Nun cartoons

This is a non-Peanuts post, but I’ve been working on a project which has some overlap in interest, so I thought I’d bring it up.

A little while ago, I posted a 1950s cartoon with a nun teaching some native Americans, one of whom was dressed akin to Charlie Brown, and you might have wondered what I was working on. It was a publishing project that came to a head this past weekend when I released seven books filled with nuns cartoons from the 1950s, all by the cartoonists for the Catholic magazineĀ Extension. One book, Two Little Nuns, is by Bill O’Malley (who would go on to do three other books of nun cartoons for other publishers, after leavingĀ Extension – and if you got my Great Golf Gags book, you’ve seen some of this other work), while the other six are the work of Navy veteran and Chicago fireman Joe Lane. Five of the Lane books (More Little Nuns, Our Little Nuns, Nuns So Lovable, Vale of Dears, and Yes, Sister! No, Sister!) The final book, Nun Funnies!, collects most of the Lane cartoons from those five books plus some other ones. (When Lane did cartoons about nuns on mission in Africa or among the Native Americans, he did some depictions that would rightly be understood today as racially insensitive. I left those out of the bigger collection – so if you’re looking for the full history of such things, get the little books, but if you’re looking for pure entertainment, go for Nun Funnies!, which has more cartoons than all of the five other books combined, but costs less than two of them.)

New releases
New Hallmark boardish books

I received the Hallmark Christmas catalog mailer the other day, and while there were new books in there, and Peanuts items, there were no new Peanuts books. But I try to be not so concerned, because I recall that being the case in the past, and they still ended up …

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A little harder to find this Look And Find

The PI Kids line exists, I assume, solely to frustrate and befuddle me. They have out, apparently, what is announced on Amazon as Peanuts – Best Friends Look and Find Book and Cuddly Snoopy Plush. Only You cannot expect to get it through Amazon. Amazon says it will take months …

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The Sneaky Little Beagle

The big store chain called Hallmark has got another book I went on the web to try to have a look! The site said “a sale! But exceptions do apply!” And books were an exception, so li’l Nat did cry. That’s right, Hallmark is in the midst of a sale …