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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, June 27, 2007

Unto Himself


15 Comments:

at 6/27/07, 6:57 PM Blogger JohnDWoodSr said...

Jim, that fourth branch of government is the Subversive--Cheney is just running it.

 
at 6/27/07, 9:55 PM Anonymous tbenson of sioux falls said...

Oh, the hypocrisy!...Sorry, I'm not that blogger. The composition is very well done. I like the white-black-white-black backgrounds. Cheney's over-inflated ego reminds me of Al Haig, back in 1981, when he suggested he was the commander-in-chief following the assasination attempt on Reagan. I think he said" "I'm in charge. You can look it up in the Constitution."

 
at 6/28/07, 3:34 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

cheney is untouchable. at this point, ive given up trying to follow every move he is pulling to thwart his opponents. the democrats remind me of keystone cops trying to catch the bad guy, and all he does is stick out his foot and they all fall on top of each other. democrats are beyond pathetic at this point. now its just humorous. wasting time, money, and energy for nothing. no wonder this DEMOCRAT controlled congress has the lowest approval rating in HISTORY!!!!

 
at 6/28/07, 5:51 AM Blogger Terrence said...

The illustration is very nice, and your caricature of Cheney is terrific as usual, but how much time did you spend on the idea? Did you seriously go into this not realizing it would be the very first gag everyone else thought up?

Here's what I did on the same topic.

 
at 6/28/07, 8:21 AM Anonymous Weekly Cartoonist said...

Terrence: Do you SERIOUSLY want to be conisidered a peer when using that kind of tone? If you wish to be considered a boy genius I suggest accenting the genius and not the boy.

 
at 6/28/07, 10:07 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terrence:

i can't draw to save my life but your cheney is unrecognizable as such.

i would suggest you have him standing on the legislative branch and sawing away.

 
at 6/28/07, 3:06 PM Blogger Terrence said...

Gosh, I didn't mean for anything I said to be taken as an insult. It just surprised me that someone like Jim, who normally has such witty, unique ideas, would ever do a gag that was so... conspicuously below his level of genius, or seemingly common. I've seen several cartoonists use this joke in the last two-three days (as well as Tuesday's Daily Show), and in most cases it seemed to be among their more uninspired material.

Nobody can be "on" all the time. I'm sure if I had to draw stuff as regularly as Mr. Borgman, I'd have far more missteps to my name.

I'd be interested to see what ideas on the topic he discarded, though, since there weren't any in any of the recent sketchbook postings.


i can't draw to save my life but your cheney is unrecognizable as such.

Any thoughts on what it is about the caricature that might be making it difficult to recognize him? Is it the lack of eyes behind the eyeglass-lenses?

i would suggest you have him standing on the legislative branch and sawing away.

The original gag, like most everyone else probably thought of as their first idea, was a "four branches of government"-approach where the fourth was an axe labeled "Cheney", but I decided that might be too vague and it didn't leave enough room to make the illustration humorous. After I arrived at the chain-saw pun (hurr), I considered actually having him standing on one of the branches as you suggest, but then I thought I would rather not associate him absolutely with any one particular branch, since that's what he and his staff are going out of their way to not do.

 
at 6/28/07, 6:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys on the left crack me up. You have demonized a man in a position that has very little power. He can give his advice. He can break ties in the senate.
He used to work for the "EVIL" Haliburton, you say he gives them contracts. Truth is, the majority of the stuff they do, they are the only ones who do it.
Thank you for tearing our country apart with your limp wristed ignorance.

 
at 6/28/07, 7:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very little power. Heehee.

 
at 6/29/07, 9:26 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the cartoon is a good representation of the man and his thoughts. How anyone can support Cheney and everything he has done to destroy the Constitution and the American way of life is beyond me.

 
at 6/29/07, 10:30 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

.:looks at the constitution:.

yep, still there! i guess i cant withdraw my support yet!

no, but seriously, i love this man for the simple fact that he really really really pisses people like you off. you and i both know that your rhetoric isn't true, but you keep spouting it despite that. the longer cheney stays in office to piss people like you off, the more i'm going to support him.

PATHETIC!

 
at 6/29/07, 5:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

at least you signed yer name this time, pathetic

 
at 7/2/07, 9:29 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Terrence, you say that you don't mean to be insulting and yet you keep repeating that Borgman went with the facile idea, the one that you thought of too but dismissed as too obvious. (Maybe you can provide some pointers to all the other cartoonists who did it the same way).

The thing is, your eventual cartoon doesn't make the same point, or even any point about Cheney's recent self-declared Special Status; it just shows Cheney as wanting to destroy the system of government.

And, oh, by the way, using branches to represent the branches of government: pure genius!

JGM

 
at 7/3/07, 7:41 PM Blogger Terrence said...

Well, Terrence, you say that you don't mean to be insulting and yet you keep repeating that Borgman went with the facile idea,

You must have missed the part where I pointed out the usual high quality of the illustration, said that his ideas were often "witty" and "unique", and then said this particular one was "conspicuously below his level of GENIUS". Those all look like high praise to me.

Do you think I was being sarcastic, or what?

the one that you thought of too but dismissed as too obvious. (Maybe you can provide some pointers to all the other cartoonists who did it the same way).

Sure can, but I shouldn't have to since most cartoonists are familiar with the rule:

If it was the first thing you thought of, chances are it was the first thing everyone else thought of, too. Coming up with something else would be the best strategy for maintaining a unique identity.

The thing is, your eventual cartoon doesn't make the same point, or even any point about Cheney's recent self-declared Special Status; it just shows Cheney as wanting to destroy the system of government.

That's not a point?

I'm calling Cheney a tyrant actively engaged in the destruction of democratic political structure through specific targetting of the checks-and-balances system. Not really a new comment in itself, but I hope the way I went about showing it was.

Saying he's trying to operate outside the government isn't a new comment, either. Doing it with a device recently used by countless others definitely isn't.

And, oh, by the way, using branches to represent the branches of government: pure genius!

It's a universally recognized symbol, so of course I wasn't under the impression that I invented it. All I was trying to do was use it in an original way.

 
at 7/4/07, 10:10 PM Anonymous nose up borgman's rear end said...

Terrence, you are a very talented artist. It might have helped to label the chainsaw "Cheney-Saw" to make your point more understandable. People will criticize your work if you're a political cartoonist. Don't take it personally. You should be flattered that people pay attention. Once again, people admire your ability as an artist. Accept constructive criticism. It makes you a better artist.

 
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