"This Charming Charlie" Combines Peanuts Comics with Morrissey Lyrics, And It's Bleak Perfection — PHOTOS
Super sad music phenoms The Smiths' frontman Morrissey and Charles Schulz's cartoon wunderkind (and totally wise) Charlie Brown have been smooshed together in the form of a genius Tumblr. Behold, This Charming Charlie. Graphic designer Lauren LoPrete joined the somber Smiths' lyricisms with the Peanuts gang's shenanigans in perfect morose harmony.
TCC is essentially the Tumblr incarnation of how we all feel every Monday, blending bummer prose with stark black lines and wistful characters. It sees Charlie Brown standing alone in a field, muttering British pop gospel like, "Love is just a miserable lie." Another vignette features Charlie whispering in Lucy's ear a solo Morrissey song title, "If you don't like me, don't look at me", which, ya know, #preach.
It's true that although Schulz's infamous Peanuts is likely one of the most popular comic strips in existence, it was never actually funny. It valued more of an emo honesty over hearty LOLs. Seriously, it's kinda crazy this union didn't happen before. We're not the only ones stoked by the birth of LoPrete's TCC. According to a Morrissey zine, Moz himself approves. It says: "Morrissey is delighted and flattered by the Peanuts comic strip with its use of Morrissey-Smiths lyrics, and he hopes that the strips remain." Same here.
I never realized before just how precisely the Peanuts gang embody Manchester-bred good grief. Consider Lucy's bluntness, Linus's snobbery, and Charlie Brown's omnipresent dark cloud following him around. Schulz pretty much drew various dimensions of Morrissey's persona in the form of iconic children. This Charming Charlie was basically written in the stars.