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Perfect Peanuts: Reviewing the Latest Releases from Fantagraphics’ ‘Peanuts’ Library


As the Peanuts' 65th Anniversary year winds down, Peanuts-related news seems to be ramping up. The Peanuts Movie hits theaters this weekend, and every preview and trailer manages to look better than the last; Charles Schulz's birthday is coming up on November 26th; the United States Postal Service unveiled a new Forever stamp; there's a new tribute book out on the stands, which we reviewed yesterday; and Charlie Brown and the gang even appeared in the seventh-inning stretch of Game 2 of the World Series.

When it comes to Peanuts news, though, Fantagraphics is taking the crown. The curators of the complete Peanuts library have three new hardcover releases coming up just in time for the holidays: Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron, the full-color Peanuts Every Sunday: 1961-1965, and The Complete Peanuts 1997-1998, and all three are worthy of addition to your collections.

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Sixty-Five Years Ago Today: Celebrating the Good Grief of ‘Peanuts’

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On October 2nd, 1950, Charles Schulz's Peanuts debuted in nine newspapers for United Features Syndicate. Fifty years later, it concluded with just shy of eighteen thousand strips published in thousands of papers, with the final installment appearing one day after Schulz passed away.

Between those two loci, Peanuts begat a billion-dollar media empire, the modern American comic strip, and a legacy of progressiveness, honesty, and inclusion that endures today. If Peanuts isn't definitively the greatest comic strip of all time, it's probably the most influential, and certainly the most successful, forever altering the dominant styles and subject matter of the funny pages.

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Parting Shot: Holiday Anxiety Is Perfectly Captured In This Peanuts/Louis C.K. Mash-Up


Louie, the FX show created and produced by comedian Louis C.K., ranks right up there with Dan Harmon's Community as one of the most innovative comedies on TV today. As such, when I initially saw this brilliant video mash-up of Louie and the Peanuts gang, with Louie as Charlie Brown, my first thought was that it could easily be a clip from the show itself...

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Holiday Gift Guide: ‘Charlie Brown’s Christmas Stocking’


Charlie Brown's Christmas Stocking
Available From: Fantagraphics / Amazon
Price: $9.99

Giving someone a Christmas-themed gift for Christmas is always a pretty risky proposition, as you're basically handing something over with a time limit on how long the recipient has to enjoy it before it gets stuck on the shelf and/or attic until next December...

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‘Peanuts’ #1: First Look at New Monthly Series [Preview]


On sale now from BOOM! Studios' all ages kaboom! imprint is Peanuts #1, launching a new monthly comic book series based on the classic and beloved characters created by Charles Schulz. The notion of new Peanuts stories not created by Schulz might seem, well, unseemly to some, but ComicsAlliance readers reacted favorably to our preview of kaboom...

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‘Peanuts: Happiness is Warm Blanket': The First Post-Charles Schulz Peanuts Comics [Preview]


The notion of making Peanuts comics without Charles Schulz may seem to be a surprising or even controversial move, but that's exactly what's happened with the new 80-page graphic novel Peanuts: Happiness is a Warm Blanket, out this week from Boom...

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BOOM! Studios to Publish ‘Peanuts’ Graphic Novel Based on New Film [Preview]


Coming in March is Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, a graphic novel starring the beloved Peanuts characters created by Charles M. Schulz. Published by BOOM! Studios' children's imprint kaboom...

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Kupperman Retcon-Punches Charlie Sheen Into ‘Peanuts’


Just a week ago Charlie Sheen was but a beloved imp whose amusingly anarchic adventures were documented only in the pages and websites of the most culturally inconsequential tabloid news sources. But within the last 24 hours, the Two and a Half Men star has before our very eyes transcended the confines of his terrestrial form and attained not just a heretofore undiscovered form of enlightenment, but perhaps even evolved into the fabled homo-superior itself...

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Charlie Brown’s Dark Hobo Past Exposed [Humor]


Charles Schulz was, by all accounts, a master of the comic strip and his Peanuts legacy continues to touch fans worldwide through its blend of simplicity and insight long after our blogging bones are laid to rest...

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Get Your Peanuts Fix With New 60th Anniversary Moleskin Notebooks


From loving superhero mash ups to significantly more literal translations, Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang aren't unaccustomed to receiving tributes from the greater art community - and it looks like there's more on the way, thanks to the arrival of new Peanuts Moleskine notebooks...

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