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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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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

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:


at 4/22/08, 10:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh those look great - so creative!

I really like the Hilldini, Wizard of Oz, and Guam ones.

at 4/22/08, 11:02 AM Anonymous Dan said...

Shucks, there's a hand full of good ideas here.

Hillary and Oz.


My favorite is the horseshoe.

Well done!

at 4/22/08, 11:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think the horseshoe is the safest one to sleep on, but i like the surrender obama one the best.

at 4/22/08, 11:29 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

MSNBC is reporting that the Obama campaign said voting machines are breaking down in some parts of Philadelphia leaving as few as two voting machines in some African American precincts.

Meanwhile voting machines sit empty in rural precincts.

Looks like the pa version of the dlc went to the ken blackwell school of election fraud.

at 4/22/08, 12:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked the horseshoe, comment should have been: 'This hasn't happened since the campaign of 1860 when Breckinridge and Douglas gave us the Civil War'

at 4/22/08, 12:54 PM Anonymous mr. whig said...

I like the Wizard of Oz one, but only if you can dress up Obama as the Tin Man.

at 4/22/08, 8:26 PM Anonymous Paul B said...

The Cat Came Back and the escape artist cartoons have been done before. "Surrender Obama" is the one that made me laugh.

at 4/23/08, 9:28 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love the horseshoe one. sometimes, you don't suck so much borgman.

at 4/23/08, 2:15 PM Blogger Jim Borgman said...

Aw, shucks.

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