Coming next March is another comic strip collection in the AMP Comics For Kids series, Woodstock: Master of Disguise. It is now available for preorder. These are full-color, thick collections with extras, at a good price.
Eight years ago, They Called Him Sparky: Friends Reminiscences of Charles Schulz came out. It was a keen little book, with pieces by folks who knew Schulz in his St. Paul days, generally through his faith community, the Church of God. There are reminiscences, photos, correspondence, and cartoons that Schulz drew for his friends. The book is fleshed out with a selection of cartoons that Schulz did for publications of Warner Press (the publishing arm of the Church of God). I said some nice things about it at the time (meant to do a full review, but it looks like I never got around to it.) I thought it a very fine book for those with serious interest in Schulz; instead of being a big bloated biography, it was an intimate little picture of the man.
Unfortunately, this book, self-published by author David Liverett under his Chinaberry House imprint, never received good distribution, and its availability only faded since. The author’s ordering website disappeared; Amazon only had used copies, at about triple the original price. It had never been offered to comic book shops. With my Schulz fan hat on, this bothered me.
With my publisher hat on, however, this looked like an opportunity. So I contacted Mr. Liverett, cut a deal, and now the book is available as an About Comics/Chinaberry House co-publication. You can (and should!) now order it through Amazon; cover price is a mere $14.95 (folks offering used copies have already altered their price to compete with that.) Comic shops can order it through me at wholesale.
I’m a few months late on this – discovered it while doing a related websearch - but the New York Times reports the death of Bill Adler, at 84. Mr Adler was the author of best-selling books (and plenty of other books, thanks to his rate of peppering the market with material; I remember quite enjoying his Kids’ Letters From Camp in my younger days.) Relevant to the Schulz fan, he was the compiler of Dear President Johnson, a book of children’s letters to the White House, for which Schulz provided about 30 illustrations.
In case you’re not already regretting not going to Comic-Con enough, there’s one more Peanuts exclusive being offered. A variant cover of issue 19 of the Kaboom! Peanuts comic book, which has a story on Snoopy’s search for his sister Belle is offered, copying the style of the “first appearance” alternate covers that Kaboom! offered on earlier issues. Limited to 500 copies, this one will run you $10 at the Boom! Studios booth. But just to reassure you, I checked the IDW exclusives, and they are not listing some Comic-Con-exclusive alternate cover for the Peanuts Artist’s Edition, something they actually have done with some earlier Artist’s Editions released around this time of year. (I’m glad not to be spending $100 or so to get a second copy of an Artist’s Edition just to keep the collection complete… and then having to lug that door all around Comic-Con for the rest of the day!)
My aged Mac just started refusing to boot up, so forgive me if this cut-and-paste job on my iPad doesn’t look smooth…
Snoopy, his sister Belle, and other Sibling relationships in Peanuts
Though he himself was an only child, Charles Schulz recognized the potential for drama and humor inherent in sibling relationships, which are among the most influential and enduring associations in our lives. Over the years Peanuts portrayed many familial antics, including bossy older sisters, embarrassment caused by a brother’s inept kite-flying or chronic blanket toting, and the petty bickering that can be a staple of brother-sister interactions. However, Schulz’s comic siblings were also capable of tenderhearted softness-help with homework, sage advice, comfort, and understanding. Kelly Osbourne (E!’s Fashion Police), Corry Kanzenberg (curator at The Charles M. Schulz Museum), Lisa Shirai (director of international licensing, Peanuts Worldwide), and Monte Schulz (son of Charles Schulz) discuss the many sibling relationships present in Charles M. Schulz’s classic Peanuts strip with a special focus on Snoopy’s siblings: Spike, Olaf, Andy, Marbles, and, of course, his sister Belle, the breakout fashion darling. Damian Hollbrook (TV Guide) will moderate the discussion and Q&A session.
Saturday July 26, 2014 10:30am – 11:30am