Here comes 2007

As I sit here, the clock is clicking down the last few hours of 2006. So what does 2007 have to offer the Charles Schulz book fan? Well, there’s the usual themed Peanuts collections, probably some more gift books, and so forth. Amidst all these common boks, there are four books coming up that I think are in the gotta-have-it realm for the serious fan.

  • The Complete Peanuts Volume 7: 1963-1964. According to Derrick Bang’s count of unpublished Peanuts strips in the Peanuts Collector Club’s 1999 book 50 Years of Happiness, this has 160 dailies and 3 Sundays that had not been collected into earlier books (although some may have shown up in other books over the last few years.)
  • The Complete Peanuts Volume 8: 1965-1966, which offers us 120 unreprinted (as of Bang’s list) dailies and 11 Sundays.
  • Schulz: A Biography should be the richest, fullest, deepest biography of the man.
  • Schulz’s Youth – and here, I have to admit I’m biased. I’m publishing this one, shelling out the bucks and doing the layout. This is a collection of Schulz’s cartoons for Warner Press in the ’50s and ’60s, mostly single-panel pieces about teenagers. Hundreds of cartoons, some never in a book before, and most of the ones which were in books are in ones that have been out of print for decades. Some fun stuff. I hope I can be forgiven for considering this a worthwhile addition to folks collections.

But no matter what Schulz books you get this year (or even if you get none, perish the thought!) may it be filled with joy, peace, comfort, and chocolate chip cookies.

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 …