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NO!
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
:*(

Welcome to the (very infrequent) BIG PICTURE newsletter
which is supposed to be monthly but, yeah, right, THAT'S gonna happen.

*********************

Through TBP and this newsletter, I was to be a part of the lives of
complete
strangers I could consider friends. In recent weeks, I have been
floored by the
number of people that have reached out to me in a time of loss and in a
time of
a major Artistic life change.
I've learned about some very beautiful human beings in the world in the
last
month and I continue to be overwhelmed by the flow of thousands of
expressions
of
love, support, and goodwill. I kept the strip up close and personal and
I
appreciate the readers who continue to return the friendship.

********************************

As for Ginger, we all (that means you, too) gave her a long and very
happy,
pampered life and I will be forever grateful for two things- that she
passed
quickly and quietly (in my arms) and, two, that you welcomed her to the
comics
pages and into your heart for the time she was here for that
life. And thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for sharing the
stories of
your own pets as well.

Please visit http://www.planetlennie.com now for donations to a few
very worthy
charitable causes in Ginger's name.
If you've already done so, many thanks.


**********************************

As you've learned in the strip this week (8/2-7), my decision to retire
'The Big
Picture' is mostly due to the undeniable urge to finally answer The
Calling of
my Fine Art. That decision was only made somewhat difficult because of
the
connection and support I have with Universal Press Syndicate,
UComics.com, Lee
Totten at leetotten.com, my friends, family and, especially, my
readers- those who understood what I was trying to accomplish within
the comic
strip medium.
The death of Ginger along with a number of newspapers deciding to drop
the strip
over what was described as "sensitive" issues in the last several
months helped
me realize it was time to move on.

Due to its non-traditional nature, "The Big Picture" was a hard sell
to what
newspaper editors call the "mainstream" but I killed myself, especially
in the
beginning, getting it distributed to people like you who don't mind
something
a little "offbeat" now and then- something that doesn't fit a cookie
cutter
mold.
You're all a bunch of weirdos and don't ever change.

TBP was a reality based comic strip with warts and all, created
LONG before reality television and "blogs" were even a thought in
ANYone's mind
but, as i'm sure most people understand (hopefully), if I can't be
myself in the
comic strip, I don't want to do it at all.

With the massive volumes of mail I've received describing the void I
will be
leaving
in people's lives every morning and the thousands of pleas for me to
continue,
it's a complete mystery to me why we couldn't sell the strip to a wider
audience, but so be it.
Your recent show of support has made me see just how fortunate I was to
have
you, the readers who DID "get it", for the time I was able to do what I
did.
E-mail response has been a flood of emotion beyond my wildest
expectations and,
through the strip, I've come to consider you friends and a large piece
of my
identity goes away with TBP.

***************************

Those of you that have some TBP catching up to do can visit:

http://www.ucomics.com.

For only $10 a year you can subscribe to all of the great comics there,
get any
of them e-mailed to you on a daily basis in your own custom page set up
AND have
access to an entire archive of each comic strip since its inception.
And due to demand and reaction, Ucomics will be keeping
the archive there indefinitely.
There are no plans for a second book and the first is out of print. If
you can
find it, grab it.

***********************************

In the meantime, my Fine Art has been flourishing and Attracting the
audience it
deserves, and I say that with a certain amount of humility.
Because of the way that Art is created, I don't always take full credit
for it.
Some of you are already supporting that success and it is much
appreciated and I
ALWAYS
appreciate when my Art finds a good home. Those pieces are a huge part
of my
Self and the creation of that Art is a spiritual experience for me, as
it is
created in
a meditative state, and it can no longer be ignored.

In the coming months, I will have a web site set up that is devoted
exclusively
to my Fine Art. In the meantime, some of it (my black and white pen and
ink
work) can be seen at:

http://www.planetlennie.com/surrealisms

Those pieces are for sale in a limited edition giclee print series
(original
works are not for sale).
Please e-mail my representative (or write to me and i will forward to
her),
Shakti Riva at :

shaktiriva@comcast.net

and she will give you availability and pricing.
If you'd like, she can also send attachments of a few recent paintings
(yes, color...finally) including works which incorporate the poetry of
the 13th
century Mystic, Rumi.
We're all looking forward to the new site as well as pulling
together gallery shows around the country.

***********************************

That said, I am indeed also developing a new comic strip (many of you
have
asked) under a pen name (it is obviously non-autobiographical) when
time allows.
For updates on this, my Fine Art, and music/touring schedule, you can
sign up
for
my (very infrequent) newsletter at

http://www.planetlennie.com

your name and e-mail address is FOR OUR USE ONLY and will not be sold
to anyone.

And, as always, the CLUTCH GRABWELL gig schedule and updates can be
found at
http://grabwell.com
The band is better than ever and we're working on our fourth CD.
Information
about purchasing the first 3 can be found on the site.

*****************

I'll close with one of my favorite quotes and one that hangs in my
studio. It's
by Meister Eckhart-

"IF THE ONLY PRAYER YOU SAY IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE IS 'THANK YOU', THAT
WOULD
SUFFICE."

Much Love and Gratitude from the spirit of Ginger and all of us at TBP.

Here's to Art, Music, Cartoons, and furry Beasts.

Lennie

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audesapere
Aug. 10th, 2004 05:07 pm (UTC)
aw man. that finally proves that life sucks.
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