From beagle to bagel

I stopped by the local Noah’s Bagels (which I believe is the same chain as Einstein Brothers) this morning, and the counterstaff were wearing shirts that said Happiness Is A Warm Bagel on the back. The “Happiness is a Warm Puppy” concept still resonates like a recent Internet meme, half …


Peanuts Every Signeday

Fantagraphics has been successful in their Kickstarter, raising the $150,000 they were using to bridge their financial shortfall. However, they’re still open for more donations so that they can better move other projects forward (the next is hiring new translaters for the books which would’ve been translated by the late …


The Complete Peanuts publisher seeking support

Fantagraphics, the publisher of The Complete Peanuts and many other fine (and some less fine, to be fair) books of and about comics has found themselves in a money crunch, owing in large part to the death of co-founder and key editorial guy Kim Thompson. To deal with this, they …


The Peanuts Rosetta stone

There is always something nice about looking at Peanuts in a foreign language. I some ways, it reminds me of how international this very American strip is, because so many of its concerns are so human, reflecting on the things that bind us all. And then there is how communicative …


Why Woodstock was funny

I ran across an old article today in which someone put down the introduction of the name Woodstock as an unfunny gag, that simply giving the little bird a name from hippie culture does not make it funny. However, that commentary was written in 2007, more than a third of …


Franklin’s 45th!

To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first appearance of Franklin, Hogan’s Alley magazine has put online the article I wrote for them a couple years back about the creation of Franklin. Go read!


The Snoopy panel at Comic-Con

For those of you who couldn’t make it to Comic-Con last weekend, someone named Padma Bella recorded and posted a couple sections of the Snoopy panel discussion. The talk is being moderated by Damian Holbrook of TV Guide; the panelists are (from left to right) Lex Feaardo (whose duties at …


Snoopy is always in fashion

For those who like their Peanuts gear to go beyond the t-shirt level, here’s a UK designer offering a licensed Peanuts line. I can’t say that their modeling particularly enhances the appeal of the clothes, but then I’m not the target market for a $500 sequined dress. (That’s my story, …


Vaguely Peanuts-related bits

Famed rapper Snoop Dogg (a.k.a. as Snoop Doggy Dogg) has changed his moniker (last year; yes, I’m that far behind on my hiphop news) to Snoop Lion. This should prevent any further confusion. Of course, if he wanted to avoid being confused with a cartoon character, he should’ve just kept …


Peanuts and the Seduction of the Innocent

The book Seduction of the Innocent is getting some attention once again. Folks with a sense of comic book history will know that this book, while it didn’t start the “will somebody think of the children?!” campaign against comic books in the 1950s, was the item that really brought it …