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Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Monday, September 18, 2006

I Yam What I Yam

OK, I know every cartoonist in America is drawing some variation on this idea today -- a situation that often causes me to bypass obvious cartoons -- but I had to do it anyway. I've been a Popeye-holic since I was a little kid. Drawing Popeye from the Saturday morning TV screen was my earliest drawing lesson. What can I say? I yam what I yam.


at 9/18/06, 3:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Ha. Ha. Get it? Yam. Corn.

I couldn't help myself. I guess I had a Borgman moment! Ha!

at 9/18/06, 5:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Borgman: Is there any trepidation when handling an issue like this about being insensitive to those affected?
-- a fan.

at 9/18/06, 6:14 PM Blogger Jim in DC said...

Olive Oyl could never control her crocodile tears anyways.

I dig the sawtooth can lid, and the knee nipples...I never understood Popeye's knee nipples...

at 9/18/06, 7:07 PM Blogger Jim Borgman said...

Anonymous 6:29 poses a good question.

I once did a cheapy joke on the flesh-eating virus that was attacking in small pockets about a decade ago and heard from a person whose spouse had been directly affected. Her letter caught me by surprise -- I had been blithely laughing with the late-night comics about the whole thing, and suddenly its seriousness pulled me up short.

That said, I don't think readers can afford to take every issue to heart. If I had drawn a somber cartoon today about the spinach problem, would that have helped matters? As I work in journalism longer and longer, I feel the cumulative weight of the news and work harder to fend off its toxicity.

Bottom line: I recognize that this cartoon will not be funny to anyone directly affected by the spinach scare, but my larger mission is to help readers keep the world in perspective and manage the newspaper's angst load.

at 9/20/06, 11:30 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Canned spinach is ok to eat, as is frozen, it is the FRESH SPINACH which is deadly. But it wouldn't be nearly as macho for Popeye to be eating a fresh spinach salad, so I would venture a guess that he would not be caught dead eating a "salad".


(this is a silly comment, please: no comments on how real-men-eat-salads.)

at 9/20/06, 9:12 PM Anonymous ReFlex76 said...

Well blow me down!

at 9/23/06, 9:08 AM Anonymous Henry Ward Beecher said...

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the

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