In a press release issued this past Monday, publisher BOOM! Studios, who have been publishing new Peanuts stories for a few years now, were putting together an all-star tribute to the late Charles Schulz, including New York Times bestselling author Raina Telgemeier, Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai, and indie creator Jeff Lemire.
Set to be a 112 page hardcover, BOOM! intends to announce the creators involved over time, probably leading up to San Diego Comic-Con, unless I'm badly mistaken. The project is to celebrate Peanuts' 65th anniversary, and each artist will get a chance to write a brief essay about their thoughts on Schulz and his comics. It's a really great idea, and I look forward to seeing the book when it debuts. Peanuts was one of the comics of my formative years and even when it started to wander off over time, it was still a comic I read every time I got a chance to pick up a newspaper. Its influence is so large that a lot of papers, at least last time I checked were still reprinting the strip, because there's a big demand to read it.
Here's a Lemire image for you to ponder. As readers know, we don't do a lot of PR for publishers, but this was one I wanted to give people a heads' up on. I imagine quite a few of our readers will be looking forward to this one when it comes out.
|Jeff Lemire's Peanuts, part of the BOOM! Anniversary book.|