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Upcoming releases

One of the interesting things to watch in the way Peanuts is being handled these days is a greater emphasis on Franklin – for a long time, he was basically absent on products, but now he’s regularly included in figurines and the various gewgaws. This was blatant during the promotion of The Peanuts Movie a couple of years ago, and there were clear business reasons for it – African Americans are a significant portion of the US movie audience, and representation does have an impact. But even if there are business reasons for it, it’s nice to see; it lets Peanuts reflect the somewhat-less-segregated world we’re living in without being untrue to the source material.

One example of the increased Franklinization is how, so soon after the release of the first physical Peanuts book to have Franklin in the title, they’ve already announced a second. Nice to Meet You, Franklin! is a storybook based on the introduction of Franklin into the strip, with his initial meeting Charlie Brown on the beach and his subsequent visit to the Browns’ neighborhood. This one drops in May.

 

Upcoming releases
Snoopy Super Boxer

Coming in October is… well, five strip collections that are already out, but now they’re together in a box. The Super Box of Snoopy includes the following books from the Peanuts Kids (previously AMP Kids) line of full-color strip reprints. Snoopy: Cowabunga! Snoopy: Contact! Snoopy: Party Animal Snoopy to the Rescue …

Upcoming releases
Peanuts Cross-Stitch cover

Here is the cover for the upcoming Peanuts Cross-Stitch book, slated to ship in August. The book description says that it has “more than 15 stitchable designs”; the cover tells you that the number is 16, which is indeed more than 15. So if you want to make Peanuts characters in …

Upcoming releases
Peanuts Munch Time Cook Book

Coming in October is either The Peanuts Munch Time Cook Book (if you believe the cover image) or The Peanuts Munchtime Cookbook (if you believe the Amazon text.) Spacing matters, folks! This is yet another entry in the grand history of Peanuts cookbooks, with recipes named after the characters… but …