* CHARLIE BROWN’S CHRISTMAS TALES
* NEW COMICS HISTORY BOOK
* FREE SHIPPING COUNTDOWN
* UPCOMING TITLE NEWS
* ODD PEANUTS BOOK: SNOOPY SPECIAL DEEL
CHARLIE BROWN’S CHRISTMAS TALES
I hope all of my U.S. readers caught last night’s
airing of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, with the new
animated CHARLIE BROWN’S CHRISTMAS TALES after it.
The new cartoons were great. They adapted the
strips well. The material was funny, and most
of the voices were good (although I found Sally’s
voice a bit off.) It was great to see both Rerun
and “Lydia”, who were both well-used in the new
shorts. This may be the best new Peanuts
animation in a long while.
If you missed the show, don’t worry. ABC is
rebroadcasting it on Friday. Check your local
schedule for times.
NEW COMICS HISTORY BOOK
Brian Walker, the former director of the International
Museum of Cartoon Art, has a new big thick hardcover
history of comic strips out. THE COMICS: SINCE 1945
includes seven pages of Peanuts reprints. Linus is on
the cover, along with Pogo and Beetle Bailey. A hefty
volume with a cover price of just under $50, you can
save about $15 by ordering through
FREE SHIPPING COUNTDOWN
If you want to order gifts and take advantage of the
free shipping deal, you need to order by Thursday
to be sure that the gifts will arrive in time.
The free shipping applies only to US orders, only
to certain items (although it’s most of the things
you’re likely to order, both among items listed
on AAUGH.com and on items you find on Amazon after
clicking through), and requires an order of
at least $25 sent to a single U.S. location ($99 in
the case of a toy order). Other conditions apply.
Look for items that say SUPER SAVER SHIPPING on
the catalog page.
There are great deals to be had if you order this
way. For example, I now have this DVD player
heading off to one of my relatives as a gift:
I might have been able to find the same player
locally for the same price (under $70), but
then I would have had to pay sales tax and shipping
totalling around $15, as well as go through all the
hassle of shipping it. Buying gifts online makes it
all so much easier!
UPCOMING TITLE NEWS
As previously announced, shipping before Valentine’s
Day will be the PEANUTS VALENTINE CRAFT KIT. Now we
know what this has: 24 postcards, two sheets of
stickers — and a new book adaptation of the animated
special BE MY VALENTINE, CHARLIE BROWN (not to be
confused with the adaptation of A CHARLIE BROWN
VALENTINE which was released last year). This is
scheduled for a January release. You can preorder
it now at: http://AAUGH.com/go.htm?0689850182
Coming up in July (and not yet available for preorder)
CHARLIE BROWN & SNOOPY (a board book)
WOODSTOCK (another board book)
BEAGLE SCOUT SNOOPY (some sort of book for kids, I’m
still researching what kind)
SNOOPY’S DOGHOUSE LIBRARY (a boxed set of kids
books, but I don’t yet know which titles)
If you want to see the list of upcoming Peanuts books,
I just added pictures of the Valentine craft kit
and of LOSE THE BLANKET, LINUS. I also took the
little mini gift books OH FRIEND OF FRIENDS and
MY SWEET BABOO off the list, not because they
shipped but because they didn’t. These books
had been rescheduled and missed that date, which
has historically meant that a book is not coming
out at all.
ODD PEANUTS BOOK: SNOOPY SPECIAL DEEL
SNOOPY SPECIAL DEEL 2 is a book that I bought from
an online auction, only to discover that the
auctioneer was a subscriber to this newsletter.
This book from the Netherlands collects three
previous Snoopy “Deels” into one extra-thick (or,
as the cover says, “extra dik”) book. And when I say
it collects three books, I don’t mean it reprints them.
I mean they actually took three already-printed
softcover books, covers and all, and wrapped another
cover around them to make this book. This reprints
SNOOPY DEEL 2: SLAAT WEER TOE, DEEL 3: EEN VRIENDJE
HET LEVEN, and DEEL 4:STELT ZIJN EISEN, which makes
me wonder just what was in SNOOPY SPECIAL DEEL 1.
It couldn’t just have contained non-special DEEL 1!
The individual books each reprint 28 Sunday strips
in full color. DEEL 4 has all 1976 strips; the
others are unmarked.
That’s it for the news. There will be more soon, I
swear. Until then, keep happy, and keep letting me
know what you think (and what your new email address