Franklin

Fine figures

I don’t collect Peanuts action figures. I have accumulated a few over the years, but I make a point that the only thing I actually collect is Peanuts books; that is a sufficiently large and expensive hobby on its own. Which is not to say that I cannot appreciate the fact …

Classic finds

Peanuts anatomy is weird

I have become fascinated by this Italian book cover for, well, every design decision, from the mis-centered face to the “C. M. Schulz” to the decision to color the collar as if it is skin. What, does Charlie Brown have gills?

Animated Peanuts

Peanuts specials back on broadcast TV

As seen in this article in Variety, Apple is pulling off a brilliant public relations move by allowing broadcast airings this year of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas… on PBS! That’s a great no-commercial-interruptions place to air these beloved works. Thankgiving will be broadcast this Sunday, and Christmas comes …

music

Chartin’ Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown is high on the Billboard charts this week. No, I’m not kidding. And really, it’s no surprise that Vince Guaraldi’s soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas pops up regularly on Billboard’s top 200 albums at this time of year. At the moment, it’s at #84. The highest it’s ever …

General

Even completer

If you try to buy ebook versions of The Complete Peanuts, you’ll discover something interesting – there’s 32 volumes, instead of the 26 of the hardcover ones. What’s up? Well, instead of just counting The Complete Peanuts volumes in their digital book total, Amazon is considering all of the Peanuts books that Fantagraphics …

New releases

There’s always a hidden Christmas

While we already have an excellent new book adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas, well, there’s almost always another new edition lurking somewhere. This time, it was hidden at Kohl’s – whom I usually check for Peanuts books about this time of year, but with less going out these days, I …

Discounts

The Eternal Questions

Some holidays have questions attached. For example, the seder, the traditional meal ceremony that begins the Jewish holiday of Passover, features a quarter of questions built around the theme of “why is this night different from all other nights?” Valentine’s Day has “Do you love me?” April Fool’s Day has …

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This Year’s Stocking Stuffer

With my publisher hat on, I’ve been reprinting Schulz’s other newspaper feature, It’s Only a Game, in various forms for years. At this point, you can still get the big book with the complete run of the series in color. A few years back, I introduced Bridge Mix, a smaller black-and-white book aimed …

General

Snoopy Supreme

When Joe Biden is inaugurated into the presidency on January 20 of next year, he will become the first U.S. president to have been mentioned in Peanuts before his presidency (in the May 24, 1993 strip.) Perhaps he will be the one to nominate Snoopy to the Supreme Court!

Franklin

Yes, I’m talking about the Franklin radio drama again

  Yes, I’m talking about the Franklin radio drama yet again. I realize that I spoke sloppily last time when I said that I could not vouch for the accuracy of the conversations that took place. That’s acting as if they were supposed to be accurate.   This radio piece …