Friday Free-For-All

We’ve been on a bit of a book kick here lately, so let’s start with that.

While every year is a good one for people who collect Peanuts books, this one looks to be a particularly prime one for people who collect not so much the books, but the boxes they come in.

Peanuts maven Nat Gertler lists a half dozen Peanuts box sets scheduled for this year.


[W]e have double Schulz slices honoring this weekend’s special day dedicated to vinyl.

Mondo Shop celebrates Record Store Day (April 21) with a couple limited edition screenprinted posters featuring Peanuts characters and music.


Bob Moran is a British anti-vaxxer cartoonist, but the story linked here is from the Canadian Rebel News so that is in keeping with our America-centric site.

The pandemic struck and Bob started off cautious about health and restrictions, but he moved quickly in just a few short months to being a cautious skeptic, a dangerous position to take in a time when ideological homogeneity is not just expected but rather enforced brutally amongst the chattering classes.

Each week, Bob produces three pieces of artwork that he makes available free of charge for publications around the world.


As long as we’re over there – Down The Tubes notes the passing of cartoonist Peter Birkett.

Every cartoon, for magazines such as Private Eye and PUNCH was a winner, but as he may be best remembered for his unforgettable Daleks from 1981, “Well, this certainly buggers our plan to conquer the Universe”, which clearly had lasting impact, perhaps even on the show itself, as events in the Seventh Doctor story, Remembrance of the Daleks, testify.



The last of its kind.

The Wall Street Journal notes that the state of Montana is home to The Livingston Enterprise and, 320 miles to the east, The Miles City Star.

[They] appear to be the last remaining U.S. dailies printed after lunch and delivered before dinner.

The last of the afternoon newspapers.


More Book Stuff.


Heidi MacDonald and Calvin Reid, for Publishers Weekly, create A Graphic Novel/Comics Timeline, 1997–2022.

September 2019

• Raina Telgemeier’s Guts becomes the first graphic novel to launch with a one-million print run.

January 2020

New Kid by Jerry Craft wins the Newbery Award, the first graphic novel to win this prize.


A Different Kind of Timeline

John McCutcheon, 1922 and Saul Steinberg, 1976
  • We love making fun of other people’s (or our own) inflated sense of self-importance, and “we” includes mapmakers.
  • On that topic, Saul Steinberg’s famous “9th Avenue” cartoon always comes up, as does its most likely source of inspiration.
  • But of the two schools of satirical cartography, McCutcheon rather than Wallingford is the more likely contender.

Big Think looks at the history cartoonist mapmaking.


Jeff Smith commentary on the progression of Bone from comics to film.

Netflix’s long-gestating adaptation of Jeff Smith’s Bone has apparently been scrapped. The news came courtesy of a new report from The Wrap, which breaks down the recent changes going on behind the scenes at Netflix Animation’s Kids & Family division. In particular, it reveals that “several high-profile projects have been unceremoniously canceled” at the streamer, with Bone being among them. The project was first optioned by Netflix in 2019, with the goal of it being adapted into an animated series. reports on another disappointment for Jeff Smith.


Since there is “free” in the heder I was going to direct you to a shot at free books.

But I can’t find a link. I guess you have to sign up for AMP Kids email updates.


But here’s a pdf Spring Novel Sampler from AMP Kids.


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