Cartoon-loving N.S. family attracts attention with Peanuts lawn display
Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017 3:47PM ADT
A cartoon-loving family in Chester, N.S. is attracting a lot of attention with their memorable lawn display.
The McCarrons’ life-sized collection of handmade Peanuts cartoon characters continues to grow each year, as does the number of people who visit their home to get a glimpse of Charlie Brown and the gang.
“They stop their cars, they come back, they get out of their cars to take pictures, some people come down to ask to take pictures,” says Adam McCarron. “It’s been really fun to see the kids, and a lot of the kids really enjoy seeing it.”
The magic starts in McCarron’s workshop; he creates rough drawings on paper, transfers them onto wood, cuts out the shape, and adds a fresh coat of paint, bringing the characters to life.
McCarron says a passion for cartoons runs in his family; he can’t help but think of his father while he works in his shop.
“He became famous with his career, working for Marvel comics and DC comics, drawing Spider-Man and Hulk,” says McCarron of his father, Owen McCarron.
Despite being a legendary Canadian cartoonist, McCarron admits he didn’t always fully appreciate what his father was creating.
“It was Dad’s job. That’s how I looked at it as a kid. I didn’t really pay much attention to it then, as I do now,” he says. “You’d come home from school … he might have a puzzle made for one of his Marvel fun and games book, say, ‘Here, can you go do this word search for me and make sure you can find all the words?”
All of his father’s work was done freehand, without the help of a computer. Even if a piece of his work wasn’t signed, McCarron says he knows what to look for.
“I look back at it now, there’s a lot of comics and his name is not published on it. I can tell by looking at his artwork whether it was his or not, and somewhere in that comic will be a signature, it would be so small,” says McCarron. “A lot of times he wasn’t supposed to put a signature in because it was for a certain company, but he always snuck it in somewhere so you could see it.”
Owen McCarron will soon add a new credit to his lengthy career; before his death, he was quietly working on a special project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. The special edition will be released in December.
“It’s going to be exciting to see something again so his legacy keeps going on.”
With files from CTV Atlantic's Marie Adsett