Peanut’s Comic Strip Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Peanut’s Comic Strip Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Peanut’s Comic Strip Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Peanuts, one of the world’s most famous comic strips, is celebrating its 60th birthday on October 2.  Over the past year, there have been numerous celebration events leading up the anniversary of the comic, but none compare to the events planned in the coming days.

Some of the most exciting events planned in celebration of Charles M. Schulz’s popular creation include the unveiling of a photo of Schulz at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery at an invite only event on October 1.  The photo, taken in 1986, will be the first one of the famed cartoonist at the museum.  The image features Schulz at his drawing board working on a full-page comic of the story-line featuring Lucy pulling the football away just as Charlie Brown is about to kick the ball.

The following day the same Gallery will be host to a family-and-friends day offering events for people of all ages.  Planned events include cartooning workshops, guest appearances by Snoopy, and a screening of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will also take part in the anniversary celebration on October 1 by unveiling a case featuring numerous Schulz objects.  Items included in the display case range from his drawing tools, to comic panels detailing the progression from rough pencil sketches to finished ink strips of the comic.

The entire month of October http://www.greatpumpkincountdown.com will feature a social media game for fans of the comic to play.  Users of popular social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and MySpace can participate in the game by completing a series of Peanuts-themed “to-dos.”  The game runs through Halloween.  Weekly winners of the game will receive prizes throughout the contest, and a grand prizewinner will be rewarded with a Peanuts themed iPad and a chance to win $25,000.


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