|Riffing on Peanuts|
|Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Peanuts, miscellany, Charles M Schulz||4 Dec 2014 12:54 PM|
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The next Complete Peanuts volume has an introduction unlike any one you have ever seen before. We've had comedians before from Whoopi Goldberg to Patton Oswalt talk about their connection to Schulz, Snoopy and the Gang but never before have we had someone riff on top of a Peanuts comic strip!
The comedians behind Rifftrax, Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy are also known for their work in Mystery Science Theater 3000. Mike was a writer and then host of the show, while Corbett and Murphy wrote and provided the amazing voices for the 'bots, Crow and Tom Servo respectively. They riff on four Peanuts strips in the upcoming The Complete Peanuts Vol. 23 (1995-1996).
But don't worry, there's also a fantastic words-only introduction written by two of their newer Rifftrax writers, Sean Thomason and Conor Lastowka. Like the kind that makes you laugh 'til you cry. And for anyone attending the Rifftrax LIVE show tonight in Nashville and streaming into theaters across the United States, Fantagraphics a little preview of the riffed comics just for the audience as part of downloadable digital goodies! There's still time to get a time to get a ticket for tonight, check your local theaters here to see who is showing Rifftrax: Santa Claus . And you've got plenty of time to preorder The Complete Peanuts Vol. 23 (1995-1996).
Hello Fanta readers! Our online shopping cart is currently undergoing some much-needed maintenance time, and so online ordering will not be available for the next few hours.
However, you can still get a hold of the books you crave! Our rockstar customer service lines are ready to take your orders by phone in the interim. Please call us toll-free at 1-800-657-1100 or, if you're outside the U.S, 206-524-1967.
Tim Lane is heading over a little past Route 66 to celebrate his newest collection of comics, The Lonesome Go. On Sunday, October 19th from 3-5pm at The Phoenix, the best local coffeeshop-bar-bookstore with a private library room, Lane will be signing comics and a little bit more!
Lane has been building up Lonesome Go boxes from antique suitcases and folios. Each one is different since they were all from thrift or antique stores. And inside, my oh my, are prints, comics, and recordings by Tim Lane and more. All the ephemera and contents reflect the sultry and dusty portrait of Americana that Lane has created in his comics Happy Hour in America, Abandoned Cars and now, Lonesome Go. Whether you're a grifter on the move, a train-hopping honey or just man in a bar with three fingers of whiskey instead of two, this collection is for you.
Lane will also be doing some recording at The Phoenix for any musician or singer with a love for old Americana and an itch to perform should head over to The Phoenix. Lane's collecting different versions of the same song "Jackie's Blue" (the lyrics of which are in The Lonesome Go) performed & recorded by a variety of musicians to include in the box set. This is open to anybody who wants to contribute a version. So bring your uke, your bango or your kazoo along with your Tim Lane comics and head over to The Phoenix!
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When Al Columbia is not drawing chilling comics or making home-made flame throwers (they can shoot as far as fifteen feet!), he's with his band cooking up something cool. The music video "Black Bikini" was filmed on location at 'Plum Island.' Columbia has about eight songs ready for his new album called Journey to Death Island, which will be out from Psychopop Records in the near distant future. Give it a listen, maybe even a shimmy and shake.
Based on a rather amazing idea from libraries, we decided to let some of our books go through the liberating process of not being judged by their covers or names. Some books were even happy enough to be photographed with their descriptions. Click on each description to see what book you should take home tonight. The ones up top describe themselves as quiet, a little gloomy, likes the beauty of little things and Looking for something longterm, family is important, likes punk rock.
This book listed itself as a book that likes the outdoors, clothing optional, plays guitar, has a 'green' thumb.
These books are great to read at home in bed, on the train, and even at a coffeeshop with a drink like this book that describes itself as rather powerful, into birds/birch, has 2 daughters.
Some of the books were too shy to be photographed, felt they had bad handwriting but we don't discriminate! Here are their descriptions:
Find a book you like today!
Just an FYI that we did indeed join another social media outlet for your enjoyment. Find us on Instagram as 'Fantagraphics' for more photos of your favorite books getting made, panels galore and my new favorite game 'count the razor blades found on the office floor.' While we can guarantee no brunch photos — unless someone makes us that Cannibal Fuckface waffle iron we've been wanting, we've got some mangy cats who love to pose with our books. Well anyway, it'll be some no filter fun and we can't wait to see how many of you like our photos from your workplace elevators and bathrooms. Follow Barnaby's advice and double-time it today.
Alright, people, party time. The lovely Arne Dus has posted a full on, four and half hour playlist of songs featured in Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree. From Fab Five Freddy to Tom Tom Club to even The Clash, Dus created the playlist to read Hip Hop Family Tree by or just dance. You can join in to on Spotify. Weekend Plans MADE.
Piskor's serialized strip from BoingBoing will be out this September in an exquisite print edition.
We missed this in the holiday rush of making sure you got those beautiful Peanuts books but Saturday Night Live created a laugh-and-fart-out-loud parody of the beloved characters created by Charles M. Schulz. Hats off to Bill Hader's Al Pacino as Charlie Brown and Martin Short's Larry David as Linus.
Also, a friend sent us this odd text-based adventure of a future society that learned how to be through a Peanuts filter. Walk around the world in your mind (live an hut made of baseball gloves)! Read a little bit of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang before immersing yourself.
Happy New Year's! Here's to a great year of books and the next year and the year after that. We salute you and thank you for your friendship and purchases. Some of you sent in photos reading books from this year (and a few past ones).
Cartoonist Zack Giallongo reads The Complete Syndicated Pogo Vol. 1: "Through the Wild Blue Yonder" by Walt Kelly. He's also surrounded himself with favorite things: banjos, dogs and crazy couches.
Cartoonist Chris Haley enjoys The Complete Syndicated Pogo Vol. 1: "Through the Wild Blue Yonder" by Walt Kelly.
Producer Allison Baker and kiddo Georgia Roberson read Walt Disney's Donald Duck: "A Christmas for Shacktown" by Carl Barks.
Playwrite Ian McDonald reads Ghost World by Daniel Clowes.
Kyle reads the now sold out Destroy All Movies edited by Zack Carlson.
Campaign organizer Evan Loeb ALSO reads The Hypo by Noah Van Sciver.
Linda Walker reads Flannery O'Connor edited by Kelly Gerald. Looking gorgeous.
Alex Cox of CBLDF reads Harvey Kurtzman's Corpse on the Imjin!
Fantagraphics Marketing Director Mike Baehr reads Steven Weissman's Barack Hussein Obama.
Real estate agent Janora Apple reads Charlie Brown's Christmas Stocking by Charles M Schulz.
Comics scholar and professor, Andrew Friedenthal, enjoys Peanuts by Charles M Schulz.
The Cartoon Utopia by Ron Regé Jr absorbs Kyla.
Neighbor of the SAW workshop, Julie, reads The Cartoon Utopia by Ron Regé Jr.
Ryan Anderson reads The Book of Mr. Natural by Robert Crumb.
Jessica Underhill reads Low Moon by Jason.
Billie, my three-legged dog reads Nancy Is Happy by Ernie Bushmiller.
And Dr. Butler wants to read my copy of Dungeon Quest Book 3 by Joe Daly. Keep reading! Happy 2013!