Friday, April 10, 2009

December 27, 1950: They grow up so fast

One source of jokes in early Peanuts is in puncturing the premise.  Children behaving like adults, right up to the moment in which they suddenly don't.

Look at Shermy's expressions and body language as he goes through panels two through four.  Angry in three, pleading in four.  They're a little exaggerated, but on purpose since they can't move on the page.  It's not as easy as you might think to come up with good poses for characters as they play their roles!  It's one of those little things that cartoonists have to do to give their characters life.

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