You can see here my new favorite Peanuts book title, the German book BLEAH! We don’t have a copy in the reference library yet, alas.

What we have added to the reference library is the 1958 edition of Txweco, the yearbook of Texas Wesleyan College. Now, many student groups have used the Peanuts characters on their materials over the years, the folks at Txweco sought to do the right thing and get Schulz’s permission to use the characters. The letter granting permission is reprinted in the book.

Despite the cover drawing, which looks like most amateur attempts at the Peanuts characters, the interior use of Peanuts is all reprinting of Schulz strips. The various chapters of the Yearbook each open with the reprinting of a relevant Sunday strip in black and white, with the panels spaced out over two pages and the word “Peanuts” in the opening panel replaced by the title of the section. Other strips are integrated into the various sections – a tennis strip reprinted with the pictures of the school’s tennis players, for exam ple. A couple of character images are mixed in as pictures of the honor society students. All in all, it’s pretty good use of the material.

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According to Amazon, there is still time to order your gifts and getting them delivered in the US with free shipping before the onset of Christmas and Channukah (and isn’t that a real convenience for folks outside the US buying gifts for folks inside the US?) If you intend to get them delivered to your home and then reship them to recipients, though, I’d order today or be prepared to forego the free shipping.

Ach! Enough of this business. If I could deliver this nicely cool Southern California day to all of you via RSS, I would. Alas, I don’t know all the proper mark-up codes. But I hope you’re having a happy one, wherever you may be.

Classic finds
Snoopy books: Two new, one old.

Let’s see what’s come in recently. There’s Snoopy’s Happy Tales!, which collects five storybooks into a single hardcover volume. I’ve reviewed most of the stories before, so I’ll just put links to those reviews: A Best Friend for Snoopy Snoopy Takes Off! Woodstock’s First Flight! Snoopy Goes to School Shoot …

New releases
More on the Peanuts of Life

So I heard from the curator of the Schulz Museum, the one and only Benjamin L. Clark (oh, okay, those are common names, so there’s probably at least several Benjamin L. Clarks, but only one is the curator of the Schulz Museum. I assume.) He let me know that the …

New releases
Peanuts brought to Life

Life magazine regularly puts out specials on various topics, there to focus on (exploit) some popular topic — often the anniversary of some favorite item. So I was surprised to see one on Peanuts at a local grocery this week. There is no big anniversary being celebrated. Sure, we’re getting …