Coming in July is Keep Calm and Do the Snoopy Dance, a 160 page hardcover of quotes about dancing and life, with Snoopy cartoons. Available for preorder, of course!
Until a few minutes ago, I was unaware of this recording. Apparently, in response to the Royal Guardsmen’s hit “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron”, a UK act called The Delicatessen released what looks to be their only single, a response song called “The Red Baron’s Revenge”. I do not know the details of this minor release, don’t know if Snoopy gets mentioned or alluded to. The B side, “The Dog Fight”, is apparently an instrumental with airplane noises.
I wish there was some legal download of this; I’d love to hear what was done.
As I’ve discussed before, it’s tough to make a good Peanuts prose book, because the humor of the strip is so grounded in the visuals and the rhythm they create. And the humor is so internal. Well, I’ve found a book that does the best job yet of making it work. It’s Your Year, Charlie Brown takes the smart move of being Charlie Brown’s journal for a year. That means that the whole thing has a point of view, and isn’t just a narration of events. The story bits are all taken from stories from the strip, with some attempt to play them into a larger narrative. There are black and white images on most pages, taken from the strip. Anyway, big points to Sally Morgan, who wrote this thing.
This is a British book published by Scholastic, but with no US edition yet in sight. But you can get it fairly quieckly, with free shipping and a discounted price, from BookDepository. As it happens, Scholastic is following this up with issuing a Charlie Brown journal, presumably just like the one Charlie Brown used to write this.
Two upcoming books that had been listed on Amazon have mysteriously disappeared. The pages for Peanuts Movie OGN and Peanuts Off Model are now Amazon’s no-such-thing-exists, what-you-talkin-about-Willis pages. However, Simon & Schuster, who distribute these books to the book trade for Boom!, still have pages for them. I have no idea what, if anything, this means.
Hitting comic book stores tomorrow is issue 23 of the Peanuts comic book series from Kaboom!, featuring stories by Vicki Scott, Donna Almandrala, and the power team of Jeff Dyer and Robert Pope (whose story is shown in full below.) And while I’m covering Peanuts comic book news, Comic Book Resources has an interview with Paige Braddock and Vicki Scott about February’s issue 25, which will be an extra-long issue featuring a single story rather than the usual series of shorter tales.