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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 17, 2007

Weight Limits


at 9/17/07, 6:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Frank's son on TV tomorrow:

at 9/17/07, 11:16 PM Blogger Terrence said...

I just love how you've drawn the bricks in this cartoon. Bricks always give me trouble. Do they generally take you a very long time?

at 9/18/07, 9:25 AM Blogger Jim Borgman said...

Terrence, I take one of my worn-out brushes and let it go a bit dry with ink. I do repetitive dashes with the brush sort of lying flat. The variations in the ink coverage are what make the bricks look authentic. Usually I spatter it all with a toothbrush when I'm done for additional texture.

at 9/18/07, 12:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

42,000 bridges in Ohio; they have determined that the 1-71 bridge near King's Island is a similar design to the one that collapsed, and about the same age

at 9/18/07, 12:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was funny enough to make my milkshake come out of my nose!!!

at 9/18/07, 5:50 PM Anonymous CartoonGeek said...

Okay, Jim, so when you're splattering ink with a toothbrush, how do you keep the spray from going all over the other parts of your cartoon?

I've always wanted to ask that! :-)

at 9/19/07, 9:41 AM Blogger Jim Borgman said...

CartoonGeek, if I have ample time, I create a sort of mask on the drawing (using typewriter paper and masking tape) and leave windows where I want the spatters to go.

More often, I just hold a sheet of stiff paper in my non-spattering hand and use it as a sort of moving mask, shielding areas from spatters.

Photoshop, of course, makes cleaning up unwanted spatters a breeze after I scan. My originals can look like battle zones.

at 9/20/07, 4:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the US is 3.5 trillion pounds overweight; unfortunately, it's less than the national debt!

at 9/20/07, 6:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

3 can hold the bridge while 2 go over it!

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