Schulz Museum curator speaks at Comedian-Con

Charles M. Schulz Museum Curator Benjamin Clark, shown at one of the museum’s past exhibits on Oct. 28, 2021, spoke at last week’s San Diego Comic-Con on his forthcoming book “Charles M. Schulz: The Art and Life of the Peanuts Creator in 100 Objects.” (John Burgess/The Press Democrat)


Throughout the San Diego Comedian-Con earlier this month, superheroes abounded as all the time. However the late Charles Schulz’s iconic Snoopy character acquired some consideration, too.

“Even amongst all of the individuals dressed as fantasy and science fiction characters, ‘Peanuts’ characters appeared,” stated Benjamin Clark, curator on the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa since 2018.

A performer in a Snoopy costume drew ardent followers at a photograph session, he stated.

“One girl hugged Snoopy after which she simply broke down and bawled. It was so transferring,” Clark stated.

Clark was on the fabled comics conference for 4 days and took part in two panel discussions.

The primary session, held July 22, dealt together with his new guide “Charles M. Schulz: The Artwork and Lifetime of the Peanuts Creator in 100 Objects,” co-written with Nat Gertler.

It’s the museum’s first imprint guide. The writer is Weldon-Owen, with distribution by Simon & Schuster. The guide is scheduled for launch on Nov. 1.

The guide catalogs objects and artifacts from the museum’s assortment, supported by private anecdotes, together with a postcard written about Schulz’s delivery in 1922 by his father, Schulz’s hockey skates and plenty of examples of the cartoonist’s authentic “Peanuts” paintings.

“I chosen all of the objects and co-wrote the guide,” Clark stated. “It additionally has temporary contributions from relations, cartoonists and others.”

Panel individuals with Clark additionally included Alexis Fajardo, editorial director of Schulz’s Artistic Associates studio in Santa Rosa, and “Jumpstart” caricature creator Robb Armstrong, whose final identify Schulz borrowed for his groundbreaking Black character Franklin Armstrong, first launched in “Peanuts” in 1968.

“This was my first Comedian-Con, however Robb Armstrong stated it the best-attended panel dialogue he had ever participated in there,” Clark stated. “We had good response from the gang.”

The second panel dialogue, held July 23, traced the historical past of academic filmstrips produced by the “Peanuts” animation workforce within the Nineteen Eighties.

Born in Minneapolis, Schulz moved to Sonoma County in 1958 and died in 2000 in Santa Rosa, after writing and drawing the “Peanuts” caricature for almost 50 years.

Nov. 26 will mark the a hundredth anniversary of Schulz’s delivery, and the museum plans particular occasions all through the autumn to have fun.

You possibly can attain Workers Author Dan Taylor at dan.taylor@pressdemocrat.com or 707-521-5243. On Twitter @danarts.

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