Today’s free books


I promised you that one of my three-free-books-per-day-for-three-days efforts today would be Peanuts-adjacent, and here you go: free today is Happiness is a Rat Fink and Unhappiness is a Dirty Dog, a tw0-in-one reprint of Happiness is a Warm Puppy parodies from 1963. These two books, both by the same publisher (Kanrom) both take that Warm Puppy format and apply it to an adult, male point of view, with cartoon nudity and a very Playboy-era sensibility. I briefly had this book available in print, but wasn’t happy with the reproduction quality – but the PDF looks just fine (although it is in black-and-white, where the original publications used that colored paper look.) 7 MB PDF.

And if you think of Peanuts as strip from the 1950s where kids speak like adults, I’ve got an interesting parallel – Small World, a 1950s strip by Sam Brier which can be viewed either as kids pretending to be adults or adults being depicted as children. There was only one collection of this strip… and if you want it, it’s yours! 26 MB PDF.

And finally today we have XVI Short Stories, a collections of comic book stories by The Jam creator Bernie Mireault. 56 MB PDF.

Tomorrow, three more free books… including one with a tiny bit of genuine Schulz! Spread the word to your friends!

another free Peanuts e-book

You can get a free PDF e-book copy of the full-color strip collection Snoopy: Party Animal just for signing up for the AMP Kids (that’s the publisher) newsletter, courtesy of the publisher and the Schulz Museum! Go here.

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Misspelled Schulz!

The piece that I wrote for Hogan’s Alley showing Schulz’s name misspelled in various publications is now available for your free online perusal! Hogan’s Alley is a fun magazine of history and insight on the comics arts. Published about once a year, I’ve been writing for it, well, longer than …

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A free Peanuts book to go grab

The fine folks at the currently closed Charles M. Schulz Museum have up a nice page with a few resources for those of you with kids – some at-home learning tools, a couple of activities. And in the midst of this they have Snoopy’s Daily Dozen, which was a collection of …