Dark Hall Mansion has delivered some fantastic, officially licensed prints for the iconic TV special, “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” Nicolas Delort, Tom Whalen, Michael De Pippo and Dave Perillo have all collaborated with Dark Hall Mansion to pay tribute to the 1966 Charles Schulz classic. Today we get a look at all new offerings with the first one being a collaboration between Tim Doyle and Ridge Rooms and the second being from Australian artist Florey.
Dark Hall Mansion is thrilled to reveal its officially licensed annual Peanuts “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” limited edition print release, with a very special twist for 2015, via two completely different takes on Charles M. Schulz’s 1966 holiday classic. DHM is proud to welcome a collaboration between artists, Tim Doyle & Ridge Rooms, as well as artist, Florey, all interpreting the Peanuts masterpiece that takes us each back to our childhoods and signals the holidays are indeed upon us!
Dark Hall Mansion, under license from Peanuts Worldwide, will release Tim Doyle & Ridge Room’s beautiful, quiet meditative piece that invites us to sit with Charlie as he considers events that transpired just a short while earlier on one most memorable trick or treat Halloween outing. Beautifully composed with Charlie’s cut-up ghost costume lying at his feet, along with a most undeserved bag of rocks, we join Charlie as he reflects on the evening, his tender yet unflinching expression not so much one of sadness as reflection at what life tosses our way, his pensive look underscoring his resilience and his spirit’s refusal to break.
That faithfulness in something greater further brought home to the viewer courtesy of one charmingly snuggled Linus, ‘Great Pumpkin’ sign close by. Tim’s work is well known, and we trust some fans will recognize Ridge’s name as she worked right at the corporate Peanuts office in NY, her work so respected that she was called upon to design the Peanuts’ ‘Google Doodle’ for Thanksgiving one year. Their screen print will of course be offered via one exclusive printing only with a Standard edition, a moody Variant edition with silver metallic ink highlights, and a small select run of just 25 Halloween glow-in-the-dark editions.
As a surprise, and serving as a lively counterpoint to Tim & Ridge’s piece is Australian artist Florey’s celebratory print that, for the first time, showcases the Peanuts Halloween party scene as principal imagery.
With brights colors and Florey’s distinctive style we see the gang at their happiest, candy and costumes strewn about, a classic Schulz Lucy-Snoopy moment captured, and, to counter those ‘rocks,’ a most joyous Charlie Brown, all ringing in the night together while one dedicated little boy (and a soon to be demanding ‘restitution’ little girl!) wait diligently for the arrival of the beloved ‘Great Pumpkin’ to their patch.
All editions measure 18″ x 24″ with Tim Doyle & Ridge Room’s editions being screen printed and Florey’s editions giclee printed. Tim will be personally signing the print from him and Ridge.
“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” limited edition prints go on sale THIS THURSDAY, October 22nd on Dark Hall Mansion’s dedicated store at 9:30 AM PST.
Thank you all for your gracious continued support of Dark Hall Mansion’s projects, we’re honored and humbled that our annual “Great Pumpkin” releases have become a cherished part of your holiday traditions and grateful to you all. From everyone at the Mansion, we wish you all a most spooky, safe and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!
BLURPPY – How did this collaboration between you two come about?
TIM – DHM contacted me about doing a print for Great Pumpkin, and my schedule this Fall is just INSANE, but I definitely didn’t want this opportunity to slip by. So, I called up my friend, Ridge here, because I knew she was intimately familiar with the property, and she hopped on board to work with me on a concept and provide the initial sketch and drawing that I did my ink finishing and color on top of. I’ve been wanting to work with Ridge on a piece for a while now, as she’s KIND OF awesome all around. This was just a perfect fit.
RIDGE – Tim and I chat about artwork and stuff all the time and one day he asked if I was interested in collabing on this print with him. I was pretty honored as he’s higher up the food chain than I am and I’m a huge fan of his UnReal Estate series especially.
BLURPPY – Ridge, you have a background with Peanuts. Can you tell us a bit about that and what it was like to be working with the property again?
RIDGE – It was a nice epilogue to the three years I spent designing there. Although I’d gotten to do a ton of really cool projects at Peanuts, I had never been assigned any holiday graphics collections, so it was really fun to finally do some Halloween! Although I did get the opportunity to design the Thanksgiving ’09 Google Doodle which was such a thrill. They chose the simplest of the concepts I submitted, but it was still really exciting to see it up there.
BLURPPY – What were the challenges in depicting such an iconic show from pop culture history?
TIM – For me the challenges were low, because Ridge did the heavy lifting on the concept! I just wanted to make sure we worked in the Pumpkin patch in a way that hadn’t been done before and Ridge ran with it!
RIDGE – I approached it as I did any assignment at Peanuts: I’d ask myself “What Would Sparky Do?” Usually I’d read through years of comic strips (I’ve been through all 50 years several times) but this time I watched the special a few times then thought about how to bring Schulz’s spirit through in Tim’s style. I’ve always loved the moody after-hours vibe of Tim’s pop culture locations, so we talked about the idea of showing the gang after the excitement has settled down. I especially like how Tim’s final linework reminds me of Schulz’s strips from the ’50s – there was so much detail in the outdoor scenes, especially the Sunday strips.
BLURPPY – What are your first memories of this show? Did working on this project take you down memory lane?
TIM – I definitely remember watching the Charlie Brown specials every holiday season on CBS on our old school TV in Dallas in the early 80’s. It really was quite an event, back then. There was something to be said about EVERYONE tuning in to the same station at the same time.
RIDGE – I was obsessed with the Peanuts specials when I was a kid. I’ve said for decades that my absolute favorite warm-fuzzy feeling came from that “Special” logo that used to swirl around on CBS trumpeting the arrival of a Peanuts cartoon. Nowadays you can watch anything you want at any time – and I of course own all of the Peanuts specials on DVD – but there was something incredible about it coming on one night a year with every kid (and many adults!) out there watching.
BLURPPY – If you could pull Charlie Brown aside in this print, what advice would you give him?
TIM – “Chin up, Kid! One day, you’ll grow out of all this, move to a new town, and become an unintelligible adult like everyone else! Good grief.”
RIDGE – I actually don’t think Charlie needs anyone’s advice. I’ve always felt he had life sussed out just the way it works for him. As much of a downer that he can be, he’s equally as optimistic. Hence why he keeps running for the football, why he camps out at the mailbox waiting for valentines he’s never gonna get, and why he goes trick-or-treating despite the fact that he probably gets rocks every year. He’s complicated and that’s why he’s my favorite literary character. By next year, he will have forgotten the rocks and be back out there with his trick-or-treat bag again.
HUGE thanks to Tim and Ridge for taking the time out of their hectic schedules to speak with us and give insight to this project. “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” limited edition prints go on sale THIS THURSDAY, October 22nd on Dark Hall Mansion’s dedicated store at 9:30 AM PST.