Charles Schultz’s Peanuts, was one of my favorite childhood comics. The Peanut comics were drawn generally in black and white or if the comics were in colour, it was done simplistically. I think Schultz took this approach because either intentionally, to reflect the sort of mundane everyday situations that the peanut gang went through, or to reflect the time in which he was drawing his comics. The Peanuts comics are geared towards children and reading them as an adult it takes me back to my childhood. Schultz never includes adults in his comic strips. Although the gang may be interacting with an adult, we never see them. For example, when the kids are in school talking to the teacher, it is obvious that they are having a conversation, but we don’t see the teachers or see what they are saying. We just see the kids’ side of the conversation. The Peanuts gang experiences a multitude of everyday situations that are relatable to majority of the readers. Many of the comics are about school life, friendship, falling in love, like Lucy does with Schroeder, and talking about goals — Pigpen wants to be the class president. The characters in the Peanuts comics reflect stock characters, which makes it so relatable to the viewer. In the Youtube clip Schultz explains how Charlie Brown “is a little bit like everyone” but I think this is universally relatable quality is applicable to each of his characters. Very minimal background drawings are needed to figure out the setting of the story taking place. The simplicity of the comics reflects the simplicity of the story line. If there would have been more detail in the drawings, it may have been too distracting for its demographic and taken away from the story.
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