It's Only a Game

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Charles M. Schulz, Jim Sasseville, Derrick Bang
About Comics, 2004 - Humor - 239 pages
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In the late 1950s, amidst the surging popularity of Peanuts and during a strongly creative period, Charles M. Schulz created his only other syndicated newspaper comic. It's Only a Game focused on the fun and foibles of people and their pastimes: golf, bowling, bridge, fishing, and more. This bouncy material, full of Schulz's signature wit, has for decades been considered one of the lost treasures of the comics field. Now, almost half a century later, this material is collected into book form for the first time! Commentary and insight is provided by artist and cartoonist Jim Sasseville, who worked with Schulz on the feature.

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Hiding in the history of the world's most successful cartoonist is a second syndicated newspaper feature that many Peanuts lovers are probably unaware of: It's Only a Game , a series of single-panel ... Read full review

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Charming panel cartoons written by Jim Sasserville and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz. The panels do not use the Peanuts characters and are not as great as that strip, but they are still worth your time. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
13
Section 2
32
Section 3
41
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Charles Monroe Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 26, 1922. He started drawing at a young age, practicing with popular characters such as Popeye. When he was 15, one of his pictures appeared as an illustration in "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" He took a correspondence course with Art Instruction Inc., where he later taught, and served in the Army during World War II. The Peanuts (originally called Li'l Folks, a name that was changed by the United Feature Syndicate) began syndication on October 2, 1950, when it appeared in seven newspapers. Schulz's work went on to become the most popular syndicated comic strip of all time, appearing in 2600 papers in 75 countries around the world. Schulz drew everyone of the more than 18,250 Peanuts strips himself and his contract stipulated that no one else would ever draw them. Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang also appear in a number of television specials, the first of which was A Charlie Brown Christmas (1964), created with animator Bill Melendez. It is one of the most watched and best loved television shows in history and winner of an Emmy and a Peabody. Charles Schulz has been inducted into the Cartoonists Hall of Fame and won numerous awards. He was given Reuben Awards by the National Cartoonists Society in 1955 and 1964, the Yale Humor Award (1956), the School Bell Award from the National Education Society (1960), and the Ordre des Artes et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture. In 1990, his work was shown at the Louvre. Schulz retired after being diagnosed with colon cancer. The final daily Peanuts strip appeared in January 3, 2000 and the final Sunday strip, along with a letter of thanks to his editors and fans, appeared on February 13, 2000. Schulz died in his home in Santa Rosa, California on February 12, 2000 within hours of the publication of his farewell strip.

A newspaper and magazine writer for many years, Derrick Bang founded The Game Preserver, a retail game and puzzle store, in 1978. He has written film, television, and general entertainment commentary for all three Davis/Woodland California area newspapers since 1974, and wrote a weekly movie trivia column. He is now the entertainment editor at The Davis Enterprise. He is webmaster of the Peanuts Collectors Club website.

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