This fall marks 70 years since Charles M. Schulz published the first Peanuts comic strip on October 2, 1950. Since then, Peanutshas appeared in 2,600 newspapers, translated into 25 languages, and published in 75 countries worldwide. Now Peanuts fans around the world will have the opportunity to join the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center to celebrate the comic strip’s “platinum anniversary” and explore other timely topics with a full season of public programs, presented entirely online. From How to Draw Peanuts classes to live events with Jean Schulz, Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Patrick McDonnell (MUTTS), Tom Gammill (The Simpsons), Robb Armstrong Jump (Jump Start), Darrin Bell(Candorville), and Elizabeth Montague (Liz at Large), find the details listed below. All programs are subject to change; please visit schulzmuseum.org for updates and registration information.
Starting in September
Kids and teens can have fun learning art and cartooning online with the Schulz Museum this fall. Take classes in manga, fine art, and cartooning led by professional instructors. Sign up to take one afternoon class a week or enjoy a six-week series for advanced students. Classes meet via Zoom. Advance registration required. Visit schulzmuseum.org/classes-camps
for class schedule, fees, and registration information.
Thursday, September 17, 4:00–5:00 pm (Pacific Time)
The Schulz Museum hosts Aphton Corbin, Valerie LaPointe, and Louise Smythe from Pixar Animation Studios’ Story Department in conversation for a look at how women are changing the way we experience animated films today. Moderated by Becki Tower, the head of Pixar Animation Studio’s Animation Department, the discussion will explore the artists’ personal journeys in the animation industry and what they individually contributed to some of Pixar’s most loved films. $10 Members / $15 General. Advance registration required.
Wednesday, September 23, 4:00–5:00 pm (Pacific Time)
Follow along and learn to fold your own Peanuts characters and props with a selection of specially designed origami patterns featured in the new book, Peanuts Origami (Andrews McMeel Publishing, September 2020). In this class, learn how to fold Charlie Brown, a bobblehead Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s kite and football, and more! Plus, learn some fun Peanuts trivia along the way. Book purchase is not required; a copy of the patterns featured in the class will be emailed to participants to print in advance of the class. $10 Members / $15 General. Advance registration required.
Saturday, October 3, 5:00–6:00 pm (Pacific Time)
Celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip with a live conversation between Charles Schulz’s widow, Jean Schulz, and cartoonist Stephan Pastis, creator of Pearls Before Swine and Timmy Failure. Schulz and Pastis will share favorite stories and look back on Charles Schulz’s legacy and impact—personal and professional—while reflecting on what makes Peanuts so resonant 70 years after its first appearance. $10 Members / $15 General. Advance registration required.
Wednesday, October 7, 4:00–5:00 pm (Pacific Time)
Local women leaders will explore issues of justice, equity, empowerment, and leadership in this free online discussion, presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Lucy! Fussbudget to Feminist. Panelists Camilla Gray-Nelson (author, dog trainer, and owner of Dairydell Doggie Dude Ranch and Training Center), Jennifer Reichardt (owner and winemaker at Raft Wines), and Vivienne Wei (author of Labor Force and senior director of technology operations and strategy at Salesforce) will share the challenges and successes of their careers while reflecting on women in business from a contemporary perspective. The panel is moderated by Kerry Rego, a digital media educator for Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College, and CEO of Kerry Rego Consulting. Free with advance registration.
Saturday, October 17, 2:00–3:00 pm (Pacific Time)
Take a unique and rarely seen look at Charles Schulz’s 70-year legacy with the new release, The Peanuts Book: A Visual History of the Iconic Comic Strip. Join author Simon Beecroft in conversation with Benjamin L. Clark (curator, Schulz Museum), Sarah Breaux (archivist, Schulz Museum), and Alexis E. Fajardo (editorial director, Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates) as they chart the rich history of the world’s most favorite comic strip. Learn about the evolution of Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the PeanutsGang, and rediscover the enduring and nostalgic charm of Peanuts 70 years later. $10 Members / $15 General. Advance registration required.
Thursday, October 29, 4:00–5:00 pm (Pacific Time)
Celebrate Halloween with the Peanuts Gang by learning to draw Charlie Brown in his bedsheet ghost costume, Lucy in her witch hat and mask, Snoopy as the WW1 Flying Ace, and of course, the Great Pumpkin! Atlanta-based cartoonist Robert W. Pope will share live step-by-step drawing instruction during this spooktacular online event. For over 15 years, Pope has specialized in bringing many favorite characters to the comic book page, including Peanuts, Scooby-Doo, Bugs Bunny, Batman, and many others, and has contributed to several of the new Peanuts comic books. $10 Members / $15 General. Advance registration required.
Saturday, November 7, 4:00–5:30 pm (Pacific Time)
Join Patrick McDonnell, creator of the MUTTS comic strip, to celebrate the publication of The Art of Nothing: 25 Years of MUTTS, and his newest MUTTS treasury, Hot Dogs, Hot Cats. McDonnell will talk about his work, characters, and influences in conversation with Tom Gammill, producer and writer for The Simpsons and Seinfeld, among others. $10 Members / $15 General. Advance registration required.
Thursday, November 12, 4:00–5:00 pm (Pacific Time)
Meet Snoopy’s siblings as Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates staff artist Mary Shyneexplores the story of Snoopy’s canine family throughout the Peanuts comic strip. Then, learn how to draw each of his siblings from the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm Gang with a live-drawing demonstration. $10 Members / $15 General. Advance registration required.
Saturday, November 14, and Sunday, November 15, 10:00–11:30 am (Pacific Time)
Girl Scout Cadettes will earn and receive their Comic Artist Badge in this online, two-session, hands-on workshop. Schulz Museum staff will teach cadettes how to develop stories and characters and create a four-panel comic strip from beginning to end. For fees and reservations, call (707) 544-5472 or visit the Girl Scouts of Northern California
LIVE ONLINE: Black Comics Matter
Thursday, November 19, 4:00–5:00 pm (Pacific Time)
Join cartoonists Robb Armstrong, Darrin Bell, and Elizabeth Montague, as they discuss the Black experience as told through graphic novels and comic stories. Robb Armstrong, who inspired the last name of the Peanuts character Franklin Armstrong, is the creator of the groundbreaking comic strip, Jump Street, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Darrin Bell is a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and the creator of the comic strips Candorville and Rudy Park. Elizabeth Montague is the creator of Liz at Large and the first Black female cartoonist for The New Yorker. The panelists will explore the impact and importance of telling Black stories and championing representation in comics and the field itself. A Q&A will follow the discussion. This event is free with advance registration.
Thursday, December 10, 4:00–5:00 pm (Pacific Time)
Learn to draw Good ol’ Charlie Brown! Cartoonist Robert W. Pope will demonstrate drawing Charlie Brown facing front and in profile to show the visual discrepancies between perspectives. Plus, learn to draw Charlie Brown in his baseball uniform and several more iconic poses. For over 15 years, Pope has specialized in bringing many favorite characters to the comic book page, including Peanuts, Scooby-Doo, Bugs Bunny, Batman, and many others, and has contributed to several of the new Peanuts comic books. $10 Members / $15 General. Advance registration required.
Thanksgiving Week and Winter Break classes, plus additional December events, to be announced. Please visit schulzmuseum.org