by Alison H. Mayer
by Alison H. Mayer
Cassie will always move the football, Ash! Always!
Snoopy is head-over-heels and Frieda shows off her naturally-curly hair in this pair of covers for "Peanuts" #9, hitting stores in June from BOOM! Studios:
In a perfect jumping-on point for new readers, Charles Schulz’s beloved creations are once again brought to life. New and old fans alike should be sure to check out this ongoing series of stories featuring the lovable Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang! Read More...
Linus trips up Lucy and Charlie Brown grudgingly babysits his baby sister in these exclusive cover reveals for "Peanuts" #8, hitting stores in April from Boom:
"As Lucy struggles to break Linus of his new “weird” balloon- blowing obsession, Linus must teach her to embrace his new-found talent. Can Lucy make Linus into the “normal” brother she so desperately wants him to be?"
Here are the covers:
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Here's your first advance look at the two covers for 'Peanuts' #7, hitting stores in March from Boom:
Rock and Bowl! The Peanuts gang is headed to the bowling alley, and no one wants to win that coveted tournament trophy like Charlie Brown! If you’re looking for laughs, this issue is a full strike!
Authors and Artists: Charles M. Schulz and Vicki Scott Read More...
If you're like me, you've grown up watching various "Peanuts" specials on TV, from that holiday staple "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to the admittedly dated (but fun!) "Flashbeagle" to some of the newer cartoons. If you're a fan of all things Charlie Brown animated, "The Art And Making Of Peanuts Animation" is the book for you. Read More...
According to L.A. Times, Fox has officially announced that FX house and animation studio Blue Sky, the people behind the CG "Ice Age" features, is producing a feature-length animated film based on Charles Schulz's strip. And from the sounds of it, it's going to be CG.
If you’re like us, you spent most of this past Saturday outside, enjoying the park with friends, and… Aw, who are we kidding? We spent all day traveling from comic book shop to comic book shop, trying to complete our collection of free goodies in order to give you all a rundown of what was good, what was not so good, and what didn’t really matter, because hey, it’s free! Here’s a look at some of the books we snagged on Free Comic Book Day 2012:
Buffy/The Guild (DARK HORSE) – First of all, kudos to Dark Horse for having original stories in two of its most popular licensed universes from the actual creators. That’s just good comics. This flipbook contained a fun trifle in Andrew Chambliss’ Buffy versus not-quite-Aliens story, and Felicia Day’s adorable story from the world of The Guild. The real stand-out though, was two pages of Caitlin R. Kiernan’s Alabaster: Shelter story (the other half was in the Star Wars/Serenity book), which had all the emotion, horror, humanity, and incredible character of her Alabaster: Wolves series. The headliners were cute, but the angel was the centerfold. Read More...
Every year at this time there's a football game squeezed in between 4 hours of ads and musical performances with a few special moments for us geeks. This year we were treated to a new VW Darth Vader commerical that was a sequel to last year's "Kid Vader" spot, but later in the show got something no one expected!
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang have been spokestoons for Metlife for quite some time. But "Everyone," the ad that debuted during last night's Super Bowl, just did it one better, featuring not only them but a host of other cartoon favorites. He-Man, Voltron, Fat Albert, Mr. Magoo, Richie Rich, Yogi Bear, and Yosemite Sam, and a bunch of other classic animated stars joined the Peanuts characters for a crossover that *almost* rivals that of Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Now if only they could all do a weekly TV series together!
Check out the "Everyone" ad -- plus some behind-the-scenes videos -- below: Read More...
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.
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...
It’s weird when you realize that in its 60 years of publication, having graced newspapers worldwide, having made the leap to both the small and big screen, that Charles Schulz’s beloved strip Peanuts is only now getting the graphic novel treatment thanks to BOOM!’s new all-ages imprint, Kaboom and the recent release of Happiness Is A Warm Blanker, Charlie Brown!. Adapted by Schulz’s son Craig, and Stephan Pastis, the book features art direction by Paige Braddock and Andy Beall, with art by Bob and Vicki Scott. Beall and Braddock were on hand at WonderCon to talk about Happiness and the enduring strength of Peanuts.
Typical of the great Peanuts strips, Happiness is about the anxieties of one of its ageless grade school characters, in this case Linus, whose grandmother is visiting and apparently hates his beloved blue blanket. “But really, it’s about the insecurities that we all have and what it takes to get us through the day,” says Beall. At the same time, Beall thinks the 96-page book is about the things that we love and how they prop us up in their unique ways.
For Paige Braddock, creator of the Jane’s World comic strip, founder of Girl Twirl Comics, and an avowed lifelong Peanuts fan, Happiness represented an opportunity to expose Schulz’s creations to an all-new audience that might not otherwise encounter Lucy, Linus, Peppermint Patty, or Charlie Brown through the ever-dwindling newspaper circulation.
File it in the "What If?" department: "Where The Wild Things" author/illustrator Maurice Sendak almost illustrated a 30th Anniversary editon of "The Hobbit" --
Unfortunately, due to some mislabelled art samples, it never came to be. Read More...
You loved them as comic strips, animated specials, and much more -- now check out Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang in the "Happiness Is A Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown" hardcover graphic novel coming out from the kaboom! imprint of Boom! Studios in March. Based on the new animated special of the same name, "Happiness Is A Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown" is the first graphic novel based on Charles M. Schulz's beloved Peanuts characters, and is written by Schulz, adapted by Craig Schulz and Stephan Pastis, and drawn by Bob Scott, Vicki Scott and Ron Zorman. Take a look at the preview below, then read on for more details!