AAUGH.com news: Peanuts books in!

*SEPTEMBER COMES EARLY!
*COUPONS! COUPONS!
*PEANUTS ART BOOK COVER
*NEW UPCOMING BOOK PAGE
*MUSEUM EDITION OF HAPPINESS
*INFO: IT’S A BIG WORLD, CB
*PEANUTS BOOK FIND: WHITE KNIGHT EDITIONS
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SEPTEMBER COMES EARLY!
All those Peanuts books that were due to start shipping in September have already started shipping! So if you’re one of those people who likes to wait until a book actually exists before you order it, now’s the time:
IT’S A BIG WORLD, CHARLIE BROWN — All the strips from 1997 reprinted in color: http://AAUGH.com/go.htm?0345442709 IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN — a *new* adaptation of the classic Halloween TV special: http://AAUGH.com/go.htm?068984607X FRIENDS FOREVER, SNOOPY — a kids storybook http://AAUGH.com/go.htm?0689845979 KICK THE FOOTBALL, CHARLIE BROWN — another kids storybook http://AAUGH.com/go.htm?0689845944
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COUPONS! COUPONS!
These are coupons you can use when checking out…
they’re good for anything in the main AAUGH.com store (not the UK store, but dadgummit, no one seems to shop the UK store!) and for anything else you add to your shopping cart once you reach Amazon (except auction and zshop merchandise). Unfortunetely, I don’t know when these two expire:
Coupon code AMZNENTRW535 gets you $5 off a $35 purchase Coupon code DSCVRBACKSCH gets you $10 off a $65 purchase
For you bigger spenders, here’s a coupon that expires Sept 31: Coupon code AMZNAMEXBMVD gets you $15 off a $100 purchase
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PEANUTS ART BOOK COVER
If you want a look at the cover of the new Peanuts art book that I’ve been pushing so hard, you can find it on the right side of http://AAUGH.com
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NEW UPCOMING BOOK PAGE
With all the new Peanuts books that are on their way, I was losing track of them all. So I’ve added a new page to the shopping catalog, listing just the not-yet-released books, with links for those that can already be preordered. Check out: http://AAUGH.com/upcoming.htm
…for listings of a dozen future books!
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INFO: IT’S A BIG WORLD, CB
After posting the last newsletter, I realized that there was a major question about the new collection of 1997 strips that I hadn’t answered. After all, 1997 was the year that Schulz took some time off while newspapers ran reprints of earlier strips. Does the book include these strips? Yes it does! Every strip that ran in 1997 (plus two that ran in 1996) is in this book. You can recognize the reprinted-in-1997 strips because they include the year "97" in the handwritten date, and they have their original publication date on the copyright information strip.

To order this book, go to: http://AAUGH.com/go.htm?0345442709
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MUSEUM EDITION OF HAPPINESS
(Time to talk about another book that I can’t offer through AAUGH.com — sigh!)

Some of the fine folks at the Peanuts Collector Club put together the authorized book 50 YEARS OF HAPPINESS: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES M. SCHULZ. This hardcover volume has lots of interesting reference, trivia, and tributes.

The bad news is that the second printing is almost gone, and it will be the last printing of this book the PCC will do. The 4,000 copies they’ve printed are all they will put out.

The good news is that the book will be put back in print — the Charles M. Schulz museum is putting together their own edition of the book, with a new introduction. When the museum opens next spring, they’ll have 5,000 copies printed and ready to sell. But if you want the PCC edition, or you just don’t want to wait until spring, head on over to: http://www.peanutscollectorclub.com/50thbook.html There you will find an order form for the book. Don’t wait, because they really are almost out.

(The publisher and author profits from the PCC edition all go to Canine Companions for Independence, a charity that was a favorite of Sparky’s.)
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PEANUTS BOOK FIND: WHITE KNIGHT EDITIONS
I’m taking a break from my usual "Odd Peanuts book" section of the newsletter to talk about some books I just discovered, which I consider a particularly amazing find.

The best known British Peanuts books are the Coronet editions of the small paperbacks issued in the U.S. by Fawcett Crest. While those were being published, however, another British publisher tried their hand at Peanuts reprints. Knight Books put out two lines of reprints. Under the White Knight imprint, they did black and white strip collections, while the Colour Knight imprint was on their color collections. (Apparently, they released a color adaptation of the film A Boy Named Charlie Brown under their White Knight imprint, just to confuse matters.) I’ve had one of the four Colour Knight books for a while. It’s not particularly impressive.

Today I received the three White Knight books, which were published between 1969 and 1971 — and promptly shouted for joy. These books reprint strips from 1950-1952, 1955, 1956, and 1962. While I haven’t done careful checking, my immediate impression is that *many (most?) of these strips have never been reprinted in any U.S. book*! That’s right, these are a treasure trove of the "lost" strips, strips I’d never read before despite owning over 700 Peanuts books.

In a way it makes sense. Coronet probably had some exclusive U.K. rights to the material they were reprinting. To be able to offer books, Knight would have to find material that was not in the U.S. Fawcett editions — and much of the material from the early years had been skipped. (There seems to have been some cooperation between Knight and Coronet, as Knight lists the Coronet titles in the back of the books.)

The format of the books would qualify them for the odd Peanuts book department, I suppose. The front cover images aren’t taken from the strip, but rather taken from the A Boy Named Charlie Brown adaptation. They are roughly standard paperback size, but instead of being bound on the left, they’re bound on the top. Flip one open, and you then have to rotate it ninety degrees, since the pages are laid out horizontally. Each strip covers a two-page spread, with two panels per page.

I was lucky to get them, and extra-lucky to get the deal that I got. I won them in an online auction, paying less than $20 (postage included) for all three books PLUS six Coronet editions.

The titles are:
MEET THE PEANUTS GANG
DON’T TREAD ON CHARLIE BROWN
WHAT WERE YOU SAYING, CHARLIE BROWN?
If you ever see one of these, grab it and consider yourself lucky! (These were the first copies that I’ve seen for sale.) And for tips on hunting down Peanuts books online, check out http://AAUGH.com/guide/shopping.htm
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That’s the news for now. As usually, feel free to send me your questions, your comments, your complaints, and especially your EMAIL ADDRESS UPDATES! I lose some folks every newsletter. Send all these things to nat@aaugh.com
–Nat proprietor http://AAUGH.com

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