Someone let me know that they had found a copy of The Zipper on My Bible is Stuck at a Barnes & Noble… which is very odd. Because I published that book, and we never sold any copies to B&N, nor any other book source. It was available to/through some of them, but all the ones we actually sold were sold by me at Beaglefest and other conventions, and really, there were only a couple dozen of copies made. So if any of you have seen non-used copies for sale elsewhere, I’d be very interested in knowing; please email me at questions-at-aaugh.com. (And if anyone’s wondering why I’d bother to publish a book just to sell a couple dozen copies: when I was publishing Schulz’s Youth, the collection of cartoons Schulz had done for the Church Of God, I also licensed the rights to sublicense collections of the cartoon. My hope was to find a publisher that was already involved in the Christian specialty market who might want a series of smaller books, more in the Happiness is a Warm Puppy format, breaking the strips into themed groupings. I created two sample books: a square version of this gaudily-colored book, and the black-and-white God’s Children, which focused on younger kids. When I wasn’t able to find a publisher for them, I figured I’d take the work that I’d done and make them available via print-on-demand, just so it didn’t go to waste. I had to change the size of the books in order to match the print-on-demand system I’d be using, making God’s Children a larger square book, and making this one non-square. The cover worked better as a square, but I’m still kinda proud of the design.)
There was a book in the catalogs as Peanuts Movie OGN, indicating that a graphic novel would be hitting in August in the style of the movie. Well, the ISBN (an identification number) that was being used for that is now being used for September’s Where Beagles Dare graphic novel – which explains why that graphic novel is showing up being described as being in the style of the movie, when the visual style is in the same style of the previous comic books that Vicki Scott has drawn. Looks like they just haven’t updated the text. This does not appear to have a The Peanuts Movie license… I’m not sure if there as an actual movie adaptation that was intended and was scuttled, or whether they had just done a real weak job of conveying what had been planned.
Coming in March 2016 is Snoopy: Party Animal, which looks to be another in the AMP Comics For Kids full-color strip collections.
And as long as I’m making a post: on Monday, I stopped by Snoopy’s Gallery & Gift Shop in Santa Rosa, and signed a dozen or so copies of The Peanuts Collection., so if you’re in the area and want one, there they are! (I think I signed all that they had on hand, so you may even be able to get one via order from their website, but I’m not positive, so call and ask first!)
A friend gave this to me, a Japanese candy box. What makes me happiest is not that the Peanuts characters are windsurfing, nor that Belle is front and center (I’m well used to the fact that this very minor strip character is huge in licensing.) No, the happy-making thing is to Belle’s right. It’s not often you see Beagle Scout Raymond being visible on a product! Way to go, Raymond! (I presume the one with the bow is supposed to be Harriet.)
Got in a couple more books from the UK, Snoopy Saves the Day and Best of Friends. These are two Charlie-Brown-and-Snoopy oriented storybooks, telling original tales using an interesting visual style. The art by Tom Brannon (who has done some interesting modeled-looking Peanuts in the US) takes an interesting tack – he drops most of the black lines of the characters into simply darkening the color of the area they they fill… which is allowed to swell beyond the outline. It works well. I think the choice to put dialog in cursive doesn’t work as well (particularly since when dialog appears in word balloons, it’s in Schulz-style lettering), but all in all, its a cool look… and an example of something we’re seeing more and more, which is finding different ways of looking at Peanuts while still trying to keep a strong core of Schulz.