Peanuts by the numbers

My focus is, and always will be, on Peanuts as a work of art. I draw interest and amusement from how that work of art is presented commercially.

But it’s also a matter of business, and not a small business at that. So images like this one being distributed by the new purchaser of much of the Peanuts rights is an interesting reminder of that other end of things… the end that in many ways makes the ongoing presentation of the art possible, but seems so removed from the heart of it. I flinch a bit when 2/3s of the images shown are from the recent Peanuts movie, rather than things drawn by Schulz (and I say that with much respect for the careful effort the moviemakers did indeed put it.)

But none of this gets in the way of the fact that the strip continues to be available to be read, and that interesting things inspired from it continue to be produced.

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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 …

New releases
Review: The Comics of Charles Schulz

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