Tuesday, July 7, 2009


My Dearest Love,

I'll assume that by now you've heard the news. Perhaps you thought it a lie or some sort of cruel joke.
But unfortunately it's neither of those things.
The fact is, I'm leaving you.

You know I don't want to. And you know it's not because I don't love you.
I cherish you madly and always will. You were my first love after college. My pride and joy.


But you were never easy. NEVER that.
I've struggled to keep up with you all these years and still aren't quite sure how I managed to do it.
For one, you're just too expensive. No matter how much I spend on you you're never satisfied. You always want more of what I barely have
and then toss your back your head and laugh as if to say "You'll be fine- all that matters is that we're HERE. Together forever!"

Forever? Come on. I'm not naive enough to think I'm your only one. You've enticed so very many like me and told them everything was going to be all right.

But it's not alright.

Not anymore.

See, the truth is... I've met someone else. Someone you know. Someone you've never really gotten along with.
You've called her tawdry, uncultured, and back-stabbing.
And no, she's not perfect by any means. For all I know she'll be just as difficult as you. Maybe more so.
But what choice do I have?
She has more for me. More opportunities. More hope.
And that's what I need now. I'm not a kid anymore (although that's up for debate).
I've had two beautiful children with you now and they need so much more than you can give them.
They need space. A house. A yard. A beach close by. Legoland.

What's really tragic is that you won't even notice I'm gone. You'll just move on to the next guy. A younger one. With better hair. Fresh off the bus and eager to please.
You'll forget about me like all the others you've chased away over the years.

I can't say I'm not sorry. I've fought hard to stay with you for almost 20 years now. But it's time.
Time to move on.

So goodbye New York City.

I'm off to Los Angeles.

For all I know I'll come screaming back, begging you to take me back into your arms. And you probably won't even notice I was gone.
But until then...

I'll be on the West Coast starting 'round the end of July.

Will you at least wish me luck? Give me your blessing?
Maybe send me bagels?

I love you, NYC.

Forever and always,

Mr. Warburton
(formerly of the NYC Warburtons)


roconnor said...

The world began in Eden, and ended in Los Angeles.

rohitash said...

A thousand times, "NOOOOOOOO!!!!" Please don't go. Please don't leave me here alone!!!!!!!!!! With THEM!!!!!!!!!

j.j. sedelmaier said...

Have fun with your new show:

"Hey (Benedict) Arnold !"

You KNOW we love you ! Not since Linda Simensky will NY feel the void of a cartoon genus. . . I mean species. . . I mean feces. . .

I mean - GENIUS !!

xo, J.J. & Patrice

David B. Levy said...

I was bummed to hear the news, Mr. Warburton. But, I know it marks the next important phase of your life and career. You did a lot for the NY animation community and we will always be in your debt. *sniffle*

Anonymous said...

i moved away from los angeles a few years back. it needed to happen. but it is a wonderful city, to be sure! i just about broke into the stupidest grin ever when i wandered across the Cartoon Network building while traipsing through glendale on foot... for hours. same goes for when i saw an "AAAH! Real Monsters!" mural on a wall. and hey, the industry there is great, or so say some dub directors i used to karaoke with.


best of luck on the move, mr. warburton!


Oh no :(
I'm glad to have met you, Mr. W. Still got that Numbah Three drawing you drew in my sketchbook :) NY will miss you. All the very best for LA and your cool future projects. And have fun!

redstar.1 said...

Good Lord for a moment there I thought you were talking about your wife. :O You really fooled me!

But good luck with your move! I'm sure NYC's going to miss you lots. Don't cry! Just gotta keep positive and maybe one day you'll return there! :3

Though I bet the beach for you and your sons is gonna be awesome. :D

~Allie, AKA NLW

Elliot Cowan said...

Was it something I said?

Anonymous said...

ah well there go my chances of meeting you in person. well good luck. jeez you really know how to make everything epic, don't you, mr. w?


Amanda said...

I am from southern California and I think that you will be saying soon "NYC where?". Best of luck to you!!

Jarred said...

Congrats on a new place! Hiope you find it awesome :p

kndfan12 said...

Distance from Los Angeles to where I live:about 16,000 miles!!!Distance from NYC to where I live:about 1,100 miles!Dang,I was going to take a trip to NYC next year,too!I had hopes of meeting you in person,but NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
): Anyways,you have a good new life in Cali.