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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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Friday, May 02, 2008

Shout Outs

Some cartoons I've seen lately that I liked.

Check out Pat Oliphant's great cartoon on the blather of TV's talking heads. Great image and cuts through the crap.

Matt Davies did a beauty on the relative insignificance of recent proposals to address the energy crisis. (Flies on Windshield)

Check out Richard Thompson's More Old Stuff post (about halfway down) on the Otterloops' visit to Open House. Have you ever seen a more charming moment than panel one?

I like Mike Luckovich's take on the Jeremiah Wright distraction. (May 1)

Tony Auth did a nice one on the gas tax holiday proposal.


at 5/2/08, 4:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jim,
Good stuff.
Speaking of good stuff and shout outs, tomorrow is the start of Guam's caucus. Reminded me of your great recent one, "...and it all comes down to Guam."
(I think that was the line.)

at 5/3/08, 6:59 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW...all Liberal buddies...not surprised

at 5/3/08, 10:35 AM Blogger Jim Borgman said...

You so cute. So suggest a few.

at 5/3/08, 2:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for those.

Of note: At the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery: “Herblock’s Presidents: Puncturing Pomposity” will be on view through Nov.
Also: A book accompanied by a DVD containing about 16,000 of Herblock's cartoons will be released on Oct. 13, 2009 -- the 100th anniversary of the cartoonist's birth.

Weekly Cartoonist
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at 5/4/08, 7:57 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i didn't get the juice moustache one. i'm not trying to put down the cartoon, i just hope someone can explain it to me since i liked the others (even if they were left-wing).
anon4:07 just reminded me. Obama won Guam by SEVEN votes. seven. so much for the landslide everyone was calling this back in march.

at 5/4/08, 1:35 PM Anonymous Kilroy said...


I always love the wit in your cartoons even if it strikes against my political or social leanings.

I was surprised to see you call Rev. Wright a distraction though. Do you really believe that the religious, social, and belief background of a candidate that we really no very little about is a distraction?

Barack Obama surely has great hopes and dreams in his speeches, but I think it's more than fair to look at a man's background and see what his actions are/were.

George Bush ran as the compassionate conservative, but really his life didn't bear that out, and we've come to find out he isn't very compassionate, and definitely not conservative at least in the traditional sense. If the press would have dug a little deeper and kept some questionable things of his past in the light a little longer maybe the people would have went another direction.

The fact that Obama has for year's constantly stated that this man was his spiritual leader, endorsed his ministry and church, sharply contrasts his speech giving and public persona as a man of unity and not division.

at 5/4/08, 7:14 PM Anonymous Imus B Somebody said...

yes yes...indeed...Obama can not be tarred with the brush of Wright.He is the chosen One.Meanwhile there are calls that John McCain be castigated for receiving the blessing of Pastor John Hagee as if he's the equivalent of the firebreathing nutjob that Obama didn't quite hear sitting in the front pew for 20 years.
In closing,it's kinda weird to see JB "calling out" a blogger here...are there editorial cartoonists besides Liberals? Maybe at The National Review but in a newspaper? We'll never know as they won't be published.

at 5/4/08, 9:20 PM Blogger Jim Borgman said...

I've invited and I'll invite again: post some shout outs of your own here. There are tons of great conservative editorial cartoonists -- check out Ramirez, McCoy, Stayskal, Asay, etc. If you don't know them, go to or or and explore. The iron fist of censorship is all in your mind.

at 5/5/08, 9:31 AM Anonymous Imus B Somebody said...

Jim...the problem with the shout out is that you're the one doing the shouting and the recipients of said shout are those who have a mindset mirroring yours and conservative cartoonists get ignored.It's your blog.We're visitors to it.Why would we think we have license to shout out to anyone but you? And what cartoonist would care about my shouting out to them? I am not a Pulitzer Prize winning nationally recognized practitioner of the craft.My praise would mean zilch.Yours on the other hand carries gravitas.I'm not paranoid either re:the censorship remark.I wasn't aware your forum was a free-for-all...

at 5/5/08, 9:53 AM Blogger Jim Borgman said...

Whine, whine, whine. Look, all I did was compliment a few cartoons I'd seen that I liked. It's not a flippin' epistle nor is it the definitive list of all the cartoonists whose work I like. I've invited you (three times now) to point us to some cartoons you like and I've spoonfed you some sites to find good work.

at 5/5/08, 11:06 AM Blogger Philip Shade said...

I'm a huge fan of Justin Bilicki's work.

at 5/5/08, 12:12 PM Anonymous Matt Davies said...

Thanks. I am humbled by your generous shout out. It is funny reading some of the comments here, as us editorial cartoonists are sometimes puzzled by some of the animosity we reap. Cartoonists as a species tend to break bread with one another regardless of political stripe. Opinions are two a penny - What's rare is the ability to convey them with true originality, eloquence and wit. There are many conservative cartoonists with whom I exchange messages (I'll also add Scott Stantis and Mike Lester to Jim's list.) We compliment each other's work when a compliment is due - Even when when we disagree with the message.
What is the world coming to when the cartoonists are the ones behaving like adults?!

at 5/5/08, 2:49 PM Blogger Jim Borgman said...

Glad you mentioned Lester, Matt. He does some really fresh stuff. He appears to have arrived at editorial cartooning through a side entrance and comes at topics with a different sort of eye.

at 5/6/08, 1:46 AM Blogger ReFlex76 said...

Here's a few more . . .:

Lalo Alcaraz on a sobering milestone reached not too long ago, and perspective on what else went up . . .

Legendary Paul Conrad's defiant take on "Lapelpingate," something I'd actually like to see Obama do just for the popcorn sound of pundit heads exploding, and a great idea of what to do on a similar situation!

Ann Telnaes on the true purpose of the Petreus Report.

Dormant Milt Priggee's now year-old take on yet another milestone.

at 5/6/08, 7:12 AM Anonymous I said...

As I stated in a prior post which JB chose to not post,save your shouting for an e-mail...witness the courtesy "thanks a lot" reply from 1 cartoonist whom you highlighted.
Or at least don't belittle and chide those who dare to question your penchant for leaning to the left at all times.

at 5/6/08, 7:52 AM Blogger Jim Borgman said...

FYI, I haven't declined a comment in several weeks.

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