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Background about Jim Borgman

For nearly 30 years, Jim Borgman 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, Ohio, the son of a sign painting father and a long-suffering mother who fielded countless phone calls from teachers about the caricatures in the margins of her son’s notebooks. A 1976 graduate of Kenyon College, Borgman was hired to begin as the Enquirer’s daily cartoonist one week after graduation on the strength of his weekly cartoon for the campus newspaper. As a result he became, he says, “the first Kenyon art major ever to repay his student loan.”

In 1995, Jim got to know Jerry Scott while their flight was delayed on the tarmac of Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport waiting for a blown tire to be changed. A year later, they created Zits on the front porch of a cabin in Sedona, Ariz. Zits launched in July, 1997, in more than 200 newspapers, one of the strongest comic strip introductions in years. King Features now distributes Zits to more than 1,600 newspapers in 45 countries and 15 languages.

Among his awards, Jim is proudest to have won the National Cartoonists Society’s Best Editorial Cartoonist an unprecedented five times, the NCS’ prestigious Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, the Thomas Nast Prize in 1980 (for which he brought home his weight in wine from the vineyards of Landau, Germany), the Adamson Statuette presented by the Swedish Academy of Humor in 2005, the Max and Moritz Medal for International Comic Strip of the Year in 2003, and the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1991.

Jim Borgman lives in Cincinnati with his wife Suzanne and their five perfect teenagers.