Edison Lee Perks on Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning Indiegogo!

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!

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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!!

Examples from way, way, way back in the archives

Several years ago I had the great honor of having my road to syndication story printed in several issues of John Read’s amazing “Stay Tooned” Magazine. In it, I shared examples of some of my first cartoon strips. I remember like yesterday creating these first comic strips. The year was 1991, and I created them very early in the morning in my basement studio. I used to put in a full day at my Chicago agency, come home and spend a few hours with my young son, and then head off to my basement studio and work until 2-3 a.m. Cartooning was a new found passion for me, and I couldn’t get enough of it. I had no idea where it was going to lead me, but at that point it really didn’t matter. Eventually, those late nights, coupled with the stress of my job, would catch up to me. I wound up getting mononucleosis, which put me out of commission for over 3 weeks. I did recover, and have since learned to temper my late night enthusiasm a little.

In these first strips, you can see I was just learning out how to use the tools I had chosen. These were done with a series if Rapidographs. 5-6 years later I chose to try a brush and a bottle of ink, my current tools of choice.

Anne and I worked together on this animal strip, which we aptly called “Second Nature”. It did generate some interest with the syndicates, but we ultimately stopped creating it after 2 years. I’ll share some of the early strips I created after Second Nature in my next post.




The Kenosha Festival of Cartooning indiegogo campaign is officially live!

It’s that time folks! As of noon today central time – February 25th – the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning fundraiser will be live on Indiegogo and pursuing its goal of raising $10,000 for Festival 2014, taking place next September 25th through the 27th. Festival founder and organizer Anne Morse-Hambrock  is raising money to keep the festival free and open to the public without any pesky ticket sales or registration fees.

There’s a great new video thanks to Tom Racine and Anne, and there are some terrific backer rewards. These include the usual signed programs and posters as well as several great signed comic collection books and original comic art.

And – NEW THIS YEAR – a one-of-a-kind collectible commemorative coin! There are only 100 of these available – when they’re gone, they’re gone!

coin2withblackhorizontalFor more details about the campaign, as well as a list of the amazing backer rewards, go to  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kenosha-festival-of-cartooning

You can check out the 2014 all-star lineup here:   http://kenoshacartoonfest.blogspot.com/p/schedule-for-mini-fest-2013.html

I’m so lucky to be married to a woman who not only likes what I do for a living, but goes out of her way to create and organize an event that welcomes and recognizes other cartoonists. Her goal from the beginning has been to make everything associated with the festival free of charge, which is why the indiegogo campaign is so essential.

Please show Anne and the festival your support by donating today. No amount is too small.