In celebration of the 65th anniversary of Peanuts, a new original comic featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang going back to summer camp has been released.
Titled “It’s Summer Camp, Charlie Brown,” the comic produced by Paige Braddock and Vicki Scott was released by Kaboom! this week. (I was unable to order a print copy off Kaboom’s website so I purchased a download Comixology).
The story centers around Charlie Brown not wanting to go to Camp Spring Lake and generally disliking it while he’s there, Snoopy taking advantage of his time in the wilderness and Peppermint Patty and Marcie plotting their escape from the girls camp across the lake.
Like the 1977 animated feature film Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown and the 1969 short It Was A Short Summer, Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown runs into similar difficulties and a pessimistic response to them as he does back at home.
Still, as much as he claims to dislike his time at camp, there’s a sense as in most things with Charlie that he likes it more than he will let on. One touching moment is when he and Snoopy, who has been on a long nature hike with Woodstock and the gang, have a quiet moment on the dock on Spring Lake.
My fondest memories of Charlie Brown as a kid were of him and the rest of the Peanuts gang at summer camp so I can’t think of a better way to pay homage to the late Charles Schulz and the 65th anniversary of an American icon.