- Three minutes ago, Amazon was listing my new book The Snoopy Treasures as going to be in stock on November 21. I reloaded the page now, and it’s now November 16. In either case, it will be available in plenty of time to be given as a Thanksgiving gift, if you want to place it under the Thanksgiving tree, to put it in someone’s Thanksgiving stocking, or to stuff your turkey with it.
- When I made comments about how the box office results for The Peanuts Movie would impact the making of a sequel, I was making one bad assumption (one which was shared by much of the Hollywood press, it seems.) I’m seeing multiple sites reporting on comments from Jean Schulz that Fox doesn’t have the right to make a sequel, they only bought the right to make one film, and the family isn’t eager to throw themselves into another movie just yet. That’s not a complaint about the results, its just that a lot of energy and effort went into the film and related licensing. That doesn’t rule out something eventually, but this is not one of those films where they have the next installment’s script all ready to produce, should the first one be a hit. (The film has continued to do well during the week; with many kids off of school for Veteran’s Day in the US, the film did over $7.7 million on Wednesday, although even then it was still the number 2 film, to Spectre‘s $007.9 million.)
The Humble Bundle folks have added two more Peanuts book to their Peanuts book deal (and yes, it’s retroactive; if you’ve already paid for your bundle, you get these books as well.) They’ve thrown in the graphic novel It’s Tokyo, Charlie Brown and the strip collection A Valentine for Charlie Brown. That means that if you give them as little as $15, you get 16 ebook editions of Peanuts books: 6 strip collections including years of strips, 6 comic book collections with over 24 comic books worth of stories, and four graphic novels (three original graphic novels, one adapting a TV special.) Or you can be a real cheapskate, just give a buck, and get three comic book collections, one strip collection, and a graphic novel. And part of the money goes to freedom-of-the-press charities. (If that doesn’t sit well with your politics – it does with mine, but that’s me – on checking out, click the choose where your money goes option and you can route all the money away from the charity and into the hands of the publishers and the Humble Bundle people.) There’s just a few more days to get this deal, so hop on it!
The Big Book of Peanuts, 1960s edition, with all of the non-Sunday strips from that decade, is mine, I tells ya, mine! $19.99 at Costco… and yes, they had the 1970s and 1980s at the same price. Yes, these books are based on an Italian series… but unlike some foreign Peanuts books that have been released back in English, they have the original Schulz lettering, not relettering.
While all eras of Peanuts are good and all have their high points, for me the 1960s are the most consistent in their strength. Over 500 pages of good stuff here, more than 3000 strips. Published by Andrews McMeel, but not available through any online source I’ve found. If you see these anywhere besides Costco, let me know!
This set of things-to-hold-up-to-yourself-while-getting-your-picture-taken, Peanuts Photo Props, is listed as a hardcover book. Seems more like a box thing, I don’t know, but as long as they’re saying that, hey, it qualifies for my coverage. (It’s also listed as 23 pages, which is mathematically problematic.) I’m hoping the pictures on the left side of the image are just preliminary images taken from another product, because they’re not particularly Peanuts-y. And what I assume is the spine says Christmas Photo Props, so perhaps that’s some other product (although one not yet in the system), or perhaps this is supposed to be Peanuts Christmas photo props. Ah, preliminary cover images, we really can’t trust you. Shipping in June.
Yes, my new book The Snoopy Treasures was supposed to start shipping today.
No, it did not actually start shipping today.
No, I don’t know how long the delay is.
Yes, the book exists. I have copies.
We shall see.