It’s difficult for me to masturbate to Joey Mills, because I keep wanting stop to take screen captures of frames that I might draw later. It’s also difficult for me to draw Joey Mills, because I keep wanting to stop to masturbate.
Now that the series of books is complete, I’m starting a project I’ve been wanting to do for years: reading every Peanuts strip in order. I’ve read hundreds of them over the years, of course, and as I’ve collected the books I’ve dipped in randomly and read chunks here and there, but there’s 50 years of it, I probably haven’t read 90% of them, and never from the beginning in order.
I’ve finished most of volume one so far, and it’s already fascinating to read like this. There’s much more ongoing continuity than you would think just reading individual strips. The subtle way that Schroeder and Lucy have aged from their first appearance as babies is interesting to see. And of course it’s fun to spot things like the first time the stripe shows up on Charlie Brown’s shirt and stuff.
One of the first things to surprise me is how much I love Schroeder. He wasn’t one of my favorite characters before, I mostly remember the jokes about Lucy flirting with him and him not caring. But I love the rage he has as a baby, flying into fits when the Philistines around him just don’t appreciate art as much as he does. I identify with this very much. Haha. And as Schroeder’s love of classical music was a projection of Schulz’s own interests, it was obviously him poking fun at himself, as well.
And of course, Fantagraphic’s presentation of these books is just orgasmic. The subtle design details throughout the series, and how it’s set up for all 26 volumes to form one giant design on your shelf when you have them is amazing. Seth is a genius, of course. I just kind of stare at the books on the shelf and notice little things… The characters on the spines of the first 12 volumes are walking right to left, and then on volume 13 Charlie Brown is standing facing you, and the other half of the volumes have characters walking left to right, so the whole thing is symmetrical. Down to little details, too… Snoopy is on the spine of the sixth book from the front, Woodstock is on the sixth book from the back. Every little image across the twenty-six books is thought out like that. It’s pretty incredible.
Finally saw Cafe Society… It’s not bad, but it’s not great. Some parts I really liked, but it felt like it didn’t quite get to whatever it was going for. I like Jesse Eisenberg, but I feel like he was the weak link. It felt like he was going out of his way to make his character a complete creep, which might have been interesting, but it’s not the character for the movie he was in, and it makes the story around him make less sense, and the ending not quite have the melancholy it was going for. It sort of reminds me of what he did in BvS, where he played a pretty good version of the Riddler, but unfortunately did it in a movie where he was cast as Lex Luthor.
Either way, I can finally bring this up to date:
-The Purple Rose of Cairo
-Husbands and Wives
-Crimes and Misdemeanors
-Hannah and Her Sisters
-Midnight in Paris
-Sweet and Lowdown
-Bullets Over Broadway
-Vicky Christina Barcelona
-Magic in the Moonlight
-Small Time Crooks
-Everyone Says I Love You
-You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
-Manhattan Murder Mystery
-Melinda and Melinda
-Shadows and Fog
-Broadway Danny Rose
-A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy
-Love and Death
-Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex
-New York Stories segment
-To Rome with Love
-Take the Money and Run
-The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
-What’s Up, Tiger Lily
-Crisis in Six Scenes