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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, February 20, 2008



at 2/20/08, 5:12 PM Anonymous BorgFan said...

This cartoon looks like it was drawn digitally.

at 2/20/08, 6:17 PM Anonymous T.Nowicki said...

What makes you say that, Borgfan?

at 2/21/08, 1:53 AM Anonymous BorgFan said...

The scratchiness of the face tips me off to some Wacom tablet use. Maybe I'm wrong, but it's a guess.

at 2/21/08, 11:19 AM Blogger Philip Shade said...

Mr. Borgman tends to use micron pens, if I recall correctly.

I find Wacoms tend to give a less scratchy, more "buttery" line quality.

Although if you used a fine brush then ran sharpen on it a few times, that might work....

at 2/21/08, 11:22 AM Blogger Philip Shade said...

Mr. Borgman, I would like to thank you for NOT using a cigar metaphor in your Fidel cartoon.

I haven't seen a metaphor so overused by Editorial Cartoonists since Crying Liberty.

at 2/22/08, 11:13 AM Blogger Jim Borgman said...

For the record, I drew this the traditional way and then tweaked it on the computer using my trusty Wacom, as usual. The finer beard hairs were the only Wacom contribution, but I know what you mean about it having a different feel. Just a groove I was in.

at 2/22/08, 11:16 AM Blogger Jim Borgman said...

Also, damn it's nice when us artists gather in one of these comment zones, isn't it? A civil, supportive conversation on BorgBlog -- such a rarity. Feels like a treehouse with a sign that says "No Goons Allowed!"

at 2/22/08, 11:42 AM Blogger who2 said...

Great to read some technical comments, as well. Now, a different perspective: What are the good things that happened as a result of Castro's influence in Cuba?


at 2/22/08, 2:26 PM Anonymous BorgFan said...

Right on, Jim!
I can't wait until the switch over to eliminate all the BS that happens here.

I've seen you claim to be technically-challenged, it makes me happy to know you use a Wacom from time to time. Baby steps.

at 2/23/08, 11:34 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jim, sometimes I'm in a hurry with the deadline in my back and need to make some changes in an original pen&ink drawing using the computer too, but, I still prefer to, once you have the idea you want to do, choose wich way to go, if you want to do it all in paper and ink, or all digital, but not mix both. Maybe it's silly, but I like to have an original in paper that looks exactly the same that the one printed, if I can't, then I go and draw all of it using the computer.

at 2/23/08, 4:41 PM OpenID BillAdkins said...

It's 5+ decades later and Fidel is old and dying of cancer. Wow, guess that Embargo worked after all.

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