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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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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Late Night Talk


at 1/3/08, 6:23 PM Blogger Matthew Hansel said...

Unfortunately not too far from the truth.

Letterman said it best last night, "This crap is written?"

I thought that Dave might take more advantage of a big "come back" night, but he didn't. He did the show that he always does, which is FINE by me, as I very much enjoy the show that he does.

Jim: Do you use the Micron pens on the editoons, or only on the ZITS stuff? Have you ever tried using a ball-point pen? I'm told by Locher that MacNelly, before going digital, used a ball-point pen for lots of cross-hatching--at which point I serious reevaluated my need to only use "proper" art tools on a job.

As Joe Kubert once told me, "Use whatever it is that gives you the line that you want!"


at 1/3/08, 9:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

good lord matthew hansel..

you do realize you're the biggest kiss ass in the world, don't you?

get off of borgman's's disgusting.

no one cares what you think about every little thing...

at 1/4/08, 1:29 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:27-I think MH is trying to learn to be a better cartoonist and in that case why don't you get off of MH's nuts.

at 1/4/08, 3:57 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop saying nuts.

MH is getting a tiny bit annoying, but he's trying to learn the craft from folks like Kubert, Locher and now Borgman.

at 1/4/08, 9:38 AM Blogger Matthew Hansel said...

This will be my ONLY comment on the above subject:

I do not reply to cowardly anonymous posters who don't have the courage of their convictions enough to SIGN THEIR REAL NAMES to postings on the internet. I believe all these people are basement dwelling, mouth breathing trolls who do need deserve to have ANY of their comments (good, bad or otherwise) to be DIGNIFIED with a comment in response.

Thank you and good day.


at 1/4/08, 11:42 AM Blogger Jim Borgman said...

Matthew, I responded to your question in today's post. I wish I could think more outside-my-toolbox, too. With constant quick deadlines it's hard to stray too far from what works. But that's a lousy excuse for settling into our ruts.

at 1/4/08, 11:57 AM Blogger Matthew Hansel said...

Thanks, Jim!

While I was in graduate school (and doing my own daily cartoon and editorial cartoons) I would ONLY use a BRUSH (a Winsor and Newton Sable Hair--series 7--#3 or sometimes a #0. I eventually "allowed" myself to use a Hunt #102 for FINE work. The reasoning for only using those tools was this:
As a kid I had read an interview with comic book inker (and eventual DC Comics editor/vp) Dick Giordano that he used a W&N brush for EVERYTHING...INCLUDING STRAIGHT LINES!!!!, so to my young mind that meant that if I wanted to be ANY good at all, I had to use the brush.

The only problem was, I wasn't so good with the brush--all of the time--sometimes it worked well, though.

Like you, though, I do pay attention to what will 'survive' and I do use markers and whot not, but I use only those with PERMANENT ink. To test them, I usually doodle up something and place that drawing in a window in my studio and if after three months there isn't any faiding, I figure it is safe to use.

Of course, talking with other cartoonists also helps. Dick Locher has been such a big help, I will probably owe whatever amounts to MY career to him.

Thanks again for answering my questions, Jim...and for putting up with somebody who might possibly be annoying.



at 1/4/08, 2:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 1/4/08, 4:42 PM Anonymous Weekly Cartoonist said...

Why the heck attack an artist talking art, for pity's sake? Kookoo behavior.
People like Matt Hansel actually get this site involved in cool subject matter. As far as I'm concerned, you're always a welcome presence on this blog, Matt. (Welcome Matt? Hmmm is that why that schlemiel wiped his feet on you?)

Sketches along with finished cartoons. Great!

at 1/6/08, 3:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's not the only thing GE is destroying...

at 1/6/08, 3:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

he owns a great bunch of cars; should have been an engineer

at 1/7/08, 9:58 AM Blogger Hey Barry Larkin! said...

I like the change from the sketch to the final where you replaced the man clicking through the channels with his wife, while he is sound asleep next to her. Very good. (And Matt, don't let the trolls get you down, they're on every blog).

at 1/7/08, 1:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's still not as boring as the elections...

at 1/7/08, 1:27 PM Blogger Matthew Hansel said...

I don't let the trolls let me down, and they seem to be all over the place, I just they'd get a new schtick and stop being magpies.

Oh well.

Can't have everything.

At least none of these are pretending to me a long lost relative of mine and start spreading "stories" about me (as has happened on the Dick Tracy board).


at 1/8/08, 1:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

GE's favorite game is Russian roulette (why are they building in Columbus Ohio, when they just fired a slew of people in New York last year?)

at 1/8/08, 1:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

do GE employees get first dibbs on the homeless shelter that Jack Welch is building in boston (with the millions he stole from them?)

at 1/9/08, 11:29 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

when will GE stop stealing from their employees, and stop lying to the public?

at 1/13/08, 2:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

why don't they build radiation shelters in China, like they are building everything else? where is all the money going????? don't the stockholders have a right to know?

at 1/16/08, 11:21 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

television and the american schools are both in the gutter

at 1/18/08, 1:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonder what they're going to do for an encore; seems they can always afford the liquor

at 1/27/08, 5:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

same guy who headed up appliances now heads up jet engines

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