A Charlie Brown Christmas trading card kinda

Last year, Topps put out a set of Americana trading cards, cataloging particularly American moments. Card 91 pays tribute to A Charlie Brown Christmas. Well, sort of.

The card has no image from the Christmas special; I suspect it was less a creative preference and more a rights issue (while various Peanuts trading card sets have been offered over the years, I don’t think Topps has ever been the publisher to do so.) Instead it has a photograph of Schulz, which is all well and good if you know that, but it never explains that it’s Schulz, and certainly not everyone will recognize him. The back has a slightly grammatically challenged two-sentence explanation of the special and its impact.

New releases
Be Kind, Be Brave, Be You beview… er, review

On the market as of last week is Be Kind, Be Brave, Be You, a board book which is made up of three upbeat-positivity-type poems by Elizabeth Dennis Barton, with Peanuts illustrations by Scott Jerald. I actually found this one reasonably charming – I could see reading this to my kids …

New releases
Peanuts for the Soul – review

The hardcover strip collection Peanuts for the Soul is published in the UK, but there are copies available in the US (although Amazon is for some reason listing the title as The Comfort of Blankets.) This is an undersized hardcover collecting the more philosophical strips, with each strip (whether a full …

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Review: The Comics of Charles Schulz

Hey, folks – I’m doing pretty much the same review both here in the blog and on the podcast, although I’ll be winging it a bit in the audio recording. So choose which medium you prefer. Someone once told me that a certain person of import on the Peanuts world …