Famed University of Tennessee alumna and former UT Daily Beacon contributor Paige Braddock will sit for a virtual Q & A session held by UT’s Pride Center on November 2, 2021. As a bit of a preview Paige recently answered some questions from current Daily Beacon Editor-in-Chief Sarah Rainey.
Who are you, and what is your current profession?
My name is Paige Braddock, and I am the Chief Creative Officer for Charles M. Schulz’s studio in northern California (Snoopy and Charlie Brown). The studio oversees the licensed products and animation based on the “Peanuts” comic strip.
When did you attend UT Knoxville, and how long were you at the Beacon? What position did you hold while you were here?
I was at UT from 1981 to 1985 where I earned a degree in Fine Art with a focus in illustration. I was at the Beacon during my entire time at UT. “Sadie” was a daily comic that I created for the Beacon’s comics page.
What has been the most impactful or inspiring moment in your professional career?
Getting the chance to work with one of my cartoonist heroes, Charles M. Schulz. After working in journalism for 12 years, I moved to California to work with Schulz. The studio was a very inspiring place to work, and I think the quality of my comic work improved because of his influence and encouragement.