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.
I’ve written enough strip ideas on bank deposit slips, grocery receipts and gum wrappers to fill a drawer.
My first comic strip was drawn with a Rapidograph. It was the only ink tool I had, and up to that point I hadn’t analyzed the work of other cartoonists to see what they were using. Eventually, I settled on a sable brush and Speedball ink. Drawing a comic strip with a brush turned out to be a lot more difficult than I ever imagined. I was like a toddler on roller skates. I had no control , and my lines wound up all over the place. I knew the results I wanted, so I stuck with it, and eventually got the hang of it.
This is an example of one of those early brushed strips. My lack of control is evident, but I had to start somewhere. Now I can’t imagine not using a brush. Switching tools would be like asking me to all of the sudden drive on the left side of the road.
I’ve dug around through my Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee ephemera and come up with King Features Sales Kits from the original 2006 launch to offer for the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning fundraising campaign on Indiegogo!
The full color kit, with illustrations on the front and back covers as well as the inside front cover, is on 100 lb card stock with a pocket containing:
- Character Descriptions
- Artist Bio
- 4 Full Color Sunday Strip Samples
- 24 Black and White Daily Strip Samples
- The Back Cover Illustration is the same as the poster
I also unearthed copies of a special 14 x14 inch square promotional poster designed especially for newspaper editors – the invention depicted is that of a “Newspaper Distiller” and the joke centers around the relationship between newspapers and TV news.
A limited quantity of these perks are available on Indiegogo - head over and claim yours!!