According to supposed-to-be-secret documents grabbed up by the Washington Post, the US Postal Service has a Peanuts stamp in development for 2015. That year has, I feel, a little extra clue to the likely content. Yes, it’s the year that the movie comes out (and the post office has seemed happy in recent years to do things in conjunction with a major release), but perhaps more important for this effort: it’s the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
The good news about current first-class envelope stamps is that they are “forever” stamps, that you can buy them now and still use them to mail an envelope years from now. Those of you who bought a lot of the 34 cent Snoopy stamp in 2001 may recall what a pain it was when the price of first class postage went up to 37 cents the next year. Then again, if it is a Christmas stamp, you may feel foolish using it in July.
By the way, those of you who want a sheet of the old Snoopy stamp should know that one can get a better deal than this Amazon listing which describes them as “George Schulz at his best”. Good ol’ George!
We’ve got the first look at four upcoming covers (the first three Little Patriot books – those are the ones with the very modeled Tom Brannon look, provided by Tom Brannon – and one AMP! For Kids strip collection.) Click on them for the books themselves, all available for preorder.
I just got my author’s copies of issue 16 of the Peanuts comic book, published by Kaboom! My contribution is a mere three pager, but I am quite happy with what Robert Pope did with the art (and Lisa Moore’s colors are quite kickin’!) This should be landing in your friendly local comic book store next Wednesday. (And it looks like they finished their run of “first appearance” alternate covers with issue 12, which should make life a little simpler on all the completists out there.)
Okay, you regular readers know that my interest is Peanuts books, foreign as well as domestic. And you know that my madness is book editions of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Up until now, the “foreign” part of my interest had not collided with the madness. As far as I could tell, there had been no non-English book adaptations of that TV special… not surprising, perhaps, because as beloved as Peanuts is in other lands, that special reflects a very American sense of Christmas.
Then today, I found this listing. on the Japanese branch of Amazon. It’s a 2011 translation of the 2010 pop-up edition, which makes sense; it’s of interest not because it’s the Christmas special, but because it’s a pop-up. Unfortunately, because I discovered it years after it was printed, it is now out of print. Now, I ordered from Amazon Japan long in the past, but their high international shipping price discouraged me from placing other orders since, despite some interesting books… but for this, I would’ve ordered a copy. As a used book, however, it is only available through Amazon’s third-party sellers… and apparently, they don’t ship overseas. So now, I either have to hire a reshipper, or find some other route for ordering a book whose title I can’t type.
Now I’ve got to figure out whether my maniacal guide to book versions of A Charlie Brown Christmas should include foreign ones. (Sadly, the answer is probably “yes”.)