There are no more Sundays to come!

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The tenth volume of Peanuts Every Sunday, containing all of the Sunday strips from 1996 through 2000, and the two-volume boxed set covering the final decade of the strip, have now both been released. Fantagraphics has yet another achievement with the completion of issuing of these large, lovely, respectful volumes.

Now, the 1990s aren’t the decade I’d recommend if someone wanted to buy just one of these boxed sets. (That would be the sixties, when the strip was a bit more daring and visually invented.) But I think that sometimes the 1990s Peanuts material is dissed too easily. In the last few years of that decade, Schulz seemed to be on a creative upswing, particularly with the energy he was putting into young Rerun Van Pelt. Even weak periods of Peanuts are only relatively weak, still better than the good years of many a strip. The last book (which is a little thinner than the ones before it owing to the strip ending early in 2000 rather than making it through the year) is better than some which preceded it.

(And hey, remember what I said about how clicking book links in the blog entries as your way of getting to Amazon helps pay for this blog? Well there’s some book links above… click away!)

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If you love Schulz, but English, not so much…

Just out in Japan is the Japanese edition of Charles M. Schulz: The Art and Life of the Peanuts Creator in 100 Objects, the Eisner Award-winning, Schulz Museum-published heavily illustrated book co-written by curator Benjamin L. Clark and myself! And yes, it can be shipped to the States… although it …

A Charlie Brown Christmas
A quote unquote requote book on A Charlie Brown Christmas

How can you tell that the new book “A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Timeless Tale of Joy and Meaning”: Unwrapping the True Spirit of the Holiday Season with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts Gang” is truly an innovative work? It’s the quotation marks in the title.  Not constrained by …

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Snoopy’s Book Café

Peanuts collector Lisa, who had been showing all her finds from a recent trip to Japan, started showing off one of the Re-Ment sets of little kits that combine to make a diorama. They do lovely work, but Peanuts statuary is not what I collect, and besides, these are Japanese …