Complete Peanuts 5 now shipping

Forgive me for falling behind folks – I’ve had my advance copy of TheComplete Peanuts 5 cover Complete Peanuts volume 5: 1959-1960 for a while now, but life has not allowed me the time to read and review it. Not that it should need much review; this is Peanuts really heading into what many folks feel is its definitive and best period. Sally gets born, Linus does amazing things, Snoopy (still walking on all fours for the most part) boxes with a glove on his nose. I am partway through reading the introduction, and it isn’t really an “introduction by Whoopi Goldberg” as the cover trumpets. Rather, it’s an interview with Whoopi, on the subject of Schulz and Peanuts. She’s clearly a big fan, but there is something a little odd about reading someone being interviewed about having interviewed someone else (Goldberg interviewed Schulz for a talk show she had for a while. I find if you say “Whoopi talked to Sparky” out loud, it’s hard to sound like an adult.)

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For those of you who have been buying the boxed sets, yes, there will be a boxed set of volumes 5 and 6.

Upcoming releases
What What Cartooning Really Is really looks like

The intended cover image for What Cartooning Really Is, Fantagraphics upcoming collection of interviews with Schulz, has been updated. It is no longer going to look like this: It is now slated to look like this: By the way, if you ordered this book from Amazon and received a cancellation …

Here comes the parade!

Finally available for pre-order isĀ The Complete History of Peanuts on Parade: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz: Volume One: The St. Paul Years. This is, in addition to being a book with three colons in its title, a photo-heavy history of the projects where various artists customized Peanuts statues and …

Upcoming releases
Happiness is a Warm _______

  Coming out next May (on May 4th, actually, which is Star Wars Day – a fact that is utterly irrelevant in this context) isĀ Happiness Is Having a Friend, which is, we are told, a Peanuts “fill-in book”. What precisely is that? It’s a book that you’re not meant to …