PICTURE QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
"Always look out for number one and
be sure not to step in number two."
- Rodney Dangerfield
-TO- DO-WITH-WE-JUST-LIKE-IT RECOMMENDATION OF THE MONTH
check it out.
it'll soak up HOURS of valuable time in your cubicle.
to all of you in my native stomping grounds of good ol' Worcester, Ma. (that's
"woosta" to you foreigners). The Big Picture now appears in The
Worcester Telegram much to the delight of my woosta area friends, family
and me (and, of course, the people that live there. Of course). Cool to
be there after all this time.
And local fans
of the band now actually believe that we're in a comic strip. Now we don't
have to hear, "Yeah, sure, whatever", every time we play the Plantation
Club. We can just grab the paper and stick it up their nose and say, "SEEE??!!".
This is always a fun activity no matter where or who you are, by the way.
Try it next time you're on a bus or a crowded elevator. If you get in trouble
for this, please direct your concerns to www.marmaduke.com
to the other markets that have jumped on board this past month. A special
shout to St. Louis. Thanks, doods.
to The Ventura County Star in California. They dropped us last week. Like
a rock (is that the right cliche? Or is it SLEEP like a rock?). No warning,
no "how-do-you-do-now-get- out". Nuttin'. Nada (is that how you
This is a complete
mystery given the great support we have in California. I can't even begin
to tell you of the boost I get in the letters received and the e-mail friendships
made in Cali since the daily syndication began. Near as I can figure, the
powers that be at The Star may be offended by the content of TBP in this
week's (starting this past Tuesday, July 17 and running all week) strips.
I don't know this for sure so don't quote me on it. And I'm hoping they
haven't lost the ability to laugh at themselves. But a reader of TBP did
write to them to complain and they wrote back saying TBP is "too edgy".
The reader fired back with a good point- "Edgy compared to WHAT?? The
Family Circus?? Mutts?? Or edgy compared to the murder, genocide, pollution
and carnage in the news on the page BEFORE it?"
breath), we were replaced by "Get Fuzzy" which is a perfectly
safe and wonderful and funny strip, I guess, that doesn't create any waves
and the editors don't have to worry much about. As Kerri pointed out, it
IS the Garfield of the jaded new millennium (pissed off cat, neutral male
owner, dumb dog) and I sure do respect that and I read most comics whether
they take my fans away or not. But, sheesh, too edgy? And TBP is the only
reality based strip out there ever, y'know? And I'm on a mission of a little
innovation here, y'know? There's something to be said for THAT, gosh darn
it. And REALITY is an edge itSELF, y'know?? And am i whining enough? So,
yeah... if you want to show your support, Amy at Universal Press (see below)
will be happy to (or at least will do it) sift thru it all and make sure
it gets plopped DIRECTLY into the hands of the people that matter at the
Star. So thanks in advance for your support AS ALWAYS. You readers in California
have been SWEEEET to me. I hate that one of the papers there dropped me.Very
disappointing. At least they could have made up an excuse like "low
readership" or something like the OCR did.
So if you want
to have your voice be heard on this one, write to email@example.com.
Also, you can write to www.staronline.com. I think. But the first address
is the best bet.
complain a whole lot when I got replaced by "Get Fuzzy" once before.
Maybe they figured "What the hell. Cat that talks. Guy that drinks
beer. Same thing but different." So, that's cool. But thanks if you
County Register is up to its old tricks again (is there ONE of these stoopid
newsletters that I HAVEN'T mentioned the OCR?? ). These guys change their
comics around more often than I change the oil in my car, fer criminee sake.
doing one of those dopey reader polls for what comics people want in their
paper like they did in Worcester and I think somewhere in Ohio recently.
TBP was in
the Orange County Register daily and Sundays about a year ago. Then I got
dropped (I think cuz o' some of them there "offensive and edgy"
cartoons I did. See above). Then a whole bunch of you wrote in (remember
all this?? we should write a book together) demanding TBP back. So after
a 3 month campaign they said they were gonna put us back in and then they
only put us back in on Sundays (Sunday's a very "safe" day in
comic strip land, by the way...long story) but promised us the dailies very
soon (this was back in March) and now they have this poll. Go figure.
here's where to vote- They're conducting it "hard copy" only supposedly,
with a survey to send in from the comics page itself. But you can send a
vote in on your own as well.
Via snail mail-
Comics Survey, OCR
Santa Ana, Ca. 92711
I also got
an inside scoop on e-mail addresses for the OCR if you wanna be a brat (which,
of course, I encourage)-
Deadline on the poll is soon- July 23. That's this Monday, dood.
Thanks in advance.
As Opus used to say, I know it's a "big pain in the patootie"
And a big thanks
to Carol, Jim and Mary for gathering this info for me.
doing a big push on The Boston Herald VERY soon. Clutch fans and TBP readers
can unite (y'know. if you wanna and all..) before the Universal Press sales
force even gets to them to present it and we can make THEIR job much easier...
Andrew Costello at
for a Boston showdown.
Sales are good
on both of the books I'm most proud of out of all the books I've done. Those
of you reading this that don't know about my books, here's a shameless plug
(hey, isn't that what those transplant doctor doods put in your head in
your mid-life crisis?? A shameless plug?)-
Picture, A Comic Strip Collection" published by Andrews/McMeel and
"Why God Makes Bald Guys" published by CCC Publications.
Both of these
books can be, if not found, ordered at any bookstore or on Amazon.com.
is coming. Well..eventually. Most likely there's a holiday SOMEwhere in
the world today worth celebrating so why not buy a book today....
SALE! GET YOUR STRIPS HERE! PEANUTS! POPCORN! COMIC STRIPS!
has prints available at their website by ALL of their comic strip creators,
including me. I've signed a bunch of these things and I just wanted to tell
you that they're looking real good and I ain't just sayin' that. Large (about
11x17) ,nice print quality, excellent paper..all that good stuff. Suitable
Some of the
creators (like me) sign the stuff, others don't, but there's a whole BEVY
(that's a word, right? bevy?) of comic strips to choose from. You can see
the entire list at UComics.com. The way it works is, you read a comic you
like and you say to yourself, "Agnes?" (that's if your name is
"Agnes") "I'd like one of them there funnies suitable fer
framin'". Then you order it off the site and UComics sends it to me
or the "Bizarro" dood or the "Foxtrot" dood or "The
Boondocks" dood or whoever you, "Agnes", bought. We sign
it, and it's yours, Agnes.
Sure does beat
all those comic strips taped to your fridge. You get the idea. Whether you
buy one of mine or not, it's a pretty cool concept.
comic strips are available through ME at firstname.lastname@example.org or thru
my website or at the Norwell address. When you see a strip of mine you like
(HA! THAT'll happen..) and you wanna purchase, just write to me an I'll
let you know whether it's available or not. And, heck, just think- you can
sell it on E-Bay for almost HALF what you buy it for! Such a deal!
the original artwork here- stoopid pen to stoopid paper (originals are about
10" by 3 1/2"). I generally sell these for about $100.00 with
20% of the dough donated to charity (10% to "Why Me, Inc.", a
charity that does great work for kids with cancer, 5 % to a local animal
shelter and the other 5% to Greenpeace). So you get a swell original plus
do some good for the world. Agnes.
a holiday somewhere (see above).
NYC trip is
over and done (had a ball..y'know, 'cept for the whole Lost-In-Harlem thing.
But even that was actually one of those nice little "Life Adventures
That'll Never Go Away", come to think of it), and we are now figuring
out the late October swing down the Left Coast. We'll keep you posted both
here, in the strip, and at grabwell.com. Thanks to ALL of you that sent
in suggestions for California venues and contacts, clubs and colleges to
play and public showers to scrub down in. Probably should avoid Ventura
County, huh? Those people at the paper seem really mad at me...and they
could probably beat me up. Come to think of it, ANYone could beat ME up.
ot sure whether
I'll be doing booksignings or not but I'm thinkin' on it. Same for a Fine
Art show with the surrealisms.
And the big
news is, kind of related to the Cali trip.....
GRABWELL NEW C.D.
Yes, it's true.
I know we've been talking about a third c.d. forever and lots o' people
have been asking even longer, but this is the Truth- We are currently and
seriously shopping for a studio to get the thing done. FINALLY! YES!! And
there will be a decision on that by next week. We've got it narrowed down
to 2 or 3 different places. We'll start the recording process in mid-August
and we're hoping to push it so we can have it in our hands by the time we
make the trip westward. That'd be (as they say in Revere) wicked pissa.
in the band say it can be done. The pessimists say ready for Christmas.
I say as soon as Andrew finds me another shiny shirt and Jeff learns that
chromatic descending 16th note lick in the middle of "Our Love Is Alive".
One way or the other, we'll have a c.d. by the holidays. And it's always
a holiday somewhere (see above).
With the changes
that have happened within the band personell (and, dare I say, God Bless
the changes) the c.d. poject has been on hold but now we be ready to go.
Profiles Magazine interview with good 'ol Yours Truly is done and out and
about. They did run the entire interview so that's pretty cool beans. I
got some nice mail about it and that's always..um..nice.
If you want
a copy of the magazine, contact
P.O. Box 325
Fairfield, CT. 06430
Send him like,
I dunno, 12 bucks ($10 for the mag and $2 for shipping) or something. Ask
for Issue # 130, June 2001 (Snoopy's on the cover).
Or if you want
just a copy of the interview itself, you can send me (TBP, P.O. Box 729,
Norwell, Ma. 02061) a pre-stamped (55 cents of stamps should do it. It's
7 pages including a bunch of strips) envelope and I'll get it to you. Jud's
probably cool with that but I'll be sure to check with him first.
I think there's
a little something in Hogan's Alley magazine with me in this issue, too,
but I'm not sure. Haven't seen it yet.
to get a photo of that up on the site. And I keep getting a lot of mail
to get more photos of me and Fuzzbucket up there. I'm just so darn busy
sitting on the beach, y'know?
COMIC STRIP HOTTIE CONTEST MALE AND FEMALE
of the contest will be out on August 16 and 17. Hint- The female winner
was a part of the nominees but very few knew who she actually was (figure
THAT one out). The big showing second place winner was a write-in. Guess
And male votes?
A write-in first place winner for the male category (now REALLY figure THAT
when you see it) and a very strong second for a cartoon dood that WAS a
part of my nominees.
to that poll was phenomenal. Made me feel all warm and fuzzy. Oh, wait...don't
K, all. Nuh-nite
I say, "Thanks,
as always, everybody, for ALL your support." And Ginger says "zzzzzzzzzzz".
Lennie, Ginger, and all of us at The Big Picture