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Review: Snoopy’s Thanksgiving

J. Caleb Mozzocco
snoopy's thanksgiving

Snoopy’s Thanksgiving By Charles M. Schulz Fantagraphics; $9.99 Now here’s something to be thankful for—the fourth in Fantagraphics’ growing line of seasonal-themed gift books collecting classic Peanuts material. Snoopy’s Thanksgiving, as the title indicates, is concerned with next month’s big holiday. While there was, of course, an animated  Peanuts holiday special about Thanksgiving—1973′s A Charlie [...]

Review: Ghost of The Grotto

J. Caleb Mozzocco
ghost of the grotto

Ghost of The Grotto By Carl Barks Fantagraphics; $12.99 It seems almost silly to call this new Fantagraphics collection of Carl Barks’ Donald Duck comics, the first in a new format, a kid-friendly collection, if only because that implies that somehow the previous Barks books weren’t also kid-friendly. And all of Fanta’s duck comics collections [...]

Review: The Complete Peanuts Vol. 1: 1950-1952

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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The Complete Peanuts Vol. 1: 1950-1952 By Charles Schulz Fantagraphics Books; $22.99 Fantagraphics’ ambitious and important Complete Peanuts reprint project—which was just what it sounded like, all of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strips, collected—was pretty obviously targeted toward adult fans and students of the comics medium. You could tell by the hard covers, the slipcase [...]

Review: Waiting For The Great Pumpkin

J. Caleb Mozzocco
waiting for the great pumpkin

Waiting For The Great Pumpkin By Charles M. Schulz Fantagraphics; $9.99 It’s probably a toss-up as to what is ultimately the best-known contribution of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts into our pop culture, the animated Christmas special or the animated Halloween special. Which is appropriate, given that the second of those is based around Linus’ peculiar belief [...]

Review: Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn

J. Caleb Mozzocco
unicorn

Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn By Carl Barks Fantagraphics Books; $29.99 According to story notes provided to Ken Parille in the back of the latest volumes of Fantagraphics’ Carl Barks library, the eminent and influential cartoonist was no fan of superhero comics. Perhaps he found them too simplistic, and the drawing of [...]

Review: ‘Batter Up, Charlie Brown!’

J. Caleb Mozzocco
charlie brown

Batter Up, Charlie Brown! By Charles M. Schulz Fantagraphics; $9.99 As an athlete, Charlie Brown may be best known for never being able to connect with the football that Lucy always snatches away from him mid-kick, but football was of only one of the sports he was doomed to fail at. He didn’t have much [...]

Review: Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Christmas on Bear Mountain

J. Caleb Mozzocco
christmas on bear mountain

Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Christmas On Bear Mountain By Carl Barks Fantgraphics Books, $28.99 Few things say “Christmas” like an installment of Fantagraphics’ Carl Barks Library, featuring a generous slice of The Good Duck Artist’s practically unparalleled cartooning. That’s partly because Barks’s Disney comics were and are enormously well crafted and equally enormously entertaining, timeless [...]

Review: Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Color Sundays: “Call of the Wild”

J. Caleb Mozzocco
mickey mouse

Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Color Sundays: “Call of the Wild” By Floyd Gottfredson Fantagraphics, $29.99 Running parallel to their complete collection of the daily comic strips of Floyd Gottfredson, who is to Mickey Mouse as Carl Barks is to Donald Duck, Fantagraphics is now collecting Gottfredson’s color Sunday strips, and this is the first of [...]

Review: Mr. Twee Deedle

Michael May
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Mr. Twee Deedle: Raggedy Ann’s Sprightly Cousin – The Forgotten Fantasy Masterpieces of Johnny Gruelle Edited by Rick Marschall Fantagraphics; $75.00 Thanks to Junie B. Jones and other books still carrying the torch, children today are quite familiar with Raggedy Ann and Andy, even if they know nothing about their history or the man who [...]

Review: Charlie Brown’s Christmas Stocking

Brigid Alverson
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Charlie Brown’s Christmas Stocking By Charles M. Schulz Fantagraphics Review by J. Caleb Mozzocco Form coincides with content in Charlie Brown’s Christmas Stocking, a new collection of two 1960s picture-book style comics efforts from Charles Schulz. The title story concerns the Peanuts gang’s musings on the stocking tradition (and good old Charlie Brown’s dilemma of [...]