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Take a peek over Jim Borgman's shoulder

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, February 05, 2007

Balancing Home and Work

This cartoon accompanied a Forum piece on the difficulty of balancing work and home life, for moms specifically. I enjoy subjects like this that get away from the headlines. This is the kind of cartoon I'll see pinned to cubicle walls for years to come.

It's also an example of a situation where color hurt the timing of the cartoon. (As a Forum cover piece, color is de rigeur.) The identical coloration of the figures made it apparent too quickly that the women were suspiciously similar. It would have been better if the reader discovered that after reading the caption.

See, this is more like brain surgery than you ever imagined!


at 2/5/07, 12:20 PM Blogger who said...

Hey, Jim, great cartoon! You know, I didn't even notice realize they were the same person until I read through the caption. I thought they were wearing uniforms, lololol, and getting their daily corporate regimen underway. Thanks for the tribute. I could never accomplish the feat of fulltime work and children and household. sigh.


at 2/5/07, 3:10 PM Blogger Daniel said...

I saw this in yesterday's print edition, and didn't get it until I'd read the caption. Well done.

at 2/5/07, 6:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just because you think it would be better in black and white, would it be possible to show what the black and white version looks like?

at 2/5/07, 11:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can view a black and white version at:

at 2/9/07, 8:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have 2 young sons and the best thing we ever did was move in right next door to the grandparents. Got to love built in babysitters!

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