Edison Lee for US Senator

When I created Edison back in the late 1990’s, he was just a typical kid doing typical things. Then the 2000 presidential election rolled around. Though the country didn’t seem nearly as polarized as it does now, it was obvious that the tone of politics had turned the corner into ugly. If you were a Democrat, the whole election was a huge disappointment. I had, and probably always will, vote Democrat, and it frustrated me to see what most saw as a legitimate election being stolen out from under us. It was at that point that I started writing politics into my material. Through it I was able to express my frustration and dissatisfaction with the system. Surprisingly, the material I was coming up with worked – enough so that it caught the eye of King Features, and… well… here I am.
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New Horizons

Those of you who read Edison Lee regularly know I like to write about space as much as possible. Stories of space exploration have always fascinated me, beginning almost 38 years ago when NASA launched the Voyager 1 probe. Today’s post is a reflection of that day, as well as a celebration of yesterday’s milestone “New Horizons” flyby of Pluto.
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They keep suspending my PayPal account!!!

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What is going on?!! Three to four times a week I get an email notice telling me my PayPal account has been suspended. What? Have I not paid them some undisclosed fee? Did I offend them in some way? Did I — wait, I don’t have a PayPal account.

So my question is: “Who falls for this?” Are there really people out there who see this email, open it, plug in all their personal information, from account number to date of birth, religious affiliation, SS number, mom’s maiden name, whether they’re “Coke” or “Pepsi”, blah blah blah… Apparently so. I keep hoping that after 306,452 tries on me, they will finally give up and leave me alone.

UNBELIEVABLE!!

Starting work on another seven strips for the week led me to wonder just how many I’ve created in the 8 1/2 years I’ve been creating “The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee”. The answer: Approx. 3000, give or take a handful. Below is the very first Edison Sunday strip that launched in newspapers on November 12, 2006.
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Banking! AAAAARGH!

I have a love/hate relationship with our banks. I say banks, because over the years, Anne and I have managed to open a number of different accounts with various banks, for a number of reasons. Several years ago we decided to open up a new checking account for our youngest son, who was about to head off to college. Naturally, we chose to do it through a bank we’d been doing business with for over 20 years. It was a shared account, which means Anne could deposit money as needed for school expenses, etc. One day, she and I went into the local branch of this bank to make a deposit (I won’t say the name of this bank, but I will tell you its logo has three initials in it), only to discover that our son, thinking Anne had already put in the money, had written some checks, which he assumed were good. They weren’t. The first check he wrote would’ve cleared with the amount he had in the account. But what the bank did was bounce the large check he wrote later first, and then proceed to bounce the smaller checks. When we asked the teller for a breakdown of the account, we discovered that there were $140.00 in bounced check fees (fees totaling more than the amount of the checks in question!). Our son should’ve gotten confirmation from us that the money had indeed been deposited, so this was partially our fault. How the bank handled the whole situation was unacceptable. It’s widely known that banks will (or at least used to), in the event of insufficient funds, often clear the largest check first, so that all of the other smaller checks bounce as well. When we explained the situation to the teller, and told her we were long-time customers, she was not able to offer any sort of break on these fees. This was an unfortunate mistake on our part, and the bank took advantage of it. Shortly after, we closed all of our accounts with this bank.
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Tom Magliozzi, we’ll miss you!!

Like many, many radio-listening fans of “Car Talk”, I was saddened to hear of the loss of Tom Magliozzi. http://www.npr.org/2014/11/03/357428287/tom-magliozzi-popular-co-host-of-nprs-car-talk-dies-at-77

I can’t count the number of programs I’ve listened to over the years. Tom and Ray were like friends, stopping by on Saturday mornings to dispense car advice and truck loads of laughter.
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Edison’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Edison has accepted Dustin’s Ice Bucket Challenge. I nominate my cartoon buddies Sarge from Beetle Bailey (Mort and Greg Walker) http://beetlebailey.com/ and Rob or Jill Kaplan from Pajama Diaries (Terri Libenson) http://pajamadiaries.com/

PLEASE, donate today! ALS CHALLENGE

This short video segment was created entirely by my daughter Katherine. I think she has a bright future in animation.
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Take a peek into the Edison Lee Studio

Back in January, King Features’ amazing Countess Tea posted a blog featuring the studios of some of the King cartoonists. comicskingdom.com/blog/2014/01/15/ask-a-cartoonist-caution-creators-at-work Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get my act together in time to submit photos of mine. Well, it’s been six months, and I’ve finally managed to round up a few shots.
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