EDISON LEE CELEBRATES TEN YEARS!

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The first comic, Sunday, November 12, 2006.

On November 12, 2006, “The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee” made its official newspaper debut. At the time, I wasn’t sure how I would manage the daily grind of producing a comic strip. One comic a day, for better or worse, in sickness and health — it was like getting married, only scarier. But something interesting happened in that first year that I did not expect. The characters began taking on a life of their own. I found that all I needed to do was summon one or more of them to the front of my mind, and they would explain to me what was going on in their world. Sounds crazy, but this is how it continues to work for me.
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A behind-the-scenes peek at today’s strip

Today’s strip was actually conceived 8 weeks ago. The problem with working so far out on deadline is a lot can happen in 8 weeks. If you’re doing political jokes, this can be risky. Years ago I wrote a strip about a presidential candidate I thought for sure would be in the race by the time the strip ran. A week before it was to be published, that candidate dropped out. It was too late for me to pull it from newspapers, so it had to run. Today’s strip was a safe bet.
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