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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
Confessions of a Blockhead

I have avoided doing much coverage of Peter Robbins, the voice of Charlie Brown in the earliest animated specials, in this blog. His crimes and his mental health issues, while salacious, really are outside the focus of The AAUGH Blog. However, with his release from prison comes some news that …

Upcoming releases
Peanuts things to come

There are books coming up, and I’m going to knock out a few quickly in this message so I don’t have to think of them any more. Snoopy Goes to School – a children’s book in which Snoopy, well, goes to school. Art by Robert Pope. Coming in June. The …

Animated Peanuts
It’s the Pop-up Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

In a few days, Hallmark is releasing another book adaptation of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. This is one of the times that they try to give you a surprise of one pop-up in a book that’s not advertised as a pop-up… but, since it credits pop-up artist Brian …