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Going away from Charlie Brown

I’ve only just noticed that the spine of the thirteenth volume of the Complete Peanuts series has Charlie Brown facing the reader, while all the earlier volumes have various characters heading to the left and all the later ones heading toward the right. When the series is done this will …

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He sure tied one on that day, though!

Regarding Thursday’s photo, cartoonist Dale Hale, who worked in Schulz’s studio during that era (you may have seen his work in some of those 1950s/1960s Peanuts comic books), assures me that Schulz did not normally wear a tie while drawing. His preferred clothing was golf shirts. So Peanuts was not as …

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Nat’s last minute gift trick

So, you’ve basically run out of time to buy gifts, eh? Here’s my trick: Preorder an upcoming book (or DVD, or CD, etc.) for someone. Instead of having an actual gift under the tree, print out a little card telling them what they’re receiving. That may sound just a little awkward, but …

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Recommended Peanuts book gifts

  So, you want to get someone a Peanuts book present, but am not sure what? Here are my suggestions. The “I really want to impress you with a large, expensive, impressive gift” gift: Peanuts: Artist’s Edition, an amazing, seriously oversized book reproducing Peanuts from the original art The “You think you like Peanuts, …

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Snoopy was never one to chase cars anyway

According to this KPBS report, California has gotten orders for about 4800 Snoopy license plates, but needs 2700 more before they’ll start production, and this process frequently takes a couple years. I’ve got my order in!

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Franklinspiration

This weekend’s radio show “Off-Ramp”, on the acclaimed Southern California public radio station KPCC, has a piece where they talk to Harriet Glickman, the woman inspired Schulz to add racially integrate the strip, along with Ken Kelly, who helped her on the campaign. But don’t hop in the car now …

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got myself a gifty!

Yes, yes, I gave in and paid eBay prices for one of these, after spending months looking for one in the wild.

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Something I’m not buying that plays on a device I don’t own

Until a few minutes ago, I was unaware of this recording. Apparently, in response to the Royal Guardsmen’s hit “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron”, a UK act called The Delicatessen released what looks to be their only single, a response song called “The Red Baron’s Revenge”. I do not know …

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Answers!

I’ve been getting both questions and answers in my email… and since the questions are ones that I can answer, it’s a win all around! AAUGH Blog reader Jim went above and beyond the call of duty in answering the question about whether the reprints of of Peanuts and More Peanuts would …

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a reflection

If my house is somehow the only one that survives whatever cataclysm befalls Earth, then the eventual alien archaeologists will have some very odd ideas about what our culture was like. Perhaps they will think this was a chapel dedicated to the study and worship of Snoopy.