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Reprinting a Cartoon--A Saga with a Happy Ending


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Do any AACA editors want to reprint comics?  This story may help

all our hard-working and conscientious volunteers.

 

Naturally, we editors need to get permission to reprint

copyrighted material.  I had long had one particular "Peanuts"

cartoon in mind:  It was poignant and spoke of the security

of riding in a car's back seat as a child.  For our current issue,

I figured it was finally time to print that Sunday strip from 1972.

 

Where to get approval?  It turns out that Charles Schulz's family

operates a Peanuts-related museum in California.  I had read

that the late comic-strip artist had kept his phone number in the phone book,

even after he had become well-off and well-known.  With similar

beneficence, his family museum couldn't have been more helpful.

A woman there gave me a name and phone number at Peanuts Worldwide.

 

So next was a phone call to Peanuts Worldwide in New York City.  They are

somehow connected to Iconografix, or share an office.  The contact there was

equally friendly and helpful:  "It won't be anything like $5000.

It will be something nominal, like $100 or $200" for authorization

to reprint a strip, he assured me.  Gulp.  We're just a volunteer newsletter!

 

"What's nominal for you isn't necessarily nominal for us!"

I exclaimed politely.  He gave approval to reprint the strip,

referred me to their syndicate to process the request,

and gave the further assurance that if the cost they quoted was

too much, to call him back.

 

That next contact was Andrews and McMeel Publishing in

Kansas City.  They have divisions, one of which is Universal Uclick.

I had only a contact name and an e-mail address.  A week went by

with no response, but with some persistence and follow-up, I finally

got one.  The woman was just as friendly and helpful as everyone else

in the chain.  She apologized for the delay and e-mailed me the invoice.

I held my breath as I opened it.

 

The end result:  An exceptionally modest charge, easily possible for anyone.

The people at Peanuts and their affiliates had gone out of their way

to make the reprinting affordable for our modest club!  The week-long

process bore fruit, and the AACA editor was elated.  We could publish

the strip!  Clearly the friendliness of Charles Schulz lives on. 

Edited by John_S_in_Penna (see edit history)
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Great people at the Charles Shultz Museum. I stop in every year that I travel to Santa Rosa, California, also home of the Redwood Empire AACA Region. (They had a National Tour there last year)

 

Well worth the trip if you are ever in San Francisco. (a little over an hour south of Santa Rosa!)

 

Wayne

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The museum told me that Charles Schulz's wife,

and one of his sons, are still involved with the strip,

and they work at the museum.

 

I'm impressed by the fact that Mr. Schulz, even when

he was famous and well-off from the millions of dollars

generated by his comic strip, kept his name and

number in the phone book.

 

Modesty is a mark of true greatness.

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