I’m a few months late on this – discovered it while doing a related websearch - but the New York Times reports the death of Bill Adler, at 84. Mr Adler was the author of best-selling books (and plenty of other books, thanks to his rate of peppering the market with material; I remember quite enjoying his Kids’ Letters From Camp in my younger days.) Relevant to the Schulz fan, he was the compiler of Dear President Johnson, a book of children’s letters to the White House, for which Schulz provided about 30 illustrations.
In case you’re not already regretting not going to Comic-Con enough, there’s one more Peanuts exclusive being offered. A variant cover of issue 19 of the Kaboom! Peanuts comic book, which has a story on Snoopy’s search for his sister Belle is offered, copying the style of the “first appearance” alternate covers that Kaboom! offered on earlier issues. Limited to 500 copies, this one will run you $10 at the Boom! Studios booth. But just to reassure you, I checked the IDW exclusives, and they are not listing some Comic-Con-exclusive alternate cover for the Peanuts Artist’s Edition, something they actually have done with some earlier Artist’s Editions released around this time of year. (I’m glad not to be spending $100 or so to get a second copy of an Artist’s Edition just to keep the collection complete… and then having to lug that door all around Comic-Con for the rest of the day!)
My aged Mac just started refusing to boot up, so forgive me if this cut-and-paste job on my iPad doesn’t look smooth…
Snoopy, his sister Belle, and other Sibling relationships in Peanuts
Though he himself was an only child, Charles Schulz recognized the potential for drama and humor inherent in sibling relationships, which are among the most influential and enduring associations in our lives. Over the years Peanuts portrayed many familial antics, including bossy older sisters, embarrassment caused by a brother’s inept kite-flying or chronic blanket toting, and the petty bickering that can be a staple of brother-sister interactions. However, Schulz’s comic siblings were also capable of tenderhearted softness-help with homework, sage advice, comfort, and understanding. Kelly Osbourne (E!’s Fashion Police), Corry Kanzenberg (curator at The Charles M. Schulz Museum), Lisa Shirai (director of international licensing, Peanuts Worldwide), and Monte Schulz (son of Charles Schulz) discuss the many sibling relationships present in Charles M. Schulz’s classic Peanuts strip with a special focus on Snoopy’s siblings: Spike, Olaf, Andy, Marbles, and, of course, his sister Belle, the breakout fashion darling. Damian Hollbrook (TV Guide) will moderate the discussion and Q&A session.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:30am – 11:30am
AAUGH Blog reader Pat scored his second useful tip of the week by alerting me to something that’s going on at Starbucks outlets… something I never would’ve discovered myself, because coffee ain’t my cuppa tea. Starbucks gives away some piece of culture each week, and this week it’s the new Charlie Brown’s All-Stars! app for Apple devices (iPhone, iPod, iPad, iPoodle, whatever). This is one of those interactive ebooks that Loud Crow Interactive has been putting out, with little animations, interactions, for the young readers it reads the book out loud to you (narrated by Stephen Shea, who in his youth was the voice of Linus) and you can select individual words to reread — lots of nice touches. This one adapts a special that I think gets too overlooked; it was produced early on, when the recognized classics were being produced, but because it isn’t tied to a holiday, it hasn’t aired as often and thus doesn’t have the public recognition. Overall, the app is an amusing thing to go through once, if perhaps not as delightful in impact as the Loud Crow A Charlie Brown Christmas, and it’s certainly something you can hand the kidlets in the house to keep them distracted for a while. If you go into a Starbucks, you don’t need to disturb the barrista for this; they usually have a little stand with the cards you need to get the free app somewhere you’re likely to see them after you’ve placed an order. When I grabbed it, it was in a little display next to the napkins and stirrers. And if you don’t have a Starbucks nearby, the app can be purchased for $3.99.
The Comic-Con schedule for Friday just went up, and they listed the one panel I’m slated to be on. Room 18 might be a little hard to find (it’s usually used for retailer meetings rather than mainstream convention panels), but I’ll be glad to see you there, two weeks from today!