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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, June 13, 2007

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.


at 6/13/07, 1:17 PM Blogger Guy said...

This might be some of your best work...this cartoon has more interpretations than the latest publications of the various bibles!

If you look at the cartoon you could argue that large populations of people could take offense to different pieces.

Gays...immigrants...republicans...all politicians...homophobes...women...tour de France racers...sign makers...archeologists..and Enquirer Readers...

Keep up the great work Jim! The debates are never boring!

at 6/13/07, 1:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

it was very clear for me... and VOTE FOR PEDRO

at 6/14/07, 6:29 AM Blogger Jeff Hunter said...

What can we say, you're just that good! You draw meaning into the cartoon that even you don't realize!!!

at 6/17/07, 12:30 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you even care if people get upset? It's just Cincinnati.

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