My review for this year’s Hallmark book adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas included my being confused by its 2018 copyright date, and coming up with the very logical theory that the book was prepared for release last year but got delayed in some form. It was a carefully-wrought conjecture, filled with a high level of analysis. An as happens most of the time when I try to apply my little brain to things, it turned out quite wrong.
The artist of this adaptation, Rich LaPierre, saw my review and dropped me a line, noting “It wasn’t delayed. As a matter of fact, I started illustrating it in December of 2018 but I did most of it in early 2019. Maybe it was a mistake.”
That would seem to be the case. Just to confuse things further, I checked the government online records, and while there are plenty of copyrights for works named “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, the most recent was for the Simon & Schuster adaptation of 2017. Nothing registered for 2018 or 2019… yet. (As a newly-published item, it may still be in the process of registration.)