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Hey, gang! BOOM! Studios is coming out with book called Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz, which is a collection of shorts created as a tribute by some of today’s biggest comic artists of both page and screen. Below you’ll find the work of Megan Brennan (Pencil Pup), Shaenon K. Garrity (Narbonic), and Molly Ostertag (Strong Female Protagonist).

Below each piece is a short essay from each artist, sharing their story of how Schulz has impacted their lives and their work. Let us know what you think!

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Peanuts was the first comic I remember reading as a kid, and it was being read a ton of Peanuts by my parents that made me want to draw comics as early as grade school. I really love that even though it’s really funny and sweet, Charles Schulz was absolutely aware of how kids aren’t happy all the time. Being a kid is just as frustrating and confusing as being an adult is! So when Charlie Brown is constantly struggling and failing to kick the football or talk to the girl he likes or fly his kite, I feel weirdly comforted. Everyone feels like they’re constantly messing up as they attempt to do the things they dream about doing. But there’s still an overwhelming sense of optimism in how Charlie Brown keeps trying anyway, and in how all the kids have good hearts, even if they don’t always get along. Plus: It’s really funny and the art is so perfect. And Snoopy is the coolest dog that ever lived.” —Megan Brennan

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“‘The Naming of Faults’ is inspired by an oft-told story from my mother’s childhood. As soon as I was approached to draw a Peanuts story, or at least once I’d stopped hyperventilating with excitement, I knew it had to be this one. Thanks, everyone, for the opportunity to draw it, and thanks above all to my mom.” Shaenon K. Garrity

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“Growing up, Peanuts was the comic strip I never quite understood but somehow couldn’t stop reading. I didn’t get why Charlie Brown kept going to kick the football again and again—I think that’s a joke for adults, something that makes more sense now than it did when I was young. I just knew that I wanted to hang out in their cheerful town, go to summer camp, and play baseball with the gang. Also, as a shy kid who rarely spoke up, I wanted to be as tough as Lucy.” Molly Ostertag

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