I don’t remember how I ran across either of these, but they’re fun to point out.
The first is The Peanuts Grand Piano Book. Sounds like it opens up like a piano, and it’d be a cute bard book for the wee ones.
The second, We Have Ways of Making You Laugh, is the latest by one of my idols, Sam Gross:
I’d love to hear the meetings involved in bringing this to print! If anyone can pull this off, it’s Gross.
Anyhoo, check ’em out if you get a chance.
I don’t remember how or why I came across this, but it’s a pretty fun read:
“It Was A Dark And Stormy Night”
It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly, a shot rang out! A door slammed. The maid screamed.
Suddenly, a pirate ship appeared on the horizon!
While millions of people were starving, the king lived in luxury. Meanwhile, on a small farm in Kansas, a boy was growing up.
A light snow was falling, and the little girl with the tattered shawl had not sold a violet all day.
At that very moment, a young intern at City Hospital was making an important discovery. The mysterious patient in Room 213 had finally awakened. She moaned softly.
Could it be that she was the sister of the boy in Kansas who loved the girl with the tattered shawl who was the daughter of the maid who had escaped from the pirates? The intern frowned.
“Stampede!” the foreman shouted, and forty thousand head of cattle thundered down on the tiny camp. The two men rolled on the ground grappling beneath the murderous hooves. A left and a right. A left. Another left and right. An uppercut to the jaw. The fight was over. And so the ranch was saved.
The young intern sat by himself in one corner of the coffee shop. he had learned about medicine, but more importantly, he had learned something about life.
I bet that graphic got your attention!
...there is an interview with Al Plastino, long-time comic book artist, former cartoonist of the Nancy comic strip, and most relevant to this discussion, the guy whom United Feature Syndicate had tapped for taking over Peanuts should something happen to Schulz (back before it was decided that Such Things Would Not Be Done.) Among the illustrations for the article are small but clear reproductions of three Plastino Peanuts dailies, showing us what might have been.
(Thanks to The Aaugh Blog)