No, ’cause Kaws

Classic finds

I’m not a fan of the work of conceptual artist Kaws (real name: Brian Donnelly.) I can see where taking someone else’s character and replacing the eyes with Xs may make some statement in some context once or twice, but as a style for a lifetime, no… and when I see a Kaws-traced Simpsons album cover selling for eight figures (while the artist of the cover – a pal of mine – gets $0), I question the general usefulness to the culture.

Apparently, a few years ago Kaws did some Peanuts-oriented work, some of which ended up on Uniqlo products. And there’s a 2016 book of that material, KAWS: Man’s Best Friend. It’s there for any of you who want to spend a couple hundred book on Kaws material, but I think I will allow this hole to remain in my collection.

Kaws book cover - altered PigPen image

Classic finds
Schulz’s Public Spirit No. 1

In January 1962, newspapers began running this Charles Schulz piece promoting… newspapers! Yes, newspapers were very special, and newspapers wanted you to know that. Some papers ran it in full color in the Sunday funnies, others ran it in just black-and-white line art or in greyscale in the main sections. …

Animated Peanuts
Review: Nest Friends & When Snoopy Met Woodstock

Newly released are two children’s storybooks in the Ready*To*Read line: Nest Friends and When Snoopy Met Woodstock. Both of these are adaptations of stories from The Snoopy Show, the currently running original animated series on the Apple TV+ streaming service. Rather than commissioning new art, the adaptation just has Ximena Hastings adapting …

New releases
Review: Snoopy Says “Good Night”

  Hallmark has dipped its toe into the Peanuts cloth book market with Snoopy Says “Good Night”, an edge-of-your-seat thriller in which Snoopy says good night to Charlie Brown, Sally, Linus, Lucy, and (SPOILER WARNING) you. And they really pump up that last one, because on the left of the spread …