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You may have noticed that there was no newsletter last week (or perhaps you didn’t; it’s hard to notice when something isn’t there.) That’s partly because I’m trying to cut the newsletter back to a monthly frequency. It’s also partly because I had something interesting to do last Monday: I was in Santa Rosa, California, stopping by One Snoopy Place, the headquarters of Schulz’s studio. I had a little bit of non-AAUGH business to take care of there, but it sure was a thrill to be able to set foot inside that building. The people who work there aren’t just employees, they’re all big fans of the comics, and it shows! There is original art from comic strips all over the place, and everyone has their Snoopys at their desks. These people seem to believe strongly in keeping the spirit of Schulz’s work alive. (They are all still refering to him in the present tense, too; a change that big takes a while to adapt to.) They’re working on a Schulz museum, so soon we’ll have a great place to go to for sharing their joy.
I’ve just opened up a *third* shop at the AAUGH.com site: The British Shoppe. Orders through this shop are processed in England, which makes shipping quicker and cheaper for our European customers. However, I really opened this shop for our North American customers. Why? BECAUSE THEY HAVE PEANUTS BOOKS IN BRITAIN THAT U.S. BOOKSTORES CAN’T CARRY! For example, there’s the SNOOPY FEATURES series, paperbacks which reprint strips featuring Snoopy in various roles. The four books out so far feature Snoopy as Flying Ace, Literary Ace, Matchmaker, and Fitness Fanatic. (Those of you who already collect British Peanuts books should know that these are reprints of books from the British Snoopy Stars series; I don’t know why they changed the title.)

The bad news, of course, is that North American customers have to pay for shipping costs from England…
but it may be cheaper than you think! (It’s also a good way to buy gifts for your friends in England, since the books won’t have to be shipped from here.)

I wanted to get the site up now, before the newsletter, so I haven’t had time to make it beautiful or well-organized…
but it is working! To start shopping for British Peanuts books, head over to http://AAUGH.com and click on the "British Shoppe" link.
If you head over to http://AAUGH.com and click on the Toys link, you’ll see some new figures listed! We’ve got Snoopy dressed as a magician, a rock star, a soccer player, a chef, and even a hippie. (It’s no surprise that Snoopy was a hippie–after all, he has lots of memories of Woodstock!) These are about the same height as the World Of Snoopy figures that we’ve listed for a while, only these are part of the World Famous series.
Available once again for quick turnaround are:
AROUND THE WORLD IN 45 YEARS — this is the 45th anniversary book. It includes a full consecutive year of strips, including Sunday strips in color. It’s a nice big book (about 8.5 by 11), with 24 pages of commentary by Schulz. However, if you have the recent smaller Peanuts Treasury book series, you already have about 80% of these strips. We’ve got it with a nice little discount, so I think it’s worth it for the extra strips (most of which are Sunday strips), the color, the foreword by Lynn Johnston, and the commentary.

NICE SHOT, SNOOPY — a small paperback which reprints strips circa 1984.
You can now preorder HERE’S TO YOU, CHARLIE BROWN, a special music release for the 50th anniversary of the strip. The CD is due to be released in early May; order it now, and they’ll ship it when they get it. It’s available on the Music page of http://AAUGH.com
As you may have realized, I put a lot of effort into making sure that AAUGH.com carries a wide array of Peanuts books. However, there are sometimes books out there that for some reason we cannot sell you, which really pains me as a businessman — but as a fellow collector, I want to make sure that you know about them, so you can buy ’em if you want ’em.

GOOD GRIEF! YOU’RE 45 CHARLIE BROWN is something that I had heard about, but hadn’t really been that interested in, because it was always described as being a catalog for a museum exhibit. I should have realized that meant that it reprinted all the strips they showed at the exhibit; it’s really a fairly thin strip reprint book, with 57 strips (mostly 80’s and 90’s, but some earlier) and an introduction by Lynn Johnston of For Better Or For Worse. Ten bucks may seem a bit steep for a thin softcover book like this, but consider two factors: the money goes to a good cause (the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco), and (if the indica is to be believed) they only printed 1000 copies of this. You can still get your copy from http://www.cartoonart.org/bookshop.html
PEANUTS TREASURY is a book that first came out in 1968, a large collection of strips from 1959 through 1967. (This should not be confused with the Peanuts Treasury *series* of books, which reprint strips from the 1990s) It’s been out of print for a long time, but Barnes & Noble just came out with an exclusive edition. You can probably pick one up at your local Barnes & Noble bookstore, or you can order it online from: http://shop.bn.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?isbn=0760721467
I thought I was offering a good deal, I really thought I was. But for some reason, not only has no one taken me up on the $5-off-on-$25-at-the-ULTRA-discount-shop offer, but sales there have dropped to zero. Perhaps using the online coupon just looked too complicated, and scared people away.

So, I’ve eliminated all mention of the deals from the website. But if you have the sudden urge to use it, surf on over to http://AAUGH.com and click on the link on the left for the ULTRA-discount shop. You will need the following information on the order form to get your discount:
COUPON NAME: bookcloseouts-com COUPON PASSWORD: bargainbooks
I know I’d brought the Museum Of Odd Peanuts Books feature to a close, but I just picked up another one and I couldn’t resist sharing it with you. It’s actually a pair of booklets, and some other materials — all from Charlie Brown’s Career Education Program. This was a project that Random House created for the schools, to teach kids about careers. There were 35 installments, each of which had a workbook for the teacher, plus a film strip and an accompanying audio tape. I don’t have all 35, I just have the 34th ("Work experience helps") which includes the workbook, filmstrip, and cassette for this installment plus the program overview booklet and a poster of the Peanuts characters, such as Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy, Schroeder, and Dolores. "DOLORES?" I hear you cry. "Who the heck is Dolores? I’ve never heard of any Dolores in the Peanuts gang!" Dolores appears to be a Latina character invented for this series, to give the cast a bit more of a minority balance. (Franklin is also used.) The filmstrip and cassette match the style of the animated Peanuts specials, down to the jazz music and the wah-wah voice of the teacher. It’s kind of a cool thing to have, but I’m glad I stumbled across one; I wouldn’t know how to begin searching for something like this!
Well, that’s it for this issue! I hope to have some more news for you in another couple weeks. As always, I’m always interested in hearing comments, complains, and suggestions for the store, the collector’s guide, and the newsletter. Just send me a note at nat@aaugh.com !
–Nat Gertler proprietor http://AAUGH.com


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