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Setting the record straight!

So, readers love that I referenced Harry Potter in Monday’s strip. Harry Potter!!! Really?!!!

I was stunned when I found out that quite a few readers thought the story Edison was writing was based on those Potter books?! Oh, sure, I’ll admit there may be remote similarities between the two character descriptions, but to accuse Edison of plagiarism is really reaching.
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Cartooning Basics

Twice a year I do a 45 minute, hands-on cartooning workshop at a local school. One of the questions the kids often ask is what skills does one need to be a cartoonist. There are many answers to this question, depending on the type of cartooning. A newspaper comic strip cartoonist needs to work fast and write material that will appeal to a broad audience. The drawing style can be pretty much anything they want it to be. If they’re more interested in writing and drawing Super Hero comic books, I tell them they need to be good at telling stories, and to try and draw as much life and energy into their characters as possible. Drawing people can be hard enough, but drawing a figure jumping off of a roof carrying a sword and screaming wildly can be painfully difficult if you’re just starting out. If the kids are interested in drawing a super hero, then I emphasize the importance of figure drawing. I’m certainly not recommending to a group of 4th graders that they go out and enroll in a professional (nude) figure drawing class. I tell them to draw their parents doing things around the house. Draw their friends running and climbing on the playground. Find a spot where there are lots of people and draw them doing whatever it is they’re doing. It teaches them to observe and capture the motions quickly.
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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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