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.
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.
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.
Yes, it’s true. Edison will be traveling to Mars on November 28th, and he’ll be in good company. Stephan Pastis, Goat and Rat will be riding along as well. Cartoonist Scott Stantis also has a boarding pass, and at this point, I’m not sure which of his Prickly City characters he’ll be sending.
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/
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This short video segment was created entirely by my daughter Katherine. I think she has a bright future in animation.
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.
Last year I had the privilege of doing a Hogan’s Alley Q&A with Tom Heintjes. Read on. You may learn some new stuff about Edison. I know I did. While you’re at it, check out http://cartoonician.com and subscribe to the print edition of this great magazine!
I was considering turning this idea into an daily strip, but my wife vetoed it. I’m glad one of us has some common sense in this house. A light tap to the shoulder is really a better way to wake someone.
I created this fold-in in 2008. I recommend printing it out before you try to fold it. Attempting to fold your computer screen may damage it.
What do you do when you wake up at 5:00 a.m. with a great idea, but you don’t want to wake your lovely wife by getting up to grab the laptop? You grab the Netfilx envelope that happens to be within reach and write down your ideas. Fortunately a nub of a pencil happened to be in the vicinity as well.