Ever since Charles Schulz died, the "Peanuts" cartoon has been smaller in the paper. What is the reason for this? Is it symbolic?
The strips are smaller because they are reruns from 1974, when "Peanuts" and other cartoons were offered in a different format. Because the standard format for newspaper strips has changed, "Peanuts" now runs smaller to avoid distortion of its characters in the space allowed for modern comics.
"Peanuts" started getting taller about 1975. It was shorter for many years before that to help newspapers save space.