Mo Willems: Charles Schulz "Sparky" Nib
And I see you have an Altoids tin.
Yes. This is Sparky's nib. Years after Charles Schulz, who was known as Sparky, had passed, I became friends with Jeannie, his widow, and I visited the Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa and I got sort of a pretty cool backstage tour where I got to see a lot of his strips and a lot of his unfinished strips. And then they gave me one of his nibs. Now, the nib is the tiny little piece of metal that you put on to basically a pencil holder and you dip in to draw. And I brought it home, and I dipped it in the ink, and I started to make a drawing and the ink just splattered. I felt like I was the pen pal in "Charlie Brown." Like this pen was so difficult to figure out. So I struggled and I struggled until I finally felt that I had a handle on it. And I illustrated one of my books, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, with Sparky's nib. Little piece of metal, probably doesn't mean anything to anybody else. But it's a culmination of almost all of my childhood professional dreams.
The nib from the pen is fantastic. I would see that go probably, to a "Peanuts" collector, $500 to $1,000, maybe, to add it to one of their strips...
Maybe frame it up and put it together. And the key to that is the provenance that it came right from Jeannie Schulz.
Every time I dipped this pen in the ink, I was thinking about Sparky and my journey.
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