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The Power of Peanuts
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under classicsCharles M Schulz 29 Oct 2007 12:38 PM


Forbes' annual top-earning deceased celebrities list is out, and once again, Charles M. Schulz is near the top of the list, coming in at #3, behind #1 Elvis Presley and sandwiched between two Beatles (after John, ahead of George). I don't know why this thrills me every year, but it does. I mean, the Beatles and Elvis? Sure. But a shy cartoonist from Minnesota? The mind reels. Schulz really was the Beatles of comics.

There is one conspicuously absent name not on this list: are we to infer that the Beatles aren't the only celebs more popular than Jesus? (Just a little joke, America! Please don't burn our books.)



Sacco heads to Minneapolis
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Joe Saccoevents 29 Oct 2007 10:03 AM


After kicking off the release of Palestine: The Special Edition here in Seattle this weekend, Joe Sacco will be headed to Minneapolis in mid-November for his only other public event of the year. Our pals at Rain Taxi sponsor the Twin Cities Book Festival every year and this year are bringing Sacco along with several other writers.

JOE SACCO
Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 7:00 pm
$10 ($8 for Walker Members and Rain Taxi subscribers)
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis


Celebrated cartoonist JOE SACCO visits Minneapolis for a special presentation co-hosted by Rain Taxi Review of Books and the Walker Art Center. Appearing in conjunction with the Walker exhibition Brave New Worlds, Sacco will offer a visual tour of his acclaimed approach to comics journalism, in which he combines the techniques of eyewitness reportage with the medium of graphic storytelling to explore complex, emotionally weighted situations in some of the most conflicted and war-torn regions of the globe.









Schulz on PBS tonight!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under PeanutsclassicsCharles M Schulz 29 Oct 2007 9:30 AM


Set your DVRs immediately! Tonight is the night: PBS will air a documentary on the life of Charles M. Schulz. In "Good Ol' Charles Schulz," AMERICAN MASTERS presents an unexpected portrait of the man behind the most popular comic strip in history. The feature-length documentary premieres tonight, October 29, 2007, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET on PBS.

Panter named 2007 American Book Award winner
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Gary Panterawards 29 Oct 2007 9:22 AM


The Before Columbus Foundation has announced that Jimbo's Inferno by Gary Panter (and published by Fantagraphics) has been selected as a winner of the twenty-eighth annual AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS for 2007. Congratulations, Gary!

The American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America's diverse literary community. The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions.

This is the second Fantagraphics book to garner an ABA -- Joe Sacco's Palestine was a recipient in 1996, and the award at that time very much helped solidfy Palestine's place in the pantheon of great graphic novels. Here's hoping Panter's has a similar effect, I can't think of a more deserving artist.





Forney & Alexie signing in Seattle tomorrow
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsEllen Forney 29 Oct 2007 9:12 AM


Who: Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney
What: Signing The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
When: Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 PM
Where: Third Place Books
Lake Forest Park Towne Centre
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

With the purchase of the National Book Award-nominated novel at Third Place Books tomorrow evening, receive a limited-edition poster created to celebrate Mr. Alexie's new novel and autographed by Alexie and Forney, while supplies last!









Happy Birthday, Krazy Kat!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Krazy Katclassics 29 Oct 2007 8:55 AM


Yesterday marked 95th anniversary of the debut of George Herriman's Krazy Kat comic strip. Look for our next collection (pictured above) at the end of the year, which is our penultimate Sunday color volume - only one more to go before all of the color Sundays have been collected!

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