Since 1976, Jim Borgman has satirized politicians and newsmakers as the editorial cartoonist for the Cincinnati Enquirer, to the delight of newspaper readers across America. As co-creator (with Jerry Scott) of the comic strip Zits, Borgman's work now reaches every corner of the globe.
Jim Borgman was born February 24, 1954 in Cincinnati and is a product of its blue-collar schools and neighborhoods. A 1976 graduate of Kenyon College, he graduated summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors. Borgman was hired to begin as the Enquirer's daily cartoonist one week after graduation on the strength of the weekly cartoon he had drawn for the Kenyon Collegian. As a result he became, he says, 'the first Kenyon art major ever to repay his student loan.'
Over the course of his career Borgman has won every major award in his field. He won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in 1991. Other honors include: the Sigma Delta Chi Award (1995 and 1978); the Golden Plate (1992); the National Headliner Award (1991); the Ohio Governor's Award (1989); the Thomas Nast Prize (1980); and honorary degrees from Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati and Kenyon College.
The awards presented by the National Cartoonists Society represent the pinnacle of the cartooning profession. Jim Borgman's fellow cartoonists have voted him Best Editorial Cartoonist in America an unprecedented five times (2005, 1994, 1989, 1988 and 1987). In 1993, the NCS awarded Borgman their highest honor, the Reuben Award, for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.
Universal Press Syndicate distributes Jim Borgman's editorial cartoons to about 200 newspapers and websites, including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Los Angeles Times. At the request of the Washington Post, Borgman drew a weekly political comic strip, Wonk City, from 1994 to 1996.
In the summer of 1996 Jim Borgman teamed up with Jerry Scott (co-creator of Baby Blues) to create Zits, the wildly popular comic strip chronicling the life of teenager Jeremy Duncan and his long-suffering parents. Within one year of its 1997 launch, Zits appeared in 500 newspapers, making it one of the fastest growing comic strips in history. Today Zits appears in over 1,600 newspapers around the world and has been voted Best Comic Strip for two consecutive years by the National Cartoonists Society. In 2003, Zits was given the Max und Moritz Award as International Comic Strip of the Year.
Jim Borgman lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Suzanne Soled and their five teenagers.
To order: Original brush and ink drawings may be procured by contacting The Framery. First caller gets first right of refusal. Please make inquiries by phone 513.871.9393 or fax 513.871.7373. Note gallery hours: Tues-Sat 10-5. Subject and date of publication will expedite the process.
Editorial Cartoons range in price $200-$800
Select available Borgman prints:
Framed Poster 24 x 36
hand-signed by Borgman $135.
note: original Editorials are all in black & white brush & ink, not color