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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, April 30, 2008


An interesting story in today's paper -- Scientists are recommending the suspension of the production of biofuels in light of the growing global food crisis. We're fueling our cars ahead of our brothers. The Law of Unintended Consequences strikes again. Not so long ago we were looking to biofuels as a significant part of an alternative fuels program.

Well, learn and adjust. We'll be doing a lot of that as we stumble our way into a post-petroleum future.

Ocho Stuck-o

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Globe of Death

Monday, April 28, 2008

Control Tower

Last week the Enquirer editorial board took a tour of CVG, our local hub. We visited the control tower where I did this sketch. Frankly, I've been itching for an opportunity to play with it.

Hard-Hitting Allergy Cartoon

Friday, April 25, 2008

Remembering Matt Maupin

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Now What?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


VP Rob

Sausage Factory: Pennsylvania Primary Edition

So it's Tuesday and our Pennsylvania neighbors are scurrying to the polls even as we blog to determine whether Hillary lives to fight another day.

For editorial cartoonists it's another what-do-I-draw-for-tomorrow dilemma. The voting results are likely to be subtle and nuanced, and the spin alone can rip even a generally accurate cartoon guess right out of your hands and deposit it on the slag heap of history by morning.

I may draw about something else entirely -- I have something I wrote yesterday about John McCain and local VP candidate Rob Portman. Or something may present itself today that works no matter the primary's outcome, though that is an exceedingly rare bird indeed. Even hanging around the office until 11PM may not help tonight, since even a shift of a few last-minute percentage points can change the perceived outcome in a tight campaign like this one.

Here's a peek at my pile o' process so far:

Monday, April 21, 2008

Keeping the Hub

Friday, April 18, 2008

Hanging Chad

Public Service Announcement

Did you feel it?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Shameless Plug

In stores now, in time for Mother's Day!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Recent Roughs

We Love To Fly And It Shows

A Little Q and A

Q.More editorial cartoonists are adding the dimension of animation to
their arsenal in recent years. Mike Lester, Ann Telnaes, and
Australia's Peter Nicholson are just a few whom have all been
regularly producing animated versions of editorial cartoons that
appear online. Wiley Miller (of the "Non Sequitur" comic strip) was
recently quoted as saying these animated editorial cartoons "tend to
go towards the entertainment value rather than the editorial or
political side of things. They're funny but they miss the point."
Do you agree with his sentiments on this new medium? And would you
ever consider making an animated version of your editorial cartoons?

A. Well, we can’t all be trailblazers through every thicket, can we? Animation isn’t one of the frontiers that interests me because I love line and rendering and these things are largely lost in the level of animation I could aspire to. Very few of my ideas present themselves to me in motion, so I would simply be imposing an unnatural task upon a drawing that wants to sit still.

That said, I’m opportunistic enough to take advantage of blazed trails, and if the pioneers work out the knots and eventually hand the rest of us an accessible map to the land of worthwhile animation, I’ll acquaint myself and see if ideas start talking to me in moving form.

Papal Visit

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Monday, April 14, 2008

AGnimal House

More College Costs

Friday, April 11, 2008

College Tuition Tips

Have a Nice Weekend

Wonk City: Random Moments from a Random Comic Strip

In the mid-1990s I drew a weekly comic strip for the Washington Post called Wonk City. The main character was a bureaucrat in the Clinton White House named Gil Wonkmeister. The panel had an inside-the-beltway theme about the inner workings of government, which is ironic because not once during its two-year run did I set foot inside Washington DC and I have no idea how government works. After 100 or so episodes I quit because I felt like a fraud and have generally swept any memory of the endeavor under the rug.

I've been going back through WC lately and discovering to my surprise that there were actually some pretty fun and bizarre moments. Over time I intend to get them all scanned and logged into our archive, maybe even collect them in a little book. For now, enjoy these random scenes.

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