PICTURE QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
"I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother
took me tosee him in a department store
and he asked for my autograph."
- Shirley Temple
will be relatively brief. Maybe.
I hope your
holidays were all they're cracked up to be and A VERY happy New Year to
May you see
Life's daily Big Picture and, most importantly, treat yours lightly and
time to get your free (yes, free!!) signed (wow! signed!!) Big Picture Beefcake
Calendar (see The Big Pic 12/19/00). Just send a self addressed stamped
biz size envelope (y'know, one of those 9"x 4 1/2" ones) to The
Big Picture, P.O. Box 729, Norwell, Ma. 02061. We'll get it right out to
AND CLUTCH GRABWELL MINI TOUR TO CALIFORNIA
(skip this part if you're not from California... if you wanna)
What can I
say about ANY part of that trip? The whole thing (even getting stuck at
Logan on take-off) was just so much fun. It is just so cool to put faces
to fans and readers and e-mail pals. Absolutely incredible.
The band was
very pleased at the results from that trip and we'll keep you up to date
on further developements (here or at grabwell.com). The main purpose of
the band being out there was to play for a few record companies and muckitty-
mucks (is that how you spell muckitty- mucks?) and we gained a lot of fans
as well. The muckitty-mucks loved us and are now doing what most record
company muckitty-mucks are doing. Sitting on their ass in the carribeans
with their trophy wives and a margaritta until the holidays blow over.
We are seriously
considering a more extensive swing down the west coast, Seattle to LA, in
the spring. Any feedback, sugestions or contacts anyone might have are always
welcome and I can pass them on to Jeff, our main man in the hook-up department.
We're lookin' to spread the Clutch Love in every way we can, know what I'm
We had lots
of fun, the gigs went great. The band kicked major butt. As always. And
Andrew, our new sax god and my stage partner, fit in like he's been with
us all along.
I went down
to Aliso Viejo on Saturday (the boys flew back home that morning) for my
Barnes and Noble signing. It was awesome to meet everyone there. The turnout
was good with those "turning out" well above "superior"
as i have always suspected about The Big Pic readers!
After the signing,
I got to hang out and down a couple of coldies with a few avid readers and
Thanks to Mark
O'Hare (he's a writer on the "Sponge Bob Square Pants" animated
t.v, show and the creator of the strip "Citizen Dog". check it
out. A great strip) and Mike Ramirez (pulitzer prize winning editorial cartoonist)
for the lunch hang as well. These are two of the nicest people I've ever
met. They treated me like an old friend.
A very VERY
special thanks to Ken Blake, a recent friendship gained. Ken is a comic
strip art collector, cartoonists' coffee supplier and friend extraodinaire.
If I go into all the thanks I want to give you here, Ken (including the
Millstone coffee warehouse tour. Yikes!!! I died and went to heaven, dood)
people will just bitch me out again about my newsletters being too lengthy.
So I'll just say "Thank you". You are indeed the Man.
So, if that
wasn't enough for my already giant ego, I headed up to Campbell, in the
San Jose area, on Sunday. I got to the Barnes and Noble at about 3:50 p.m.
for the 4 o'clock signing (heavy fog delays made me later than I wanted
to be. I was hoping to um..."freshen up" before I went directly
to the store. No such luck. Sorry to those who insisted on getting close
up and personal for those photos).
I walked into
the store and it had a line snaking around the stoopid thing! I'm thinkin',
"Damn! Something's taking away from my dopey booksigning! They must
have double booked! How DARE they steal my thunder!"
To my absolute
amazement, the thunder was for me!!
I can say to express my gratitude to the fans in that part of the country.
You guys have been so supportive and really "get" what I'm trying
to do here through the comic strip. The "one hour" signing lasted
3 (hey, not cuz i write slow, wise guy...) and people stood there waiting
for hours without a complaint. Even the ones that brought their kitties!
In fact, i've
heard a lot of friends and "brothers/sisters in comic strip arms"
were made, so I hope the time in line resulted in much more than my dopey
It was just
so great and so inspiring to see you all. You know me so well because of
the style and personal "open book" nature of the strip so it was
a really good feeling to be able to spend even a little time together and
get to know YOU. Thank you all so much for an unforgettable day. Special
thanks on that leg of the trip to my also-new-friends Matt and his dad,
Bill. Thanks for the breakfast and great company. Kudos also to Robert for
the hang. The comics you showed me were MUCH appreciated and much knowledge
gained (re: much to rip off).
To all of you
that were so kind to give me (and Ginger) so many great GIFTS, I mean, sheesh.
Incredible. What can I say but I'll just keep crankin' out the best comic
strip I can to try to feel worthy of all that.
flashing cameras of those 2 days, I was able to regain my vision and navigate
to San Fran then down the Pac Coast Highway to my friends in LA. I'd like
to thank them for everything, too (Brett, Cathy, Lynne, Sara, and Chris)
but this is a family newsletter...
To ALL the
California readers and Clutch fans- again, all I can say is THANK YOU!!!
We will most
likely be back in the spring...
Yes, as you
can see if you read my Dec.20th strip , I'm still absent from the Orange
County Register. And, yes, DESPITE the fact the OCR dropped me TWO WEEKS
before the signing out there, we still had a decent turn out (see above).
As I said last
time around, I've pretty much thrown up my hands (or just thrown up (take
your pick) on the OCR.
But at the
same time I SO appreciate that you haven't. They're STILL getting letters
and that's great. Um..they're IGNORING them but they ARE getting them.
for your support, OCR readers. I don't know what to tell you except that
i guess you're stuck with the comics they only WANT you reading. Most papers
just figure you'll get used to the comics they feed you. That the comic
will "grow" on you (kind of like a fungus...) so, if that's the
case, buh-bye, OCR.
If you do keep
up the campaign to get The Big Pic back in, thank you. And if you don't,
I can't say I blame you. i mean, jeez. How frustrating! The only thing I
can suggest is to move to a city that DOES carry The Big Picture... Anyway,
here's the address again if you're still up for it (if not, you can get
the Big Pic on-line at UComics.com)-
Tonnie L. Katz, senior vice president and editor
NEWS ON-LINE 12/24
For those of
you that wrote- no, I don't know what happened with my Christmas Eve Sunday
toon on the Merc site. Perhaps they didn't run it cuz they deemed it inappropriate
or something. It involved Santa and a pooper scooper so maybe they thought
you couldn't handle it. And I do know how that cartoon could corrupt the
CHILDREN so much more than the hole in the ozone, people killing each other
over religion in the middle east, and starving, parentless, crack -addicted
children in the inner cities. I dunno...
I got dropped
from permanently from 3 papers last May for using the words "naked,
mush-brained goon" and 3 papers for featuring a gay (GASP!) character
in the strip last summer. But perhaps on the Merc's part last Sunday it
was just an...um.."oversight".
In the words
of good 'ol Charlie Brown- "sigh".
Yup. That was
my holiday cover illustration for The San Francisco Bay Guardian the week
of Dec. 20. Thanks for noticin'. Pain in the butt all that detailed work
was, the end result is well worth it. For those of you that have asked,
there may be a few copies still floating around out there.
on a Toronto book signing or two. This is just a seed planted and I'll keep
you posted. I'd love to get up there in the spring.
you (jeez, there's a lot of thanking going on in this newsletter. Well deserved,
by the way) for all the well wishes you've sent her. It certainly balances
off my wishes of "Dawn, I know there's no stoopid Eiffel Tower here
but we DO have Dunkin' Donuts so just STAY already." Serioiusly, she
really appreciates the support you've shown and all the kind words. It's
a huge move for her.
Thanks to all
of you that have responded so positively to my surrealisms and Fine Art
posting on the PlanetLennie website. This is yet ANOTHER thing (besides
the strip and Clutch) that i always say "I'm just looking for people
who 'get it'". And you "get it". For those of you who are
creative and are dealing with Art in any way, shape, or form, you know that
when you're doing things from the heart, that is THE most important thing
of all- that you can somehow CONNECT with others . Those surrealisms are
the highest form of expression for me and it means even more when others
can get inside of them.
By the way,
there will be a FAQ section added to that part of the website soon. Soon
as my Christmas shopping is done. In February.
Well, I promised
a brief newsletter and it's anything but. Till next time, thanks for the
read as always. Happy New Year and thanks so much, from Arizona to Australia,
Nebraska to the Netherlands, for your support of my work and your friendship!