|The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee|
Edison Lee and his assistant Joules
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The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee is a comic strip created by John Hambrock and distributed by King Features Syndicate. It debuted November 12, 2006. While this strip is about a ten-year-old boy genius, Edison Lee, it also has aspects of an editorial cartoon since Edison constantly talks about the US political, and economic situation. In March 2010, the strip was nominated for the National Cartoonists Society's division award in the category Newspaper Comic Strip, along with Zits and Non Sequitur.
Characters and story
The strip stars Edison Lee, his family and his friend and assistant, a talking rat. There are no other characters who directly interact in this strip, except secondary characters at such places as the supermarket and the hospital.
Edison Lee is an extremely smart ten-year-old who is obsessed with US politics. He creates inventions which directly relate to the current state of affairs in the US.
Don is Edison’s father. While flummoxed at times about Edison's musings, he does react firmly when Edison makes unlikely demands.
Carol is Edison's mother. She is an educator and is the stable member of the family.
Orville, Edison’s paternal grandfather, is retired. He loves to eat junk food and watch TV. Any mention of healthy food and good health in general falls on deaf ears.
Joules is Edison’s lab assistant, a talking rat. He only appears when Edison is conjuring up a new invention, board game or scheme in his laboratory.
The daily strip usually runs to four panels, with three panels appearing on some occasions. The Sunday strip is in a two-tiered format with a large throwaway logo panel appearing on the left. It is drawn in great detail and appears in color (online and in newspapers that carry daily color strips). Objects like computers, cars and other props required in a cartoon strip are presented as close to reality as possible. While much of the characters' lives takes place inside their house, they are frequently shown outside, gazing at the heavens or traveling into the woods. They are also shown shopping at a mall, buying medicines at a pharmacy and visiting the doctor.
There is very little serialization as in strips like Retail or Sherman's Lagoon where the story usually runs for a week or more. In The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee the story generally runs on a day-to-day basis with some exceptions.
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- "Preview of Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee". Cartooning.it. http://www.cartooning.it/vignette-e-strisce/brilliant-mind-of-edison-lee/. Retrieved 2007-11-09.
- "Award Nominees for 2010". NCS. http://www.reuben.org/news/?p=160. Retrieved 2010-03-19.
- "About Edison Lee". Edison Lee.net. http://www.edisonlee.net/about.php. Retrieved 2007-11-09.