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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

New ‘Peanuts’ graphic novel release party at Schulz Museum

The “Peanuts” comic strip characters always have had a large and loyal fan base in Japan. Tourists from Japan are often among the visitors at Santa Rosa’s Charles Schulz Museum, dedicated to the life and work of the late creator of the strip. Now Charlie Brown and the gang return the favor in the new graphic novel, “It’s Tokyo, Charlie Brown!” The story follows Charlie Brown and Snoopy and their beleaguered baseball team as they represent the United States in… Read More »

‘Peanuts’ animated feature film scheduled for 2015

A new feature film starring the late Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip characters is scheduled for release in 2015. The Iconix Brand Group Inc., based in New York, announced today (Oct. 9) that the animated film, as yet untitled will be produced by Schulz’s son, Craig Schulz of Santa Rosa. “The screenplay is almost done. We’re working on rewrites today. Obviously, the story is top secret,” Schulz said. Craig Schulz’s son, Bryan, and Cornelius Uliano have written the screenplay for… Read More »

Cartoonists get sketchy at Schulz Museum

Here’s an event you might call sketchy, but in this case, that’s a good thing. Well over a dozen cartoonists will converge on the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip with a sketch-a-thon from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. Each cartoonist will draw an original sketch to commemorate the event for the Museum’s archives. Visitors can meet, watch and talk to guest cartoonists including Dan Piraro, creator… Read More »

Where’s Woodstock? Only Lucy knows

The popular “Peanuts on Parade” project returns to Santa Rosa this summer, with 30 four-foot-tall, polyurethane statues of that fabulous fussbudget, Lucy van Pelt, to be decorated by local artists and distributed around town. But this time there will be a little hidden bonus. Woodstock, the fluffy little yellow bird character, already has his own series of statues,  introduced back in 2006, but he’s sneaking back into the act this year. “We’re going to incorporate a ‘Where’s Woodstock’ theme, where… Read More »

Is it art, Charlie Brown?

Responses to my recent “Art or Not?” blog, about public art on display in Sonoma  County, suggested an interesting sidelight. People really seem to like those “Peanuts” character statues scattered around Santa Rosa. “I enjoy seeing the Charlie Brown statues everywhere, each with their respective theme connecting them to whatever business or dwelling they sit outside of;  it lends itself to whimsy and fun, and also highlight the connection Sonoma County has to Charles Schulz and his life’s work,” one… Read More »

“Peanuts” look-alike photo contest

Do friends tell you that your child looks just like Charlie Brown, Lucy or Linus? Or even Snoopy? (Good grief, some friends.) Anticipating the 60th anniversary of the “Peanuts” comic strip next year, a panel of celebrity judges has agreed to jury entries in the “First Official Peanuts Look-a-Like Contest.” Moms and dads across the country are invited to submit photos of their children looking like one of these Peanuts characters: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder, Franklin, Peppermint… Read More »

‘Pickles’ cartoonist comes to Schulz Museum

Cartoonist  Brian Crane, 60, of Reno, creator of the “Pickles” comic strip, has made stars of his two wily, white-haired, main characters, Earl and Opal. The strip now appears in 600 newspapers, and four book collections have been published so far. He’s coming to Santa Rosa this week, and took time to talk about his work in a phone interview last week. Here are a few samples of what he had to say: Q: How much of the strip is… Read More »