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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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Wednesday, May 16, 2007



at 5/16/07, 6:14 PM Blogger Terrence said...

So, what advice would you give on drawing characters dressed in the kind of outfit Saint Peter/other angels usually have? I was drawing a cartoon on the same topic and I ended up querying a few pictures of sculpture by Michelangelo on a Google Image Search. But I haven't inked it yet, either, so I don't know quite how it's going to turn out.

at 5/16/07, 7:24 PM Anonymous h, beige said...

Terrence, if I'm not mistaken, Cagle cartoons has a whole section of tribute toons which feature St. Peter, etc.

at 5/16/07, 11:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

real classy jim.

at 5/17/07, 7:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you imagine what Falwell's meesage would be if he was resurrected!!!!!!!!!!!???? Thanks for this one!

at 5/17/07, 10:59 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim, you have an interesting concept of heaven - as in, everybody famous who dies seems to go there. But this time, a man who spent his life speaking up for Godly principles is being chided by St. Peter??? Do you think that St. Peter chided St. Paul for writing the following in his letter to the Christians in Corinth?: "Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived (misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality...will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God" (I Corinthians 6:9-10, AMP). Maybe before you do any more "heaven" cartoons you should do a little more study on the issue.

at 5/17/07, 11:43 AM Anonymous Ann said...

Um....let me ask you something "Anonymous" - are you JUDGING Mr. Borgman? That isn't a very Christian thing to do. Maybe you should check yourself before you get a no entry from St. Peter. I also love how you just pick out the homosexuality piece. It is amazing how certain "Christians" can pick and choose lines in the Bible to live by and ignore the ones that don't fit them. Do you have any more judgements for the feminists and the liberals? I would take a guess that Jesus was a feminist liberal for his days.

at 5/17/07, 11:50 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To "Anonymous" look at the cartoon carefully - St. Peter is letting Mr. Falwell in - he is merely telling him to stop "bashing" people. Christians are not supposed to do that - they are supposed to love without judgement. Mr. Falwell didn't always follow that motto. I see that you do not either.

at 5/17/07, 12:58 PM Blogger Peter Gurry said...

"Christians are not supposed to do that [bash people] - they are supposed to love without judgement." Could someone please explain to me how love came to be equated with tolerance? The only way I can love someone without judging them is by accepting everything they do as right and moral. In any case, the idea that Christians are never to judge is absurd. Read 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 if you don't believe me. Unless, of course, you think Christianity should be severed from the Bible (in which case it really isn't Christianity anymore).

at 5/17/07, 1:30 PM Anonymous Katie said...

Wow Peter - You must have never done anything wrong in your life - for you have never been purged from the church. The quote does however call for you to NOT judge outsiders though that is for God to do - I would take a guess again that there aren't any people in your church that you are referring to and judging.

So you are telling me that you can't love a soldier if you can't tolerate war?

at 5/17/07, 1:57 PM Anonymous Howard said...

You bible thumpers should really lighten up. It's a damn cartoon.

at 5/17/07, 2:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I first heard about Falwell's passing, the question popped in my mind about how JB would treat it. In my mind, there was a tug-of-war between the devil and God. Exasperated, God lets go and says,"Nevermind on this one - he's all yours." Next to God is a tablet that lists all the anti-whatevers that Falwell represents. Enough said.

at 5/17/07, 2:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howard, no. its not just a cartoon.

look, i couldn't stand falwell. however, i think it is beyond disgusting that people are treating his death like this (borgman included). im hearing people left and right spitting on this mans grave, and yet, when a kid goes to school and shoots up his class, we act shocked? what the hell is wrong with society today? i'm all for free speech, but there is a time and a place for it all. for people to bash this man left and right days after he be enjoying is death, and relishing it...its pathetic. its sickening. its absurd. i dont know what has bitten borgman's ass lately. maybe hes always been like this and i havent noticed. but it seems like hes turned into a washed up, bitter cartoonist who has hit his mid-life crisis, and is taking it out on everyone else. borgman, you've lost a lot of my respect with the cartoons you've been publishing lately. get some decency. when you die, i sure as hell hope the people who don't like the messages you put out dont relish in your death. this is truly pathetic, and some of you people make me absolutely sick. i didnt like falwell one bit, but never would i enjoy someone's death this much. you people SHOULD be ashamed of yourselves, but i'm sure you have no qualms about your actions, and will gladly do it again when the time arises. the liberalization of society will ultimately lead to its downfall. how ironic.

at 5/17/07, 2:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

p.s. i'm not a bible thumper. in fact, i'm agnostic and gay. falwell would have hated me, but i at least have the decency to not spit on this mans grave.

at 5/17/07, 2:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah - kind of like the Falwell types who protested gay people's funerals. What goes around comes around. Eye for and Eye!

AND - we are doing all of this arguing - Borgman only made a statement out of perspective. That is his job - and he is great at it. Gets all us folks discussing issues. Isn't that the point of a political cartoon?

at 5/17/07, 3:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol. you're equating falwell with the 12 members of the westboro baptist church? no comparison.

(if youre anti-religious, can i equate you with hitler and stalin? didnt think so)

yeah, good try. keep reaching, and then get back to me.

at 5/17/07, 3:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry - the first paragraph was meant to be sarcastic as in way left to way right. Including Falwell in that group and then caiming Eye for an any event I guess I wrote it wrong - my main point was that we are talking discussing arguing - that is what this is here for - at least partially.

at 5/17/07, 3:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are only supposed to speak good of the dead. He's dead. Good.

at 5/17/07, 4:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

there is a way to discuss and debate without spitting on a dead mans grave. if discussion is jims intent, then this cartoon shows a true lack of effort, creativity, and class on his part. borgman, why are you so silent on this issue?

at 5/17/07, 5:16 PM Anonymous Joseph Harbin said...

After 18 comments, I think the impetus for discussion has been proven; as for the cartoonist being silent, all this commentary is a direct result of his statement.

After 9/11, Falwell declared that the terrorist attacks were America's punishment for abortionists, gays and the American Civil Liberties Union.

A good man? A patriot? Debate away. Neither in my book.

at 5/17/07, 6:09 PM Blogger Helen Magers said...

Thank you for your wonderful editoral cartoon this morning (5/17/07) I hope God, in all her wisdom, will show him the same compassion he exhibited toward women, gays and anyone who disagreed with him

at 5/17/07, 7:04 PM Anonymous Howard Eldridge said...

It's interesting to see the debate of Borgman's cartoon. Although I'm not a fan of Falwell, I believe the 'tolerant lefties' should tone down their hateful rhetoric. Maybe it's because of karma - what goes around comes around. Maybe because it is Appalachian Correct - if you can't say anything good about someone, don't say anything at all. Maybe because of the Golden Rule - do unto others as you wish others to do to you. Perhaps for no other reason than to respect the mourning of those whom loved or supported Mr. Falwell. It doesn't surprise me that Borgman would show his immature contempt in this way, his history defines him. What is surprising is that The Enquirer's editorial board would trump common decency to get the cheap shot in. In their rush to the gutter in the name of 'Freedom of Speech', did not one person at The Enquirer inquire if responsibility comes with it? Congratulations Enquirer, you have now firmly implanted yourself into an elite class of the tasteless. You are sure to reap awards and medals from those of your ilk. May you be so proud.

at 5/17/07, 7:14 PM Anonymous John Carey (NJ) said...

Check out "The Mystery Of Picasso" documentary tonight on TCM 8-9pm (On right now.)
Great stuff. Even funny at times. There's nothing like seeing Picasso messing up to brighten the outlook of an artist.

at 5/17/07, 10:02 PM Anonymous tim of sioux falls said...

The anonymous comment at 3:25 p.m.- "We are only supposed to speak good of the dead. He's dead. Good."- is hilarious, in a callous sort of way. Falwell had good intentions. He also was very intolerant of alternative lifestyles. My opinion is that Borgman was taking issue with Falwell's judgemental approach to addressing political issues, which ran counter to Christianity's credo of acceptance and understanding. Falwell wielded tremendous political influence in 1979, when his "Moral Majority" proved instrumental in the election of Ronald Reagan.

at 5/18/07, 11:50 AM Anonymous Nathan said...

Hmmm.... I think that there's a real misunderstanding going on here. I'm sure it wasn't Mr. Borgman's intention to slander anyone, though as it is I disagree with practically everything the cartoon says and/or stands for. Also, I've heard a lot of stuff about Jesus's statement to not judge meaning that Christians can't condemn any action, no matter how wrong. First of all, when Jesus says 'do not judge' he is not referring to sin, but to sinners themselves. In other words, we can and should condemn sin in all its forms, but should at the same time be careful not to be judgemental and hateful towards those practicing it. In conclusion, I think the idea for Christians here can best be expressed by the old maxim, "Love the sinner, hate the sin".

Just my two cents....

at 5/18/07, 12:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better yet...the devil and God in a tug-of-war over Falwell both give up and start verbally dueling: "You take him - he's yours."
"No I don't want him - he's yours."
"No, no, no - I don't want him - he's really yours."
"I'm not taking him."
"Well me either."
This scene is playing out on Tinky Winky's Teletubby belly while Tinky laughs and sips a cosmo.

at 5/18/07, 5:05 PM Anonymous J. Whitney said...

Was everyone of those Anonymous comments was written by the same person? Are blogs the new form of muttering to oneself?

at 5/18/07, 7:49 PM Anonymous Rachel said...

As someone who recently graduated from Liberty and knew Dr. Falwell a bit more personally than any of you, let me say first a foremost - I knew a different man than you did. I understand why most of you despise(d) him, because Christ said himself, "Men will hate you because of Me." And as someone that claims Christ, let me educate some of you. The Bible, the breathed Word of God, is offensive. It is. It's supposed to be. Dr. Falwell was completely devoted to his Savior and His Word. So, yes, he was offensive. Yes, he was off-color. Yes, he lacked tact at certain time in his speech and choice of words. But in no uncertain terms was he ever anything but loving. It is easy for you to sit there and criticize a man you never knew. But I knew him, and I am mourning the loss of a dear friend. He is now face to face with His (and my) Savior, hearing the words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." All any one of you (and Jim) is doing is being as heartless, calloused, and judgmental as you claim this man was. If there is any intolerance present, you must have the mirror in your hand, friends.

at 5/18/07, 10:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus said, "By their fruits, ye shall know them." Falwell's fruit was all rotten.

A great cartoon. And in conservative Cincinnati, very courageous. Thanks, Mr. Borgman.

at 5/19/07, 9:07 AM Anonymous h. beige said...

For all you Anonymous bloggers bemoaning anything but glowing, sugar coated retrospectives of the recently departed, check out Oliphant's take on things.

at 5/20/07, 10:33 AM Blogger Ed said...

I think it was one of the Anonymous comments who said: "but never would i enjoy someone's death this much..." about Borgman - I certainly don't see that there is "enjoyment" in this cartoon. Falwell made himself a public figure, and by doing so he becomes the object of discussion in in its many forms (including political cartoons), both in life and in death. I do not see this cartoon as disrespectful, but rather an observation that Falwell made his brand of Christianity the only true faith; it may be that he got it wrong, and God is now letting him know about that...

Keep up the great work, Jim!

at 5/20/07, 12:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

god is coming and boy is she ticked.

i still think john lennon was right. imagine there's no religion...

at 5/21/07, 1:37 PM Anonymous Dan said...

Yes, Christ would definitely be considered a feminist in his day. He treated women with a respect and kindness that just wasn't allowed by society.

He also chose to first appear after the ressurection to a group of women including Mary Magdalene. The greatest news of all time, the news of a risen Saviour, was taken to the world by women!

I think Borgman was right on the money. I believe God will have mercy on Falwell, but Mr. Falwell will be shocked by how much mercy He/She/God shows to EVERYBODY created in His/Her image.

at 5/21/07, 2:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim you are a genious. Hope I get to shake your hand one day.

at 5/21/07, 3:21 PM Anonymous Gardner said...

Just another stupid and irrevelent Borgman dream scribbled on paper and published for titillation. It serves no useful purpose in the real world.

at 5/21/07, 3:29 PM Anonymous kencookusa said...

Funny. I just recently finished reading Herman Melvilles novel, "Pierre, The Ambiguities" and in it there's a character by the name of Reverend Falsgrave and like the latest, late Reverend, his devotions to God were somewhat suspect, in that, they saw or interpreted scripture through a prism that more closely aligned with their morals than that espoused by the Almighty.
In Melvilles Reverend, circa 1852, we see a man of God that "plays" to the congregation, it's whims and it's social condemnations against the "black sheep" of the community. So long as the church coffers are replenished, the elders "guide" or "suggest" to the good Rev. Falsgrave on how best to shephard the flock, even if it is contradictary to biblical doctrines, "Love thy neighbor," "let he is without sin cast the first stone," "offer prayer and comfort even to the most unwashed." Falsgrave chose to neglect and cast out the woman in his community named Isabel Banford for all the town knew she was a child born out of wedlock, and had no means of support, friends or family. He turned his back on the woman and the teachings of his religion. This chapter is one of the most illuminating in the book and in the conversation that followed between Pierre and the Reverend, Pierre on pleading for the cause of Isabel and getting roundly rebuffed by the Reverend, see's the light in the Preachers choice as being most advantageous for him and acknowledges that man sometimes plays the "devils advocate" and sins against his
Father to placate the masses.
Reverend Falwell, to those that hears some of his rants against certain segments of society, see some mirroring of sins.

at 5/22/07, 12:23 PM Anonymous Alyce said...

*sigh* is response to gardner..He makes a comic...what were you expecting? And Rachel..come on, you must know that anyone who doesn't subscribe to Falwell's version of Christianity must be a communist heathen, so why should it suprise you that they are also intolerant? And once is a freaking comic, get over yourselves.

at 5/22/07, 1:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

just remember, comics are a gift from god.

at 5/22/07, 11:38 PM Anonymous Carl L. said...

Hateful blog comments make baby Jesus cry.

Thanks for the laugh,'re right on the money as usual.

at 5/24/07, 1:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like your cartoon. There was a good one by Ann Telnaes, also. I don't know if you're familiar with her cartoons but I like them almost as much as I like yours. Keep up the good work.

at 5/30/07, 9:46 AM Blogger Circumcised By Satan said...

All this talk about who goes to heaven is funny. Jews (the original monotheists) believe that everyone goes to heaven.

Is that why Christianity was invented? To cause these types of divisions? The funniest part of this discussion and the cartoon itself - Falwell wouldn't go by your own standards.

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