Coming in September is Be Joyful, another book in the Peanuts Wisdom To Carry You Through series. And with that, we are now up to eight books and one box set coming out in September. Goodness only knows what next year will look like, with the added weight of the movie tie-ins and anything being done for A Charlie Brown Christmas‘s 50th Anniversary added to the mix!
Coming in September is Peanuts: a Scanimation Book.
Okay, so what’s “scanimation”? Actually, it’s pretty cool. These books are slightly mechanical (as, say, a pop-up book is). When you turn a page, a clear sheet with bars printed on it is pulled across a graphic below it, causing some animation. Oh, it’s hard to describe, but it is nifty. However, like with a pop-up book, these pages are thick and you only get a handful of these images in a book. They’ve released a bunch a number of these, including licensed Star Wars and Wizard Of Oz books.
I’ve preordered mine already.
All Sally wanted was to return to school and continue where she left off. Nobody told her that every single year she would have to break in a whole new set of teachers! How can she progress her education when every year is a new starting point?! Sally won’t take it, and given her conviction, she may just convince the gang that this fresh beginning needs an old start.
Hey, that story’s one of mine! The issue ships in May. You’re more likely to be able to get it if you let your comic book retailer know now that you want it.
Peanuts buffs are likely aware of Creative Associates, which is the Charles Schulz studio operation that generates material and approves licensed goods. I’ve only just now for the first time heard about Creative Associates International., an unrelated global services organization that has sometimes been accused of being a CIA front.
So let me make this perfectly clear: Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates is not the CIA. The CIA is a rather snoopy organization, while Creative Associates is, rather, a Snoopy organization.
Coming in October is Peanuts Volume 4, the fourth collection of the Kaboom! Peanuts comic book. This will cover issues 9 through 12, which means that it will have three stories written by Yours Truly. It’s preorderable now, of course.