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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, April 30, 2007

Cartoon Etiquette

For those of you who have not been trained in the proper care of a cartoonist's ego, here is a good way not to converse with a cartoonist when you meet one of us at a party:

You: "OK, explain the cartoon you had in the paper today because I didn't get it at all."

Cartoonist: "Uh, do you mean the one about Autism?"

You: "I thought it said Activism. I didn't really look at it very carefully. But go on."

Cartoonist: "Well, there is a rise in the rates of autism in recent years and..."

You: "What was that circus all about?"

Cartoonist: "Do you mean the playground? It was meant to represent healthy childhood and the pregnant couple was pondering the chasm of autism that they feared might lie between them and the healthy child they hoped for."

You: "They were pregnant? See, I didn't get that all. I asked Ron and he didn't get that at all, either. HEY RON, HE SAYS THE COUPLE WAS PREGNANT. See, we didn't get that at all."

Here is a conversation that will make a cartoonist very happy at a party:

You: "Loved your cartoon today."

Cartoonist: "Thanks. Great cheese log, huh?"


8 Comments:

at 4/30/07, 9:02 AM Blogger Clarence said...

Well even after your blog I could barely tell she was pregnant. So make the main points of your images a bit clearer and you won't get those questions.

Don't blame us for trying to figure out your mess.

 
at 4/30/07, 9:49 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact that she had her hand sitting on top of her larger-than-normal stomach wasn't enough of a clue for you?

I thought it was a great cartoon...a nice, subtle way to get an important message across. The point of political cartoons is to make you think a little bit anyway.

 
at 4/30/07, 9:54 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

enjoyed your little self promotion in sundays comics. thanks for running an open blog.

 
at 4/30/07, 12:56 PM Anonymous Dylan said...

G: So... how does special relativity work, Mr. Einstein?

E: Well, light travelling through gravitational fields appears to...

G: You know, I don't even really follow science. I just thought it might be wacky to get you to explain it but it really isn't.

 
at 4/30/07, 1:39 PM Blogger Jeff Hunter said...

Was obvious to me.

 
at 4/30/07, 3:58 PM Anonymous scott said...

"Great cheese log" ? I don't get it.

 
at 4/30/07, 6:57 PM Blogger who2 said...

Great cartoon, Jim, thanks. Definetely a leap of faith with prayer.

w

 
at 5/1/07, 7:30 AM Anonymous M@ said...

me (response to cheese log comment): Sorry, I'm more of a dip guy myself. Have you tried the sweet onion and pepper dip?

 
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