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The great cartoonist Charles M. Schulz has announced his retirement, and commentators—including the President of the United States—are lining up to pay tribute to the man and his remarkable work. Computer columnist Andy Ihnatko wrote a tribute to Schulz before the retirement was announced.

Schulz is 77 years old. He was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. When he retires, so does Peanuts, the newspaper comic strip Schulz has written and drawn for nearly fifty years.