found at the Comic-Con

This time last week was about halfway through the famed San Diego Comic-Con. Time was when this was quite a good place to find comic book magazines with Peanuts, but as the focus of the event has switched to the new (in comics, TV, and movies) and away from the fuller range of comics history, those back issues have been harder to find. And it never was a good place for finding the sort of obscure strip collection that I’d need for the library.

Schulz bio preview coverBut that’s not to say that there wasn’t things for the Peanuts fans this year. The official Peanuts booth had limited-edition shirts once again. And for one looking carefully, there were a couple of interesting items. First up comes from the HarperCollins booth, a 16-page preview booklet for Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography, the major new biography coming in October from author David Michaelis. I’m not going to give you a review based on this preview — but that’s because my review of the whole book (from uncorrected proofs) is almost complete and should be posted soon.

Weapon Brown coverAnd around the small press booths, I found Weapon Brown, Jason Yungbluth’s parodical reimagining of the Peanuts characters as adults in a post-apocalyptic world. I’d heard about this when it was being serialized in the anthology Deep Fried, but this collection (with a few new pages) was the first time I’d seen it. I didn’t find it actually funny; it was more what I consider a “goof”, a creative exercise in combining the Peanuts gang with the tropes of doomsday movies, and on that level it’s a creative and attentive exercise. But not being actually funny nor actually serving the adventure needs, 48 pages of it seems a mite much. But hey, at least it’s not just the Peanuts-characters-using-dirty-words-in-standard-layout that we’ve seen so many times. This is available from the cartoonist’s website.

New releases
Where Eagles Dare To Edit

Eagle-eyed AAUGH Blog reader David noted that for this year’s Peanuts desk calendar, they’re reformatting the 1971 strips into narrower panels… and that’s not the only change. Check the last few words – where the original January 16, 1971 strip had said “just walk around”, in now says “just walkS …

New releases
REVIEW: Peanuts mini comic books

The new series of Peanuts mini comic books issued by The Charles Schulz Museum are some of the more expensive Peanuts books ever issued. After all, for a normal Peanuts book, you just have to walk over to the bookstore and give them money, but for these supposedly “free” mini …

New releases
From the “my views are reality, your views are bias” pile

The new, brief Schulz biography Charles Schulz: an Account for the Young and the Casually Curious, is a self-published, print-on-demand effort with a stated mission. Author Matt Trimble says that other biographies “are often laced with the author’s own interpretations and biases. Therefore, I have attempted to compile a brief, …