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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, August 31, 2007

Parade of the Elephants


Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Lucky Break

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Did You Get Away This Summer?

Monday, August 27, 2007

Lonely at the Top

Friday, August 24, 2007

Primary Leapfrog

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Big Number One

Thursday Cartoon

Wednesday Roughs

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Standing Down

Anything Here?

Friday, August 17, 2007


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Friday's Cartoon

Money for Schools

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

More Toy Recalls

Anything Here?

Monday, August 13, 2007

Rove Moves On

Friday, August 10, 2007

Is That All You Do?

My buddy Albert Pyle over at the Mercantile Library asks me each year to do a caricature of that year's speaker for their annual literary dinner invitation. It's one of my more satisfying pro bonos because he always invites my wife and me to the dinner and makes sure we meet the subject. One year we sat with Salman Rushdie; last year I drew Annie Proulx.

I agreed again this year and was midway through my vacation at the lake when I remembered the project's deadline was upon me. Googleless, I borrowed a couple of Calvin Trillin books from the nearby library and drew the caricature from a book jacket while standing in the post office, then stuck it in the mailbox with a descriptive address (Mercantile Library, Main Street somewhere between 4th and 5th Streets, Cincinnati, OH 45202).

By the time I got back to town Albert said the invitation was at the printer. I'm pleased with how it turned out. There's something to be said for not overworking an assignment.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Jim Tarbell Leaves City Council


Lee Ann from Middletown asked me to post this tribute drawing to teacher Christa McAuliffe who died in the Challenger disaster twenty years ago.

I remember that on that day I struggled to execute the idea I had of a child offering an apple to the heavens. I must have torn up three or four versions in which the child's hand was drawn realistically. Finally in exasperation I drew the image more the way a child might draw it and it became one of my most commented-upon cartoons.

Bonds Away

I happened to be penciling some strips late last night and caught the Bonds home run live. Obviously, I'm no fan of the guy but I was glad it happened at home so he could have a true moment of glory before the rest of us dampened the celebration. The muscles may be out of a bottle, but the eye-hand co-ordination is still remarkable.

Willie Mays was always my hero, and his presence gave Bonds some credibility in my book. But Willie looked not so much like the godfather as the Godfather in his role last night. I never caught a smile pass between them nor a look of pride. Mays looked like a security guard protecting his quarry.

And the moment at home plate struck me as symbolic. Bonds' son hugged his dad but dad pointed at the sky, to his dad presumably. Talk about a missed opportunity for the sake of a photo op. If your son hugs you at the climactic moment of your career, here's a hint: take a moment and hug him back.

Nobody else is saying it, but I found myself wondering if Bonds had stayed in the game might he have helped his team win, by the way? In Barry Bonds world, the outcome of the game was insignificant compared to his solo accomplishment. Get more symbolic than that.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007



Relax, folks. I posted the Bonds cartoon prematurely. It'll run when he breaks the record (as opposed to ties the record.)

Monday, August 06, 2007


Friday, August 03, 2007

Troubled Waters

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


Thanks for your comments on the pencil-rough post earlier today. As you can see, I've incorporated several suggestions which solidly improved this idea. "A Tip of the Hatlo Hat to..." Anonymous and Anonymous.

Deathbed Cat

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