John Hambrock

John Hambrock


Early in my career I was an art director for a mid-sized Chicago design firm. It was here, working with the Keebler Elves, that I discovered my passion for cartooning.

My first attempt at a comic strip was an animal feature aptly named “Second Nature.” My wife Anne was my partner on the project, and for two years we cranked out comics together and mailed them to a large and growing list of subscribers.

After retiring Second Nature, I developed another comic that included a 10-year-old boy. He had a small role at first, but the precocious kid had a lot more to say. It wasn’t long before he started demanding bigger roles, which he eventually got.

On November 12, 2006, King Features launched “The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee” into newspapers. Edison received the National Cartoonists Society’s “Best Newspaper Comic Strip” Silver Reuben Award for 2021. He also received nominations for this award in 2009 and 2018.