There’s a lot more reaction appearing online to David Michaelis’ new book Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography. In the Wall Street Journal, Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson gives the book a positive review, saying that Michaelis has written a “a perceptive and compelling account of Schulz’s life” that “finally introduces Charles Schulz to us all.”
Editor & Publisher has an excellent piece highlighting many of the revelations in the book and the family’s objections to them.
Charles Schulz’s son, Monte, who we’ve already pointed out isn’t pleased with the book, posted a comment on our previous Cartoon Brew post further detailing his objections. Here’s his comment in full:
“The point of objection to this biography of my father is how much is simply untruthful, and deliberately so. There are many factual errors throughout the book; there are people who are give authority to speak about our family who have no insight to do so; and there are so many elements of my fatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s life that David deliberately left out of the book, that it really is impossible for anyone outside of our family, or DadÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s circle of friends, to come to any genuine conclusions. I can tell you absolutely that he was not a depressed, melancholy person, nor was he unaffectionate and absent as a parent. Honestly, the quote IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve really wanted to give the press, after reading both the early of the manuscript and the final book, is this: Ã¢â‚¬Å“The book is stupid, and David Michaelis is an idiot.Ã¢â‚¬? That said, I had a six year on-going conversation with him about this book, and like David quite a lot. But I was shocked to see the book that emerged, because it veered so drastically away from what he told us he intended to write. Which is why weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been so militant in our response. Incidentally, the material David edited out of the book is even more outrageous. The fact is, after reading the book, I decided IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d learned more about David Michaelis than I did about my dad. I found that interesting.”
UPDATE: A new in-depth comment from Charles Schulz’s son, Monte Schulz, as well as his sisters Amy and Jill, can be found in the comments below.