Rating: 5/5 – Not a Single Flat Note on This Mix-Tape of Cartoony Love!
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall
I was impressed and pleased with this tribute to Charles Schulz’s masterpiece creation, Peanuts. An extremely diverse cross section of creators pull out all the stops to express their love for Peanuts and its world, as well as the man who created them. in a variety of ways.
Some of the contributions were biographical, relating the characters to the cartoonist’s own life and development as an artist (my favorite examples being the contributions by Chynna Clugston Flores and Jimmy Gownley). Some took the characters and looked a them in classic ways but through a filter of the creator’s own stylistic interpretation. There were a number of outstanding examples of this, my favorite was Paul Pope’s take on Schroeder and Snoopy:
There were actually a LOT of entries in this general category and I loved seeing the Peanuts gang as designed by the likes of creators like Matt Groening, Tony Millionaire, Art Baltazar, Jeff Lemire, Keith Knight, Ryan Sook, Mike Kunkel, and more!
We got classic tales of the gang from creators like Stan Sakai, Terry Moore, Dave Kellett, Shaenon K. Garrity, and more! There were tales set around the fringes of the Peanuts world, like Roger Langridge’s tale of the Red Baron’s visit to the psychiatrist to resolve his issues with battling a white beagle… it’s just not natural!
Even the bizarre, in the form of Evan Dorkin and Derek Charm’s 12-page tale weaving the Peanuts universe together with H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos!
This book is a must-read for any fan of Peanuts. The love and respect the 40+ creators exhibit is so apparent it was infectious as I was reading this. I’m usually leery of anthologies as there are generally a decent number of entries that just don’t click with me. There was not a single entry in this book I didn’t enjoy. Some I liked more than others, a few I absolutely adored, but I didn’t think there was a single flat note on this mix tape of cartoony love for Charles M. Schulz.
Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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