Back to the beginning of Franklin

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
Peanuts and American Culture

Coming next May is the book Peanuts and American Culture,.Looking at Peanuts  in the context of it’s “Cold War roots, this collection of new essays explores existentialism, the reshaping of the nuclear family, the Civil Rights Movement, 1960s counterculture, feminism, psychiatry and fear of the bomb. Chapters focus on the …

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Sparky & Spike

Now here’s an odd and potentially delightful one – a children’s storybook based on the early life of Schulz and his dog. Sparky & Spike: Charles Schulz and the Wildest, Smartest Dog Ever is scheduled to come out on my birthday next year (and, of course, preorderable now at the link.) …

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I almost need my security blanket

I coulda swore that I saw this book listed earlier, but then the listing disappeared, and I wondered if it was all an illusion. But it’s back now! Coming next August is a collection from the Boom! Peanuts comics, this one focused on the middle Van Pelt child, Linus! No details …