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If you’re my age (and I don’t know if you are, but I sure am!) you never really bought trading cards. Technically, you bought a stick of gum, and they threw in a pile of trading cards. This had several effects, including allowing the manufacturer to claim they were not an illegal monopoly on trading cards but a legal competitor in gum; getting the preferred tax status for foods; and saddling many collectors with finding that decades-old gum has now fused to cards in their previously unopened packs.

I think about this when I see the listing for “Peanuts 2020 Commemorative Print with Wall Calendar“, which is phrased as to convince you that what you’re really buying is this one piece of paper with a Peanuts picture to hang on your wall, and that the other twelve Peanuts pictures designed to be hung on your wall throughout the year are just a bonus. It’s that one picture that you buy to commemorate the strip’s 70th anniversary.

(Note: It’s actually thirteen other pictures, as they have a single page covering the last four months of 2019.)


Upcoming releases
The new Only Necessary cover

AAUGH Blog reader Asher kindly pointed out that I had messed up including a link to my review of the previous edition of the Chip Kidd book Only What’s Necessary, so I’ve fixed that post, and here’s the link again! Meanwhile, we now have a front cover image for the …

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Not just a Peanuts book, THE Peanuts Book

Coming out this fall for the 70th anniversary of Peanuts is a 200 page hardcover that is titled simply The Peanuts Book. (There is a chance that I will have a very minor involvement in this book, so out of caution, I’m raising the ethics flag and just running the …

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Be Thankful, Be Giving

Be Thankful, Be Giving is a new Peanutsboard book coming out this September, just in time to buy it for kids for a… Thanksgiving gift? Is Thanksgifting really a thing?? Art by Scott Jeralds.