posted by Evan at 8:01 PM
Charles Schultz drew “Peanuts” from October 2, 1950 until February 13, 2000 when the last original Peanuts strip ever was run. Schultz died on February 12, 2000, one day before. For fifty years, Charles Schultz got up every morning and did his best to be funny, and for the most part, he succeeded. Sure, sometimes they were laugh out loud funny and sometimes they only warranted a quiet chuckle; but it’s amazing that after seeing it for the thousandth time, there’s still some humor in Charlie Brown missing the football.One of the things I’m quickly learning is that it’s a lot easier to be funny in your head than it is to be funny on paper. There’s a million things that float through my head over the course of the day that make me snicker, and in my head, they seem like they should make good comics. But then you start to put pen to paper… and when you’re done, you say to yourself, “What the hell, this doesn’t even make sense.”It’s not an entirely different experience than I’ve had while trying to write in the past… some ideas just don’t fall out of your head quite right. Drawing of course adds an entirely separate reason for the ideas to go south: Now you have to worry about the writing AND the drawing. I guess the point is, I’ll be cutting the Sunday morning comics a little more slack than I used to. It’s hard to be funny in four panels every day.
Well, I got an out-loud chuckle out of that one. You are a lot better about being funny than I am. I laugh as I draw all of my comics but I kind of feel like you-had-to-be-there. I just don't do my stories justice.Now, I've seen your chest hair... Please don't tell me this is an actual first date conversation you've had...
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