Acid Heroes

August 13, 2012

My interview with Charles Schulz

Charles SchulzI’ve met some  big-time cartoonists in my day.  I’m talking BIG, big-time cartoonists.  But some of the biggest stars can turn out to be some of the biggest assholes.  I’ll give you just one such example.  Charles Schulz.   He was a total prick.  Yes, that’s right, Charles M. Schulz himself.  Good ole’ Sparky.  He was a right bloody bastard.  I actually met the dude back in 1983.  I got his personal home address from a friend of a friend.   So I figured I’d drop in uninvited and interview him for a fan-zine I was thinking of putting out.  Ya know?  Two fellow cartoonists; a meeting-of-the-minds kind of thing.  Well, Schulz answered the door himself.  But he didn’t seem pleased to see me.”CHUCK!  CHUCK!” I said.   “I’m one of your BIGGEST fans!”  I wrapped my arm around his shoulder and gave him a big, manly hug.  “I used to read your comic strip every day when I was a kid. Charlie Brown and Snoopy and all that!”

This seemed to temporarily placate him.  But then I said:   “So what are you doing nowadays, Chuck?  Are you still working on that comic strip of yours?  That Peanuts thing?”

His whole demeanor towards me changed after that.  In fact, he acted like he wanted to kill me.  He said something about how he had to get back to work; some bullshit about a pressing deadline or something like that.  Ya know?  Like he’s such a big hot-shot he doesn’t have any time to spend with his fans —  the ones who made him who he is!

I asked him if he would autograph this cocktail napkin I brought with me.  “Make it out to my girlfriend,” I said, “and draw a cartoon of Charlie Bown kicking Lucy in the butt, with Snoopy and the Red Baron flying around in the background.”  He complied.   Grudgingly.

But the cheap fountain pen he was using bled the ink all over the napkin.  I was giving Schulz some good tips for how he could improve his drawing ability when he went completely berzerk.  With no provocation on my part, he suddenly lunged at me and kneed me hard in the groin area.  Twice.  I crumpled to the floor.  Then he grabbed me by the collar  —  this is Charles “Mr. Nice Guy” Schulz.  “The Gospel According to Peanuts” Schulz.   Good ole’ Sparky  —  he grabbed me by the collar and slapped me hard in the face, twice.  When I looked up from the floor, Schulz was standing directly over me with a big two-by-four, ready to finish me off.   “NO SPARKY NO!” I cried.  I deftly side-stepped his attack and responded with a manuever that I call the Ace Backwords Karate Chop of Doom; a good solid chop to the back of Schulz’s neck.  He went down like a sack of shit.  I maced him in the face for good measure.  That temporarily subdued him.

But as I was making my exit amidst a cloud of mace,  Charles Schulz tearfully spat out those words that would cut me like an X-acto knife.  “YOU BASTARD!” he hissed. “YOUR COMIC STRIP WILL NEVER BE NATIONALLY SYNDICATED!  YOUR CARTOONS WILL NEVER APPEAR ON HALLMARK GREETING CARDS AND HOSTESS TWINKEES!  YOU ARE NOTHING!  I AM CHARLES M. SCHULZ!”

I punched him in the head and knocked him unconscious.  For an old guy, he really wasn’t all that tough.  But the worst thing of all was, in the ensuing melee I ended up losing that stupid doodle he drew for me. I bet that thing would be worth a lot of money today if I sold it on ebay.

So don’t let nobody tell you different.  Charles Schulz was a total asshole.

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6 Comments »

  1. lmao…that’s punk as f*ck!
    ( ;
    write on,
    Space Hippie

    Comment by spacehippie — August 13, 2012 @ 11:55 pm | Reply

  2. Hey, Ace. I was just rereading your Acid Heroes book and wondering what was up with you, so I’m glad to see you’re still kicking around the internet, bitching about punks and hippies, eating Whoppers at Occupy protests, etc. I can only hope that Mike Hunter will find your blog and drop by for some protracted debates about HIV and mass immigration, helpfully illustrating his major points with well-chosen Tom Tomorrow strips.

    I don’t understand your concern about Mitt Romney’s neck. Although I hope to go through life without ever voting Republican, I have to admit that Mitt would be the most handsome President in US history. Just imagine how sexy the White House would be if he was elected with Sarah Palin as his running mate.

    –Jack

    Comment by Jack — August 14, 2012 @ 5:36 pm | Reply

    • Yeah those were fun times at the mighty tcj.com message board. Now I mostly just gas off on this Beatles message board (www.abbeyrd.proboards.com) them Beatles fans can be just as bitchy as the comics fanboys, ha ha. Still keep in touch with Danny Hellman a little, and a couple others, but the rest of them — like good ole Mike Hunter — have pretty much disappeared from my screen. Got a real nice letter from R. Crumb last month. He jumped on board re the HIV/AIDS hoax around 2009, so he was greatly impressed when I sent him a cartoon I had done on the subject (that nailed it!) way back in 1992. Of course I rubbed it in to Crumb that I had submitted the cartoon to WEIRDO back then only to have it rejected. I’ve always gotta get in the last word, I guess. Its a sickness with me. Hope all is well on your end. You still on Facebook? I couldn’t get through to your page. P.S. You can look up where all the websites rank — from 1 to 30 million — on this site. https://acidheroes.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/were-number-11656895/ . I rank around 9 million and am worth $700. tcj.com ranks about 250,000 and is worth something like $100, 000 so they’re doing all right.

      Comment by Ace Backwords — August 24, 2012 @ 9:46 pm | Reply

  3. Wow, are you shittin me?! I had no idea. Very disturbing, but funny as hell. I heard he was really an asshole. Just like Walt Disney. Pricks! Both of em.

    Comment by Mary — August 16, 2012 @ 10:25 pm | Reply

    • I don’t wanna blow the punchline to my blog, but in truth Charles Schulz couldn’t have been more gracious. He invited me to his studio in 1983, granted me a 3 hour interview. Couldn’t have been a cooler dude. I didn’t have to resort to macing him even once.

      Comment by Ace Backwords — August 21, 2012 @ 10:13 pm | Reply

  4. anybody who would invent a total bitch like lucy must be a real prick

    Comment by obadiahorthodox — August 23, 2012 @ 5:50 pm | Reply


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