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Grrrreat Pumpkin, the really extended edition

The new DVD edition of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown comes out in September. And yes, it does include a second animated special It’s Magic, Charlie Brown (which means that this time they’re not keeping with the same paired-special packaging as the previous version, which had You’re Not Elected, …

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Some of you may remember my finding a couple odd Peanuts books at Costco, hardbacks each collecting three of the Ballantine Books collections from the final few years of the strip. I hadn’t seen them anywhere else (nor even at Costco again), but now I’ve found a source for those …

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The last word (give or take 30,000) on the Schulz biography

This month’s issue of The Comics Journal focuses on the debate over the biography Schulz and Peanuts, including a 30,000+ word rebuttal from Schulz’s son Monte, plus commentary from a roundtable of Peanuts experts. I haven’t seen it yet, and in some ways, I’m a bit reluctant to; the debate …

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Classic finds

Peanuts presented by a parakeet?

My latest Peanuts purchases hail from Mexico, as so many things (and folks) around here in Southern California do’ First off we have Felicidad Es Un Perrito Calientito, a Spanish language adaptation of Happiness is a Warm Puppy. They keep the full colored-paper format of the 1962 original… but to …

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Schulz/Peanuts news

Charlie Brown on the radio

NPR did a nice piece on Charlie Brown as a character this weekend, talking to For Better Or Worse‘s Lynn Johnston, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown‘s Anthony Rapp, and Judith Viorst, author of many books including Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, a book that …

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Upcoming releases

This year’s Complete Peanuts boxed set

The boxed set of The Complete Peanuts 1967-1970 has been announced for September… which is interesting, because the second volume in that set, 1969-1970, isn’t supposed to ship on its own until October. Between that and the reports (which I’ve not yet confirmed) that the boxed set will include the …

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The intro writer for the next Complete Peanuts

Mo Willems will provide the introduction for The Complete Peanuts volume 10. Now, I suspect that while a few of you will smile at that, others are going “who”? Mo is a former Sesame Street writer who has become a leading children’s book creator. He is the creator of the …

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Charlie Brown clears the air

You may have seen every Charlie Brown animation that has ever been on TV, but even that would leave you missing some special-purpose cartoons. One example of this is the pollution-themed short created for the American Lung Association, “Charlie Brown Clears the Air” Now, I enjoy a good Peanuts animation, …

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New releases

Things to look for in Complete Peanuts 1967-1968

I’m back from Texas, where (in addition to a fun signing) I had time to read through the latest Complete Peanuts volume. There is a lot of interesting stuff there, of course. Such as: Which member of the cast is on the payroll of the Central Intelligence Agency? Which kid’s …

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Discounts

Peanutsudoku and more

Looking over the latest Peanuts books on hand: The biggest note is that the first printing of The Complete Peanuts volume 9 has a flaw; on page 53, they run the May 1st, 1967 strip twice, leaving out May 3rd. This will be fixed with the second printing, and volume …

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