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The Nib is offering, through August 2023, free downloads of all 15 issues of The Nib magazine.

The Nib is wrapping up ten years of publishing and closing down at the end of August. But before we go, we are making all 15 issues of our Eisner and Ignatz award-winning magazine available for anyone to download for free. That’s more than 1,600 pages of comics, including our out of print Secrets, Nature, Food, and Color issues.

Check it out at The Nib’s Download the magazines page; and maybe chip in to keep The Nib Archives up.

Book publishing going the newspaper route.

Publishers Weekly reports hedge fund KKR buying Simon & Schuster:

In a move that some in the industry will welcome as putting at least a temporary stop to industry consolidation, the private investment firm KKR has reached an agreement with Paramount Global to acquire Simon & Schuster for $1.62 billion in an all cash transaction.

Vanity Fair looks deeper into the deal:

In the newspaper world, a sale to private equity tends to feel like a funeral, with ink-stained wretches lamenting the slow and painful death of their industry. In the adjacent world of book publishing, the news this week that KKR would acquire Simon & Schuster from Paramount Global hardly seemed so grim.

The Beat covers a bit as it relates to comic publishing.

Berkeley Breathed is creating new Bloom County comic strips for the first time in over a year!

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A half dozen so far. Check ’em out at Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County Facebook page.

In time for your 2024 Easter basket.

Nat Gertler discovers a new 12-page Peanuts pop-up book featuring the first comic strip:

Added to the pending Peanuts books is Here Comes Charlie Brown! A Peanuts Pop-Up. Is it a pop-up book? Yes! Is it a strip collection? That depends on your definition of the word “collection”. If it is, it’s literally strip collection, in that it collects a single strip. That’s right, the whole book is a pop-up version of one strip, the very first Peanuts strip.

© Peanuts Worldwide

Nat Gertler on that above mentioned Simon and Schuster buyout.

More Peanuts

Get a Peanuts hat in San Francisco Giants colors by going to tomorrow’s night game.

Description: It’s Giants Peanuts Night, Charlie Brown! Join us as we celebrate one of the most popular comic strips of all time. Your Special Event ticket includes a limited edition Peanuts Night hat and a ticket to cheer on the Giants against the Texas Rangers. Join fellow Peanuts fans and enjoy our Peanuts themed entertainment throughout the game.

The Addams Family favored over The Simpsons Family

NEW YORK — They’re creepy, and they’re kooky, mysterious, and spooky. Now, the Addams family is also America’s favorite on-screen family, according to a new survey. The poll of 2,000 U.S. adults with streaming subscriptions revealed the nation’s spookiest family is the most popular, edging out the Simpsons family, the Brady family, and the Bundy family.

StudyFinds has the results of the Plex/OnePoll survey.

3 thoughts on “Good News Bad News Dude News Rad News

  1. Simon and Schuster, now about to be part of the KKR ownership, was the company famous for launching the Little Golden Books (The Golden Books line would later be spun off into Western Publishing, today Golden Books are owned by Random House).

  2. Is there anywhere other than Facebook to view the new Bloom County strips? Love Bloom County but I don’t want a Facebook account 🙁

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