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Stephan Pastis Lampoons "Tell us about Sparky" podcast

This truly made me LOL. Stephan Pastis of "Pearls Before Swine" spoofs Lynn's "Tell us about Charles Schulz" clip with his own about "Lio" creator Mark Tatulli.

Edited to correct spelling (Schultz Schulz); I keep wanting there to be a "T" in there because I always hear one when the name is spoken.



Lynn's podcast:


Strumming guitar music; graphic = Charlie Brown sitting with April who is holding a box of cookies and saying, "Would you like one? ...They're home bought."

Text: "Tell us about Charles Schulz"

Lynn: I think for Charles Schulz, it was his best way of expressing himself. We all express ourselves heart and soul through the work we do, and no matter how bizarre or absurd or silly it is, there's still a tremendous amount of us that you see in what we do and the way we draw. And I think he needed each one of those characters to express himself wholly. I don't think he was... I don't think he expressed himself entirely when you interviewed him or even if you were his best friend. I think he was just much more comfortable saying what he felt through the characters, and a number of us are like that, and a number of us will work until we just physically can't work any longer, ever. And some of us say, "You know, I've done this, and I'm finished with it, and I'm ready to move on to something else." [During these last two sentences, this strip scrolls by on the screen.] Bill Watterson did that. And when I talked to him after he finished "Calvin and Hobbes," I said, "I really understand how you feel." Because he said, "I cannot take it any farther. I can't develop the characters outside of the child and the pets... and the toys. I can't... People are saying, 'Well, have a relationship with the parents doing this, and him with his, the-the.. mean kid down the street, or the little girl next door.'" But he said, "No, it was with the boy and the two animals, and I can't take it any farther, and it drives me crazy." So I can see where some of us have to let it go, and some of us need it to express ourselves, and some of us are just so happy with what we do that we'll never stop.

Charles Schulz phoned me up and he said, "I really like your work." And I said, "Who is this really?" And he said, "I do 'Peanuts.'" And I was so shocked. Anyways, we met at the Reuben Awards, which was the first comic-art sort of "Oscars" awards weekend I went to. And, uh, I was really thrilled to meet him and, uh, I had actually been nominated to receive the main prize. And he leaned over and said, "I voted for you." [Laughs] If you can't call that thrilling, I don't know what you can call wonderful. [Closing guitar-strum music; FBorFW logo]

Stephan Pastis:

Same kind of strummy-guitar music; graphic = rat wearing boxing gloves while facing the kid from the "Lio" strip (who has no boxing gloves)

Text: Tell Us About Mark Tatulli

Pastis: I remember one time Mark and I were sitting around, just shooting the shit, and I said to him, "Hey, I think I've got a really funny idea." And, um, I told it to him and he laughed, and then he said, "I've got one, too." And he told it to me. And I didn't laugh at his idea.

Graphic = a "Lio" strip with a "Back to School" sign in a store window, an Octopus grabbing a man (store clerk?), and strip caption "August - Trying to stop the inevitable!" Strummy guitar music accompanies graphic.

Pastis: The first time I met Mark? I remember. That was at the Reubens, in 1999. I was going up the elevator to my room and, uh, he was just coming in the little lobby area towards the elevator, and he said, "Hold that door, hold that door!" And, uh... I pressed the "close" button.

Graphic: A "Lio" comic accompanied by the strummy guitar music; the Lio kid launches into space onto a rocket and once he's up in space, he sees a "Buckle up! It's the law!" sign.

Pastis: What's Mark's legacy? Um... Well, I've seen him throw up on carpets.

Graphic: the afore-mentioned "back to school" strip with more guitar music.

Pastis: I saw him puke on the back of a woman.

Graphic: Another "Lio" strip + music

Pastis: What do other people think of Mark? I-I... I don't think they like him.

Graphic: the rocket-ship strip + music


Pastis: The first time I saw him, what did I think of him? I remember looking at him and saying, "What a little troll."

Graphic: Another "Lio" strip + music

Pastis: [turns his head, speaking to someone off-camera] Is that too mean to say?

Graphic: Back to the "Lio" strip just before + music

Pastis: I know Mark gets a lot of praise for "Lio," um, because it's hard to do a character that doesn't talk, but, um, you know, Mark didn't do it to be clever or creative. He did it because he didn't have anything to say.

Graphic: the rocket-ship strip + music

Pastis: I don't like him.

Text: Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis
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