Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts (Hardcover)

By Chip Kidd, Geoff Spear (Photographer), Jeff Kinney (Introduction by)
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Charles M. Schulz (1922 2000) believed that the key to cartooning was to take out the extraneous details and leave in only what's necessary. For 50 years, from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000, Schulz wrote and illustrated "Peanuts," the single most popular and influential comic strip in the world. In all, 17,897 strips were published, making it arguably the longest story ever told by one human being, according to Robert Thompson, professor of popular culture at Syracuse University. For "Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts," renowned designer Chip Kidd was granted unprecedented access to the extraordinary archives of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California. Reproducing the best of the "Peanuts "newspaper strip, all shot from the original art by award-winning photographer Geoff Spear, "Only What's Necessary "also features exclusive, rare, and unpublished original art and developmental work much of which has never been seen before.

About the Author


Chip Kidd is a designer/writer in New York City. His book cover designs for Alfred A. Knopf, where he has worked nonstop since 1986, have helped create a revolution in the art of American book packaging. He is the recipient of the National Design Award for Communications, as well as the Use of Photography in Design award from the International Center of Photography. Kidd has published two novels, "The Cheese Monkeys" and "The Learners", and is also the author of "Batman: Death By Design" and the coauthor and designer of "True Prep", the sequel to the beloved "Official Preppy Handbook". His 2012 TED Talk has been viewed 1.2 million times and is cited as one of the funniest of the year. He is most recently the author of the bestselling GO: A Kidd s Guide To Graphic Design".

Alex Ross has produced more than 1,500 pages of comics material in less than fourteen years-an extraordinary body of work that has earned him every major award in the industry.
Ross was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1970 and eventually settled in Chicago where he attended the American Academy of Art. Among his best-known books are: Marvels, Kingdom Come, Uncle Sam, Earth X, Superman: Peace on Earth, Batman: War on Crime, and JLA: Liberty and Justice.
Chip Kidd is the author and designer of Batman Collected and Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz. His book jacket designs for Alfred A. Knopf helped break new ground in the field, from the late 1980s to the present. The Cheese Monkeys, Kidd's first novel, published in 2001, was a "New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
Geoff Spear has photographed for numerous publications, including "Vogue, "Entertainment Weekly, "GQ, "Newsweek, and the "New York Times. His images have also appeared in national ad campaigns for AT&T, American Express, Citibank, and IBM. His photographs for Batman Collected were chosen for the American Photography annual of the best of 1996.

Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and four-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time magazine s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in southern Massachusetts, where he is opening a bookstore.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419716393
ISBN-10: 1419716395
Publisher: Abrams Comicarts
Publication Date: October 20th, 2015
Pages: 304
Language: English