A good biography about the creator of the Peanuts Gang.
You bet Charles M. Schulz choked in last televised interview. He got rich & famous from the cartoon franchise, yet his cartoon alter-ego never got to win a baseball game, never kick a football from Lucy, never receive candy in Halloween, never ask a girl on a date, never get accolade as his dog getting more limelight or never get a break in unrealized life forever.
Too late for cartoonist to fix it.
Traces the life of Charles M. “Sparky” Schulz, creator of Peanuts. Engaging—Schulz was an enigmatic and fascinating character, and Michaelis tells his story in a way that is as engrossing as fiction. Pertinent Peanuts strips litter the text, adding to the enjoyment of the read. Brutally honest; this isn’t a whitewashed version of Schulz. I’m left feeling sorry for him for his (probably clinical) depression and yet I completely sympathize with those people who found him hard to deal with, because he quite obviously was. I found haunting his repeated mantra: he would not go to a psychiatrist because he thought it would destroy his talent. And I think his perception was correct; the sheer brutal genius of his strip was based in his pain. What a choice to make!
An extremely well researched biography of someone who probably had one of the largest impacts on American culture we will ever know. Wonderful stories about Shultz's human side, his flaws, his good and bad times, and how all of that went into forming the Peanuts universe.
This considerably researched book on the life of Charles M Schulz will give you an understanding of the man who had such an impact on cartooning and popular culture that you would not have expected. The link between his childhood and adult experiences is tight and intertwined, and anyone interested in the creation of Peanuts will find this to be a happy, sad, and ultimately an eye-opening experience.
Fascinating biography of the creator of Peanuts. Who knew that much of what went into this classic comics strip was derived from events in the creator's life.
I agree with Bill Es comments above; Schulz was a very intriguing and complicated man. As an artist, I found his life story to be quite fascinating. Though the book is massive in length, the author tried to drill down deep to understand Schulz's guarded and often, unexplored psyche. I found the use of the cartoon strips interspersed with the text, useful and enjoyable. My only negative comment of the book would be, it could have used a little more editing; there were places of repetition that at times, I found annoying and distracting to the storytelling. Otherwise, a great read, especially for fellow Minnesotans.
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