On My Annual Report to the Head Beagle

Recently, I picked up Fantagraphics The Complete Peanuts Volume 10, which covers the adventures of Charlie Brown and the gang from 1969 and 1970. I was flipping through it leisurely, and on January 4, 1970, Snoopy received his annual questionnaire from the Head Beagle. Without further ado, here’s my annual report to Head Beagle onContinue reading “On My Annual Report to the Head Beagle”

On Getting in that Christmas Mood

I realized yesterday, with some surprise, that Christmas is merely five weeks away. I’d say it snuck up on me, but it didn’t. Not really. Four months ago I was writing about Christmas products — ornaments, nutcrackers, even calendars. Last month, I wrote about Valentine’s Day stuff. Pretty soon, I’ll be thinking about the summerContinue reading “On Getting in that Christmas Mood”

On Happiness is a Warm Blanket Day

My friend Terri suggested this about two months ago, and I couldn’t fault her thinking. I’ll let her words speak for themselves: Sleeping cuddled up with a nice warm blanket and a big cuddly cat is fun, too, but we don’t set aside a day for it. Perhaps we should. I am hereby starting aContinue reading “On Happiness is a Warm Blanket Day”

On Video, Charlie Brown!

Charles Schulz’s Charlie Brown characters are some of the most visible pop-culture icons in the world today. The comic strip ran for fifty years and is being reprinted in a comprehensive edition by Fantagraphics. A series of forty-some animated specials have won multiple awards over the past forty years. Snoopy advertises MetLife. These characters areContinue reading “On Video, Charlie Brown!”

On Snoopy and the Death Star Run

Prompted by my friend Todd‘s exhortation to download a Star Wars fan film, last night I downloaded “Beagle,” a two-minute long animated short following Snoopy and Woodstock in the Rebel attack on the original Death Star over Yavin IV. I’ve watched it five times now, and each time I’ve been disappointed. First, “Beagle” doesn’t recreateContinue reading “On Snoopy and the Death Star Run”