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In this issue:
*AAUGH.COM UK SITE — NOT THE YUK SITE ANYMORE
*THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN "IT’S A DOG’S LIFE, SNOOPY"
*OUT OF PRINT! AAAAAAUGH!
*A GOLDEN CELEBRATION, A COPPER-PLATED PRICE
*SNOOPY AND WOODSTOCK KITCHEN STUFF
*A FRENCH PEANUTS BOOK GUIDE
*GOT A GIFT CERTIFICATE?
*THE RERUN PROJECT
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AAUGH.COM UK SITE — NOT THE YUK SITE ANYMORE
Okay, I’ll admit it — the AAUGH.com UK site never was very nice. It was something I slammed together quickly so that North American buyers could get British Peanuts books, and UK shoppers could pick up British and American books. But it had little info, was ugly, and was poorly maintained.

Well, I just gave it a major face lift, bring it just about up to par with the US site. It’s broken up into pages, with proper descriptions of the various items. There’s more books (and a lot more CDs) than there were before. To check it out, go to http://AAUGH.com/uk/
(And hey, wouldn’t a UK-only Peanuts book be a great gift for the Peanuts fan who thinks he has everything?)
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THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN "IT’S A DOG’S LIFE, SNOOPY"
The new book "It’s A Dog’s Life, Snoopy" came out today. I’ve talked about it a fair bit in past newsletters, but here are a couple things to look for:
Page 66: The first actual appearance of The Little Red-Haired Girl in the strip! Of course, she’s only seen in silhouette, but still it’s a landmark. Page 45 and 46: For the first time that I can recall, Schulz actually reuses art. While he was usually good at redrawing items, Sally and the kid in the third panel of the April 7th strip are clearly reused not once but twice in the April 8th strip, and twice again on April 9. Similarly, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the beanbag are the same in the last panel of April 7, the first of the 8th, and the first of the 9th.

What, you haven’t ordered this great book yet? Time to do so! In North America, it’s: http://www.aaugh.com/go.htm?0345442695 In the UK, it’s: http://www.aaugh.com/uk/go.htm?0345442695
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OUT OF PRINT! AAAAAAUGH!
The "Kids Book" page of AAUGH.com is empty. Completely empty. The Peanuts Gang books that made up the bulk of that page have fallen out of print. And the number of classic strip reprint books available has shrunk, as more of the Peanuts Classics line fall out of print.

Y’know, I’ve got a bad habit with my personal collection…
I don’t worry too much about getting the currently in-print books, because after all, they’re available. Then they slip out of print before I get around to buyng them, and I have to hunt them down on the used book market, paying premium prices for worn goods. Don’t you follow my bad example!
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A GOLDEN CELEBRATION, A COPPER-PLATED PRICE
Our friends at Book CloseOuts now have remaindered copies of Peanuts: A Golden Celebration (the wonderful large hardcover $45 50th anniversary book) for the low price of $19.95 — even if you already have one, at this price it makes a nice gift. Because these are remaindered copies (which often are returns from bookstores which ordered more copies than they sold), they may be marked with a marker along the top or bottom edge, but other than that they should be in the same condition you’d find them in the bookstore. To get one, surf on over to: http://AAUGH.com/bco.htm?0062702440 — and do it soon, as supplies are limited. (Note: you cannot mix this order with other AAUGH.com orders.)
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SNOOPY AND WOODSTOCK KITCHEN STUFF
Snoopy and Woodstock salt and pepper shakers, and a Snoopy and Woodstock childrens dinnerware set are now available on http://www.aaugh.com/ptoys.htm — plus, the Snoopy Sno-Cone Maker is available again. You can make your kitchen look like it has a Snoopy infestation!
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A FRENCH PEANUTS BOOK GUIDE
There I was, facing the realization that I really ought to do a collectors guide to -French- language Peanuts books, when someone saved me the trouble! Jean Morin has just put up a nice guide at http://geocities.com/lanimatric — check it out, and if you know of any French Peanuts books that he doesn’t list, tell him about them! I’ve been giving him what help I can.
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GOT A GIFT CERTIFICATE?
To answer a question I get from time to time: Yes, you can use Amazon.com gift certificates and coupons when shopping through AAUGH.com. You also get all of Amazon’s offers; at the moment, if you order at least 4 in-stock books (the once marked "Ships in 24 hours"), you don’t have to pay shipping on three of them. (And no, you don’t pay any more by starting your order at AAUGH.com — Amazon charges you their normal price and gives my site a comission, which helps support all my efforts. I even get a cut if you start from my site and end up ordering non-Peanuts materials, so if you’re going to shop Amazon anyway, you might as well start through AAUGH.com.)
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THE RERUN PROJECT
The Rerun Project is an effort that we Peanuts nuts need: an attempt to build a searchable index of strips. This is a fan project, with people volunteering to enter data about strips. Once all the data is put into the system, it’ll become much easier to locate any strip you can think of. Trying to find that strip where Charlie brown learns that his baseball hero has been sent down to the minors? Type in "Shalbotnick, Minors", and the system will tell you what date the strip came out, and what book it can be found in.

Sound great? Well, it’s not ready for use yet. First, they need people to help build the database. If you’re interested in volunteering, check out the Rerun Project site at http://www.manicfan.com/

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Well, that’s about it for today. As usual, feel free to hit me with your questions, complaints, and comments.

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