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Funny Things: A Comic Strip Biography of Charles M. Schulz

Charles M. Schulz, undeniably one of the most influential and beloved cartoonists of the 20th century, channeled a profound reservoir of his emotions and life experiences into the timeless world of Peanuts throughout its iconic 50-year reign. Now, in a heartwarming tribute, Luca Debus and Francesco Matteuzzi embark on a mission to chronicle Schulz’s life using the very medium that immortalized him: the comic strip.

Within each strip lies not only humor but also a fragment of insight into the extraordinary tapestry of Schulz’s life story. Commencing with the twilight of his monumental career, “Funny Things” deftly traverses the corridors of time, narrating Schulz’s artistic triumphs and the personal episodes that forged him into both an accomplished author and a profoundly empathetic human being. These experiences ultimately forged him into the universally adored cartoonist who graced our planet.

Explore the captivating narrative that unveils the genius responsible for bringing to life the iconic characters of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts ensemble. This heartfelt homage is beautifully presented in the format of a comic strip, inviting readers to embark on a delightful journey of discovery.

Overflowing with warmth, charisma, and tender wisdom, “Funny Things” envisions Schulz through the prism of the very universe he conjured, extending an invitation to all to acquaint themselves with the man who wielded the pen behind the iconic blanket-wielding characters.

With each comic panel, the story artfully unfolds, weaving together the narrative threads that shaped Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and their friends. This tender-hearted exploration not only celebrates the brilliance of the artist but also the enduring charm of the characters that have charmed generations.

In this uniquely formatted tribute, readers can expect an immersive experience that not only educates but also entertains. It offers a fresh perspective on the artistic process and the enduring legacy of Peanuts, providing fans and newcomers alike with a chance to appreciate the genius behind this timeless comic strip.

  • “The human being — self-doubting, proud, committed, and sometimes dark — who forged one of the most significant artistic creations of the 20th century comes through in these pages. By using the visual language of the Peanuts comic strip, Debus and Matteuzzi tap into our collective unconscious… It’s a brilliant conceit, and it took cojones to do it. Hats off.” — Jeff Smith, The New York Times
  • “Readers will gain remarkably intimate insights into this quiet but doggedly ambitious man, four panels at a time. Debus and Matteuzzi even manage to alchemize humor and melancholy in a way that anyone who has come across Peanuts… will recognize.” — Booklist (starred review)
  • “Surprisingly emotional… an affectionate yet bracing portrait of an artist who never overcame self-doubt, workaholism, and insecurities to appreciate his own greatness. Even readers only passingly familiar with Snoopy and the gang will be charmed.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “An insightful and affectionate biography of an iconic American artist… the format masterfully emphasizes the deeply personal quality of Schulz’s work.” — Library Journal
  • “A brilliant and audacious idea… this beautifully published volume is nothing less than magical.” — Air Mail
  • Funny Things is a beautiful and clever new way for the world to get to know the dear friend and mentor I knew for thirteen years.” — Lynn Johnston, creator of For Better or For Worse

Francesco Matteuzzi has written for many publishers including Sergio Bonelli Editore, DeAgostini, Mondadori and Centauria among others. He has authored many biographies in comics, and his works have been published in Italy, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, Serbia and the United Kingdom.

Luca Debus works in the medium of comic strips for publications both online and on paper, both in Italy and internationally. He has studied the work of Charles M. Schulz for years and has written numerous academic papers on the topic.