Here’s the solicited cover for this fall’s volume in the Peanuts Every Sunday series, covering the second half of the 1960s. However, Fantagraphics has a tendency to change their covers after solicitation… and they might do that to the boxed set pictured below as well.
The Peanuts Collectors Club has announced that their big gathering, Beaglefest, will take place on July 21 – 24 in Anaheim California, the home to Knott’s Berry Farm and the original Camp Snoopy. The group has various exciting things planned, and to balance that a bit, they’ve also got me coming in to speak on the opening night. I won’t, alas, be there for the whole fest (it’s the same dates as the San Diego Comic-Con, which I also have to get to), but I’ll be glad to get a chance to say hi to some of you!
Added to the books coming up this fall are:
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown 50th Anniversary Edition, a storybook with stickers and a trick-or-treat bag (August)
- Lucy Knows Best, a storybook crafted by Kama Einhorn and Robert Pope, available in paperback and hardcover (August)
- Peanuts Volume 8, with another batch of reprints from the Kaboom! Peanuts comic book (November)
All available for preorder now, of course.
Graphic novelist Doug TenNapel posted this shot of a 1966 Pogo original on Facebook the other day:
It looks to be the room of Pogo character Rackety Coon Chile, an energetic youngster. And what does it have… besides lots of wonderful detail and the exquisite line work that makes Walt Kelly one of the greats? Well, if you look down left-of-center on the floor in the image, you’ll see this:
That’s right, Rackety has been reading Peanuts. In fact, given the title of the book, he’s reading the first volume issued by Rinehart & Co. in 1952, collecting the early strips. Ah, but wasn’t that only issued in softcover? Yeeeessssss…. but given the lack of any pictures on the cover, this looks like it’s been privately re-bound. Perhaps it’s a library copy.
I’d like a nice hardbound copy of the first Peanuts book! Far more than that, I’d like a nice Walt Kelly original, like this! (I’ve got a bit of an original art collection, but no Kelly. And before anyone asks: no Schulz, either.)
Umberto Eco, the best-selling author of such books as The Name of the Rose, respected semiotics specialist, and general intellectual has died. What some of you may recall is that at times over the decades he focused his intellectual light on Peanuts, such as in this essay from 1963. or in writing the preface to the big hardcover 40th anniversary book Charles M. Schulz 40 Years Life and Art.