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See The Trailer for the New ‘Peanuts’ Documentary, ‘Who Are You, Charlie Brown?’

Lynn will be featured in the upcoming documentary, as she was a close, personal friend of Schulz! Read more, and watch the trailer at the bottom of this post:

Apple TV+ today revealed the trailer and premiere date for its upcoming documentary special, “Who Are You, Charlie Brown?,” set to make its global debut on Friday, June 25 on Apple TV+. Narrated by Lupita Nyong’o and hailing from Imagine Documentaries, the special is executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, and features interviews with friends, family, cartoonists and famous fans of the comic strip, to create a heartwarming portrait of the late “Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schulz.

Honoring the “everyman” creator, Charles “Sparky” Schulz, “Who Are You, Charlie Brown?” celebrates the significance and global multi-generational popularity of the comic strip and its timeless artistry and design to profile the man whose simple characters would touch the lives of millions through the decades and become beloved cultural icons. Featuring interviews with Jean Schulz, the widow of Charles Schulz, along with Drew Barrymore, Al Roker, Kevin Smith, Billie Jean King, Paul Feig, Ira Glass, Noah Schnapp, Miya Cech, Keith L. Williams, Chip Kidd, Lynn Johnston, Robb Armstrong, and more, the documentary interweaves a new animated story that follows Charlie Brown on a quest to discover himself.

“Who Are You, Charlie Brown?” is produced by Imagine Documentaries and WildBrain. The documentary is executive produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Sara Bernstein and Justin Wilkes of Imagine, Josh Scherba, Anne Loi and Stephanie Betts of WildBrain, Craig Schulz and Paige Braddock of Peanuts, and Michael Bonfiglio, who also writes and directs. Imagine Documentaries’ Meredith Kaulfers serves as co-executive producer and Marcella Steingart serves as producer and writer. Original music is composed by Jeff Morrow, composer of the new series  “The Snoopy Show,” “Snoopy in Space,” and “Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10.”

Debuting globally on Apple TV+, “Who Are You, Charlie Brown?” will join other Peanuts titles, including “The Snoopy Show,” classic “Peanuts” specials, the Daytime Emmy-nominated series “Snoopy in Space,” and the Daytime Emmy Award-winning “Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10,” also from Imagine Documentaries.

Offering multi-generational viewing for children 4-11 and their caregivers, Apple TV+ is home to original series from some of today’s most trusted franchises in kids and family programming, including the Daytime Emmy Award-winning “Ghostwriter” and “Helpsters” from Sesame Workshop; the soon to premiere reboot the beloved, classic series “Fraggle Rock” from The Jim Henson Company; and “Doug Unplugs” from DreamWorks Animation, and “Stillwater” from Gaumont and Scholastic.

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app in over 100 countries and regions, on over 1 billion screens, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, popular smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, VIZIO, TCL, and others, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices, Chromecast with Google TV, PlayStation and Xbox gaming consoles, and at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.

A Pet Portrait of Odin, For Kevin

A few weeks ago, my comics colourist and dear friend, Kevin Strang, had to say goodbye to his beloved yellow lab, Odin. It was a very difficult thing to do. Odin had been a fixture in Kevin’s studio for many years–and was part of the furniture. One of the things I remember about Odin–besides his love for Kevin, the outdoors, water, and chasing sticks, was his affinity for squeaky toys. He wouldn’t chew them; he would gently take them in his mouth and savour the sound. His rubber chicken was a favourite. He would make the most awful racket with that chicken–with a look on his face of pure satisfaction. He was a wonderful dog; a beauty. His loss was very hard on the family.

I had such a good time painting Keira for my friend, Laurel that I asked Kevin and Karen if I could try painting Odin. This is the result.

Portrait of Odin the yellow lab

A fun note: I forgot to paint in the whiskers on the left-hand side, and noticed this just before we sent the package to Kevin. The photo was taken before this change. I think it’s a funny bit of info. Adding to that is the anxiety I felt, wondering just what Odin’s whiskers were actually like, because they didn’t show up too well in the photo I was using…and I couldn’t remember Odin having whiskers at all! I called Kevin and asked if Odin had whiskers. Kevin said “he was old, so he had a few.” This made me laugh. I’m old and I have a few, too!

Anyway, I have discovered that painting a pet is as serious as painting any portrait, and if you can get a good likeness…you’ve done OK.

Lynn Tries Pet Portraiture

A few weeks ago, a dear friend I’ve known since high school asked me to paint a picture of her dog, Keira. I agreed, but since I’m not a “portrait painter” and I know how important pets are, I told her the job would be experimental. I did have a good photo, and I really like her little Sheltie, so I gave it a shot. I was surprised by how the final work turned out. Here is the series of images I sent to Laurel to show her my progress…and the final painting. When I took it to Laurel’s place, Keira sat on my lap for a photo.

Pet portrait of Keira, the sheltie

Lynn cuddling Keira, her portrait subject

It Never Ends: Introducing a New Website Feature

It Never Ends! Banner with messy pile of stuff

A couple of months ago, Lynn received a lovely letter from a young mom, telling her how similar her life was to Elly Patterson’s and how much she related to the strip. Sarah talked about her kids, the mess, her life and her dreams—and how everything was on hold, now that parenting was her overwhelming new reality. Lynn wrote back and suggested Sarah focus on her writing, if she could find the time. In fact, Lynn liked Sarah’s writing so much that Sarah now has her own feature area on our site, called It Never Ends! Check out Sarah’s column about what it’s like to be a stay-at-home mom to two little kids.