AAUGH.com news: Schulz tribute book





When the newspapers came out on May 27th, 2000, and
the comics pages were filled with strips paying tribute
to Charles M. Schulz and Peanuts, I immediately heard
from folks wanting to know if there would be a book
collecting these strips.

Finally, the answer is “yes”.

You see, the Schulz Museum has been displaying tribute
strips (both those from that day and others, including
original art not created for publication). They have so
many of them that they couldn’t show them all at once,
and are instead running three installations of around 50
strips apiece. The second set of strips goes on display
Dec 12th, 2002 through April 7th, 2003, and the last
batch is up April 11th through August 11th.

And now they’re producing a catalog for the show. For folks
unfamiliar with museum catalogs, they are books that
display the artwork from a museum exhibition. In other
words, this will be a collection of the tribute strips!
The museum folks have worked long and hard asking for
proper permission to reprint these strips.

The catalog will only be sold at the Schulz Museum’s gift
shop (-not- the Snoopy’s Gallery And Gift Shop that is a
couple buildings down). Usually, I grumble a bit when I
tell folks that a new Peanuts book won’t be available
through AAUGH.com, but if this gives me an excuse to
visit the museum again, great! They currently expect the
book to be available by early February.



Judging from the emails I’ve been getting, some of you are
quite, quite happy that there is some attempt to build
the complete Peanuts strip reprint collection. Here is
exactly what Jean Schulz said during an online chat
session hosted by the Washington Post:

“What we are trying to do is put together a reprint of the
50 years of Peanuts comic strips. Some of them are lost,
and we are trying to find out if we can find some images
of those. This would be a very big undertaking and I see
it in book form, but it could be a DVD at some point.”

Several of you have asked where you might send notes of
encouragement about this project or suggestions on
format. I’d direct them to:

Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates

1 Snoopy Place

Santa Rosa, CA 95403



Sometimes I’m a little surprised at what AAUGH.com visitors
are buying. While I’m not at all surprised that the
best-selling book of the past couple months is A PEANUTS


However, I’ll admit to being surprised that the best-selling
CD is the one that collects two Royal Guardsmen albums,
Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron and Snoopy And His Friends:


which is not only outselling any Vince Guaraldi CD of music
from the TV specials, but is actually outselling all of
the Guaraldi CDs combined! I like Snoopy Versus The Red
Baron and Snoopy’s Christmas, but I’m surprised that the
fan base is that strong. This CD is actually the best-selling
item of any type at AAUGH.com

The best-selling toys have been the Great Pumpkin action
figure sets — which are, alas, out of stock now. However,
the Snoopy Dog House Playset from that series is still
in stock:


The best-selling VHS video is a tie between the movie

A Boy Named Charlie Brown:


and the Mayflower Voyages episode of the miniseries

This Is America, Charlie Brown:


which is also the bonus track on the best selling
DVD video, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving:


We get an interesting mix of other things that people
order once they click through AAUGH.com, including
cookware, New Balance shoes, Cool Hand Luke on DVD,
a Stan Freberg album, and a book of alternate history
fiction stories about the battle at Gettysberg!


Well, that’s all the news and notes for today. Remember
that A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (with new bonus cartoon
shorts!) airs on Saturday in the US, as the first hour of
ABC’s prime time schedule.

I hope that some of you are having happy Hannukahs and
others are looking to upcoming holidays with eager
anticipation. Let me know if there’s anything I can do
for you!





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