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Feeling bookish

I haven’t been posting to the Egg as frequently as I did in the past. For those of you who may have wondered why…

I wrote a book!

This book, to be precise. It was released today, on National Authors Day. You can find it online everywhere. 

(Hint: Search by title. The publishers were smart and listed it under the creator Charles Schulz instead of an unknown first-time hack.)

I am egg-cited!

Good grief 

Met Life, say it isn’t so.

You’re dropping Peanuts as the spokes characters for your brand?

Snoopy and the gang can sell anything…plus, your timing couldn’t be worse. 

The popular comic just released a new feature film, and a weekly cartoon series  is coming to television at the end of the year. Not to mention a new book (that I wrote) which is being released November 1st.

If I saw the Met Life folks, I think I would probably say:

Peanuts

HAPPY 64TH ANNIVERSARY, PEANUTS!

(We sure miss ya, Sparky.)

Xmas in a box

The late night shows debuted their holiday decor this week.

You can tell a lot about a host by his tinsel.

Dave, Jimmy and Jimmy have gone the more traditional route — the scatter of lights, poinsettias, a tree or two.  Their sets look festive in the way you might expect.  Heck, they may be using last year’s decorations.

Who would notice?

You  will definitely remember Conan’s. His approach to trimming the set this year is more akin to projectile vomiting.  His stage makes Clark Griswold’s house look dark and neglected.  Dinosaurs.  Giant sandwiches.  A robot rabbi.

It’s gawdy and fabulous, but people with pacemakers best beware.

In sharp contrast, Craig Ferguson’s stage still suffers from bad lighting and leaks from the rain.  He seems filled with the Christmas spirit, but his budget extends only to a small, lighted desktop tree — that he plugged in with a flourish — and a Santa cap for Geoff Peterson, his robot skeleton sidekick.

Funny.  After watching both shows, I realized I preferred the simplicity of Craig’s display.  It has that authentic Charlie Brown quality, whereas Conan’s feels like the need to show off…to splatter his ego and budget all over the place to prove that he is back in the game.

Rudolph syndrome, no doubt.

Chill, CoCo.

A good man

Merry Christmas Anniversary, Charlie Brown!

Your unforgettable holiday special marks its 45th year on television with this year’s broadcast on ABC.

I can’t remember a Christmas without the Peanuts gang (although clearly there were a couple).  All the kids skating on the pond.  The Christmas play.  Snoopy’s uber-decorated dog house.  The sad little tree that ‘just needs a little love.’  Those funny round heads singing “Hark the Herald Angels.”

When I started working at Hallmark many moons ago, my first assignment was editing Peanuts cards.  In the world of greeting cards, Snoopy is the perfect spokes critter.  He can say or do anything, speak on behalf of any occasion or holiday, wear everything from a space suit to a Hawaiian lei.

If there was a Snoopy card in a category, it was usually the top seller.

Charles Schulz was pretty awesome, too.  When I was volunteering for a humane shelter in Kansas City, he donated an original piece of signed cartoon art for our holiday silent auction.  All I had to do was ask.

“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”