Americana in our history, moreso than anything in music or cinema.

(I haven't read the book, so I can't agree or disagree with Monte until then.)

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | October 16, 2007 12:23 PM

Peter Parker is cool if you're in the closet.

Posted by Feiag | October 16, 2007 12:26 PM

Peanuts went on for too damn long -- long enough to lose meaning/magic/anything resembling a point. It's similar to the Simpsons in that respect.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 16, 2007 12:37 PM

Peanuts is not inferior to Garfield. Does that count for something?

Posted by elenchos | October 16, 2007 12:55 PM

I can say this much. Peanuts is x1,000,000 times better than Maakies.

But that doesn't count for anything, because everything is better than Maakies.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 16, 2007 1:06 PM

I guess Peanuts did go on too long. I read and watched the 60s and 70s Peanuts, and they were snarky and great. The Simpsons started at snarky and I would say 'is probably the most important snapshot of Americana in our history'. I like Peanuts, but have them confined to a sad little memories from childhood.

Homer is probably my favorite character of all time, do people really want him retired? I just can't believe that.

Posted by left coast | October 16, 2007 1:21 PM
Posted by Jason Josephes | October 16, 2007 1:42 PM
Posted by Jason Josephes | October 16, 2007 1:45 PM

I heart Fnarf.

Posted by David Schmader | October 16, 2007 1:47 PM

I heart Andrew Wyeth....his paintings.

Posted by June Bee | October 16, 2007 1:50 PM

Nothing is better than "The Maakies".

Except perhaps "8-Ball", "Get Your War On!" and "This Modern World".

But that's it.

Posted by COMTE | October 16, 2007 2:04 PM

JJ: Thanks for that link. When it comes to comics, Watterson has approximately 1 million times more cred than the family of Schultz, the author of his biography and every person on this thread combined.

Posted by Matthew | October 16, 2007 2:15 PM


you beat me to the punch slogging about this. great when the wheels turn and refute the whiners.


Posted by Chicago Fan | October 16, 2007 2:39 PM

Jason, thanks so much for that article by Bill Watterson. Now I'm dying to read the book!

Posted by arduous | October 16, 2007 2:48 PM

He should be depressed; that comic fucking blows!

Posted by Catman | October 16, 2007 3:12 PM

My comments about Peter Parker are referring only to the newspaper-strip version of Spiderman -- the newspaper comic with the least action and the least interest of them all. Even "Momma" seems like a Tarantino movie compared to the newspaper Spidey.

Posted by Fnarf | October 16, 2007 4:45 PM

What's so wrong with being depressed? I get the same way every winter in this dark, friendless city.

Posted by James | October 16, 2007 10:15 PM

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