September 12, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Featuring the iconic “Fall Classic” — Lucy pulling the ball away from Charlie Brown as he runs up to kick it, “Pigskin Peanuts” is a traveling exhibit from the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA chronicling the enduring cultural legacy of the world’s most popular comic strip through a display of over 50 football-themed strips and ephemera in celebration of its 65th anniversary on October 2, 2015.
Published in over 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries from October 2, 1950 through February 13, 2000, “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz is regarded as one of the most influential and well-written comic strips in history. Schulz, who lived in and around Santa Rosa, CA from 1958 until his death in 2000, is commonly cited as the most influential cartoonist of all time.
Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson wrote of Schulz and his work, “Peanuts pretty much defines the modern comic strip, so even now it’s hard to see it with fresh eyes. The clean, minimalist drawings, the sarcastic humor, the unflinching emotional honesty, the inner thoughts of a household pet, the serious treatment of children, the wild fantasies, the merchandising on an enormous scale—in countless ways, Schulz blazed the wide trail that most every cartoonist since has tried to follow.”