Artists of Sonoma



Sonoma Art Directory

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animation and film

Charles M. Schulz
artist, cartoonist

Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000) was the American cartoonist that created Peanuts, the comic strip, and the cartoon characters Charlie Brown, Snoopy and their friends — a comic strip beloved by millions that spun into books and television specials, like A Charlie Brown ChristmasPeanuts ran in American newspapers from 1950 to 2000. Schulz was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Schulz loved drawing and sometimes drew his family dog, Spike, who ate unusual things, such as pins and tacks. Spike was the inspiration for the cartoon dog Snoopy. Peanuts made its first appearance on October 2, 1950, in seven newspapers. The weekly Sunday-page debuted on January 6, 1952.  Peanuts eventually became one of the most popular and influential comic strips of all time. At its height, Peanuts was published daily in 2,600 papers in 75 countries, in 21 languages.

Schulz had been a resident of Sonoma County since 1958. The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa opened on August 17, 2002, two blocks away from his former studio, celebrating his life’s work and art of cartooning.

Books by Charles Schulz, and biographies include:

preview of books on Charles Schulz, The Many Faces of Snoopy, The Complete Peanuts, etc.

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John Alan Lasseter
animator, film director, screenwriter, and producer

John Alan Lasseter is an American animator, film director, screenwriter, producer and the chief creative officer for Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and DisneyToon Studios. He is also currently the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering. He has won two Academy Awards for the Animated Short Film, Tin Toy, as well as a Special Achievement Award for the movie, Toy Story.

Movies & Animation directed by John Lasseter include:

Books about John Lasseter and Pixar Animation Studios include:



Jonna Ramey
sculptor, filmmaker and performance artist

Jonna Ramey is a stone sculptor, filmmaker, writer and performance artist of Northern California and Salt Lake City, Utah.