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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Folks have always gotten Peanuts wrong

Occasionally, I flinch hard at some error I see in writing about Peanuts. It’s always tempting to think “people have gotten real sloppy about such things.” Well, I was just doing some research about Happiness is a Warm Puppy, and I ran into this piece of writing from an issue …

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Out of the evacuation zone

Breath easy (although if you’re around here, not too deeply.) The evacuation zone has been pulled back, the Schulz Museum is now outside of it. As for the AAUGH offices… well, we’re much closer to fires than we were this time yesterday. The Reagan Library is about 10 miles away. …

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Fire update

People have been asking me to keep them updated on the fire in Santa Rosa. I can’t promise to keep this up constantly, but here’s the map at the moment. The fires have definitely been heading toward the museum and surrounding buildings, and are at this point about 4 miles …