Big Books from the big box store

From time to time, I get questions about how to buy The Big Book of Peanuts series, and they tend to be tough to answer. I understand why people would want these books, as each of them has a whole decade of the Peanuts daily strip (no Sundays.) While there are sometimes used ones available on Amazon, in general they are tough to find. I’ve only ever seen new books available in the big box membership stores like Costco, and then only around the Christmas season. When people have asked me to pick them up, well, these are big heavy books that are a pain in the tuchis to ship.

But at the moment, Costco is selling them online, and at a reasonable price – $24.99 each including shipping (At the store, they sell them for about $5 less.) The bad news is that you still have to be a Costco member to order them… but I bet if you could find a Costco member friend anywhere, they’ll probably be able to order them shipped to your US address. Worse come to worse, a Costco membership runs $60 per year.

There are four volumes out to date. I’m hoping that this holiday buying season will bring us the final one.

Discounted necessity

AAUGH Blog reader Jim points out that Only What’s Necessary, Chip Kidd’s second look at Peanuts materials that I reviewed (positively) here, is now at two-thirds off its $40 cover price over at

Discount on Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz

The, oh, I’d say middle-school aimed, biography Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz is on sale today, $1.99 for the Kindle edition.  

Nat in San Diego

For those of you headed to San Diego for the 50th anniversary of what is now called Comic-Con International, I’ll be there most of Friday through Sunday. While you can flag me if there’s something of particular interest you want to discuss, here’s where you’ll be able to see me …