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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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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Ping Pong Balls

The Hillary/Titanic cartoon (several below) baffled enough people that we're not running it in the print edition. The Big Bopper came in scratching his head yesterday afternoon, and my syndicate editor called to make sure he understood what I meant. When the first comment on the blog begins, "I don't get it," that's a clue. I pulled it voluntarily and did the Cunningham cartoon instead.

It was another instance of a dilemma cartoonists have from time to time -- Who Knows What? I thought everyone had heard of the notion of raising sunken ships with ping pong balls (which the cable show MythBusters proved would work!) Seems the idea hadn't spread through the populace as I'd thought. "Why would they want to play ping pong on a sinking ship?" I was asked.

With its instant alert capabilities, the blog may have saved thousands of readers from scratching their heads all day today. If you got the cartoon, enjoy. It's a freebie. If you didn't, count yourself among the many.

On the other hand, I just opened the Slate site and the cartoon (which I had already filed for syndication) is on the splash page of Hillary cartoons. It'll be interesting to watch where this one runs.


at 2/27/08, 10:52 AM Blogger Cb said...

Thanks Jim! I am glad that it is going up somewhere. My question, however, is can anyone find the Slate political cartoons? Since they changed their site from cagle I have not been able to find them. Searching their site now, for example, I can find this link which is supposed to be today's cartoons, but clicking on the links just brings up an error.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

at 2/27/08, 11:38 AM Blogger who2 said...

Hey, I searched google for slate and found link. Thanks, Jim. Great drawing, I would have eventually figured it out. It certainly looked like an emergency airdrop. cute, cute, cute.
More later.


at 2/27/08, 11:59 AM Blogger Jim Borgman said...

Cb, instead of clicking on the icon at the top of the Slate page, which for some reason doesn't work, scroll down just a bit to Today's Cartoons and click on that.

at 2/27/08, 12:43 PM Blogger Philip Shade said...

I'm a big Mythbusters fan so I got it. But I've run into that situation as both a cartoonist and art director.

Headline or punchline, if there's a question about* change it.

*(around the news room)

at 2/27/08, 7:18 PM Anonymous Southpaw said...

I got it right away Jim, although my take on it was the Clinton's futile efforts to keep the ship afloat.

at 2/27/08, 9:25 PM Blogger Cb said...

Got it! Thanks Jim!

at 2/27/08, 11:38 PM Anonymous Tim said...

Although I thought I got the cartoon, evidently I didn't. I was thinking Hillary was on a sinking ship and trying to stop it. i watch mythbusters but didn't catch the ping pong ball reference. Perhaps just simply them trying to bail out a sinking ship would have been better since it is similar to raising a sunken ship.

at 2/28/08, 1:27 AM Anonymous ReFlex76 said...

I'm a fan of Mythbusters, but did not see that episode . . .

I have, however, read old Scrooge McDuck comic books, and remember this from them.

Yes, I got the cartoon; yes, I'm a supernerd . . .

at 2/28/08, 9:09 AM Blogger gogginguy said...

"the blog may have saved thousands of readers from scratching their heads all day today" What you mean, Jim, is that it saved thousands from discovering something new. What does it say about our school system when cartoonists have to start "talking down" to people?

at 2/28/08, 11:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought it was hilarious.

at 3/3/08, 2:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The greater irony here is that ping pong balls really can't be used to float a sunken ship because they are crushed by water pressure at any significant depth. Taking that into consideration, trying to resurrect Hillary's sinking ship with ping pong balls would be futile. When I saw this, that's what I thought the cartoon meant: that the Clintons' efforts were too little too late.

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