Issue 21 of Kaboom!’s Peanuts comic book hits better comic book stores on Wednesday. Here’s a preview (click each page to enlarge):
Coming next fall is another book by Chip Kidd (the man who brought us Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz). This 240 page hardcover has been announced both as The Art of Peanuts and as Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and Peanuts. Published by Abrams ComicArts, the book will include two posters. Kidd will design the book and provide much of the text, with other text by Jeannie Schulz and Paige Braddock, plus an introduction by Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney.
(Add all the “65th Anniversary” books to the inevitable movie tie-in books, and next year will be another heavy one for those of us who accumulate Peanuts books!)
That Barnes&Noble-exclusive Classic Peanuts Paint-by-Number Kit including the Classic Peanuts: Great Moments book that I wrote is now shipping. I haven’t gotten my comp copies yet, so I can’t review it, but we can simply assume that it’s brilliant, moving, and a sure candidate for all the major book awards this year, right? Right??
Oh, okay, it’s not a book I can be considered an unbiased reviewer on, so I cannot review it. But it exists.
I’ve received my copies of the new gift books Good Grief, It’s Your Birthday! and Cheer Up, Charlie Brown!, both of which are full-color mixtures of relevant quotes and strips. They’re fairly smoothly made, and should serve their purposes as much-more-than-a-card for someone going through something. The Birthday book focuses on quotes about life and aging. The Cheer Up book has quotes both of the things-get-better variety and of the things-being-bad-are-par-for-the-course variety. Plenty of the quotes are taken from Peanuts (and cited to Schulz, rather than to the character), but other sources range from Oscar Wilde to Lily Tomlin to Dale Earnhardt (that last is actually of questionable taste; “you win some, you lose some, you wreck some” may have been inspirational when the stock car racing great said it, but lost any uplifting that’s-the-way-it-go-ness when Dale died from a wreck.)
Regarding my comment on the oddness of Johnny Carson’s Happiness is a Warm Puppy-riffing book Happiness is a Dry Martini being copyrighted by “Cory-Richard Music, Inc.”, AAUGH Blog reader Jim noted that there is a much easier explanation for that name than being a reference to the classic poem. Cory and Richard were two of Carson’s three sons.