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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.
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and the original Jeff MacNelly comic strip goes to…

On October 30th, Alan Gardner, Editor of The Daily Cartoonist, announced he was starting an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the site. One of the incentives, announced on November 4th, was an original Jeff MacNelly Shoe comic strip. I was sitting at my computer that morning working, and Anne was on her iPad reading Alan’s latest post about the availability of this incredible piece of art. The first person to offer up the asking price owned it. I remember mentioning to Anne how great it would be to have one of his originals, and then thinking there’s no way in my lifetime I ever will. *sigh*. A minute later, without me knowing,  Anne wandered off into the other room and promptly bought it. She gave it to me at Christmas. It’s one of the most incredible presents anyone has ever given me. Thank You, Anne! (and Alan)
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My entire process from A-Z

The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee launched with King Features in the fall of 2006, which means I’ve created over 2500 daily and Sunday comic strips.

When I compare the early strips with those I’m creating now, I see a vast improvement, both in the drawing and the writing. The drawing has gotten looser and the writing has gotten tighter. However, while the strip may have improved, and the style evolved, the process I go through to create each and every strip has remained essentially the same. I’ll usually start off by acknowledging I have deadline, followed by major panicking. After the dust has settled, it’s on to writing, followed by making coffee, panicking some more, baking cookies, purging the boiler (during the summer I’ll vacuum the air conditioners), then more writing. Somehow or another I’ve managed to make it work. Following is a step by step breakdown of how I generate 7 strips a week, 52 weeks a year.
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You HAVE to check this out!!

It’s finally here. Check out Comics Kingdom http://comicskingdom.com/ , an all-new free comics site from King Features Syndicate.  http://www.kingfeatures.com

At Comics Kingdom, you’ll be able to read The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee, and all of King Features’ great comics in one place every day for free.  Comment on comics just like you do here, and get to know other comics fans.
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Sharing Contest Winners!

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The winners are in! We diligently counted all the shares on Facebook and Twitter, wrote them on little slips of paper, put them in a hat and had our daughter draw names.

Drumroll please…

The winner of a copy of “The Edison Files: Notes From The Lab” for sharing on Facebook is:

Barbara Reynolds!

The winner of a copy of “The Edison Files: Notes From The Lab” for sharing on Twitter is:
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EAT DRINK VOTE

A copy of Marion Nestle’s new book “Eat Drink Vote” arrived unexpectedly in my mailbox. For those of you not familiar with Marion Nestle, famed food author Michael Pollan describes her as the #2 most powerful foodie in America (after Michelle Obama). The book helps readers to understand how diverse factors influence their food choices and nutrition. To help Marion Nestle illustrate her points, she’s combined her text with over 250 cartoons from 42 leading cartoonists, including nine Pulitzer prize winners, all licensed through the Cartoonist Group. I’m proud to say she chose to use six Edison Lee cartoon strips. The following Sunday is one that’s featured.
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Another Contest – Facebook & Twitter

We had so much fun with the comments contest that we are announcing ANOTHER contest. (See below for another winner drawing that was shipped off last week – if you are still waiting for your art, please be patient – it IS coming) –

This time the prize will be a copy of the book “The Edison Files: Notes From The Lab” and to win all you need to do is either share the strip on Facebook or Twitter (or both – the more you share, the better your chances).
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Atmospheric Vortex Engines

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Sometimes Anne and I thumb our way through twitter looking for little bits of scientific goodness to share with the world. The Edison comic that ran on 9-12 came from this story about Louis Michaud, the Canadian engineer who’s working on atmospheric vortex engines for generating electricity. Shortly after the strip ran, the inventor’s son contacted me and graciously requested the original to present to his father. I proudly obliged.
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Comment Contest Winner Week 7

There were a lot of great comments this week – the strips about winning $1,000,000 one dollar at a time and the retail practice of clearing out the merchandise you need right now in favor of the merchandise you’ll need in 4 months seem to have particularly hit home with readers.

But the one that made me laugh out loud for the win this week comes from right here on the official site with “md”s comment on this strip:
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