Sunday, August 13, 2006

Have I mentioned that I really like Peanuts?

I think I'm missing some--it is Sunday, after all--but here's what I have:
Andy Capp by Roger Kettle and Roger Mahoney
Bo Nanas by John Kovaleski
Overboard by Chip Dunham

Frazz avoids the watch by stretching out time with an extra-wide single panel. Good job, Mallett.

Today's 1959 Peanuts reprint shows a good SPP in action. (If you ever get tired of my talking about how great Peanuts was, please let me know.)

Over the course of fifty years, Charles Schulz did make some useless, space-filling SPPs--but this is not one of them. He makes the SPP look very easy and natural (as he did with almost every aspect of his craft.) Younger cartoonists copy the rhythm, but can't copy the skill and wit.


Blogger Matt Guerrero said...

what makes that SPP work is it's a sunday panel that's filled with words.

half the problem with the SPP's most artists use is that the panels in front are spare with the verbiage.

what makes a well used SPP stand out so much is its direct contrast to a talky front half of the strip.

never ever apologize for your worship of charles schulz. never ever.

4:53 AM  
Blogger Tristram Shandy said...

There’s also a necessary action in the SPP—namely, a moment of Lucy’s fuming directed toward Linus. Shulz gives the reader a moment to digest that before deliverring the punchline.

But yeah, when’s the last time you saw that many words in a Sunday strip?

3:09 AM  

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