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All the Peanuts statues

For a long time, Peanuts book collectors with an interest in the Peanuts statues that blanketed St. Paul and Santa Rosa in various years had to settle for the combination auction catalog/souvenir booklets that accompanied those displays, and some of them have been hard to find. But now there’s a book …

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The Great American Story of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts Gang!

I got in my copy of The Great American Story of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts Gang!, which is a Ready-to-Read Level Three book that basically fills the same function as the Schulz biographies that are sold as parts of bulk kids biography sets. Having said that, this stands out as …

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General

Whee! Three Kings are coming

This is an interesting stage for someone who has a small part in Peanuts history. Tennis great Billie Jean King was a friend of Schulz’s, and they worked on each other’s books (Schulz did a lot of good illustrations for Tennis Love.) And now she’s in a curious position for a …

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This Week In “I Bet That’s Not Licensed”

There’s been a sudden spate of print-on-demand Peanuts titles that are setting off my “doesn’t look licensed” radar. Let’s see: There’s this coloring book: It it’s out-of-ratio cover doesn’t trigger your suspicion, there’s the fact that its descriptor actually calls it “(Unofficial Snoopy Book)”, as if that makes it a-okay! …

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interviews

The AAUGH Blogger on “It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown”

William Pepper has a podcast where he is recapping and reviewing all of the animated Peanuts, piece by piece. Thirteen episodes in, he decides to vary from the format to have his first guest – me, the AAUGH Blogger. It’s playable below (or, if you’re getting this via email, here’s …

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Peanuts by the numbers

My focus is, and always will be, on Peanuts as a work of art. I draw interest and amusement from how that work of art is presented commercially. But it’s also a matter of business, and not a small business at that. So images like this one being distributed by …

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It’s too late to save your nickels – Peanuts has been sold

Various news sources (such as Variety) are reporting that Canadian company DHX Media have bought out the entertainment side of Iconix, which means they get the primary ownership of the Peanuts property (the Schulzes still own some) as well as full ownership of Strawberry Shortcake and some other items. DHX already …

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Upcoming releases

Maybe this is Running Press’s radical new design scheme

Coming this July is Peanuts Baby Book: My First Year, a padded-cover book filled with places to put baby data, baby pictures, li’l footprints, etc. I hope that they get the rest of this series out quickly; I could really use a Peanuts Baby Book: My Fifty-Second Year right about …

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Discounts

Get a free Hogan’s Alley!

My editor at Hogan’s Alley, the magazine of the cartoon arts, recently posted this: You’ve no doubt had this Saturday circled on your calendar for some time: This Saturday, May 6, is Free Comic Book Day. Send us an e-mail (hoganmag@gmail.com) ON THAT DATE with your mailing address, and we’ll …

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I think Snoopy has a cold; his head looks stuffed up

I got the AAUGH.com Reference Library copy of Hugs for Snoopy – really, I got two copies, because sometimes I forget that I preordered something, and preorder it again. It doesn’t happen very often, thank goodness. I really don’t need two of these for reference; they are particularly hard to shelve, …

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