To celebrate the 65th anniversary of Charles Schulz’s classic “Peanuts” cartoon strip, Boom! Studios will release a hardcover anthology featuring work from a number of the industry’s most noted cartoonists and creators. As revealed in The New York Times’ Arts Beat blog, “Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz” — which is set to hit stores in October — will feature contributions from Matt Groening (“The Simpsons”), Patrick McDonnell (“Mutts”), Stan Sakai (“Usagi Yojimbo”), Megan Brennan (“Adventure Time”), Raina Telgemeier (“Smile”) and Jeff Lemire (“Sweet Tooth”). The tribute will be released through Boom! Studios all-ages imprint KaBoom!
Boom! Studios editor in chief Matt Gagnon called the commemorative, 112-page hardcover a “a giant love letter from creators all over the world.” Gagnon also mentioned that each contribution, which ranges from new strips to short stories and pinups, will be accompanied by text from the creator explaining “what Charles Schulz meant to them.”
“Usagi Yojimbo” creator Stan Sakai mentioned this “Peanuts” project in a previous interview with Comic Book Resources.
“It’s a hardcover coffee table book,” Sakai told CBR in March. “They’re getting various creators to submit either pinups or short stories. I’m doing a short story about Charlie Brown being lost in Tokyo. I’m having a great time with it. It’s a lot of fun. I knew Charles Schulz, and he left such an incredible legacy. It’s a purely fun project for me.”
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