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For those of you who missed ordering your copy of the great 50th anniversary strip collection PEANUTS: A GOLDEN CELEBRATION while you could order it at 50% off the cover price, and have been thinking about it at 30%, now is the time to order. Why? Because the discount has been temporarily increased to 35%! Snap it up for yourself, or buy it as a present! Just hit the front page of http://AAUGH.com
I just landed some info on plans for upcoming Peanuts books, and I just had to share it with you folks.

As I mentioned last newsletter, Ballantine Books is the new publisher for collections of recent strips. Their first book, PEANUTS 2000 (collecting all of the final year of Peanuts) will ship in September. You can already place a preorder through AAUGH.com, through a link on the front page.

I have now learned that Ballantine has a contract for 5 books total. Their second book will be released in April, 2001. Titled IT’S A DOG’S LIFE, SNOOPY, it will include all the strips from 1998. Presumably, the remaining three books will cover ’97, ’96, and ’95, and thus fill in the entire period after the end of the Harper Collins Peanuts Treasury series.

There’s another book currently planned, although I would not expect it until later in 2001. This is a book on Peanuts art, put together by Chip Kidd. Chip does beautifully-designed books, most notably Batman Animated, an award-winning book on the Batman: The Animated Series. With the fine folks at Pantheon publishing the book, expect a lovely volume. I’ll let you know when it’s available for sale.
This is the last newsletter before Comic-Con International San Diego. Let me correct something I said last newsletter; the director of the Schulz museum will not be on the Peanuts history panel. We will, however, have Jean Sagendorph from United Media on the panel. That’s 50 YEARS OF PEANUTS, this coming Thursday, 5:30 to 7. And remember, my other panel, A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES M. SCHULZ, will be 10:30 to noon on Saturday, and will open with the tribute video that they showed at the Reuben awards this year. Panelists on the tribute include Jill Schulz and June Lockhart.

For more info on the convention, head over to http://www.comic-con.org — and if you do come, be sure to say "hi!"
Lately, I’ve been trying to expand the number of foreign languages in my Peanuts book collection. I have books in French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, Dutch, Portugese, and Latin. If you have Peanuts books in any other languages that you’d be willing to part with, let me know! I’m sure we can work out some trade or deal.

Take care, and live well! –Nat Gertler nat@aaugh.com http://AAUGH.com


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