The AAUGH Blog Podcast: Nun Funnies

The AAUGH Blogger takes a look at the spate of nun cartoons of the 1950s, and the effect they may have had on the work of Charles M. Schulz.

 

The above example of the sort of work discussed comes from Bill O’Malley, who, like all the folks involved, is Catholic. The books of this period are strictly inside-baseball on that. For example, one book in my collection, Hugh Devine’s All Angels Parish is published in 1951 by “Faith Magazine” and has a foreword by Francis P. Moran – the reverend who was the editor of a an official Catholic newspaper of the Boston Archdiocese (not to be confused with the Boston-area insurance dealer of the same name who turned out to be basically an agent for the Nazis in the days leading up to our entry in World War II.)

Upcoming releases
Born to Draw Comics cover

So now we have a cover for Born to Draw Comics, a September-shipping book on “Charles Schulz and the creation of Peanuts”. The book’s descriptor says that this is a “mixed-panel format picture book biography”, which leads me to think that it’s mostly but not completely in the comics form. If …

New releases
“Mad Libs” now sounds like the title of a Fox News commentary show

Digging through the pile of detritus that accumulates around my workspace, I just found an unopened Amazon envelope that had been there for a while. Inside? A copy of Snoopy Mad Libs, the second Peanuts volume for this classic word game, where someone lists specific sorts of words and a friend …

Discounts
Peanuts shorts (as in animated, not pants) sale

At the moment, ‎Peanuts by Schulz: The Complete Collection is marked down in iTunes to just $15.99.  This is the relatively recent European production of 104 episodes which run about seven minutes apiece, which means it adds up to around 12 hours of adapted-from-the-strip goodness.