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How Kaboom Transformed Licensed Comics For Kids

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In just over a decade, Boom Studios has established itself as one of the most important publishers in comics, and key to its success is the all-ages Kaboom imprint, headed up by editor Shannon Watters.

A former Tokyopop copy editor and assistant editor on titles like Irredeemable and Elric, Watters has been a part of Boom from the ground up, and even with licenses for some of the biggest properties on the planet, Watters and the creators under her have consistently traced their own path, to the delight and benefit of critics and readers.

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12 Facts You May Not Have Known About ‘Peanuts’ Specials

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Everyone loves trivia about their favorite animated features and series, but with over 100 years of animation history behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in cartoons in this continuing video series. You think you know cartoons? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

This week we're taking a look at the beloved series of animated adaptations of Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts!

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Comics Alliance Gift Guide: Wordy Books For Comics Nerds

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Anyone who identifies as a comics nerd (and we use that word in the most celebratory sense) must love reading. And even beyond reading comics, there are plenty of books about comics that they could be reading.

So dive in to this gift guide and find a book or two for the history buff, nerdy academic relative, or bookworm kid in your life!

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This ‘Stranger Things’ / ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Mashup Is — Wait, Come Back, It’s Actually Really Good

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Listen, I'm as tired of stuff that mashes up two things that nerds like into one chimera of presumed awesomeness as everyone else is, but every now and then, that rare thing comes along that's just really, really well done and well worth seeing. Today, we have one of those: Leigh Lahev and Oren Mendez's Merry Christmas, Will Byers.

The animated short is, of course, a mashup that parodies Stranger Things and the classic A Charlie Brown Christmas, but what sets it apart from your average It's Two Things project (aside from not being a t-shirt) is that it's really, really well done, and also builds to a pretty great punchline. Take three minutes and give it a watch!

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The Case For Bisexual Peppermint Patty [Pride Week]

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Between the new television cartoon, last year's remarkable CGI movie, the new comics put out by Kaboom and the themed strip collections put out by Fantagraphics to supplement the The Complete Peanuts series, it's been a good time to be a fan of the work of Charles M. Schulz. But in absorbing a lot of this stuff, something leaped out at me that I can't push aside: Peppermint Patty --- formally known as Patricia Reichardt --- should be bisexual.

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New ‘Peanuts’ Cartoon Brings The Comic Strip To Life [Review]

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Last year's Peanuts Movie did the near-impossible and pulled off a successful translation of Charles M. Schulz's iconic style and characters from their native 2-D to CGI. That technical breakthrough was the film's real marquee attraction; the story was just a greatest hits. Structured over an entire year, you got the Red Baron, the Little Red-Haired Girl, the whole deal. Despite the deep melancholy and ennui at the strip's heart, Peanuts is a comic ultimately built on comfort and refuge.

Knowing that, it's easy to see why the new Boomerang/Cartoon Network series, Peanuts, went the route it did. Rather than attempt to modernize or emulate newer shows like Steven Universe or Adventure Time, Peanuts opts for a familiarity that perfectly evokes the feel of the comic strip.

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12 Facts You May Not Have Known About Charles Schulz’s ‘Peanuts’

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Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with 75 years of superhero comics behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in comics in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

Charles Schulz's Peanuts is one of the most popular and influential newspaper comics of all time, running from 1950 until Schulz's death in 2000. Even in the years since that time, Peanuts has continued to run in nearly every major American newspaper in reruns, and thanks to animated specials, movies, and merchandising, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Woodstock and the rest are familiar presences all across the world. In this video you can learn about good ol' Charlie Brown and the gang from their earliest days to the end of the strip and beyond.

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Good Grief! President Barack Obama Provides Foreword To ‘The Complete Peanuts Vol. 25′

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In May, Fantagraphics is set to publish the twenty-fifth and penultimate collection of Charles Schulz’ masterpiece The Complete Peanuts, which will include Schulz’s final Peanuts strip from February 2000. In order to celebrate this momentous publication, Fantagraphics reached out to the the forty-fourth President of the United States, Barack Obama, about the possibility of writing a foreword, and to their surprise, he said yes.

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Take A Behind-The-Scenes Look At ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas, the 1965 television special that combined Charles Schulz's Peanuts characters, the jazzy music of the Vince Guaraldi Trio, and an honest look at the melancholy of the season, to become one of the most beloved and enduring holiday specials ever. It's a big anniversary, and that makes this year a better time than than most to talk about how it all came together.

The folks at Mashable have done just that with a look behind the scenes of the television special, including animation cels and an original script page that are more than worth your time to check out.

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Weekender: Rosy Press, Red Road, And The Animation Escape Hatch

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The weekend is here! Put down your paperwork, throw your stationery out of the window, and do a victory spin in your office chair, because it’s time to catch up on that greatest of all media: comics! What’s been going on this week? There’s so much comics that there’s no way anybody can keep up with all of it — so Weekender is here to catch you up on some of the stories you may have missed, and some of the best writing about comics from the past few days.

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