This made me laugh out loud today!!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
It's been quite a while since I (Anne) gave a shout out to any of my favorite comics. I've made a New Year's Resolution to be better about this in 2013. (Yes, I know it's already the middle of April - I'm a busy, disorganized person. Sue me.)
One of my absolute favorite comic panels is Ballard Street by Jerry Van Amerongen. (Don't worry if you can't pronounce his last name, I get it wrong about half the time.)
I've been a fan of Jerry's work since his first comic "The Neighborhood". True story: In 2008 John and I flew to Los Angeles to attend our very first Reuben Weekend. Next to me on the plane was a guy flying home to L.A. In the course of our small talk, he asked what brought us to L.A. When I told him we were attending a sort of convention for comic artists he launched into a tidal wave of praise for one of his favorite comic strips - "Ballard Street" and lamented its removal from the L.A Times. Lo and behold, one of the first people I met when we got to the hotel was Jerry. I promptly passed on the comments of his fan and thought "what a small world".
But I digress.
Do I even need to explain what I find so funny about the above cartoons?
Perhaps it's the looniness of the inhabitants of Ballard Street - I struggle between the thought that these are folks from far off the beaten path and the nagging feeling that, to the contrary, I actually meet people like this on a regular basis. Nuts like this don't exist. They couldn't exist. (Except they do.) I propose we get rid of all the reality TV shows and put up panels of Ballard Street on the cable networks instead. Much more entertaining.
The other thing I love in Jerry's cartoons are the dogs. They have their own secret lives going on and, without a word of dialogue inserted into their mouths, we know exactly what that secret life looks like. Plus they have that added bonus of the crazy "chicken toes" of the dogs of venerated New Yorker Cartoonist George Booth. ("Chicken toed dogs" is my own pet name for the paws of Booth Dogs - I don't know when I started calling them that, they just always look like chicken feet to me.)
So head over to Ballard Street and get a bigger dose of the asylum that is running around in Jerry's head. (Today's - April 12, 2013 - made me laugh out loud!)
Friday, March 8, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
Facebook, Facebook, Facebook. What to do with Facebook.
We've never posted many strips on Facebook. There are a variety of reasons, the biggest of which centers around the whole "who owns what" issue.
I wasn't the least bit surprised when Instagram woke everyone up one day with the announcement that "Voila! We now own the rights to everything you've ever posted using Instagram! Have a nice (ripped off) day!"
Since Edison is a copyrighted property with the syndicate lawyers of King Features behind it, those rights would probably supersede that of Facebook. But it still gives one pause.
Then there is the question of money.
And, lets face it, that is an important question. When we post comics on Facebook the only one who sees any of that money is Facebook itself. We would be far wiser to have strips only available on an ad supported site.
Like, I don't know, maybe -
THE NEW OFFICIAL KING FEATURES WEBSITE FOR BRILLIANT MIND OF EDISON LEE".
Somewhere like that.
But, in general, people are lazy. (Me included)
They are going to go to the place they go everyday anyway rather than a separate website. And where everyone is right now is Facebook.
So, starting this week, we are going to make a better effort to post strips on Facebook and boost Edison's visibility on social networking.
Since we are going to muck about in this direction, we would like you, the readers, to do something too.
It's a pretty simple thing.
Well, four simple things to be specific.
First, go to the Edison Facebook page and hit "like" - not on the posted strip but on the page itself. I'm shooting for 500 likes in the next 2 weeks. 1000 would be outstanding! Here is a link: Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee Facebook Page
Second, see where it says "check us out at our main page"? Right there in the "about" section? Click on that and head over to the new King website.
Third, let us know you were there - click on an ad, leave a comment on a strip, leave a comment on John's blog (which he is updating faithfully every week, I might add).
Fourth, find 5 other people and get them to do all of the above.
Let's make some noise!
Posted by Anne Hambrock at 2/25/2013 10:17:00 AM
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Today's Edison strip features Honey Boo Boo in the punchline. This is one of those strips that actually is inspired by a real event or conversation. Back at Christmas my 76 year old father looked at me and said "I need your help with a pop culture reference - What is a Honey Boo Boo?"
Just like that. Swear to god. And we knew we would have to work it into a strip somehow. I think John did a great job turning it into a punchline that works with Orville.
As with all syndicated comics, that strip was written weeks ago.
So imagine my surprise when I read today's Curtis:
And then today's Brewster Rockit:
Talk about synchronicity!
Next year let's make January 30 official Honey Boo Boo day and see if we can get ALL the comics on board :-)
Friday, January 18, 2013
I subscribe to dailyink and one of the editorial cartoonists on my daily reading list is Pulitzer Prize winner Mike Peters. I've always been a fan of Mike's work - both editorial cartoons and Mother Goose And Grimm - and, having met Mike in person, I'm just a fan of him in general.
In my opinion his most recent cartoon on the debate swirling around gun control in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings is an example of editorial cartooning at its finest. I don't generally turn to the op-ed page of my newspaper expecting a light hearted chuckle. I want commentary. I expect it from the syndicated columnists I read, such as E.J. Dionne and David Brooks, and I expect it from the cartoonists as well. That's what I think editorial cartoons are supposed to do. They are social commentary.
Recently I was at a talk given by another Pulitzer Prize winner, cartoonist Ann Telnaes. A member of the audience asked her if it was hard to show both sides of an issue in her work. Ann's response (I'm paraphrasing) was to say it wasn't hard at all. Because she doesn't do it. Because that's not her job. Her job is to present a certain point of view. It doesn't need to be fair. It doesn't need to be balanced. It must simply make a point.
The point of the above cartoon by Mike is pretty hard to miss.
It took my breath away.
I hope we are ready for some change on this issue.....
Posted by Anne Hambrock at 1/18/2013 02:41:00 PM
Friday, January 11, 2013
A note to family and friends about John's comic strip.....
We understand how difficult it is for some of you to pony up the $ to subscribe to King Features Dailyink and how confusing it may have been to try to access the strip on Comics Kingdom. And, frankly, it's pretty hard for us to post the strip on facebook everyday - especially since they make money off of it that we and we don't.
The new Edison Lee website is for you! You can now read the strip for free every day! You can add it to your bookmarks or subscribe to the feed. You can even go back through all the previous Edison strips right to day one in 2006!
What are you waiting for? Go visit today!
(and every day after that.......)
Posted by Anne Hambrock at 1/11/2013 01:52:00 PM
Many Canadian newspaper readers in the Ontario area will have noticed a drastic change to their comic pages. As I understand it a large chain of papers has whittled their comics selection down to 4 comics per newspaper. One of the features most seriously affected is Between Friends by my friend Sandra Bell Lundy.
This sort of thing is starting to happen too often in the newspaper business. It may not do any good but please start creating a ruckus to the editors of these papers. Don't be the sort of reader who just shrugs and says "Oh well, I'll still get to read it on the internet".
Posted by Anne Hambrock at 1/11/2013 11:01:00 AM
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
Some of you may have noticed that the link to John's blog is broken. Also that he hasn't written a blog post in over a year. The latter is responsible for the former - we can't access the page either :-)
That is about to change when King Features rolls out a shiny new website for The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee. Not only will you be able to read the strip there every day, John will be posting more often and his facebook and twitter feeds will also be there.
More details as we have them - probably within the next 10 days.
Posted by Anne Hambrock at 11/19/2012 04:11:00 PM
Harley is Edison's younger cousin. Once upon a time, he was Edison's younger brother but the powers that be at the syndicate nixed him. He shows up from time to time and I always love it when he does because it gives Edison someone besides Joules and Don to take advantage of :-)
Sometimes Harley turns the tables on Edison and gets off a shot or two.
But not often.
Posted by Anne Hambrock at 11/19/2012 04:02:00 PM
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Last week I had the pleasure of heading up to the studios of WUWM 89.7 for an interview with Mitch Teich of Lake Effect. The piece ran on Monday and is archived here.
Mitch will be interviewing Hilary Price when she is here for the festival and also Stephan Pastis when he does the Milwaukee leg of his book tour. I'll post links as I get them.
Posted by Anne Hambrock at 9/25/2012 08:03:00 AM
Thursday, September 6, 2012
We now have almost all the art for the NCSF auction to benefit Children's Hospitals of Wisconsin and Margaret Ann's Place!
I cannot overstate the generosity of these cartoonists as they help us raise money for these worthy causes. As the art has arrived my emotions have run the gamut - gratitude, excitement, and awe. There are moments when I cannot believe I am looking at original art from giants in the industry. So much of my life has been spent losing myself in the world of comics and comic strips - since I was 3 - that seeing actual work by folks like Bill and Jeff Keane and Garry Trudeau is surreal to say the least. I must confess that I had Mr. Trudeau send his work to my house, rather than the museum, just so I could let it sit on my dining room table for a while. I can't afford to bid on it, so it was nice to have it in my house for 24 hours :-)
Below is the official list of work that will be offered for sale - there are a few changes from the original list so, if you are planning to come and bid, please go over the list carefully.
Here also is a link to a photo gallery page that has some of the art - I haven't taken pictures of everything yet but will keep adding photos as I take them.
- Baby blues
- Beetle bailey
- Between Friends
- Born Loser
- Brenda Starr
- The Buckets
- Dennis the Menace
- Edison Lee
- Family circus
- For Better or For Worse
- Hi and Lois
- MAD mag
- The Norm
- Pearls before swine
- Phil hands
- Pooch cafe
- Rhymes with orange.
- Sandra Boynton
- Snuffy Smith
- Soup To Nutz
- Speed bump
Posted by Anne Hambrock at 9/06/2012 08:14:00 PM
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
On the heels of my post about crowd sourced fundraising comes this very worthy project from podcaster extraordinaire Tom Racine.
Tom has the best comic "behind the scenes" podcast going on the web (in my opinion) and needs to upgrade his equipment to keep those great shows coming.
He's asking for a modest amount of money and he has some great rewards for folks who fund the project.
Head over and donate today!!
Posted by Anne Hambrock at 8/22/2012 01:16:00 PM