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Caricatures in Comic Strips—Why Can’t I Draw These People?!!!

Every once in a great while I’ll write a strip with a real live, famous person in it. The first question I always ask when I’m writing these strips is whether I’ll be able to draw that person. I’ll be the first to admit that drawing caricatures is not one of my strong skills. I don’t expect my celebrity drawings to look anything close to professional. I do, however, think they should at least resemble the people I’m trying to parody.
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FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE

I’m always suspicious when some company offers to give me something for free. There are almost always strings attached. The only time I was brave enough to accept a free trial of something was with NETFLIX, and it was one of the best things I ever did.

Now, King Features is offering the same sort of free trial for DailyINK (DailyINK is the all-inclusive, online subscription service for the true comics fan). You don’t have to give them ANY personal information about yourself. Really! Anne and I have been subscribers for over 6 years, and we love it. If you love comics, then you should try the free-trial thing for a week. If you like it (and I know you will), then you can sign up for a full subscription for only $19.99 a year. THAT’S ALL IT WILL COST YOU! Every single day online and on your iPhone, iPad or Android phone, you’ll get unlimited access to 90+ comic strips (including Edison Lee), editorial cartoons and vintage classics not available anywhere else. You can also get your favorite selections by email each day. Anne and I use this delivery method, and by 5:00 a.m. every morning, those comics are in our “In Box”
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Beam Me Up, Scotty!

Many years ago, a friend asked us if we would be interested in going through his old vinyl record collection. I love old vinyl, especially old jazz vinyl, so naturally, we took him up on his offer. Anne and I found all kinds of great stuff, including records like “Music To Read James Bond By”, and Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space.” When I first saw the Spock album, I didn’t know whether or not to take it seriously. I had no idea Leonard Nimoy could sing, and I certainly wasn’t aware he had put out an album. Some of the tunes include “The Theme from Star Trek”, Music To Watch Space Girls By”, and my personal favorite, “A Visit to a Sad Planet” (it’s a sad tune). After listening to the complete record for the first time, I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. Leonard Nimoy is a man of many talents. The music is quirky and fun, and you don’t have to be a hard-core Trekkie to enjoy it.
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Yes, I have a toaster fetish

I love toasters. I often use them in the strip. I think this fascination started when Anne and I were first married. She would go to garage sales and come home with old, used small appliances.

We would use them continuously until they wore out, broke, or caught on fire. When they stopped working, they would go to the basement to the growing pile of discarded but really cool small appliances. When my oldest son was young, I let him take them apart and build whatever he wanted out of them. This is where I would eventually get the idea to have Edison build inventions with old toasters.
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Whoa! It’s December!

In case you were not aware, today is December 3rd, and like most everyone else, I’m running around trying to squeeze a million little holiday chores into an already busy day. Do I have time to blog? Not really. Do I want to blog? Absolutely! Cartooning is a lonely profession, and blogging has always given me the opportunity to say whatever it is that’s on my mind to anyone who will listen (thanks, Anne). As of this minute, I have enough blog ideas to take us to March 16th of 2067. I’ll be over 100 years old then, so I’m not promising I’ll get them all written. Look for posts about space oddities, wacky technological breakthroughs, personal achievements (I discovered I CAN make a pot of coffee using diet root beer instead of water), and other totally useless stuff related and unrelated to cartooning. If you find you have a few moments to waste every week, please consider wasting them reading this blog. You just never know what you’re going to find.
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