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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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9 Comments

  1. lifeisaglitch
    November 4, 2009 at 1:18 pm — Reply

    Sparky said what now?

  2. Jacin B
    November 4, 2009 at 1:44 pm — Reply

    The actual letter, donated to the Library of Congress, complete with Charles Schultz’s illustration of young Charlotte with an ax in her skull can be seen HERE.

  3. Carl
    November 4, 2009 at 2:04 pm — Reply

    Kind of harsh considering there are quite a few characters Schulz dropped from the strip over the years. Most were dropped for either being uninteresting (Shermy), one-note (Pig-Pen, Frieda), or redundant (Violet).

  4. hermit
    November 4, 2009 at 2:14 pm — Reply

    i don’t remember her. she was in peanuts? i’ll have to re-read the strips.

    • November 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm — Reply

      She was only there for one year 54-55, and my guess would be she was there sparingly and not everyday. Volumes 2 and 3 of the Fantagraphic The Complete Peanuts series would feature her.

  5. November 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm — Reply

    I actually got a book that featured a lot of her strips and many other of Shultz “unremembered” gags on Free Comic Book Day. Just goes to show that even the comic genius of Sparky can have bad day every once in a while.

  6. Slappy
    November 4, 2009 at 7:51 pm — Reply

    After reading that, I feel like Matthew when he speaks of his childhood being raped again. Charles Shultz isn’t supposed to say such things.

  7. November 4, 2009 at 8:49 pm — Reply

    Feh… I see Sparky’s sense of humor all over this thing. It’s a meaner, dark stripe of it, but it’s totally his voice.

    I actually find this response to be more awesome than the over-processed Peanuts of latter years. :)

    • November 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm — Reply

      I agree with you about early v. later Peanuts. Shulz has said that the strip changed dramatically once he started drawing Snoopy’s doghouse from the side: Snoopy practically took over. And for me, that’s where the strip jumped the shark. I prefer the earlier strips, in which the tykes wrestle with adults’ existential anxieties.

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