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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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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.


at 9/10/07, 7:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the problem is that the arts are the least valued subject in school

at 9/10/07, 8:35 PM Anonymous Eric O. Costello said...

The gut reaction I had to the Pavarotti cartoon was that there was something wrong with the proportions, the way the arms don't seem to work.

I wonder (with the brilliance of 20-20 hindsight, unburdened by deadlines) if there might have been a pithy quote by a character sung by Pavarotti (from I Pagliacci ?) that could have summed up the man.

at 9/10/07, 9:05 PM Anonymous John Carey (NJ) said...

Even if the Pavarotti tribute cartoon missed the mark, I think tying that sublime voice with heaven was on the money.

Pavarotti and cartoons brings to mind an old Mike Peters' cartoon in which Olive Oyl is assessing a police line up and picks, instead of Bluto, the wrong man: Pavarotti.

Steinberg -- I'll say. I saw that show twice last winter at the Morgan libray and I'm still processing it.

at 9/11/07, 2:43 PM Anonymous cookkenusa said...

The entire point of editorial cartooning is to start a dialogue..a's not to criticize anyones work, only to maybe help heighten long as the review is polite in harm, no foul. "Oh, and by the way, thanks for taking the time to visit and offer a suggestion." A critical eye can help assess what may have went's not criticism but rather an assessment.
Next to Ann Telnaes, Jim Borgman is my favorite cartoonist, most days...he hits perfection.
Ann draws a clean and fresh line and I think her work is brilliant.

at 9/11/07, 7:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I called too late, reservations full, and then I had an emergency that kept me from just showing up. Any chance you'll do it again, a second impression?


at 9/11/07, 7:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the Pavarotti drawing. His voice and heaven are too big for anyone's mouth and that is aptly demonstrated. Colorful wonderful heaven. What a joy, him and the drawing.


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