Things have been a little quiet on the Kaboom! comic book front of late, but coming in November is a one-shot comic Peanuts: The Snoopy Special. “Follow Snoopy, the World Famous Sergeant-Major of the Foreign Legion, on the mission of a lifetime to save his dear brother Spike, encountering adventure at every which corner of the neighborhood—from Lucy’s Psychiatric Booth to Schroeder’s piano.” The cover price is $4.99, and there is a standard and an alternative cover. Your local comic book store will be placing their orders next month, so let them know now!
When the money train is rolling, everyone tries to get their piece of the pie. Or maybe some different mixed metaphor is called for, but it’s a truth. One example of that is a Kindle article that popped up recently, An Unauthorized Preview of The Peanuts Movie: The 2015 Film based on Charles M. Schulz’s Comic Strip about Charlie Brown. Now, I’ve not reviewed this particular piece (it’s $2.99 for a 1500 word article), I’m just pointing to it as an example. Mr. Carter (or maybe it’s Mrs. Carter. Or Miss Carter. Or Dr. Carter. Or even Archbishop Carter) has similar articles available on a number of upcoming films… I guess that’s his industry. Does he give you anything that you wouldn’t get reading the typical online article or even just watching the trailer? I dunno. I’m not going to spend $2.99 to find out.
As anyone who has been reading this blog for more than a couple of months knows, I luuuuuvs my A Charlie Brown Christmas books. Well, now a different one has been announced – a stamp book! Well, booklet. 20 stamps, 10 different designs, coming in October, according to the announcement from the U.S. Postal Service. It’s all part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the special.
Now all I’ll have to do is calculate how many stamps I’ll need between now and the 75th anniversary…
We’ve got a cover (pretty, isn’t it?) for the The Peanuts Movie making-of book, which drops a month before the movie. Author Jerry Schmitz has written similar books for a couple of the Shrek films, and this volume has a forward by director Steve Martino and Fox Animation president Vanessa Morrison. And you can lock in a good discount now by preordering! (I already did.)
I’ve been looking for an excuse to go to Tokyo (Ive never been there… or to anywhere beyond North America and its associated islands, for that matter). And the newly announced Snoopy Museum Tokyo just adds that much more to the desire. For that matter, there’s a chance that it might be an excuse to go. Who knows, they may want someone who has written three books about Peanuts to come speak at the museum! Three books that have never been sold in Japan. A talk being given by someone who doesn’t speak a lick of Japanese! Yeah, seems rather unlikely, doesn’t it?
Anyway, this new Museum is just a temporary thing, opening this coming March and closing in September of 2018. It’s being managed by Sony Creative Products, who are working with the Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, who have a lot more good stuff than they can put on display at any one time. It should make for a nice addition to the very active Peanuts fan scene in Japan.