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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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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Astronaut Blues

I hate stories like this one about the homicidal astronaut.

People sidle up to me in the elevator and say, "Can't wait to see what you draw about this astronaut." No pressure. Clearly, the cartoons they've drawn in their heads will be better than anything I put on paper.

But the truth is, there's no substance in a story like this. People, relationships gone bad, love betrayed -- there is nothing for an editorial cartoonist to comment on here. The stress of the job? Please.

And yet I can hear my colleagues swarming around the images. Space shuttle far above earth -- "We've got to stop meeting like this." ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Watch. Their cartoons will be in Newsweek and all over If anybody finds anything substantial to comment on, I'll eat my kneaded eraser.


at 2/7/07, 11:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are soooooooooooooooooooooo right Jim.

Maybe using the imagery to comment in another issue could be ok.

at 2/7/07, 5:58 PM Anonymous Tony Rowlett said...

M.e Cohen,, has a good one: "flight risk" and another good one: John Branch, San Antonio Express News, "strangest feeling someone is following me" (Shuttle floating overhead. I saw these at

at 2/7/07, 7:47 PM Anonymous J. Carey said...

Cheney reading the newspaper. Little Georgie sitting on his knee. Newspaper has astronaut headline. Cheney: "And here, my boy, is another example of that nonsense we'll never try -- 'shuttle diplomacy'." Hmmm...well, maybe not.

at 2/8/07, 12:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something with a shuttlecock...

at 2/8/07, 5:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, John Trever drew a good'n to the effect that Nowak's shenanigans are the only way to get the media to cover the astronaut program. Another cartoon (can't remember who drew it) pointed out that NASA's missions don't get this sort of saturation coverage.

But you also were right: There were a lot of dumb gag 'toons drawn.

Up next: Anna Nicole Smith!!

at 2/11/07, 8:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is how i'm starting to feel about poor marcus fiesel. when the story broke, i was very interested. i wanted to know how such a travesty could happen. but the media has made such a spectacle of the whole thing that marcus's suffering has taken backseat to bandwagon-esque frenzy. i'm tired of hearing about the carrolls, and i'm tired of hearing about the foster agency involved. i want progress to be done, and creating a craze like this doesn't do anything for marcus, or the other kids in his situation

at 2/12/07, 8:54 PM Blogger Scott Nickel said...

I agree. It's a non-issue and not worthy of an editorial cartoon...maybe a gag cartoon, but it's still a cheap shot.

I saw several that used "Houston, we have a problem..."


I did laugh at Steve Kelly's cartoon, which had a reference to "the crime scene containing a powder that was identified as Tang."


at 2/16/07, 9:02 AM Blogger Richard Dine said...

When you prepare your list of best cartoons of 2007 be sure to include the one you did not draw. In my humble opinion, the astranaut tragedy has no place in political caroons, and the ones I have seen are in incredibly poor taste. Keep up the great work!

at 2/16/07, 8:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

very good Jim.

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