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So, who IS that masked man?

Six days and counting until the world meets it’s newest superhero. The latest rumor is that he’s actually one of the regular characters in the strip. Is he? You decide.

 

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(Our mysterious man of wonder bending steel with his bare hands)

THE ADVENTURE BEGINS JULY 22!

 

Edison meets…

One of Edison’s favorite things is meeting famous cartoonists. Over the past 7 years he’s put together a pretty awesome photo album of the folks he’s met. Starting today (with his permission) I’ll be sharing those pics with the public. Let’s start off with a bang with the fabulously talented, man about town, Arnold Roth and his lovely wife Caroline.
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WATCH OUT, BAD GUYS!!

On Monday, July 22nd, the Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee will introduce a new superhero to the comic’s page. Follow the adventures of Captain Orange Julius as he and Edison set out to make the world safe from international terrorists, litterers, jaywalkers and those annoying people who behave rudely in line at the Jolly Burger.
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Edison and his genetically modified wheat

For the next 2 weeks, the Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee will follow the adventures of Edison’s genetically modified wheat stalk which has escaped from his lab. I wrote this series after I read about the discovery of Monsanto’s genetically engineered glyphosate-resistant wheat in an Oregon field.

I have found dozens of arguments for and against genetically altered crops, and until substantial proof emerges one way or the other about the benefits or dangers, the debate will linger on. Personally, I’m not a big proponent of GM crops. Trying to re-engineer the earth is a very dangerous business, and, I’m sorry to say, there is just too much we don’t know about the long-term effects on us and the planet. I like to think of the universe as a giant, billion-piece puzzle. We find 2 pieces that match and think we can see the entire picture. In the case of GM crops, I think the big picture will always remain elusive.
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The Lemonade Stand

When I was growing up I never once set up a lemonade stand in front of my house. I was either too lazy, or the thought just never crossed my mind. I honestly don’t remember. My own children, on the other hand, were regular lemonade-stand entrepreneurs. They kept at it all summer long because, in our neighborhood, there were lots of cyclists who were always looking for an excuse to stop to rest for a minute. And, it didn’t hurt that we had the type of neighbors who would buy one glass and tip the kids $5. This happened often. It wasn’t unusual for them to haul in $20 or more for a few hours work. Eventually they got  bored selling only lemonade and branched out into little cups of Chex mix, cut flowers, even drawings and sculptures. For several years the kids even set up an art fair on the front lawn, and invited kids and adults from all over the neighborhood to buy and sell art.
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Highlights from the 67th Annual NCS Reuben Awards in Pittsburgh!

The Reuben awards weekend is often described as the “Oscars” of cartooning, but Anne and I think this description falls short. The black tie award night (Saturday) is only one component of a weekend jam packed with presentations by cartoonists and evening social events. For me, 4 days is not nearly enough time to catch up with all of my cartoonist friends. I’m sorry to admit that there were some friends I never had the opportunity to talk to.
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A Strip is Born

I’ve always been fascinated with how other cartoonists work. Some I know choose one or two specific days to write, and another one or two days to draw and ink. When I’m working on daily strips, I try to keep to a writing and inking schedule as much as possible. It’s very easy to get distracted and veer way off course, and then find yourself in scramble mode when the deadline approaches. Sunday strips are an entirely different story. I create my Sunday strips whenever the idea strikes. It could be 3:00 am on a Tuesday, or dinner time on a Saturday. And I’m almost never prepared when I do get an idea. When one pops into my head, I’ll write it down on whatever surface happens to be within reach: paper, a napkin, the back of my hand (yes, I have done this).
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