Schulz died in February of 2000 with instructions that no new artists would ever be allowed to draw or create Peanuts comic strips, though new animated television specials, taken from stories previously crafted by Schulz in his comic strip, will continue to be produced.
We have lost several other cartoonists in the last year whose work I have admired:
- Joseph Barbara, the famed television animator, created and produced memorable shows like The Jetsons and The Flintstones.
- Doug Marlette, a political cartoonist who won the Pulitzer Prize, was widely known for the comic strip Kudzu.
- In April both Brant Parker, 86, and Johnny Hart, 76, died. Parker and Hart created the Wizard of ID and Hart alone was responsible for B.C.
- Iwao Takamoto, creator of Scooby Doo.
And in an unusual and controversial twist, Lisa Moore, a character in the daily comic strip Funky Winkerbean, who was married to perennial favorite Les Moore, died of breast cancer in October.