Today’s free books


I promised you that one of my three-free-books-per-day-for-three-days efforts today would be Peanuts-adjacent, and here you go: free today is Happiness is a Rat Fink and Unhappiness is a Dirty Dog, a tw0-in-one reprint of Happiness is a Warm Puppy parodies from 1963. These two books, both by the same publisher (Kanrom) both take that Warm Puppy format and apply it to an adult, male point of view, with cartoon nudity and a very Playboy-era sensibility. I briefly had this book available in print, but wasn’t happy with the reproduction quality – but the PDF looks just fine (although it is in black-and-white, where the original publications used that colored paper look.) 7 MB PDF.

And if you think of Peanuts as strip from the 1950s where kids speak like adults, I’ve got an interesting parallel – Small World, a 1950s strip by Sam Brier which can be viewed either as kids pretending to be adults or adults being depicted as children. There was only one collection of this strip… and if you want it, it’s yours! 26 MB PDF.

And finally today we have XVI Short Stories, a collections of comic book stories by The Jam creator Bernie Mireault. 56 MB PDF.

Tomorrow, three more free books… including one with a tiny bit of genuine Schulz! Spread the word to your friends!

Sam’s Club special

AAUGH Blog reader Bill alerted us to the fact the Sam’s Club stores have the boxed set The Peanuts Collection for a mere $11.98, about $9 less than when Costco had that set two years ago, and far far less than the total cost of the enclosed books (The Peanuts …

Spot the Dog

I publish things. I also research things. And really, the two efforts are often one and the same: I research stuff and find that it’s worth publishing; I publish stuff and in the process I’m doing research. That all just happened for me with a syndicated comics panel called “Spot” …

Various post-holiday notes

I hope that all of you who were Christmassing had a good one, and all of you who are Hannukafying are taking pleasure in these last few hours of the festival. Me, I not only got presents for both holidays, I got Peanuts presents for both. I’ll have pictures of …