Here’s the cover to volume 2, issue 19 of the Kaboom! Peanuts comic book, shipping in June. (This will make a full two dozen issues produced by them, meaning that they will have already produced around 2/3s as many pages of Peanuts comic book material as were in the Dell and Gold Key comics of the 1950s and 1960s… closing in on three thirds if you include the graphic novelization of Happiness Is A Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown and the original graphic novel It’s Tokyo, Charlie Brown.)
I have landed my copy of Be Unique, the latest in the “Peanuts Wisdom to Carry You Through” series of full-color gift books, with quotes from the strip (and in one case, directly from Schulz rather than speaking through his characters) and images inspired by the strip, brought to life by Vicki Scott and Paige Braddock. It is interesting to see them try to draw positive messages from what was not inherently a positive strip; at times, it’s bending it a bit. Peppermint Patty gets quoted for “The world is full of beautiful plants and flowers, but I’m just an ugly weed. I’m a poor ugly weed trying to push her way up through the sidewalk of life!” That is linked to the uplifting message “Be Real”. Ah, the negative self image is a virtue!
But I pick on these books because it’s fun to pick on things. These aren’t books that anyone needs for expanding their understanding of Peanuts, but they are perfectly good for being what they’re designed to be: nice cheap little gift books.
Amazon is listing the upcoming big Peanuts Artist’s Edition as having a “list price” of $149.99. That may not be accurate. The book was solicited to the comic book stores without a list price; instead, they are being told simply what they would have to pay for it wholesale. It is quite possible that Amazon is looking at that price, then figuring what the cover price would be at a common markup. I can say that the price that Amazon has for it at the moment – as I type this, it’s $98.81 – is the cheapest price I’ve seen anyone offering preorders of it for, particularly as that includes free shipping. If you want this, go lock in that price (and remember that if it ratchets down any further after you order but before it ships – and it already has ratcheted down since I placed my order – you get that lower price.)
Okay, I admit it: two nights ago, I had a dream where I was talking to fellow Schulz specialist Derrick Bang in my kitchen, when the phone rang and a threatening voice from whatever-organization-is-bugging-my-house told me that I’d better stop revealing Peanuts secrets.
At least, I hope that was a dream!