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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, May 07, 2008

Herblock Exhibit

I just visited the Herblock Exhibit online.

The work, of course, is as seminal to our profession as kneaded erasers. And the online tour is fantastic. You can see all the battle scars on the originals and zoom in for a closer look as easily as if you were standing in front of the drawing in the gallery. This is the new standard for an online art exhibition, and no one's work deserves it more richly.


at 5/7/08, 9:09 AM Anonymous mr. whig said...

I love Herblock's style, mostly because it reminds me of another skilled cartoonists whose work I admire - your predecessor, L.D. Warren, who used to label darn near everything for clarity. L.D, man, he could draw.

at 5/7/08, 6:41 PM Blogger EOCostello said...

One of the prides of my library is a complete autographed set of Herblock's cartoon books. And a happy memory is a lunch hour spent at the Herbert Block Foundation, which was, amazingly, around the corner from where I was working in DC one summer. I saw a HUGE, beautiful Block cartoon in colour that I would have committed some major felonies for.

One thing that I'm going to investigate in the link is his pre-Washington Post (Chicago Daily News/NEA) era work, which is badly under-represented in his books. After all, he won his first Pulitzer for NEA in '42. I have (a bit shamefacedly) a lot of 1930s cartoons clipped from newspapers, but it's the only way to get a hold of this work, which shows how it initially developed. Heaven knows who owns the rights.

at 5/7/08, 10:04 PM Anonymous tim of sioux falls said...

I agree with Mr. Whig. L.D. Warren and fellow cartoonist, Hugh Haynie of the Louisville Courier-Journal, were superior artists. They both utilized very thick, dark lines in their work. I assume they used that approach because they were concerned about the reproduction quality of their work in print.

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