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The challenge was

Create an original t-shirt design inspired by Peanuts.

Here comes good ol’ Charlie Brown!

Charlie Brown has been called many things. Wishy-washy. Blockhead… Well, at least two things. We’d like to suggest another term: Iconic. Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang have been making us laugh, think and feel all warm & fuzzy for decades, all thanks to one man, Charles M. Schulz. For 50 years, Charles “Sparky” Schulz was the sole creator of the Peanuts comic strip. He wrote it, drew it, inked it and lettered it. A one-man empire-building machine.

But now we are excited to announce that for the first time ever, artists like you (Yes! You!) can put your own spin on the timeless characters of Peanuts. Be inspired by a world of Flying Aces, Psychiatric Booths and Great Pumpkins. Create designs of wonder and whimsy that showcase your own talents while honoring the legacy of Charles M. Schulz.

This challenge has been a long time coming so take a chance, create something awesome and play ball before Lucy has the chance to pull it away.

For an extra dose of inspiration, check out this chat with Peanuts Creative Director Paige Braddock!

Keep in mind:

  • Get creative! Your imagination is the only limitation for this challenge. Try all-over prints, patterns, unexpected art styles. Think outside the box, and explore a totally new artistic territory! We’re looking for fresh and original designs and encourage you to let your ideas run wild.

  • You may not use Charles M. Schulz's artwork in your design.

  • No adult content (sex, drugs, alcohol, swearing, etc.) is allowed.

  • You may use any characters from Peanuts, but mashups, parodies, or references to any other characters are not allowed.
  • Challenge Details

    • 3 winners will each receive $5000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, and a prize pack of collectible and limited edition Peanuts swag

    • Winners will be chosen at the end of March, April, and May

    • Plus, anyone who is printed (including the grand prize winner) will receive a portion of profits for each tee sold. Read more...

    Designs From This Challenge



    Charles Schulz once described himself as "born to draw comic strips." A Minneapolis native, he was just two days old when an uncle nicknamed him "Sparky," after the horse Spark Plug from the "Barney Google" comic strip. Throughout his youth, he and his father shared a Sunday-morning ritual of reading the funnies. After serving in the army during World War II, Schulz got his first big break in 1947 when he sold a cartoon feature called "Li'l Folks" to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. In 1950, Schulz met with United Feature Syndicate, and on Oct. 2 of that year, "Peanuts," so named by the syndicate, debuted in seven newspapers. Schulz died in Santa Rosa, Calif., Feb. 12, 2000 – just hours before his last original strip was to appear in Sunday papers.