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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, October 29, 2007

St. Louis

I spent the weekend in St. Louis because my wife attended a conference there and it was a chance to bask in the bliss of my newly married brother and his wife. We made a great mini-vacation out of it.

Here's a laugh. In St. Louis they "admire what Cincinnati has done with its riverfront," which, as far as I can tell, is next to nothing. In St. Louis they built an arch forty years ago and then punted. Funny what constitutes success.

What I loved about Friday was working in the hotel room. OK, don't laugh. I brought a bunch of penciled Zits strips with me and set up my tabletop drawing board on the desk in the room. While my wife went off to her workshops, I made a pot of coffee (mmm! hotel room coffee!) and settled into my cockpit. Eight hours later I had inked seven strips and watched a cooking show, ESPN and the CNN news loop about a dozen times. It was the coziest day. It's not much different than what people do in nursing homes, so I think I will make a successful senior.


at 10/29/07, 10:51 AM Anonymous schottzie03 said...

Which cooking show did you watch? I'm gonna guess Paula Dean, because you are cool like that.

I love writing/working in hotel rooms, and sometimes will get out the entertainment book and get one locally just for that purpose.

at 10/29/07, 11:04 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing tops a lazy day doing the thing you love while watching the Food Network.

at 10/29/07, 12:44 PM Anonymous buy high sell higher said...

you can always take up daytrading.

at 10/29/07, 1:38 PM Blogger richardcthompson said...

Dang, I tried to ink some stuff in a hotel room in Kansas City and it wasn't too easy. I couldn't find a radio station I liked, the TV wasn't easily visible from the desk and I accidentally used the complimentary pillow mint as an eraser. I'm a lousy traveller.

at 10/29/07, 3:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cincinnati wants to be the next Portland.
St Louis wants to be the next Cincinnati.
I'm sure some city wants to be the next St. Louis.

at 10/29/07, 9:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Cincinnati wanted to be the Midwest San Francisco (per councilman Cranley, who I actually like).

at 10/29/07, 10:11 PM Anonymous tim of sioux falls said...

When I was kid, the Galloping Gourmet and the French Chef were the premiere cooking shows. I watch Alton Brown's "Good Eats" on Food Network. I'm curious why artists enjoy watching cooking shows. I've drawn cartoons and watched cooking shows since the 60's. St. Louis is a great city to visit. Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola are natives of St. Louis

at 10/29/07, 11:49 PM Blogger Stacy Curtis said...

Back in May, I read Tom Richmond's post on his blog about taking work on trips and working in the wee hours of the night in his hotel room's bathroom while his wife Anna slept in the other room.


This weekend while attending the Festival of Cartoon Art at Ohio State, I decided to take work with me, so I wouldn't get too far behind. There was a huge desk in the room and I was lucky my wife didn't banish me to the john to do my work. It was great to have a different setting to work in and I got a ton of work finished. I may think about renting a hotel room to use as my studio when I find I need to get a ton of work done!

at 11/3/07, 6:31 PM Blogger TUCK! said...

STL doesn't want to be the next Cinci. STL is impressed with anyone who has done anything with their riverfront. (Tho I *do* wish we had a Joseph Beth)...

And Richard Thompson? It's not that you're a lousy traveller, it's that KC's radio and TV are, um, "lacking."

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