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The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 (Vol. 21) by Charles M. Schulz - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsPeanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 27 Mar 2014 4:29 PM

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 (Vol. 21)
by Charles M. Schulz

344-page black & white 8.5" x 7" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-726-0

Ships in: May 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Peanuts enters its final decade, and The Complete Peanuts enters its homestretch, with material that is perhaps the most overlooked of Schulz’s career and soon to be reconsidered by scholars with this volume. Schulz’s cartooning has never looked more confident, and his sense of humor never more unrestrained. This is the 21st volume (of 25) of the perennial, bestselling series that collects every single one of the 18,000-plus Peanuts strips created by Charles M. Schulz, from its debut in 1950 to the end in 2000.

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Batter Up, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schulz - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Peanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 17 Mar 2014 1:31 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Batter Up, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schulz

Batter Up, Charlie Brown!
by Charles M. Schulz

64-page black & white (with spot color) 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-725-3

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Good ol' Charlie Brown is up at bat in this delightful collection of three complete Peanuts baseball stories.

Charlie Brown, along with his teammates Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, and Snoopy, gives it his all in these funny, touching testaments to his indefatigable spirit.

"Schulz was truly one of the game's great ambassadors." - Former National Baseball Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey

PEANUTS ® & © Peanuts Worldwide

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Vol. 1) Softcover Edition by Charles M. Schulz - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under PeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 17 Mar 2014 11:55 AM

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 paperback cover photo

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 paperback pages photo

Hey Charlie Brown: you had one job!

For the new softcover editions, we redesigned The Complete Peanuts inside and out, as you can see in these snapshots of a just-arrived advance copy of the kick-off volume, The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952. Looks pretty snappy, huh?

Even if you've been collecting the hardcover volumes, you'll want to have these affordable paperbacks around for the kids and for loaning out or giving as gifts to friends and relatives, and of course the brilliance of Charles M. Schulz's beloved strip endures no matter what the format. Pre-order your copy (it'll be available a couple of months from now) and read a free excerpt right here.

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Vol. 1) Softcover Edition by Charles M. Schulz - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 14 Mar 2014 12:24 PM

If there's anyone out there who's been holding out for a softcover edition of The Complete Peanuts, your patience is soon to pay off! Or if you're late to the Peanuts party and want to start from the beginning, now is the time. Our paperback of The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952, the first volume in our definitive, unexpurgated collection of Charles M. Schulz's decades-spanning masterpiece, is due in a couple of months, and we have a bunch of pages to share with you!

We've pulled our downloadable excerpt from the middle of the book at the beginning of 1952, when Schulz began doing Sundays, with five full weeks of strips for your enjoyment! Reserve your copy today for delivery in May.

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Vol. 1) Softcover Edition by Charles M. Schulz

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 (Vol. 21) by Charles M. Schulz - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under PeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 6 Mar 2014 1:04 PM

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 cover photo

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 pages photo

Happiness is a new Peanuts book on my desk! Here's a just-delivered advance copy of The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 by Charles M. Schulz — Vol. 21 in the series. Marcie on the cover, two full years of daily and Sunday strips in crisp black and white inside, an introduction by Tom Tomorrow, and those thoughtful design touches by Seth that make these books so inviting... ahhh. Don't you just want to hug it?

If you missed it, we shared the first month of strips for free, and we're taking pre-orders for delivery in May — get all the info and take action right here.

Blockheads at Peanuts: In Photos
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Things to seePeanutsCharles M Schulz 12 Feb 2014 3:50 PM
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On Monday, the fine folk at Peanuts let me grace their campus for a rather incredible visit. Nomi Kane, former Fantagraphics intern, Center for Cartoon Studies' 2011 alum and Donna Almendrala, CCS 2012 alum, were kind enough to show OSU librarian Caitlin McGurk and me around!
Swank 
The waiting room was chock full of Peanuts paraphenalia including some VERY familiar reprints of Peanuts. One could even call them the COMPLETE PEANUTS.
Peanuts library
Vicki works on some of the ad and the pencilling the graphic novel Peanuts produces (Paige Braddock inks). She also could make ANYTHING out of anything --- her chair was refurbished with a Japanese Peanuts banner as the cushion fabric --- very cool.
Vicki 
Vicki's pencils go off to Paige Braddock (also the cartoonist behind Jane's World) who was busy showing off some of Sparky's old nibs she was using and breaking in a new one. Her office is one of the coolest I've ever seen but you'll just have to visit to see what I mean!
Jen Vaughn and Paige Braddock 
Nomi and Donna both approve merchandise from licensees and of course, kept some cool stuff. Like these motorcycle/scooter helmets. They were so nice you would buy a Vespa to match. (Donna and Caitlin demonstrate the proper way to wear a helmet)
Caitlin and Donna 
Donna and Nomi at their desks. Donna was adapting a PIZZA and BASEBALL strip (hello, two of my favorite things) that you can read in our upcoming The Complete Peanuts Vol. 21 (1991-1992). There's even MORE baseball in Batter Up, Charlie Brown! the perfect lil' gift for the slugger in your life. 
Nomi Kane 
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Speaking of baseball! And yes, basically everything was Peanuts-themed SAVE the toilet paper but I have hopes for my next visit:
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Some other coworkers worked with specific items like plush dolls and cell phone charms/key fobs:
Peanuts stuff 
Apparently, Japanese readers of Peanuts are wild about Olaf, Snoopy's brother 'with more to love.' He was everywhere there, which was pretty cool. (Olaf hangs tough with sister, Belle, and brother, Spike)
Olaf 
We met another working cartoonist at home at Peanuts (along with Paige, Donna and Nomi). Alexis E. Farjado of Kid Beowulf works there and his bookshelf was IMPRESSIVE to me (read: a lot of comics and many Fantagraphics' books). Here he models the Snoopy puppy socks that I obviously stole when his back was turned for one-eyed Wanda back at my office.
Alexis 
Wanda 
In fact, everywhere I went from the 'family office' to the Peanuts and Associates to the museum, had a near full set of The Complete Peanuts and the new Peanuts Every Sunday on the employee's desk. It was like being at home (except I didn't hear any cursing).  
Boooooks 
Off to the museum next! The quote that burns into your soul the minute you walk in is "A cartoonist is someone who draws the same thing day after day without repeating himself." PERFECT. (yeah, I know it says 'himself' but if you worked as hard as Schulz, you'd probably use your own gender since you're talking about yourself!).
Cartoonist  
One of the best and permanent objects in the museum was a ceramic tile mural composed of 3,588 ceramic tiles equaling TEN years of daily strips (published between 1956-1988). Designed by Yoshiteru Otani, this was one of the most fun to see from a distance and up close. 
Peanuts MURAL  
In the courtyard, many sculptures wait for visitors and "Under Construction Brown" is a delight. Made by TivoliToo in 2001.
Peanuts statues 
And a lil' something by CHRISTO was hanging out in the permanent collection.
Christo Snoopy house 
One of the rotating exhibits was about the night sky in Schulz comics and even had an interactive constellation board. The presentation of one of the main walls was both striking and still warm enough to invite kids in.
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Peanuts wall 
The other special exhibit was, of course, about heartbreak in Peanuts comics. More on THAT later.  A shot of all of us, who have dedicated our lives to comics! Donna, Denis St. John  (CCS '08 alum), Nomi and me.
Peanuts and co 
We hit the gift shop by the skating rink and GUESS what was there? A Red Baron flying ace and alllll the Complete Peanuts. I'm very easily pleased. 
giftstore 
Boooks 
There was one last special visit and this was behind the scenes in Charles M. Schulz's actual studio (there is a recreation in the museum). His tools were preserved and the symbolic 'next strip' lay on his desk. 
Schulz's tools 
Schulz Desk 
A big thank you to Jeannie Schulz for taking the time to jabber on with us, Nomi for arranging/giving the tour and Donna for graciously answering our questions as well. It meant a tremendous amount to me, Caitlin and Denis because we all worked at the Schulz Library at some point during our time at the Center for Cartoons Studies in White River Junction.
Toonies 
Feel inspired? Grab a copy of Peanuts today! Grab a pencil, the nearest ONE, and start drawing.
Pencil 
The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Vol. 1) Softcover Edition by Charles M. Schulz - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under PeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 7 Feb 2014 12:29 PM

The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Vol. 1) Softcover Edition by Charles M. Schulz

We are pleased to debut the final cover art for The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 Softcover Edition! The acclaimed, award-winning series, in paperback, with a new design by art director Jacob Covey, and following the same release pattern as the original hardcovers: 2 volumes per year, with an annual slipcased 2-volume set. This first volume arrives in early Summer and you can pre-order now.

(By the way, we premiered this image yesterday on The Complete Peanuts Facebook fan page, so you hardcore Schulz-philes ought to go give that a "like" if you want first dibs on stuff like this!) 

Batter Up, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schulz - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPeanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 31 Jan 2014 12:19 PM

"Schulz was truly one of the game’s great ambassadors." – Former National Baseball Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey

"Seeing [Schulz's] work isolated and expanded only reinforces the sheer timelessness and brilliance inherent; Schulz was a master of mood and line in equal measure..." – Paste

"Charles Schulz was an American treasure — an artist, philosopher, and keen observer of human life." – Bill Clinton

"The world of Peanuts is a microcosm, a little human comedy for the innocent reader and for the sophisticated." – Umberto Eco

Batter Up, Charlie Brown!
by Charles M. Schulz

64-page black & white (with spot color) 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-725-3

Due to arrive in about 5-7 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/batterupcharliebrown

Batter Up, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schulz - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsPeanutsnew releasesCharles M Schulz 30 Jan 2014 3:58 PM

Batter Up, Charlie Brown!
by Charles M. Schulz

64-page black & white (with spot color) 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-725-3

Ships in: March 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Charlie Brown may not be the best pitcher, batter, or team manager, but his love for the game is boundless, no matter how many home runs he gives up, how many games he loses, how many errors his team makes, or how many times the game is rained out. This delightful gift book features three complete baseball stories starring good ol’ Charlie Brown and his frustrating (and frustrated) teammates Lucy, Linus, Pigpen, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang. Whether it’s at home or on the road, on the mound or off the field, Charlie Brown gives it his all in these funny, touching testaments to his indefatigable spirit.

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The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 (Vol. 21) by Charles M. Schulz - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsPeanutsComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 20 Jan 2014 3:24 PM

This time each year we look forward to yet another odd-numbered volume of The Complete Peanuts by Charles M. SchulzThe Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 takes us into the strip's final decade, with Schulz adding more surprising twists and flights of fancy to his repertoire of classic themes.

Our downloadable excerpt includes all of the strips from January, 1991 (plus a couple more for good measure). Snoopy fixates on cookies and works as a construction flagger; Lucy looks for serenity and questions Linus's fundamental beliefs; Peppermint Patty and Marcie confuse athletics and academics; snowflakes are vied for; Snoopy and Woodstock debate the merits of their species; and lots more gags & laughs from the gang. And that's just one month out of 23 in this volume! For the rest, pre-order now.

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 (Vol. 21) by Charles M. Schulz