All the moles in a whack-a-mole game are fake

Section from a coloring book cover with Peanuts and Snoopy logos
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AAUGH Blog reader Caren noted that the bootleg Peanuts ebooks I linked to the other day had already been deleted, so victory, right?

Of course not.

Two days after my post, the same fake editions had already been re-uploaded. The timeless work of Dolores J Douglas endures, as does that of Celia D Lennon. And if those links happen to go to a link-not-found page when you click through, that just means they’ve been taken down again, but doesn’t mean that they haven’t already popped up under another ASIN (that’s Amazon’s stocking number.)

And in the past week, we’ve also seen…

A series of coloring books by Marlene Duncan, featuring a wide variety of cartoon characters owned by various licensors, such as this one.

Snoopy coloring books from different listed authors.

(While many of them seem to just grab actual black-and-white Peanuts images from various places, likely scanned from legit coloring books, this latter one looks to be based on bad tracings. Does that look licensor-approved to you?)

But that’s not all! We also have a paperback of the screenplay to The Peanuts Movie by Alissa Greta Morton. Who is Alissa Greta Morton, you ask? Well, according to her Amazon credits, she also wrote the script for Othello. Yes, you may have thought it was William Shakespeare, but that’s just because of the educational system’s preference for dead white males, it  was really Alissa Greta Morton!

Anyway, I reckon AAUGH Blog readers know to steer away from this stuff, and to not reward their efforts.

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Just out in Japan is the Japanese edition of Charles M. Schulz: The Art and Life of the Peanuts Creator in 100 Objects, the Eisner Award-winning, Schulz Museum-published heavily illustrated book co-written by curator Benjamin L. Clark and myself! And yes, it can be shipped to the States… although it …

A Charlie Brown Christmas
A quote unquote requote book on A Charlie Brown Christmas

How can you tell that the new book “A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Timeless Tale of Joy and Meaning”: Unwrapping the True Spirit of the Holiday Season with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts Gang” is truly an innovative work? It’s the quotation marks in the title.  Not constrained by …

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Snoopy’s Book Café

Peanuts collector Lisa, who had been showing all her finds from a recent trip to Japan, started showing off one of the Re-Ment sets of little kits that combine to make a diorama. They do lovely work, but Peanuts statuary is not what I collect, and besides, these are Japanese …