- Posted by Johanna on March 3, 2011 at 8:54 pm
- Category: Comic News
When rumors began spreading about the future of the Boom! Kids line, the publisher reminded us that they were working on relaunching that imprint. At the end of February, news came out that they were renaming the kids’ books line Kaboom! (A name choice that has already spawned talk of legal action from Rob Liefeld, who Twittered “my lawyers are drafting a complaint…. Shouldn’t be an issue since we released the KABOOM! HC and trade last year.”) One of the reasons for the name change: anything labeled kids turns off children.
As for their publications, the most exciting announcement, to me, was when they were teasing Peanuts as being published by them. Since Fantagraphics releases the Complete Peanuts comic strip reprint series, speculation arose around what, exactly, Boom! would be releasing. I was hoping, along with Steve Bennett, that they’d be reprinting the forgotten Peanuts comics, but it turned out to be a more modern choice: They’re releasing a Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown graphic novel to tie into the animated special of the same name due out March 29.
Since the special is based on previously published strips, that makes this a third-generation version, but even more surprising, the book was announced February 28 for publication this month. That’s a really quick turnaround for bookstores and comic shops. The hardcover will be $19.99 cover price, and preview pages are available at the publisher’s blog.