AAUGH Blog reader John was wondering whether the strips in The Big Book of Peanuts might be larger than the same strips in The Complete Peanuts, and thus easier on his achin’ eyes. Alas, the opposite is true, as you can see in this comparison (Big Book at top).
Discovered today at the local Costco is The Big Book of Peanuts. This collects all of the daily strips from the 1970s… which means that if you pair this book with the appropriate volumes in the upcoming full color Sunday strip series, you’ll have the complete Peanuts for the decade without buying The Complete Peanuts.
This book does not appear to be available online, and given that I found it in Costco, it is likely to be a special markets product, which means it will probably not be a standard orderable item through Amazon. (There is a chance it will show up at bn.com eventually, as they seem to do more with special market books.)
The book is a copy of a format that I have only seen in an Italian edition (seen in the picture, at right.) each page has 6 dailies, which gives us a 530 page book, and at about 9.5″x12″, that makes for a respectably big book, and one well worth the $19.99.
The Snoopy and Friends Cupcake Kit, including a couple hundred cupcake wrappers and a few dozen toppers, is now shipping. It’s being distributed as a book, so it showed up on my radar, but then it was listed as simply including a recipe card, which is not a book, so I reckoned I didn’t have to buy one for my book collection. But then an Amazon review referred to it having a recipe book. So I had to search out other references… found it was described as having a six-page trifold recipe card. I know what that means… a flat thing with two folds. Judgment call: not a book. Not needed for my collection, and thus I spare myself spending sixteen bucks and change!
(Note: I am not sparing myself getting cupcakes. If I had included this in my collection, I would have wanted to keep it complete, and thus not use the various amusing cupcake papers. Decisions are easier to make when they do not actually involve cupcakes.)
My little girl requested just two specific gifts for her upcoming birthday, one of which was a Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine, so I bought on today (shhh, don’t tell her.) And I love the fact that the Snoopy part of the device appears to be from his days performing with Devo, wearing the trademark hat.
(And yes, a couple of folks out in my audience are already thinking about the fact that there actually is a link between Peanuts and Devo.)
Deadline.com is reporting that a new producer has been brought on board… and it gave me quite a pause, because, well, it’s the right guy.
For those of you who don’t know the work of Paul Feig, he basically appeared in the big-time showbiz world as the creator of Freaks and Geeks, a short-lived light drama from 1999 that was made by a group of folks who would basically take over Hollywood (showrunner Judd Apatow, stars Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, James Franco), with the theme of the pain of adolescence and the teenage years. I was a fan of it going back to its first airing (I’m glad to see it continues to grow in attention, well after it was cancelled after a mere 12 episodes.) Feig is someone who carries his young awkwardness around with him, writing prose books about that aspect of his background. So he has that focus.
He also has the ability to make an effective and successful comedic film. In 2011, it was Bridesmaids. This year, The Heat. I think this is a good choice to help keep the film’s focus and do so in a creatively and commercially successful way. I’m looking forward to the result all the more now!