You’ve seen me talking before about Harriet Glickman, the woman whose letter to Schulz inspired him to create Franklin in the 1960s – the letter itself is included as a pull-out item in my book The Peanuts Collection. Since then, she’s been getting ongoing attention, which hit a high point over the past few days at the NAACP convention in Philadelphia, where she sat for a number of interviews, got recognized by the NAACP, and got honored by the city itself, with a presentation by Mayor Michael Nutter. There’s an article covering some of this here (expect more to come; she did over a dozen media interviews while there) and pictures of her with Mar Mar Tidbit, the voice of Franklin in the upcoming Peanuts movie, here. (And in the small-world department, the pictures here are them being interviewed by Patti Jackson of WDAS – the same radio station where my stepbrother-in-law Tony Brown is host of the 7 PM to midnight shift!)
You’re Golden, Charlie Brown is a recently released strip collection focused on the round-headed kid. It’s 150 pages of strips all from the mid-1960s, with three dailies (colorized) or one Sunday on each page (and, as with the previous volumes in this Ballantine Books format, with a curiously large hunk of white space at the bottom of each page.) That makes for roughly a year’s worth of strips. A focus on Charlie Brown always seems a little strange, just because when you take any slab of strips from this era, they’re likely to focus largely on Charlie Brown anyway. Buy hey, it’s a good stretch of the series, and there’s a reasonable number of Sally-with-an-eyepatch strips, for them what likes that.
The new book Keep Calm and Do the Snoopy Dance is a little hardback gift book that includes a few Peanuts strips in it, but is mainly page after page of inspirational quotes (many with dancing mentioned as a source of joy), each with the same small picture of Snoopy tipping his top hat.
I like the physical construct of the book; it’s good and solid. I’m not sure that I personally need a book of inspirational quotes at the moment, particularly about dancing (I’m not much of a dancer), but I think it’d be the right book when put into the right hands.
(If the title seems a little odd to you, you may have missed out on a recent trend. For some reason, folks have latched onto a 1939 poster meant to steel Englishfolk up for World War II which said Keep Calm and Carry On. Folks have been reworking the wording and design of that poster for all sorts of things lately, of which this cover is a clear example. Actually, many of the quotes within encourage you not to keep calm. Can the Snoopy Dance really be considered calm?)