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The Peanuts Character Whatever

We have a cover for the book that’s been announced as The Complete Peanuts Character Encyclopedia… only now it seems to have the title of The Complete Peanuts Family Album. It’s still by Andrew Farago. It is full of detail, and make a great trivia “how many can you name” challenge. …

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It’s what Google and Stephen Colbert have in common

One of the thing that can slow down Peanuts research is the ability of Google to find Snoopy everywhere… even if it’s an illusion. For example, when searching for uses of the word “Snoopy” in books from the 19th century, Google served me up the following examples. Two guys named …

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Jacky Ha-Ha

For those of us who consume audiobooks, the Peanuts books market is rather weak. After all, most of them are collections of comics or at least heavily-illustrated kids books where, if the text were recorded, it would take up just a few minutes of listening during one’s daily exercise regimen. …

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Upcoming releases

The wrapping of the wrapping paper book

Ah, finally we have something that looks like an actual cover for the upcoming A Charlie Brown Christmas Wrapping Paper Activity Book. The few uncolored figures to the left look to me like ghosts in the composition. Maybe they’re the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future?

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Upcoming releases

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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New releases

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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New releases

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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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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New releases

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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