AAUGH.com: A Charlie Brown Valentine

In this issue:
The new Peanuts animated special will hit the air in February, but the book adaptation is already shipping. This is the third in the current series of adaptations written by Justine and Ron Fontes, and drawn by Paige Braddock, the creative director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates.

In order to make sure the cartoon was true to Schulz’s vision, it is based very directly on the strips. The storyline starts with some valentine strips, and ties that in with the spring dance sequence seen in It’s A Dog’s Life, Snoopy on pages 60-67.

I won’t try to judge the special itself off of the adaptation, which my its nature is abridged and apt to lose some of the humor — but the book does make me look forward to the special. Reading the book itself is entertaining, without having the show to compare it to. Paige has clearly learned from drawing these, and has improved her technique at capturing Sparky’s look. In this book, she had specific Schulz drawings to work from, and at times bases her illustrations on specific panels from the original storyline.

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Peanuts Home Collection, a guide to Peanuts paraphernalia with pictures of over 1000 items (hundreds in color) can now be had through $10.99 — about $16 off its cover price. This deal isn’t available through the main AAUGH.com shop. You can get it here: http://AAUGH.com/bco.htm?093062582X
That’s the news for now — and probably for a couple weeks. I’m relocating, so my entire life will be broken down, packed into boxes, and reassembled on the other end. The entire AAUGH.com reference library will be unavailable. Send me your questions and I’ll answer them if I can, but don’t be surprised if there’s a long delay in my answers. HOWEVER, this doesn’t mean that AAUGH.com will be offline. You’ll still be able to shop for new books and delve into the collecting guide.

Yes, we are moving the entire AAUGH.com headquarters with us — the conference center, reference library, office staff, and the zamboni are all packed away in little boxes, awaiting relocation to our new 7-acre campus. <grin>
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–Nat proprietor http://AAUGH.com

More on the corner box

Benjamin L. Clark, my august collaborator on the lengthy-named and well-received Charles M. Schulz: The Art and Life of the Peanuts Creator in 100 Objects, reminds me that the Peanuts corner title box was not actually printed on to the art boards used to draw Peanuts for the first several …

That corner box

If you’ve seen early Peanuts strips in old newspaper clippings, certain reprints, or even certain reprints, you’ll have seen that the name of the strip is printed in the upper left corner of the strip — indeed, printed right onto the original art board that Schulz used. “What,” you may …

Spanish Peanuts, explained

When I posted yesterday about Peanuts appearing in Spanish in an English language Pomona, California paper in the 1970s, I had already intended to follow up by finding the very start of this, and seeing if the paper carried some explanation. (Could I have waited on the original post before …