Reworking Peanuts from right to left


IMG_0771I knew the package that arrived today was going to make me very happy, but I wasn’t prepared for just how happy it would. The extreme happiness wasn’t just because it was Peanuts coloring books in Arabic, a language that previously didn’t have any place in the Reference Library. And it wasn’t just because one of these Arabic coloring books from a quarter century back had eluded me at auction years ago, a fact that had eaten away at me for years. And it wasn’t just because this was clearly unlicensed, non-Schulz Peanuts, which inherently lends to weirdness.

And it isn’t because of this title page, with its Easter imagery that would not be fully understood even in some highly Christian countries, much less most places where Arabic is spoken:




And it isn’t seeing non-Roman lettering spill out of the characters mouths:


And it isn’t characters redesigned to the point of unrecognizability (this appears to be Sally):

IMG_0777And it wasn’t even Lucy and Schroeder on a Vespa:


No, the picture that brought me to the absolute apex of my happiness was…

…wait for it…

…this one:


I’m sure you understand.

Thanks to Caren for getting these to me. She’s got a lot of other interesting items for sale over at – check it out!


On-air interview

I was interviewed by Ken Gale for WBAI’s Hour Of The Wolf (which is actually two hours, wolves must be bad at telling time) last night. We did touch on Schulz, although largely it was a wider-ranging talk on my publishing efforts. You can find it in the WBAI Radio Archives (but …

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The AAUGH Blog Podcast episode 03: Franklin’s real life mother – The AAUGH Blog

The new episode of the podcast, an interview with Harriet Glickman (the woman whose suggestion caused Schulz to add Franklin to the Peanuts cast) is up at: The AAUGH Blog Podcast episode 03: Franklin’s real life mother  (I apologize for those of you seeing two notices of this new episode, …