Review: Blessings from Peanuts

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While Hallmark has seen fit not to grant us another book adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas this year (sniff), they have issued another new book for the reason-for-the-season crowd. Blessings from Peanuts: Thoughts on Faith to Make You Smile is a hardcover gift book which collects a number of Bible and religion-themed strips from over the years. The book has a good, muted visual design with some minimalist coloring. The strips are interspersed with pages of Bible citations. Strip selection runs the gamut from those that are really pitching the religious angle to those that are merely being silly in a religious context. At $12.95 for 27 daily strips (each laid out across two pages), it’s not exactly a bargain if you’re looking to initiate someone into Peanuts, but if you have someone on your gift list who would probably like this, you’d probably be right.

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Collecting Peanuts books is educational

It wasn’t until today, when I finally get a book that I’ve been wanting for over a decade, the one missing book in my set of traced-and-translated-into-Polish Peanuts strips published in the mid-1980s, that I was aware of this historic fact: Communist-era Poland, while bereft of many things, did in …

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Review: Sparky & Spike

The new book Sparky & Spike: Charles Schulz and the Wildest, Smartest Dog Ever seems to be on the cusp of transitioning Schulz’s cultural image from artist to icon – not the first leaning in that direction, but perhaps the most blatant. It tells the tale of a boy who is …

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The Moist Menace

While I’ve covered various Happiness is a Warm Puppy parodies in the past, and while I have a number of programs from Reuben Award ceremonies held by the National Cartoonist Society, I haven’t seen the 1963 program, which is where Carol Tilley (U of Illinois professor who focuses on comics …