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Schulz’s Lost Strip “It’s Only A Game” to be Translated to Italian

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Schulz’s Lost Strip “It’s Only A Game” to be Translated to Italian

Official Press Release

In 1957, Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz brought out a second
syndicated comics series, a gag panel called “It’s Only a Game” which
focused on games, sports, and leisure activities. This strip remained a
forgotten piece of the Schulz legacy, as not a single panel of it showed
up in any book until 2004, when About Comics released their complete
one-volume It’s Only a Game collection. This spring, the many Italian
Schulz fans will get their first chance to experience these gems when
Free Books releases their translation of that collection, È solo un gioco.

“The Italian readers are in for a treat,” explains Nat Gertler,
publisher of About Comics. “As best as we can tell, none of these
hundreds of cartoons have ever been translated into Italian – or any
other language. So while the American Schulz fan might have seen some of
these when they ran in the handful of papers which picked up the series
or read one accompanying an article on Schulz or in a Peanuts fan
newsletter, they’re all new to the Italians.”

The Italian version is being edited by Free Books Editor-in-Chief Andrea
Materia along with a team of internationally renowned Italian comics
scholars. Materia explains “The translation extends beyond just Schulz’s
dialog. The English edition also has insightful commentary provided by
cartoonist Jim Sasseville, who collaborated with Schulz during the
latter part of the strip’s run, and that commentary is being translated
for our version as well.”

This translation actually marks the first About Comics foray into
foreign licensing of books. “Up until now, we haven’t secured the
foreign rights to most of what we publish. Some of our most popular
books, such as Panel One: Comic Book Scripts by Top Writers, it wouldn’t
even make sense to translate,” explains Gertler. “But for It’s Only A
Game, we knew we had something that would not only be popular – and it
has turned out to be our fastest-selling book yet – but also have
international appeal. So we made sure to get the rights, and now we’re
eager to license it for as many languages and territories as possible.”
Interested foreign publishers can email rights@aboutcomics.com for more
information.

About Free Books, srl: Free Books, srl owns one of the largest printing
facilities in Italy. The Free Books comics imprint was launched by
Adriano Cerboni in late 2003. It quickly gained nation-wide attention
for its publication of Alan Moore’s Supreme and Judgment Day, Clive
Barker’s Hellraiser and Tapping the Vein, Joss Whedon’s Fray and Tales
of the Slayers, Joe Kubert’s Yossel: April 19, 1943 and Terry Moore’s
Strangers in Paradise. Other classics and fresh-new graphic novels are
on the way. See www.free-books.it for further information.

About About Comics: A small but remarkably diverse publisher in the
comics field, About Comics has published such books as Panel One: Comic
Book Scripts by Top Writers, a collection of Kurt Busiek’s first
original series The Liberty Project, and the Scott McCloud-edited
anthology 24 Hour Comics. About Comics is also the force behind 24 Hour
Comics Day, an international event of marathon comics creation. See
www.AboutComics.com for further information.

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