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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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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.


at 8/10/07, 5:52 PM Anonymous H. Beige said...

Nice use of "field expediancy", as they say in the service.

at 8/13/07, 8:17 AM Anonymous Fan said...

I can't even imagine having to draw this in a post office.

Great job! It looks a little Marlette-ish.

I'm sure the invites look great.

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