It's Only a Game

I’ve been thinking about Christmas recently. Just last week I wrapped my first present of the year, and we’re not even to September yet.

But when one works retail, as I do, and one works retail management, as I do, then come November 1st my life vanishes as my work load increases, my work week lengths, and Christmas means little more than, “Why, that’s my day off that week!”

I know what I want for Christmas. (Other than things like world peace, George Bush’s impending unemployment, etc.) Newsarama posted an article today about It’s Only a Game, a collection of single-panel comic strips written and drawn by Charles Schulz during the 1950s. From the press release announcing the book: “[F]ew people know that during the late 1950s, during a period of great creativity, Schulz was also doing another newspaper comics series. ‘It’s Only a Game’ took a look at people and their pastimes, showing us how we win, how we lose, and how we play the game. This long forgotten work is now being put into a book for the very first time, as About Comics publishes the complete collection It’s Only a Game.”

Between this and Fantagraphics’ The Complete Peanuts collections, this is a great time to be a Charles Schulz fan.

Now if I could only figure out what to buy my sister for her birthday come Saturday…. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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