Certain things just go together. Nutella and banana. Ryan Gosling and feminism. Morrissey and Charlie Brown? You better believe it. Lauren LoPrete, an Oakland designer (and full disclosure: a friend of mine), shot to internet fame this week with her brilliant blog, This Charming Charlie, which pairs Smiths lyrics with Peanuts characters. I caught up with Lauren to talk about her inspiration for the blog, how it feels to be tweeted by Aziz Ansari and Snoopy, and which instant internet celebrity she enjoys most.
KQED Pop: Pairing The Smiths with Charlie Brown is one of those so genius, yet so simple ideas, like Post-Its and sporks. How did the idea come to you?
Lauren LoPrete: I have been looking at a lot of old punk posters lately and I came across this great old Smiths gig poster with Charlie Brown on it asking, "why? why? why? why?" It stuck in my head and during a Smiths listening binge, it just came together.
This Charming Charlie has been featured on Slate, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Gawker, and everywhere else in the past few days. What’s the weirdest bit of internet fame you’ve experienced since this blew up?
I have a huge blogger/designer crush on Anna Dorfman from Door Sixteen. She was one of the "first responders" on Twitter and it made my day when she emailed me saying the Tumblr made her smile. Aziz Ansari tweeting about the Tumblr made me feel all kinds of strange, nervous emotions. Snoopy giving me a "beagle hug" via Twitter made me feel pretty smitten too.