Here’s the cover to one of the 65th anniversary books, You’re Golden, Charlie Brown. He sure doesn’t look golden!
Well, the release of the new Peanuts movie, produced by Blue Sky Studios is still about a year away. And we’ll see a small amount of design art from it in The Art of Blue Sky Studios, which drops in two weeks. But if you head over to that book’s listing on Amazon now, and click the Look Inside link, and scroll down to just a couple of pages from the end where they reproduce pages 301-303 of the book, you’ll get what I think is most of it: one full two-page spread (shown as two separate pages), and about a quarter of a page-and-a-third image.
Coming in March is a revised, redesigned edition of the Peanuts quote book Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from Peanuts.
And having gotten that out of the way, and finding that this first blog post in days is quite short, I’m going to be horribly exploitive of this blog and promote two of my non-Peanuts-related projects that are now out.
- Jenny’s City is an original Nat Gertler creation, a comic book concept about a little girl who finds herself the only human left in a big city, and has adventures while exploring and surviving. The book is actually a comic book proposal, the sort of thing one might show prospective publishers; it includes two complete 10-page stories (art by the talented Tess Fowler), plus scripts for two more tales and basic plots for more. So for those few of you who have taken an interest in my writing, here some more!
- With my publisher hat on, I have the joy of reprinting a New York Times best-selling… coloring book?!? That’s right; JFK Coloring Book is a satirical political work that landed on the non-fiction best-seller list for 14 weeks in 1962. Presented as though it’s a coloring book written by four year old Caroline Kennedy (but actually written by publisher Alexander Roman, stand-up comedian Jackie Kannon, and Mad Magazine’s Paul Laikin), the coloring book is page after page of beautiful caricatures by Mort Drucker, who spent decades filling the pages of Mad Magazine. To make it more of a value, I’ve added in a guide to who the depicted people were… and then I added in a whole second book of Drucker political caricatures (Political Wind-ups, written by Roman, Kannon, and Rochelle Davis) and a guide to the people in that one as well. All for a mere $7.99 list price.
If you’re worrying about the kids being unable to sleep on Christmas Eve, perhaps the new CD Lullaby Renditions of A Charlie Brown Christmas from Baby Rockstar is the thing that you need. Head on over and check out the samples.
And if you’re planning a Christmas gift for an audiophile, how about a new orange vinyl pressing of Jazz Impressions of “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”, the original disk of Peanuts sound. That landed a few months ago.
Coming next month for Kindle users (and preorderable now) is The Psycho-economy of Charlie Brown: Strategies for a happier society. Well, actually, it’s La psicoeconomia di Charlie Brown: Strategie per una società più felice, because the darned thing is in Italian. And (courtesy of Google Translate), this is what it’s about:
Nobody wants to be stressed, inefficient and accounts in red. But often we are: as individuals and as a country. This is demonstrated by the recent crisis and the persistent difficulty of governments to make us “do the right thing” pollute less, pay taxes, go to the polls, drink in moderation … Why are we so hard to govern? Because it is assumed that we are economically rational beings. Too bad it does not, as revealed by numerous field experiments and images of the brain in action. In fact we are unsure as Charlie Brown, Lucy as egocentric, lazy like Snoopy. The way to change our behavior for the better is not subissarci of recommendations, rules and bureaucracy, but gently push in the right direction. How? He explains Matthew Motterlini in this book, full of case studies and experiments curious, which outlines a workable proposition in three easy steps. The first is to create an environment more eco-friendly and healthy choice: bills and contracts more transparent, thermostats smarter, healthier school lunches, more accessible. It is the revolution of the nudge, already adopted in the United States and in some European countries.
The second concerns the policy, which should abandon the measures dictated by improvisation and ideology to base it on the evidence of the data. The third depends on us, because the “rules of Charlie Brown” apply to all decisions every day.