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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, April 16, 2008

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.


at 4/16/08, 7:47 PM Blogger Jason_Chatfield said...

Say, what a great question! ;)

Haha enjoying the blog, Jim.

~ Jason

at 4/16/08, 8:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

you forgot to use your trademark word: CHANGE, buddy!!!!

at 4/17/08, 7:31 AM Blogger Jim Borgman said...

Whoops! I should have credited Jason and his Aussie Cartoonists Newsletter for the question. No worries.

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