Finally, we have a cover for Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz, the book where various artists get to bring their own style to Peanuts. We also have a fuller artist list: Mike Allred, Art Baltazar, Paige Braddock, Megan Brennan, Frank Cammuso, Colleen Coover, Evan Dorkin, Chynna Flores, Julie Fujii, Shaenon K. Garrity, Melanie Gillman, Jimmy Gownley, Matt Groening, Dan Hipp, Dave Kellett, Keith Knight, Mike Kunkel, Roger Langridge, Jeff Lemire, Jonathan Lemon, Patrick McDonnell, Terry Moore, Dustin Nguyen, Molly Ostertag, Lincoln Peirce, Paul Pope, Hilary Price, Stan Sakai, Chris Schweizer, Ryan Sook, Jeremy Sorese, Raina Telgemeier, Richard Thompson, Lucas Turnbloom, Jen Wang, Mo Willems, Caleb Monroe, and more. Go, preorder!
As a collector, I’ve seen a lot of examples of people parodying Peanuts by replacing the dialogue with something a bit more x-rated. It has been done well at times, but that’s the exception. But there was at least one interesting example that I didn’t know about… interesting for the most part because of who the redialoguer was. Up for auction is a not-for-the-offendable strip of clipped Peanuts characters with new dialog by, so the auction claims, Jim Morrison. Yeah, the lead singer for The Doors. It’s not one that dazzles me with its brilliance, I admit, but still, it would be a thing to have! You can read more about it and zoom in on the image at the auction listing. (Hat tip to my old pal and collaborator, Rod!)
There is at least some Peanuts-related programming during each of the four full days of next week’s Comic-Con International: San Diego. Here are descriptions copy’n’pasted from the official listings.
Someone let me know that they had found a copy of The Zipper on My Bible is Stuck at a Barnes & Noble… which is very odd. Because I published that book, and we never sold any copies to B&N, nor any other book source. It was available to/through some of them, but all the ones we actually sold were sold by me at Beaglefest and other conventions, and really, there were only a couple dozen of copies made. So if any of you have seen non-used copies for sale elsewhere, I’d be very interested in knowing; please email me at questions-at-aaugh.com. (And if anyone’s wondering why I’d bother to publish a book just to sell a couple dozen copies: when I was publishing Schulz’s Youth, the collection of cartoons Schulz had done for the Church Of God, I also licensed the rights to sublicense collections of the cartoon. My hope was to find a publisher that was already involved in the Christian specialty market who might want a series of smaller books, more in the Happiness is a Warm Puppy format, breaking the strips into themed groupings. I created two sample books: a square version of this gaudily-colored book, and the black-and-white God’s Children, which focused on younger kids. When I wasn’t able to find a publisher for them, I figured I’d take the work that I’d done and make them available via print-on-demand, just so it didn’t go to waste. I had to change the size of the books in order to match the print-on-demand system I’d be using, making God’s Children a larger square book, and making this one non-square. The cover worked better as a square, but I’m still kinda proud of the design.)
There was a book in the catalogs as Peanuts Movie OGN, indicating that a graphic novel would be hitting in August in the style of the movie. Well, the ISBN (an identification number) that was being used for that is now being used for September’s Where Beagles Dare graphic novel – which explains why that graphic novel is showing up being described as being in the style of the movie, when the visual style is in the same style of the previous comic books that Vicki Scott has drawn. Looks like they just haven’t updated the text. This does not appear to have a The Peanuts Movie license… I’m not sure if there as an actual movie adaptation that was intended and was scuttled, or whether they had just done a real weak job of conveying what had been planned.