AAUGH: The First Peanuts Strip

Peanuts launched with just four panels, and the AAUGH Blogger, Peanuts specialist Nat Gertler, spends fourteen minutes poring over those panels. Oh, well, including asides about popcorn.

To follow along, you can see the strip on the GoComics site. Alas, that version is colorized, so it’s not the pure experience. A smaller but appropriately black-and-white version can be found on the Wikipedia page about Peanuts. Or you could simply open up your copy of the first volume of The Complete Peanuts to the first strip. (If you don’t have a copy, you should. I invite you to go buy one!)

New releases
Review: Peanuts Every Sunday 1980s Box Set

The Peanuts Every Sunday 1980s Box Set does well exactly what it’s supposed to do: reprint all of the Peanuts Sunday strips from the 1980s in full color over two hardcover volumes, encased in a decorative box. It is basically as good as you would want or hope this to …

Upcoming releases
What What Cartooning Really Is really looks like

The intended cover image for What Cartooning Really Is, Fantagraphics upcoming collection of interviews with Schulz, has been updated. It is no longer going to look like this: It is now slated to look like this: By the way, if you ordered this book from Amazon and received a cancellation …

sub-blogger
Here comes the parade!

Finally available for pre-order is The Complete History of Peanuts on Parade: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz: Volume One: The St. Paul Years. This is, in addition to being a book with three colons in its title, a photo-heavy history of the projects where various artists customized Peanuts statues and …