In recent weeks, I’ve added two kinda-books to the Reference Library. I talked about The Great Big Book of Peanuts Word Seeks volume 1 when I ordered it. Each of its 129 themed word search puzzles had below it a Peanuts strip on the same theme — if the hidden words are all about thanksgiving foods, then the strip is one where Linus lists the things Gramma is going to serve, etc. With an additional strip on the introductory page of the book/magazine, that brings it to 130 Peanut strips, more than in many a smaller Peanuts collection. But because of the format, you don’t get any storylines, just stand-alone strips. But alas for me, word searches are not my puzzle of choice (I’m more of a crossword guy, preferring New York Times Friday-or-harder-level puzzles.)

Dayspring, the Christian division of Hallmark, brings Peanuts: A Year’s Worth of Smiles and Blessings, a day-by-day stand-up desk calendar that, well, it’s spiral bound and has hard covers, it kinda counts as a book, right? The back describes it as a “one-of-a-kind collection of Peanuts comic strips, including many original inspirational strips and Bible Scriptures.” Now, coming up with original Bible Scriptures at this late date is impressive; I reckon all of them would’ve been put into a book long since.

This calendar is not meant to be used as a planner. There’s no space for writing your schedule, and it is lacking such things as the day of the week for each day. That’s because this is supposed to be a permanent item, cheering up your desk every year (which is why this 2011 publication is still available.) Most of the pages have strips (with some leaning toward strips that cite the Bible.) Those that don’t have a Peanuts image, either with a little saying or an upbeat Bible verse.

Classic finds

 I just picked up the July 1964 issue of Drag Cartoons, a black and white comics magazine focused not on performative gender-bending as the youth must suspect, but on souped-up autos, including not just drag racers but hot rods as well. Did I pick it up because it had a …

Classic finds
Japanese stocking

Over a month after I got a shipment of a handful of Peanuts books from Japan, I am finally getting around to chronicling the last of these. This was one which came as a surprise to me, because I had been under the assumption that the translation of Charles M. Schulz: …

Classic finds
Encyclopedia Brown has met his match

Yes, I know I’ve not yet finished chronicling the books I got in that shipment from Japan, but Dr. Mrs. The AAUGH Blog wanted a scan of the new item the AAUGH Blog Reference Library received yesterday, and as long as I was at it, I reckoned I might take …