The new ongoing comic book series Peanuts, from Boom! Studios’ kaboom! children’s line, has two rather Herculean tasks on its hands. First, of course, is following in the footsteps of a master cartoonist like Charles M. Schulz; it partially solves this issue by running the artist’s original Peanuts Sunday strips alongside the new material. The second feat: adapting the Peanuts characters into a format that breaks them out of the comic strip and fits them more into a standard comic book narrative for kids. The result is not exactly the Peanuts I grew up with, but a a spirited hybrid that has a little something for everybody.

First, on to the great: the art here by Vicki Scott, Paige Braddock, and Matt Whitlock has a charming, bouyant quality that keeps the spirit of Schulz’ work alive without being a stiff & studied copy. In particular, Whitlock’s art in “Cat Cash” has alot of bounce and charm, taking full advantage of the unique dimensions of the comic book page but avoiding becoming something unrecognizable to Peanuts fans. The coloring is bright and gorgeous across the board, really making the book “pop” -- though it might be weird seeing modern “modeling” techniques and shading (though subtly done) on these characters.

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Starting in February, BOOM! Studios' kiddie offshoot, KaBOOM will begin releasing a new monthly series based on Cartoon Network's brilliantly bizarre animated series, Adventure Time! The series, which was created by Pendleton Ward will be written Dinosaur Comics' Ryan North, and drawn by Ice Age: Iced In artist Shelli Paroline. Read More...

Looking through our picks for the best comics of 2011, I've been trying to divine some kind of theme among the Geek staff's choices. Without really going out of our way to do so, the list of books we all gravitated towards ran the gamut from creator-owned to long-running franchises, from big, superhero fiction in revamped universes, to quietly personal dramas about relationships.

What I'm saying is, I guess: keep making things different, diverse, and strange in 2011 comic books, and we'll keep reading you.
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If you’re anything like me, you probably remember Peanuts a bit more fondly for its television specials, than the comic strip that spawned a nostalgic empire. But it’s the comics that started it, and now, thanks to BOOM!’s kaboom! Imprint for kids, it’s the comics that will continue the legacy of Charles M. Schulz.

Kicking that off? A brand new series of short strips and comic books, as well as a full length graphic novel adaptation of “Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown!” But first, there’s PEANUTS #0, which previews the OGN, as well as providing a look at strips new and old. Read More...

I’ve got to be honest, I’ve never been in love with the whole Planet of the Apes “thing.” The first movie is excellent, of course, but beyond seeing the disappointing Burton reboot in theaters, I never got the motivation to watch the other movies, TV show, read the comics, or even get jazzed about the – reportedly excellent – recent preboot.

I’m not going to tell you I’m a total convert based on BOOM!’s ‘Betrayal of The Planet of the Apes #1,’ but I will say it’s a pretty damn solid comic book.

A large part of that credit probably has to go to Gabriel Hardman, who not only provided the art for the issue, but also co-wrote it with Corinna Bechko. The story is solid enough, and even those who have less Apes knowledge than me will be able to follow along. Basically, there’s this world where apes are the rulers, and humans are slave beasts. The story centers around a scientist who has started to teach a human sign language, which is directly against ape law… And how it starts to cause a schism in ape society.

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Coheed and Cambria frontman and Amory Wars creator Claudio Sanchez was joined by his wife/co-writer Chondra Echert in the MTV Geek skybox to get the third degree from Chris Hardwick and Jonah Ray about their upcoming project from Evil Ink Studios and Boom!, Key of Z which drops later this month.

According to Echert, after the zombie apocalypse hits, the main character, Ewing, loses his family to the ongoing gang war between three battling factions, each based out of one of the major sports stadiums in the boroughs -- City Field, Yankee Stadium, and Madison Square Garden. From the sound of it, Key of Z follows Ewing as he Yojimbo's his way back and forth between the gangs in order to exact some sort of revenge.

The Cover of "Key Of Z"

But beyond simply telling a payback story with zombies, New York native Sanchez views the Key of Z as a love letter to his beloved city, framing it around the unique, passionate, and sometimes rabid sort of loyalty that comes from identifying with one of the boroughs. According to Sanchez "That's essentially what Key of Z is essentially a postcard to. The story takes place in Manhattan, just showing my love for the city." Read More...

I can’t actually say it plainer than I did in the title, but I’ll spend the next four hundred words or so saying the same thing, but at greater length: Snarked – the new series from writer/artist Roger Langridge that riffs on concepts created by Lewis Carroll – is by turns funny, heartfelt, and beautifully whimsically drawn.

The story – if you missed the zero issue – is this: the Walrus and The Carpenter are two poor rogues living in a shack by the sea. The Walrus is the smarter half of the duo, the Carpenter nearly as dumb as the wood he works on, and both are as conniving and sly as you’d expect. Except, secretly, they also may have warm hearts, though they don’t know it yet. Meanwhile, Princess Scarlett – who will one day become The Red Queen – is mourning her missing father, who is presumed lost at sea. Her baby brother Rusty is scared of the invisible Snarks, and is a baby. That’s pretty much it. Read More...

Tanpopo creator and friend of Geek, Camilla d'Errico has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the hardcover collection of Tanpopo, which we are currently serializing here on Geek! Read More...

Welcome to the new world of adult children’s books. For those of you who don’t have kids, you may not be aware of this trend, but for the past few years – and particularly in the past year – there’s been a large increase in books for kids that aren’t actually books for kids. From Lane Smith’s “It’s a Book,” to the hipster hit “Go The F*ck To Sleep,” to Lemony Snicket's upcoming Hanukah tale, "The Latke Who Wouldn't Stop Screaming," we’ve moved from having darkly comic books that kids and adults can enjoy together, like those from Dr. Seuss, or, er, Lane Smith; to books that are straight up dirty. Read More...

To honor the untimely passing of Minck Oosterveer on September 19, 2011, BOOM Studios is offering all issues of the gifted artist's collaboration with Mark Waid, The Unknown and The Unknown: Devil Made Flesh for free through digital distributors comiXology, iVerse, Graphicly, and mydigitalcomics. These are both great collections and a great way to remember the artist who was just gaining ground here in the States. Read More...

The legendary Stan Lee has returned to the direct comic book market with three new series for BOOM! Studios and comiXology is letting digital copies go at half-off!

If you haven’t read Starborn, The Traveler or Soldier Zero now is a great time to jump in on the action. comiXology and BOOM! are having a 3-Day Stan Lee & BOOM! Studios sale where you will find Starborn #1-5, The Traveler #1-8 and Soldier Zero #1-9 available for just $.99 per issue. The sale began today, but you’ll need to hurry -- it ends on August 11th at 11pm.

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Today we’ve got some spoiler-free reviews for you of two BOOM! Studios titles… So won’t you read them?

ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #1

Based on several epic works of fantasy fiction by Michael Moorcock, writer Chris Roberson does a journeyman’s job of bringing disparate threads together. And while the finished tapestry might not quite coalesce into something stunning, I think the metaphor I just used did. My metaphor gets an A+. Read More...

Join us for some reviews and exclusive previews of Boom! Studios offerings hitting stands this week!

INCORRUPTIBLE #19

The flip side of Mark Waid’s excellent ongoing series Irredeemable, instead of an all powerful Superman figure going totally evil, we get a totally evil villain here going good – in the form of Max Damage, a supervillain who becomes more indestructible the more he stays awake. You know, like most Frat Boys.

Anyway, like Irredeemable – and in fact, like most of Waid’s work – he manages to inflect immense amounts of character and thought into every page of this book, taking what might be a trite antihero scenario, and makes it into something new. Read More...

Sure, there’s only half an issue of story in Snarked #0 (plus a ton of amazing extras, which we’ll get to in a second), but I’m calling this right now: Roger Langridge has created another comic book classic. Bold words, sure, but the amount of joy Langridge infuses every scant page of the issue with nearly jumps out of the panels. It’s that much fun.

So… What’s it about, you superlative loving reviewer? Well, Langridge has set up a world that references, while not entirely taking place within Wonderland – Lewis Carroll’s creation most famously depicted in Alice in Wonderland, and Through the Looking Glass. Instead, we get characters that are familiar from the books, and little touches here and there – but clearly a story of Langridge’s own creation. Read More...

Though Roger Langridge has been working in comics for years, he’s probably best known now for two comics he didn’t finish. Or rather, he did, they just haven’t been finished by the Publisher. The first is Muppets, the second is Thor the Mighty Avenger. Recently at HeroesCon we chatted with Langridge about those two titles, as well as his upcoming Lewis Carroll epic, Snarked:

MTV Geek: Let’s kick things off talking about Thor The Mighty Avenger, which I’m sure you get questions about… ALL the time.

Roger Langridge: [Laughs] Well, certainly this show.

Geek: Why this show in particular?

RL: Well, it’s a hero oriented show, really. And it’s very comics-centric. With the small press shows, that tends to be very off their radar more, they’re more concerned about my old stuff. “The funny ones,” as they like to call it.

Geek: Not to start off on a negative bent, because I love the series, but… It didn’t sell very well.

RL: This is true!

Geek: But, at the same time, it’s had a bit of a snowball effect, gaining fans after the series was cancelled.

RL: It’s the kind of book that was never going to do well in the Direct Market. It was going to sell well – ever – it was going to be when it was collected in some form, and available in bookstores. It wasn’t really for the Direct Market, really… That was my brief, not to write it for them, but for a general audience. And then they wouldn’t sell it to the general audience, so… [Laughs]

Geek: Why is it that a title like this doesn’t work in the Direct Market?

RL: I think if it doesn’t quote unquote “matter…” You know, there’s a zillion titles you have to buy to keep up with the Marvel Universe, and if my title – however good it might have been – isn’t part of the Marvel Universe, and you have a limited budget, and you want to keep up with this ongoing soap opera, the one that “doesn’t count,” is going to be in trouble there. Read More...

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