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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, November 20, 2006

Bipartisan Thanksgiving


at 11/22/06, 2:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it… Sorry

at 11/22/06, 11:13 PM Anonymous Joseph Harbin said...

Democrat/Republican. In light of recent history perhaps it's kinda hard to see the Democrat as one who journeys to foreign lands. (I wanted to do a cartoon of the annual pardoning of the turkey, but with the bird doing the pardoning. As proved by the elections, nobody else will do so; neither will history.)

at 11/24/06, 11:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


I don't know if you saw "The New Yorker" stealing your idea for the cover of it's most recent issue?

at 11/24/06, 11:38 PM Anonymous tbenson said...

Anonymous at 11:45 AM claims that The New Yorker stole a Borgman cartoon idea for the cover of it's most recent issue. Plagiarism is a serious accusation to make, especially without proof. Several cartoonists have drawn inspiration (pun intended) from the image of people pulling Saddam Hussein's statue to the ground. Recently, one blogger said a cartoonist plagiarized a Borgman cartoon depicting a person raking leaves that appear to be elephants, (upon closer inspection). Another blogger said a cartoonist plagiarized a Borgman cartoon which featured the Statue of Liberty's torch hidden behind a wall topped by barbed wire. Borgman has proven his talent by winning a Pulitzer. However, cartoonists will come up with similar ideas without knowingly attempting to steal a successful cartoonist's material. Don't assume a cartoonist's material has been plargiarized. As a Journalism teacher once said to me: "When you assume, you make an a** of you and me."

at 11/25/06, 7:23 PM Anonymous H. beige said...

I see that the latest New Yorker has a five part Chris Ware cartoon. (Don't see any borrowed images, however.) I see that Mike Peters also has the idea of the turkey pardoning the lame duck.

at 11/25/06, 8:12 PM Anonymous J. Harbin said...

Yes, plagarism is a serious charge. After all, ideas coincide. You can see this with a cross section of editorial cartoons nearly every day. The better cartoonists will have shared outcomes less frquently; the more original the thinker the less likely he will encounter like-minded work. But even the very best cartoonist will run into remarkable similarities now and then.

at 11/25/06, 10:03 PM Anonymous john Carey (NJ) said...

Speaking of great thinkers and great coincidence: there’s an anecdote about Ira Gershwin at a cocktail party being asked by a man if he was a fan of Isak Denisen. “I’ve never read anything by her,” Gershwin said. “Why?” The man replied, “Because she has a line in one of her books about how “the British museum had lost its charm.”

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