Kimihiko Tsukuda, the Japanese Charlie Brown, passes

The Mainichi Daily News reports that Kimihiko Tsukuda, the creator of the longest-running serialized comic strip in Japanese newspapers, has passed away at the age of 80. His comic strip Honobono-kun, dubbed the “Japanese Charlie Brown,” first appeared in newspapers in 1956 and ran through 2007 after Kimihiko fell ill.