By Robert Greenwood
It’s Tokyo Charlie Brown
If, by now, fans of Alternative Mindz didn’t know, I am a huge fan of all things Japanese. I’ve been to Japan twice and my wife reads, writes and speaks Japanese.
I’m also a huge fan of The Peanuts so having the two together is like Reese’s.
I’ve sung the praises of the new Boom series and how it lives up to Charles Schultz and embodies the spirit and energy of his work.
So, how does this new adventure fit? First off the writer, Vicki Scott, placed segments of actual old strips into the story to meld the world as one, making this book seem like it “fit like a glove” as one of Charles M. Shultz’s own.
This story has a familiar theme. Charlie Brown once again fails at everything he does, letting his team down again as their coach and pitcher. This leads to all forms of torture by his peers through name calling. Despite all of this, he receives a letter in the mail to have his team play in Japan.
The reasoning gets lost as to why they are chosen but who cares? Get these kids to Tokyo!
They sprinkle bits of actual Tokyo into the story from images of Tokyo Tower to the “go to” tour bus of all of Tokyo, the Hato bus and more. Yet, they missed a real opportunity at showing the gang like fishes out of water by not taking them to Akihabara (Akiba) with the maid cafes or all the fun electronics, something they would look completely confused by. Also having Snoopy interact in a pachinko parlor is a personal wish.
It would have been something unique to have the game played in the Tokyo Dome. When Lucy makes fun of Chuck’s head, I thought we would get a game inside the Tokyo Giants’ turf.
Other than my Otaku grip, this is a perfect continuation of all the past “It’s ——- Charlie Brown” books and should be read by all who love The Peanuts and who love Japan. It’s over 100 pages and a super fast fun read for all ages.
KaBOOM! Studios is proud to announce the release of PEANUTS: IT’S TOKYO CHARLIE BROWN, a brand new original Graphic Novel intended for all-ages.
The Peanuts gang touches down in Tokyo! Charlie Brown and Snoopy lead the charge as the gang’s team is selected to represent the United States in an international baseball game in Japan. Charlie Brown can’t believe his team was picked, but even with the addition of a sports star like Peppermint Patty, do they have any hope of winning? Between seeing the sights and taking in the best of Japanese culture, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty and the rest of everyone’s favorite characters still manage to be their incorrigible selves.
PEANUTS: IT’S TOKYO CHARLIE BROWN is now available in comic stores and will be available in bookstores November 6th, 2012. This standalone, original graphic novel features a brand new full length story featuring the beloved Peanuts gang. It is accessible to all ages, runs 112 pages in full color and carries a $13.99 price point.
Written by Vicki Scott (PEANUTS) and with art by Vicki Scott and Paige Braddock (PEANUTS), this new issue is sure to bring laughter and joy to all ages just in time for the holidays.
Welcome to a very special episode of Positively Nerdy! Positively Nerdy is celebrating Halloween all month long and for many of us that means watching: “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”. For nearly 50 years this endearing television special has been must see TV for Halloween and Peanuts fans alike. I am joined by Rob Base (www.alternativemindz.com) and Mike Lacey (What the Shell! and Wrestleshcok co-host) to share our memories of this special, it’s impact on us as kids and how it’s changed, if at all, when we watch it as adults. Queue up your copy and join us as we celebrate Halloween in it’s most pure and honest form. This podcast is as sincere as Linus’ pumpkin patch!
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By Robert Greenwood
Story by Vicki Scott, Shane Houghton, Charles M Schulz Art by Vicki Scott, Paige Braddok, Matt Whitlock
Colors by Lisa Moore, Bob Scott, Justin Thompson,Cover by Charles M. Schulz published by Boom
Growing up with the Peanuts had been something generations of people could collectively say. Then, one day Charles Schulz passed away. It has been a little over a decade ago, and It was a sure bet that the Peanuts went with him. Here we are 2012 and we finally get all new tales of Charlie Brown and the gang.
But,How does the book hold up?
If you thought only Charles Schulz could write for the Peanuts you would be sadly mistaken. But, I’m getting a little ahead of myself. The book isn’t a traditional comic book in the sense of a ” one” cohesive story. The book works more like a anthology, broken up with new short stories and a few classic Peanuts tales by Charles Schulz himself.
The stories not done by Schulz retain all the classic humor and character development we have come to expect from the world of Snoopy and Charlie Brown. There is so much to love about this series that its almost impossible to condense into a few paragraphs. The art work captures the essence of Schulz perfectly, but with a more dynamic perspective we have come to appreciate with modern comics.
It’s still amazes me how seeing Snoopy being used as a blood hound is still funny and classic Peanuts fair. Yet, the use of an almost Will Eisner-esque perspective shots gives new life in the once 2 dimensional world. If you are a fan of the Peanuts or if you have kids, this is a title you need to be collecting ASAP!
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Charles M. Schulz, the most widely syndicated and beloved cartoonist of all time, is also one of the least understood figures in American culture. Now acclaimed biographer David Michaelis gives us the first full-length biography of the brilliant, unseen man behind Peanuts: at once a creation story, a portrait of a native genius, and a chronicle contrasting the private man with the central role he played in shaping the national imagination.
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