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It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown

As a kid, it was a good Saturday afternoon if I had a bowl of Cheetos and a collection of Peanuts comic strips in front of me. Charlie Brown and the gang were friends to me. (I especially identified with Linus.) I really liked the week-long story arcs and the brilliant mix of humor, frustration and perseverance of these lil' folks. And, honestly, I'm a little sad Shermie never took off as a main character. Animated Peanuts was great too. The airing of a Peanuts TV special was a big event in my house. I was pretty young, but I remember seeing RACE FOR YOUR LIFE, CHARLIE BROWN in 1977 in a movie theater. I know I watched A BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN over and over on cable. BON VOYAGE, CHARLIE BROWN (And Don't Come Back!) is a wonderful movie, animated or otherwise. And I don't think a year has gone by that I haven't watched the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas specials. I pretty much have the dialogue memorized, much to the chagrin of my wife and kids. To date, Charlie Brown and the gang have appeared in five feature films and dozens of TV specials, including the series "This is America, Charlie Brown" and "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show". And on this podcast, we're going to watch them all. We'll discover what we liked and what we didn't. What worked and what didn't. There are many layers to a Peanuts special. Even in two dimensions, these characters are fully fleshed-out humans - and one beagle - with all the fears, anxieties, joys and laughs we all experience. Let's explore those together.
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Sep 15, 2020

Welcome to IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN, episode 53. Hurry up and listen, then clear your schedules, everybody! There's a new book coming out September 22 with the simple, but no less enticing, title THE PEANUTS BOOK. You are going to want to own and read this one!

And this month on the podcast, we've got the book's author Simon Beecroft! We talk about the book, Schulz and Peanuts. We also talk about Lego and Star Wars. A lot. 

Also this month: A "Peanuts by Schulz" episode titled "A Bad Mood" and another "Random Strip of the Month". And other assorted, peanut-y goodness.

Sam Mason tells us about October's Peanuts Gang virtual reunion. Listen to that and then learn more on Facebook @peanutsreunion. 

he Peanuts Strips That Were Luckily Never Published

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Mining by Moonlight" and "Bass Walker". 

Thanks to Nick Jones for the use of his song "25% Off".

Go to www.carnivalofgleecreations.com for episode links, social media info and more for this show IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN and for my other, weekly storytelling show ATARI BYTES here. 

Support the show by subscribing on the IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN page on patreon.com here. Subscribers at different levels can get early access to episodes or even bonus content!

The website also has info about books I've written and just some of the places you can buy them, like MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS.

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