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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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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Writers Strike


at 11/7/07, 6:57 PM Anonymous cookkenusa said...

I don't like to tell a cartoonist what to how about a suggestion to make the sketch more fun. Seems like a lot of times when the couple watches television the man has the remote, as it should be, and the woman is knitting. To mix it up, how bout she has a pencil and a crossword puzzle, or a Rubiks cube, or making a balloon figure, I like doggies, maybe a magnifying glass and some stamps or coins. The possibilities are bottomless.
How bout she's flipping coins in the air.
Or how bout setting curlers in her hair, or applying make-up, not paying attention to her husband or the banal news on the television, you know, like at my house. .
The sketch is boiler-plate, the fun is in the possibilities in the "womans hands." Fun, fun, fun.

at 11/8/07, 4:53 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim watching too much TV causing his creative mind to loop in rerun mode.

at 11/8/07, 8:23 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jim...when are you going to draw embarrassing,demeaning cartoons of Democrats? You missed a golden opportunity when Harry Reid from Searchlight,NV and Tom Harkin of Hayseed,NE were bashing Rush Limbaugh on the Floor then writing off to Mark Mays about Rush's phony soldier remark.41 Dems signed off on it more or less defending a disgraced bootcamp reject who manufactured a career that never happened and lying about events that never occurred.By the way,Rush
sold the letter for 2.1M on eBay.
Your Dems are wack,Jim.They're certainly worthy of your sharp pen,aren't they?

at 11/8/07, 9:02 AM Anonymous 03 said...

8:23 annon...

When you....oh nevermind, enjoy your medication.

at 11/8/07, 9:32 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just like you..9:02 ?

pathetic - no compassion for those who suffer from behavioral disorder and need medications.

at 11/8/07, 10:12 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 9:02-
It's me,8:23.
wow...what brilliance,what wit,what skillful prose you crafted to disagree with my post based on facts that you can't accept.
I can always rely on liberals to go personal no matter what the topic.
You've proven it here.

Apparently you too would rather support a phony soldier than criticize your clueless leadership in DC or worse criticize the Enquirer's darling Borgman.How predictable of you.

at 11/8/07, 11:07 AM Anonymous 03 said...

I don't know who is liberal or who is medicated, but I am frightened of anyone who thinks that talk radio shenanigans are a more important subject then war.

Those are the people who don't support the troops...the ones who don't care where we send them or for what reason. The people who listen to phony speeches from bloated DJ's instead of paying attention to issues that actually matter.

I have no idea what the hell 8:23 is talking about in his rambling, poorly worded post...but I am 80% sure it is more fiction than fact, and 100% sure that anything having to do with Rush Limbaugh is not as important a subject as war.

Why do conservatives hate the troops? Why do they forsake them for the cult of FOX news and talk radio?

at 11/8/07, 11:23 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:23 here.Here's a challenge...rewrite my post from 8:23 with the exact facts as stated but with your degree in English to polish them so they're not poorly worded,will you? I'm interested in reading how you'd compose the same FACTS laid out by me without fudging or turning the post into another attack on me.
Rush LIBS love to bash him,don't you,yet you never tune in.That bigoted don't you think?That's prejudiced,don't you think? How can you form a reasoned opinion or feel educated about the issue to weigh in on it then? It was that failure to listen to RL that lead Reid, to disgrace the Senate chamber to smear and demean Limbaugh that backfired and left them each with Rush's boot in their backsides and a cash windfall in the coffers of the Marine Law Enforcement Fund.By the way...Limbaugh matched the eBay auction thereby making the grand total a whopping 4.2M for the letter that so many D's in DC rushed to sign off on.

at 11/8/07, 12:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to the Democrats in the Senate for raising so much money for the Marine Law Enforcement Fund!

With the Bush administration ignoring the plight of wounded vets at Walter Reed, misusing tax dollars in Iraq, and taking health insurance benefits away from kids, charities like this are increasingly important.

Hats off to Senator Reid!

at 11/8/07, 4:36 PM Blogger Terrence said...

Hey Jim...when are you going to draw embarrassing,demeaning cartoons of Democrats? You missed a golden opportunity...

See, that's not a "golden opportunity," though. It's horribly convoluted, and a relative non-issue compared to the catastrophes that have been produced by the Bush-led White House and anyone who agrees with or supports its policies.

Why should any cartoonist have to work extra-hard to make an irrelevant point that's bound to be less funny and harder for most people to decipher the meaning of when there are so many others with far greater humorous potential already within easy reach?

I imagine Jim makes his choice of whom to make fun of from week to week based less on whether the subject has a (D) or an (R) next to his name, and more on who's being the most flamboyantly stupid–Hence, you see a lot of the President.

That said, I agree with the first poster in this thread that Jim missed an opportunity to add some fun, personal details to an idea that's surely going to be rehashed by quite a few cartoonists over the next few days.

P.S. The schools/jails cartoon is magnificent.

at 11/8/07, 5:33 PM Anonymous BorgFan said...

Great minds think alike!

at 11/9/07, 8:42 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Jim -

Our DemoKKKrats in Congress have done NOTHING to end our first illegal, immoral war in Iraq. Those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, and Democrats are allowing Bush to walk all over them. It's people like YOU who are allowing the Democrats to drag this country further down than the retarded Bush ever could. I was once proud to be a DemoKKKrat, but I've changed my registration to Independent, but may vote for Ron Paul since he's the only willing to stand up and take action against Bush, since the DemoKKKrats refuse to!

at 11/9/07, 11:40 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! You misspelled 'democrat'. Dummy.

at 11/9/07, 3:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am starting to like Ron Paul more and more!!!

at 11/9/07, 5:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

RON PAUL 2008!!!!!!

at 11/9/07, 5:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush should take the position that the Clinton Administration adhered to regarding terrorists and state supporters of terrorism ala Iran.
Do nothing.Borgman would find that a reasoned sensible disciplined approach to facing mounting threats from people who want nothing more for America than it's destruction.
That nutty little tyrant with that drab wardrobe in Tehran? Who cares if he's supplying the where with all for all those IED's in Iraq and RPG launchers? Leave him and those peace loving Iranians who routinely stage lavish protests and burn our flag in the streets.They're harmless and seek to be our friend.

at 11/9/07, 7:44 PM Anonymous Reality Check said...

Well, Reality Check time again . . .:

- No denial will cover it up, Rush Limbaugh did indeed say "phony soldiers" (plural), as is rather clear on any recordings of the incident. Invoking Vietnam veteran Jack Murtha later under the "phony soldiers" thing confirmed it was just a smear on any actual soldiers who dared disagree with him.

- I'm sure there's similar outrage over "Congressional Smears" of's ad critical of a certain "Butt-kissing Chickenshirt" General (toned down exact words of his superior, Admiral William Fallon; yes, a Navy man in charge of an Army man, I'm sure there's some logic to it)

- I'm sure "IED's and RPG's" refers to Iraq; considering the primary funding for most of those comes from Saudi Arabia, blaming Iran is rather ridiculous. Fareed Zakaria had a great article where explained why considering Iran a threat is, to be blunt, stupid.

at 11/9/07, 8:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'all need sex bad - hire it, if necessary.

None of this will seem so important afterwards, I guarantee.

at 11/20/07, 9:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

no, it's live from the Washington, DC psyche ward

at 11/20/07, 10:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

poster children for death

at 11/20/07, 10:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks like the bush girls in a bar! no wait, brittney and lindsay, no wait...

at 12/7/07, 10:20 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

fire/impeach papa bush

at 12/7/07, 10:25 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

great! maybe we can get something else on tv besides murder, football and bad sit coms

at 12/7/07, 10:26 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

if barbara walters has any more plastic surgery she won't be able to talk at all

at 12/7/07, 10:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

everybody on tv should go on a diet for as long as the writer's are on strike

at 12/8/07, 8:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

5 ideas: 1. creativity 2. iq 3. read 4. diet/couch potatoes 5. x-rated

at 12/11/07, 9:44 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

if GE fires anybody else from NBC, Jay Leno will be the only one left

at 12/12/07, 10:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

why don't these writer's go downtown in any of america's cities and find out what's really going on; most of the crap on tv is useless

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