The previously-mentioned Peanuts Off-Model book is now being listed as Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz. Folks doing their own takes on Schulz’s characters include the very Peanuts-influenced Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons), Raina Telgemeier (I’ve been reading some of her best-selling YA graphic novels lately, like Smile and Drama), and Jeffrey Brown (who has been doing some fun kids takes on Star Wars). Amazon is not listing this yet; I’ll give you a link when they do.
I finally received the originally-supposed-to-come-in-January Peanuts Quilted Celebrations, a book with CD-ROM of vital files for quilting your own Peanuts materials. It has instructions for 10 different items (with an eleventh on the disk), mostly holiday items with a somewhat odd distribution (two items for St. Patty’s Day, only one for Christmas… well, the author’s name is “Kathleen Shea”, so perhaps a little more interest than average in the Irish celebration is understandable!)
The items are attractive. Working in this fixed medium, they don’t really capture Schulz’s line weight… which is probably why my favorite item in the group is the one done as a silhouette, a placemat for Halloween.
I’m not a quilter. My dear mother was, but I never tried to learn from her, so I cannot judge the quality of the instructions here. Still, it looks like this 96-page full-color paperback is a good item for those who have overlapping interest in Peanuts and quilting, and I suspect there’s at least a couple of you in my audience!
The two upcoming Peanuts books aimed at those learning English – Snoopy and Friends and The Ice-Skating Competition – have disappeared from Amazon, but are still preorderable via a British sources (such as the links given above), which are listing a British publication location. As such, these may have to be ordered from overseas. Well, unless you live over there, in which case, it’s local. Each also has an edition that comes with a CD for a few bucks more.
Just to confuse matters more, there’s a board book also titled Snoopy and Friends (Amazon is currently only listing the ebook edition) that is slated to come out.
The folks who do Peanuts comic books generally don’t just do Peanuts comic books. For example, Paige Braddock, who not only works on the comics but is Creative Director over at the Schulz studio, has a new for-kids graphic novel Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue, in which nature’s creatures stand up against land developers. (Have developers ever been the good guy in any story? According to fiction, all they do is destroy quaint little towns, beloved monuments, endangered nesting grounds, and Native American burial sites.) I haven’t grabbed up my copy yet, but it’s getting some good notices… and given how I like Paige’s online comic strip “Jane’s World”, that doesn’t particularly surprise.
I know a number of folks who have worked on the Peanuts comic book read this blog. Feel free to send me any announcements on new projects; I don’t guarantee to include them all, but there may be some audience here.
And speaking of such things – Scott Jeralds is illustrating the upcoming new book adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas. I knew Scott and I had at times been doing comics fork for the same publisher, but I didn’t think we’d ever quite worked together… but the other day I was looking at a couple issue of The Flintstones that I had stories in, and while he wasn’t the artist who drew the stories, he did draw the covers based on my tales!