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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, September 28, 2007

More Pigeons

Monday Night Football

Pigeons in the Jungle

This town never lets a cartoonist down.

We have a problem with pigeons in Paul Brown stadium. Apparently they chill in the rafters and beams of the roof canopy and poop on the fans during games. Officials are seeking the city's blessing to shoot the birds.

If there was ever a case for using the s-word in the newspaper, it was in today's lede. It should have read, "In Paul Brown Stadium, the s--- is hitting the fans." (Instead it said poop.)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Welcome to the New Jungle

For those of you who don't follow such things, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats just cracked the Top 25 college football poll for the first time since the Carter Administration, while the ever-promising Bengals are off to a disappointing 1-2 start with the formidable New England Patriots up next. Local fans are reconsidering their allegiances.

Tribute to Marcel Marceau

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


I take no pleasure in the demonizing of this idiot. This is how we started the journey that led us into Iraq. Ahmadinejad's statements can't be ignored and deserve to be scorned, but my antennae are up, watching an administration that has successfully manipulated us before.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Dare To Be Timid

Flight Routes

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Random Meeting Doodles

Too Much Exposure

Monday, September 17, 2007

Weight Limits

More Reflections on Cecilia

For those still reflecting on the Nesselroad-Slaby story and its lessons, there are two threads on CincyMoms in response to my cartoons on the issue.

Friday, September 14, 2007

He Ain't Heavy, He's Maliki

Newest Zits Book

Our newest Zits book, Alternative Zits, should be hitting bookshelves anyday now. It's our 18th collection of strips, our sixth treasury.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Status Report

No Compassion

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Listen, It's Tempting, But...

Monday, September 10, 2007

Weekend Mop-up

The Pavarotti drawing from Sunday's Forum page was an example of a drawing not coming out as I had seen it in my mind's eye. If you could see it in my head, man, you'd think it was great. Couldn't quite get it onto the paper. Still not sure if/when/how it went astray.

The Saul Steinberg talk at the Cincinnati Art Museum on Saturday turned out to be a ball. Jeff Stahler and I got to the exhibit just an hour before the talk, so our guided tour had a fresh let's-all-discover-this-together feel. The group of thirty or so wandered through the show and stopped wherever Jeff or I wanted to comment.

As a bonus, Michael Shaw showed up. Michael is a local cartoonist whose work makes it into the New Yorker pretty frequently. He brought an issue that had a Saul Steinberg drawing on the cover and one of Shaw's cartoons inside -- what a treasure.

If you have the least bit of interest in cartooning (and why are you reading this if you don't?) I'd recommend seeing the Steinberg show if humanly possible. It's far more extensive than I'd expected -- a true retrospective -- and you'll lose yourself for hours. Maybe I'm just easily jazzed, but I got a real thrill just standing in front of the drawings themselves, though I'd seen them a hundred times in print. They are more magnificent than I could have imagined.

I felt like a minnow watching Moby Dick. It's healthy to be humbled sometimes.

Petraeus Report

Friday, September 07, 2007


Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Cash Withdrawal

A Ramble Through Steinberg

Jeff Stahler and I will be rambling through the Saul Steinberg exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum this Saturday, September 8 at 1PM. It's a gallery talk with an intentionally informal title, since neither Jeff nor I claim to have any special knowledge of Steinberg's work, just a journeyman's sense of awe. We'll wander from piece to piece and muse about whatever comes to mind.

Reservations required 513/721-ARTS. $10 for the public, $5 for museum members.

Kathe Kollwitz

I've turned frequently to the drawings and prints of Kathe Kollwitz over the years when trying to express grief in my drawings. Wednesday's drawing (several posts ago, below) was based on this relief of hers I'd not seen called 'Lamentation' but discovered on a Google Image Search.

Mine, of course, is a weak reflection of the raw power of Kollwitz's work, but tries to touch the horror of the story of Cecilia Slaby and her mother. (If you're reading from afar, two-year-old Cecilia was left in a carseat in the back of her mother's SUV all day when temperatures reached 100 degrees here in Cincinnati. The mother, an assistant principal at a local middle school, had broken her normal morning routine of delivering Cecilia to the sitter on her way to work in order to pick up donuts for a school workshop, and then forgotten the sleeping child all day.)

Readers are right in questioning whether the prosecutor, who declined to press charges, would have been so lenient had this been an inner-city minority mother. The story certainly calls us to challenge our biases and stereotypes. And I'm bothered, like others, that the mother never seems to have thought about her child all that day.

But prosecutor Don White made the right call when he said, "She knows that her actions are what caused her child to die, or her lack of attentiveness. She'll live with that. And I can't imagine what I could do as a prosecutor to make it any worse for her."

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Iraq Progress Report

Two Approaches, Which Do You Like?

Cecilia Slaby

Jim Borgman
Today at the Forum
Paul Daugherty
Politics Extra
N. Ky. Politics
Pop culture review
Who's News
Roller Derby Diva
CinStages Buzz....
The Foodie Report
Classical music
John Fay's Reds Insider
High school sports
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