I have loved Snoopy for as long as I can remember. Much to my embarrassment my father used to get the Daily Mail each day, I would look at the newspaper just for the football scores and the comic strips: Peanuts and Fred Basset.
I tried drawing my own comic strip once Betty Zapat and Yorrick, I drew 127 episodes in total but my drawing wasn’t great and it never went anywhere. Now, I have lost most of those drawings. Today, I just draw Snoopys for fun and sometimes in class to amuse my students.
Schulz said of Snoopy’s character in a 1997 interview: “He has to retreat into his fanciful world in order to survive. Otherwise, he leads kind of a dull, miserable life. I don’t envy dogs the lives they have to live.”
Snoopy has a rich fantasy life with several personae: a World War 1 Flying Ace, Joe Cool, a psychiatrist etc… he is loyal to his owner Charlie Brown (even though he cannot even remember his name and always refers to him as “The Round-Headed Kid”).
I rarely attempt to draw the other characters in the strip (apart from Woodstock).