Classic finds

Is Small World the first stab at Peanuts 2?

Peanuts is almost certainly the most influential humor strip in the history of the medium, but from time to time it has been more than an artistic influence on a creative mind; there have been strips that have pretty clearly tried to be The Next Peanuts, although they’ve had different …

Animated Peanuts

Peanuts in (other) popular culture

Just noticed in an ad for next week’s new film Tower Heist, and noticed the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Snoopy balloon popping into one scene; I wonder if they do anything good with him, or whether it’s just one of a number of balloons that pass. (The film has a …

New releases

The Peanuts comic book – a review

I just got a review PDF of the new Peanuts issue 0, which should hit better comic shops on Wednesday. The cover announces New Stories, which is not the more common announcement of All-New Stories, and that difference is there for a reason, as you’ll see. The contents are: “Carnival …


The way the money falls

That silly annual dead-celebrities-with-the-highest-income list came out this week, and yes, they listed Sparky Schulz again, but to me that list is largely a potent mixture of dubious accuracy and none-of-my-business. But it does set me thinking about how creativity gets rewarded, or doesn’t. Schulz and his family, yes, no …

Animated Peanuts

On the distribution of rocks, and justice

I suppose I should wave a SPOILER WARNING for anyone who has not seen It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which I would estimate to be 0% of my readers. If somehow you have not seen that TV special, do One of the most beloved things in this fine special, …

Animated Peanuts

It’s the IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN night tonight

For those of you in the USA, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown airs tonight at 8 (in most time zones) on ABC, followed by the abridged version of You’re Not Elected, Tim Pawlenty.


Schulz’s Youth by the case

I’m trying to clear some warehouse space, so… if anyone could use a lot of copies of Schulz’s Youth, the collection of the single panel cartoons that Schulz did for church publications, have I got a deal for you! For $120 (that’s $80 + $40 for shipping), you’ll get 38 …

New releases

Not that Charlie Brown times 2

There’s a section of the reference library dedicated to books that have the name Charlie Brown in the title but are not referring to that Charlie Brown. It’s a very small section, with only two or three books in it. And lately, there’s been a category of AAUGH Blog …

Now shipping

Blanketing the world

Here’s a Peanuts-related book I’d not noticed before: Working for Peanuts: The Project Linus Story is the history of the Peanuts-inspired charity that provides security blankets to sick, traumatize, or otherwise in-need children. It’s written by Karen Loucks Rinedollar, founder of the group. If you want the book, click the …

New releases

It IS a book adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas

Remember when I said that the new book A Charlie Brown Christmas coming from Publications International was going to be a songbook and not an adaptation of the classic TV special? Well, I was half right, but half wrong as well — it’s a songbook and and adaptation! Oh frabjuous …