Why you really want a Peanuts calendar…

Usually, I don’t pay that much attention to Peanuts calendars, but someone on the alt.comics.peanuts newsgroup pointed out something that explained why I should be paying attention this year. The Peanuts Day-by-Day Calendar for 2007. Each day of the calendar reprints the strip from the same date in 1990…. which is good news for the Peanuts buff, because 1990 has gone under-reprinted in books. As of Derrick Bang’s count for the Peanuts Collectors Club’s book in 2000, more than half of the strips did not appear in any book. Some have appeared in various books since then, but if you want them all in order (although with the short version of the Sunday strip), then you may want this for your collection.

You can get it here… but in this case, you might want to stop by your local bookstore first. They’re likely blowing out all of their 2007 calendars for half off, so it will be cheaper there.

Now shipping: It’s Your First Crush, Charlie Brown, a 96-page collection of strips focused on The Little Red-Haired Girl. A nice little book for Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure that a collection of unrequited love strips is actually a good romantic gift, mind you, but for those of us who like to reflect on all that might have been, there’s some sweet stuff in here.

New releases
“Mad Libs” now sounds like the title of a Fox News commentary show

Digging through the pile of detritus that accumulates around my workspace, I just found an unopened Amazon envelope that had been there for a while. Inside? A copy of¬†Snoopy Mad Libs, the second Peanuts volume for this classic word game, where someone lists specific sorts of words and a friend …

New releases
Review: Lucy: Speak Out!

As I’ve said before, the folks at Andrews McMeel Publishing produce a series of good solid basic strip reprint books for kids. Hitting stores tomorrow (and available for preorder now, naturally) is Lucy: Speak Out!, the 12th volume in this series. While AMP started with sequential strip reprints, by this …

New releases
Lucy, the book

Catching up on recent purchases, we have¬†Lucy, a hardcover collection of Lucy-centric stories from the Boom! comic books – so if you have all the comic books, or all the trade paperback collections thereof, then you have all this stuff. But it is a collection with a lot of good …