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!)

Discounted necessity

AAUGH Blog reader Jim points out that Only What’s Necessary, Chip Kidd’s second look at Peanuts materials that I reviewed (positively) here, is now at two-thirds off its $40 cover price over at bn.com.

Classic finds
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 …

A jar of Snoopy

I collect Peanuts books; I accumulate other Peanuty stuff. For Xannukah, my kids bought me a Japanese plastic terrarium diorama blind box kit thingy. The one I got is derived from a nice Schulz image. My favorite aspect is the details of the canvas on which Woodstock is being painted.