The new British series Peanuts Guide to Life is a nice one. This is a series of character-oriented, themed strip collections. We get:
- The Genius of Charlie Brown
- Life Lessons from Lucy
- The Philosophy of Snoopy
- The Wisdom of Woodstock.
These are hardcovers, no dust jackets, but with golden highlights on the cover. The interior are two-color: black-and-white, plus a highlight color (yes, you might count that as three colors, but it’s two colors of ink. That’s the way we call it in the publishing business.) The best use of this is the Woodstock book, where yellow is used to color Woodstock himself and that’s it.
Some daily strips are put on a single page, some split over two pages, and sometimes they give the last panel its own page, blowing it up large. That works well.
Upcoming volumes are:
(All links here go to Book Depository, a UK site that offers free shipping worldwide.)
What do you get for the Peanuts fan who has everything? Bigger bookshelves.
I was sitting here, thinking how hectic I am for the next few days, who I’ve not time for anything, when the Peanuts Book Fairy drove his big brown box truck up and dropped off two books. Now by goodness, I don’t have time to read all the way through them, but by goodness, I cannot help but to flip through at least one of them. And me oh my, did the person who designed Peanuts Every Sunday Volume 2 for Fantagraphics (Jacob Covery) make some good choices. The cover and framing material is all big beautiful shot of primarily aggressive Peanuts images, and that means big, mean Lucy. Lovely.
This book is all the Sunday strips from 1956 through 1960, presented large, full color. Think about that. Prime Peanuts presented in prime form. You could slam this down in front of anyone, and it would be seen as a big book of lovely stuff. This is top-notch gift material, not just for the Peanuts addict. The book ships in early November, preorder price is pretty good for this big item, so go order away!
Now shipping are: volume 2 of the paperback edition of The Complete Peanuts, the boxed set of the first two volumes in that series, and the fourth trade paperback collection of the Kaboom! Peanuts comics. (I won’t be reviewing that last, as it’s got some of my work in it. But I might put a happy picture of me with the book once my comps arrive.)
- That serialized ebook by Schulz’s granddaughter on her struggles with her family, which I noted was not something you really needed to read a few years back, is now no longer available for the Kindle. This would cause me to have some deep thoughts about the unpermanent nature of ebooks, how had this been a physical book, you could find copies on the used market, but ebooks don’t work that way – if it wasn’t for the fact that both installments of this obviously-cut-short project are still available for the Nook.
- Spotted: The Telegram book 1: The Story of Charles Schultz is a Christian historical romance with no visible link to the world of Peanuts, except for that name, different spelling and all.
- AAUGH Blog reader Walter pointed out the October 13 Nancy comic strip, which has Nancy reading an issue of Tip-Top Comics with Charlie Brown on the cover. Of course, Nancy herself appeared in Tip-Top more than the Peanuts kids did… and both Tip-Top and the Nancy comic book show up in Peanuts.