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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, May 02, 2007

Name Dropping

The Enquirer had a little party last evening for those employees who contributed to the Fine Arts Fund campaign at the Leadership level. As you may have seen in an earlier post, I did a print for the FAF campaign that I signed and personalized for all the Leadership givers in the city, over 1000 (I got blisters on my fingers!!) so my wife and I got to schmooze at McCormick and Schmick's private party room overlooking the square with the invited guests and celebs.

We immediately found ourselves talking with Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. This is my second time meeting the coach and I'm still unable to say anything intelligent in his presence. Suzanne and Marvin, on the other hand, share a vibe and they talked and talked about college shopping, family time and whether a teenager should have a new or used car (they both agreed -- used). I imagine it's a relief for a guy like Marvin, two days after the draft, to have a conversation about anything non-football. Meanwhile, I tried very hard to not be the guy at the party who asks all the buffoonish questions (see recent post).

By the way, I wondered all the while what the coach thought of my cartoon of him from that morning's Enquirer and silently congratulated him for not making it the topic of discussion. Turns out there was a good reason: he hadn't seen it.


at 5/2/07, 10:58 PM Anonymous John Carey (NJ) said...

Speaking of dropping names, when I found the web site of Elwood H. Smith recently I sent him a line which said that two of my favorite cartoonists of all time were Virgil Partch and Elwood Smith.
I hit the nail on the head. This is what he wrote back:

"When I was a kid, growing up in the 40's in the small town of Alpena, Michigan, VIP was one of my favorite cartoonists. I even drew one of his cartoons onto a thin laminated board and wood-burned the image as a gift for my grandmother. I screwed three little hooks along the bottom of the board and it became a pot-holder holder for her kitchen. She had a good laugh when she saw what her little grandchild had given her. The cartoon I'd innocently selected, was of two soldiers in uniform under a tree. One is (as I recall) leaning against the tree and the other is
lying on the grass with their two helmets on his chest. The soldier
sitting up is saying "Reminds me of a girl I once knew" or something
like that. I just saw it as a great drawing."

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