May 23rd, 2017

Snarky Candiru2

Outsider art for the masses: Lynn's second career.

As we all know, the Schulz family have both preserved their father's legacy as best they can AND made a packet of money off said legacy owing to their being fairly canny businessmen. Granted, Peanuts doesn't mean the same thing to the Monster High and My Little Pony generation that it did to us but the characters are still out there and will be for a long time to come. The reason that I mention this is that they have a helping hand that Katie Hadway did not: Sparky intended to fully retire and not insist on creative control for whatever time he had left.

What this translated to was, as I've mentioned before, her failing at creating toys and being a children's book author because she needed to impose her blinkered creative vision on the end product. This led to delays, missed opportunities and animosity between Lynn and her publishers. This is why Katie's having gotten firmer control is a good thing. Not only is a competent publisher going to do a proper job on the treasuries, indulging her mother's need to put her oddball vision of reality on everyday items keeps her distracted and happy.