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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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Friday, May 11, 2007

Beta Mom


at 5/12/07, 10:42 AM Blogger Guy said...

Look at the last few cartoons, drunk driving, drug injections, obesity, murderer, and now the twelve step “mom recovery” program! Jim even demonstrates his sensitive side when a reader comments on the use of an idea from a previous cartoon; “Unless I'm mistaken, please be a little careful with these casual accusations. I spent a long day sweating blood to find a new way to talk about gas prices.”

It appears Jim that you may need a hug! You are quick to apply your whit and humor on the backs of others, but you appear to not relish the idea of criticism directed towards you! You know that your line of work is an open invitation to ridicule and debate. That is part of the allure. The pallet gives you an area for expression and liberal use of your thoughts to attack others. I would expect a tougher foreskin from you when comments are directed your way.

What is tormenting you and has you focused on theses subjects may be an interesting cartoon! It would be a nice change of pace if from time to time you stopped to poke a little fun at yourself and your media colleagues! Touch on those subjects and idiosyncrasies that are relevant to being in the public eye and having to perform on a daily basis. How does a cartoon artist spark debate and interest without revealing too much of oneself?

It appears that you have a need to share with your readers some of your inner demons that face us all! If you can do this, we the readers can empathize with you and give you a pass from time to time now that we know you are human. Drugs, alcohol, obesity, and other addictions that plague all of man kind are what makes us “normal” and tie you back to the community!

at 5/12/07, 6:23 PM Anonymous h. beige said...

Hmmm...maybe we should leave cartoonists' foreskins out of this blog...I'm outta here.

at 5/13/07, 3:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long have you been looking at Jim's work? After nearly 30 years in this job, I think he can take criticism. You don't have to stand up for a guy who has had a career like Borgman's.

at 5/14/07, 12:18 PM Anonymous Dan said...


My wife LOVED this cartoon in yesterday's paper!

at 5/23/07, 12:02 AM Anonymous Paul S. said...

Jim, I'm a HUGE fan of yours. Your work is often the only redeeming content in the Enquirer...seriously.

But, as much as I respect your keen wit, I'm a little put off by the idea that women need to "back off" in order to "achieve a balance" and some baby time makes it all better.

I'm a guy -- a dad, in fact -- and my wife is probably pretty typical. She works harder than I do at a more challenging job and yet still makes being a mom look pretty easy. While there likely are some women who are just overwhelmed by the combination of work and family, I think they are in the shrinking minority. Women are strong and really aren't deserving of the chauvinism that seems to simmer below the surface of this strip.

Sorry to be critical, but I didn't see another comment about this, so I thought I'd bring it up.

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