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Peanuts anatomy is weird

I have become fascinated by this Italian book cover for, well, every design decision, from the mis-centered face to the “C. M. Schulz” to the decision to color the collar as if it is skin. What, does Charlie Brown have gills?

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The phantom Big Books of Peanuts

I get this question from time to time… is there any plans for a fifth and final Big Book of Peanuts? For those who have not seen this series, there were four volumes of The Big Book of Peanuts issued, each a hardback that included all of the Peanuts dailies (i.e., not …

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Translating Schulz into English

AAUGH Blog reader David wrote me to ask about some odd lettering in a few of the strips that were reprinted in Charles M. Schulz: 40 Years of Life and Art, a big slipcased book that came out for the fortieth anniversary of Peanuts, so three decades ago. It’s just …

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Charlie Brown’s World

I just got a copy of Charlie Brown’s World, one of a set of keyring-based strip reprints that Hallmark issued in 1970 (a set which, with the help of a particularly generous AAUGH Blog reader, I now have most of, but still not all.) These books reprint strips, one panel per …

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Happiness is a napkin

I have written before about Happiness is a Rat Fink, a 1963 book that parodied Happiness is a Warm Puppy without actually parodying Peanuts itself at all, aping that book’s basic design and concept while focusing on matters that were more adult, more ribald, and more rat finky. Now, I have a …

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A free Peanuts book to go grab

The fine folks at the currently closed Charles M. Schulz Museum have up a nice page with a few resources for those of you with kids – some at-home learning tools, a couple of activities. And in the midst of this they have Snoopy’s Daily Dozen, which was a collection of …

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That’s a he’ll of a thing!

Sometimes I go looking for a picture of a Peanuts book item I once wrote about, only to discover that I wrote it so long ago that it was before the AAUGH Blog (well, then an email newsletter) had pictures. And since I wrote about this on May 2, 2001, …

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Tom Everhart books

I was lucky enough to find out with little warning the Tom Everhart, who has been doing fine-art paintings using Peanuts imagery for over thirty years now, was talking at a local small museum (small enough that it takes up a store space at the local mall. I’ve never met …

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Snoopy and the presidency

It’s presidential election season again. I’m not looking forward to this one, because California has moved its primary up enough so that now it actually plays a part in deciding candidates, which means that I’ll actually have to figure out who I’ll support. But it’s also bringing to mind a …

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Charlie Brown is adamant

Charlie Brown is particular adamant in French. From the cover of Te fais pas de bile, Charlie Brown, Canada, 1973.