It’s Only a Game comes to Minneapolis

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While Schulz’s collaborator on It’s Only a Game, Jim Sasseville, would say that the strip was in the same number of papers at the end as when it launched, that doesn’t mean that no papers added it along the way. Here, for example, is the announcement of the feature’s debut in the Minneapolis Sunday Tribune on January 12, 1958, a short ways in the run. It’s not clear whether the paper had just started subscribing to it, or had been subscribing but not running it in the previous weeks. (Papers sometimes did that to keep a strip out of the hands of the competition, or to be ready when they dropped another strip.) This was an above-the-fold ad on what would’ve been the outer wrap of the Sunday paper, so it was not a minor thing. This comics section also had Peanuts on the back page, although they only ran the two-tier version of the Sunday rather than the full three tiers.

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A real Snoopy fan

I’m back from Japan, but under the weather, so it may be a few days before I catch up on documenting the Trip’s Peanutsy aspects.

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Snoopy-Cha, Kyoto

The Snoopyness of my current Japan trip increased greatly today when I stopped by Snoopy-Cha, a cafe and gift shop located in the middle of a interesting and crowded market area. It’s a two-story place; the bottom is a gift shop and the topic is the cafe. I didn’t find …

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The AAUGH Blogger hits Japan

I am vacationing in Japan – my first visit to an overseas nation ever. I’ve been here a few days, and the only Snoopy sighting so far was one kid’s t-shirt (don’t worry, there will be more)… but I did spot this use of the Schulz font on a sign …