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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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Friday, June 29, 2007

Summer Break

Time for a break from the action. I'll be back on Thursday July 19. Talk among yourselves.

He Who Must Not Be Named

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Unto Himself

Hazardous Waste

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Ohio Security

Monday, June 25, 2007


New Nukes

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Thanks For Your Input


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Like Anything Here?


Monday, June 18, 2007

Friday, June 15, 2007

Jail Site

Charley Harper in Color

This is how my Charley Harper cartoon really should have run, had we had color on the editorial page.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

New Conservative White Guy

Border States

Uphill/Left Turn

The misinterpretation by some readers of today's cartoon on Immigration Reform took me by surprise. For the record, I intended to make the statement that the path was uphill, not that it was a lefthand turn.

It took me awhile to be able to see the path as a lefthand turn because of the bird's eye angle I drew from. It still reads true for me as uphill, but a trusted friend here at the paper also misunderstood, so I plead guilty to Insufficient Clarity.

To answer one commenter, I originally sketched the cartoon from a side angle (sorry, the rough went into the trash) which would have made the point more clearly. It was just such a boring drawing I couldn't bring myself to execute it. I thought the more dynamic angle improved the drawing, but I didn't see the misinterpretation coming.

My buddy Bruce said that a lefthand turn also made sense, in that it is Bush's most moderate stance on an issue in years. Apparently we have layers of meaning here, people.


Q. Do you ever worry that posting your live sketchbook pages will allow other cartoonists to rip off an idea before you have time to execute it?

A. I consider the blog a kind of publication. Once an idea is posted there, it's pretty much on the record that it's mine. I've been pleased to see few if any cartoons by others that seem to trace back to my sketchbooks. And I'm not sure it would work anyway -- an idea that is not honestly arrived at seldom has any punch.

Q. How do you decide what will make a good cartoon and avoid beating to death whatever the topic du jour like Anna Nicole Smith or Super Bowl wardrobe malfunctions? You could probably do one each day in criticism of the government and its policies … how do you keep it from veering off in that direction?

A. I pride myself on never having mentioned Paris Hilton in an editorial cartoon! Gawd, I hate that kind of cartooning. Look, to some extent it’s just a matter of following what seems interesting to me. I never watch TV, so I’ve never done cartoons on American Idol or Desperate Housewives or any of that. I avoid the gossip stories, the ephemeral stuff. What interests me is trends in technology, education, relationships, family life, and how we’re handling the rush of change coming at us. To a lesser extent I care about policy and politics. I have little interest in political squabbles or election horseraces. Washington is mostly boring. I like subjects that are closer to home, that have an impact on how we live our lives day to day. I am beyond loathing George W. Bush – I barely know how to take him seriously.

Q. I get the opinion of you that you are, despite all of your success, still a very grounded person. How do you do that despite all the success you’ve had to date?

A. This profession is very humbling. It takes nothing more than a blank piece of paper to make me aware of my limited abilities. I like to think I give readers something to think about or smile about in most of my cartoons, but I’m also acutely aware of my enormous body of mistakes.

When I get in my car to go home at night I am invariably struck by the unlikeliness of it all – that I arrived in the morning with no ideas, that I furrowed my forehead until some notions came out, that I spread some ink around with the tip of an animal’s tail, and that tomorrow people will look at it all over the country and react in some way. It feels like walking across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope every day. It's remarkable to me that the process ever works, much less that it regularly works.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Vote For Pedro

Monday, June 11, 2007

All Creatures Great and Small

Friday, June 08, 2007

Passport Glitch

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Scooter Libby

McCartney and Starbucks

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Rub Schottzie's Ashes on the Team

Harang, Harang and Pray for Rain

Any ideas how to end the hex on the Reds? Like the Curse of the Bambino, it seems to me the Reds have had nothing but bad luck since they traded Merv Rettenmund. What can they do to lift the curse?

Bronson Arroyo could donate his hair to Locks of Love.

Erect a sacrificial altar in the bullpen and offer up a middle reliever each night.

Ryan Freel could throw himself into a volcano.

Other ideas?

Monday, June 04, 2007

Golden Door

Friday, June 01, 2007

40th Anniversary

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