When you look at the world through Peanuts-colored lenses


Some days, it seems that I cannot get far away from Peanuts, no matter what I’m doing. For example, at the moment I’m working on an article about some mid-1960s cartoon books about Jewish women who run brothels. Really, there’s more than one of these – at least six. It was a thing. And in doing so, I reference the 1964 movie that likely inspired them, A House is Not a Home, starring Shelley Winters in the adaptation of Jewish madam Polly Adler’s 1953 autobiography. And there in the cast list is Kaye Ballard… the comedienne who recorded an album of Peanuts humor in 1962. So then I look a little more into the book the film was based on, and it was originally published in 1953. By Rinehart & Co., the publishing company that at the time was in the midst of publishing the early Peanuts books.

All roads lead to Peanuts.

Peanuts sightings in Japan

I’m still recovering from the cold that I picked up in Japan (which luckily didn’t strike fully until I was  back), but here are a few stray things that I saw while there. A vending machine of Snoopy charms. (There were also similar “Gacha capsule” machines with three Snoopy figures.) …

Free Comic Book Day tomorrow

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow (Saturday, May 4, 2019) is Free Comic Book Day. At most comic shops in the US and Canada (and many elsewhere), you can walk in and get free comic books, no purchase needed. Some shops will give you just one or two, others will …

Plate Expectations

It was on a trip to Las Vegas where I first ran into parking ticketing machines that actually read your license plate as you drove in, and printed the license number on your ticket. Now, as you may recall, my license plate has a picture of Snoopy and the word …