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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, November 30, 2007

The Dabbler

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Local Drama

Indie Cartoon

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Movin' On Up

Monday, November 26, 2007

Herding Cats


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Cheney Family Traditions

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Housing Market

Travel Day

C'mon, It's a Holiday Week...

Monday, November 19, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Who Dey

Friday, November 16, 2007

Joe Nuxhall

This drawing will run in our Sunday package of Nuxhall coverage. I drew it last year to help promote a fundraiser Joe had to support several of his many charities. I had the drawing tucked away in my files and this seemed like a good time to bring it out.

Rounding Third and...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Heartland Cafe

Pakistan Nuptials

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Smart Cars

Q's With No A's

Is all the piddling around my studio I do each morning a way of postponing my engagement with the creative process, or is it part of my creative process?

On the FedEx form, does anyone ever check the Yes box where it says, "Does this shipment contain dangerous goods?"

When Mrs. Cheney named her baby boy Dick, how did she know?

Why does it take two hours to get from Cincinnati to Columbus no matter what speed you drive?

How can you have no ideas whatsoever in your brain one moment and be ready to tear your soul into tiny shreds, explode them with dynamite and then gather all the little pieces together and burn them, and then the next moment you have a fully formed idea in your mind with no concept where it came from and a sense of inner harmony?

Monday, November 12, 2007

Sketchbook Pages

Why can't my finishes look as cool as my sketches? These were drawn as I brainstormed for the cartoon in the post below. Where does the spontaneity go when I get out the good paper?

Weak Dollar

I know, I hate the phony French accent, too, but waddaya gonna do. I do think I captured some of that look of disdain I was going for, though. I may have subconsciously picked up the waiter on the left from a Pepe le Pew cartoon.

Q&A (continued)

Q. When you've got to spend long cartooning, do you use anything like the t.v., music, etc. to keep you at your drawing table?

A. I cherry-picked this question today because I spent the whole weekend bolted to my chair trying to catch up on Zits. I'd fallen behind because I was sick for most of a week last month and then took my daughter on a college visit to Minnesota last weekend. Even a couple of missed days can set me way back. One of the very few tough aspects of life as a cartoonist is the relentlessness of the deadlines. (Violins, please.)

I'm in awe of guys like Tom Batiuk (Funky Winkerbean) and Russ Myers (Broomhilda) who are said to work years in advance. Zits is usually within a week of our schedule (six weeks ahead on dailies, ten weeks on Sundays), but in ten years I don't think we've ever managed to get a full week ahead of the schedule. Falling behind is ridiculously easy, and catching up is like clawing through quicksand.

So anyway, in a 12-hour marathon on Saturday I:
-listened to Weekend Edition on NPR
-listened to Car Talk
-kinda listened to whatever that money show is after Car Talk
-listened to my daughter's essay for the Common App
-listened to Weekend America until I realized I wasn't listening anymore
-listened to Springsteen's Magic, which is fabulous, if I haven't told you so before
-sorta watched the University of Guys in Blue play Orange College for awhile on the little TV beside my drawing board
-probably watched two other teams in variously colored uniforms (my choice of games has a lot to do with the mellifluousness of the announcers' voices, since I seldom look up at the screen)
-found a cable channel that seemed to carry only commercials for ED (the one with the four-hour erection warning always makes me laugh)
-flipped to CNN and then back because they were talking about the saliva shortage in East Timor
-watched The U.S. vs. John Lennon on DVD on my computer
-called the pizza guy (my wife's away)
-listened to A Prairie Home Companion until Garrison Keillor's homespunness got on my nerves
-watched a National Geographic special on katydids. Did you know that a certain variety of Amazonian katydids eat monkeys? Or maybe I was hallucinating at that point.
-watched the local news. Turns out while I quietly drew all day, other people were crashing their cars, setting their houses on fire and suffering from four-hour erections. Glad I stayed indoors.

Friday, November 09, 2007

$100 a Barrel

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Writers Strike

Downward Spiral

Beshear in KY

Friday, November 02, 2007

Family-Friendly Version

Unfortunately, there is an elegant four-letter word that would have been perfect in this punchline were it not a family newspaper.

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