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Questions answered

Hell no, Kitty.

AAUGH Blog reader Érico asked if I might comment on something on the Sanrio website, specifically in a message from founder and chairman Shintaro Tsuji, which includes this reminiscence: Mr. Schulz cheerfully welcomed these two Japanese men who had suddenly come to visit him, and that was the start of …

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book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas

As long as we’re in A Charlie Brown Christmas book season

I was recently looking over some of the coverage of the Schulzes opening their ice rink in Santa Rosa, and I noticed that a couple of papers had added illustrations. One used this picture: …which is pretty obviously a narrowed tracing of this Dale Hale drawing from the first book …

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book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas

Mystery solved

Up until today, I only had a guess of the year that this boxed set, With LOVE from Charlie Brown, collecting six World Publishing adaptations of animated Peanuts specials was issued. But today, I found this ad, which ran in the magazine insert Family Weekly, which was included in various newspapers on …

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book adaptations of A Charlie Brown Christmas

The Best Time of the Year

Longtime readers of the blog know that my favorite time of the year is when the new book adaptations of the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas arrive, and that in the current century, that usually means that I have several such joyous days per year. This year’s first such day brings …

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Animated Peanuts

Review: Nest Friends & When Snoopy Met Woodstock

Newly released are two children’s storybooks in the Ready*To*Read line: Nest Friends and When Snoopy Met Woodstock. Both of these are adaptations of stories from The Snoopy Show, the currently running original animated series on the Apple TV+ streaming service. Rather than commissioning new art, the adaptation just has Ximena Hastings adapting …

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Upcoming releases

Reprints… exciting and new!

The wavy lines on the cover of the upcoming rerelease of the classic Peanuts gift book Security is a Thumb and a Blanket make me think of the ocean. Which then makes me see the circular logo space as a porthole. Which, in turn, makes me view the entire cover as …

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Nat news

The writer of BE MORE CHARLIE BROWN is…

…it’s me. I’m writing Be More Charlie Brown, the follow-up to Be More Snoopy, which I also wrote. I doubt many of you are surprised. I’m sorry that I had to be circumspect earlier, but as the author name was not part of the metadata that the publisher had issued …

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Product

Now, these four figures would be worth three figures.

I stumbled across the 1959 Baltimore newspaper ad for some of the Hungerford figurines, the original Peanuts toys. Don’t let what looks like a low price fool you– in today’s dollars, the four of them would cost you about $70. (Which, to be fair, is about what you would pay …

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Upcoming releases

Be More Charlie Brown

DK Publishing, the publishers of my book Be More Snoopy, have announced a May release for another book in their popular Be More… series, Be More Charlie Brown. The volume is described thusly: A humorous and thoughtful pocket-size guide to living life your own way, inspired by Charlie Brown, the most philosophical member …

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General

Classified Peanuts

If you’ve read a lot of Peanuts reprint books, you’ve probably at some point read the June, 1962 storyline where Linus’s blanket got turned into a kite, which in turn got carried away by the winds. You may even have seen this panel: That panel showed up the in the …

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