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Jim Borgman

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Jim Borgman satirized politicians and newsmakers as the editorial cartoonist for the Cincinnati Enquirer for 32 years to the delight of newspaper readers across America. And as co-creator (with Jerry Scott) of the comic strip Zits, Borgman’s work now reaches every corner of the globe.

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 editorial cartooning career, Borgman won every major award in his field, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1991. Perhaps most meaningfully, Borgman’s fellow cartoonists voted him Best Editorial Cartoonist in America five times. In 1993, the NCS awarded Borgman their highest honor, the Reuben Award, for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.

In the summer of 1996, Jim Borgman teamed up with Jerry Scott to create Zits, the popular comic strip chronicling the life of teenager Jeremy Duncan and his long-suffering parents. Today Zits appears in over 1,700 newspapers in 45 countries and 18 languages around the world and has been voted Best Comic Strip twice by the National Cartoonists Society. In 2003, Zits was given the Max und Moritz Award as International Comic Strip of the Year.

Over the course of his career, Jim Borgman's original drawings have hung in the Smithsonian, the National Archives and the White House bathroom. He is proudest of having once dogsledded across northern Alaska.

Jim Borgman lives in Colorado with his wife Suzanne Soled, having survived the Zits years with their five teenagers. His new book is "What Was That All About?: 20 Years of Strips and Stories (Zits)."

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Scheduled events:
Humor and More
Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman, creators of the comic series Zits, team up with Alan Zweibel, an original writer for Saturday Night Live, to talk about humor and more.

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Humor / Comedy
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jim Borgman, Jerry Scott, Alan Zweibel
Moderator: Sam Barry
Don't Expect Any Leftovers: Living with Teenagers
Jim Borgman and Jerry Scott will talk about 20 years of their comic strip: ZITS, with some stories, personal favorite strips and maybe even a draw-along.

Arizona Daily Star Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Humor / Comedy
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Arizona Daily Star Store (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Jim Borgman, Jerry Scott
Moderator: David Fitzsimmons

What Was That All About?: 20 Years of Strips and Stories (Zits)
Humor / Comedy
Andrews McMeel Publishing
October 2017
ISBN 9781449486747
Hardcover, 264 pages
$24.99, INSTORE
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What Was That All About? looks back at the 20-year whirlwind life of the Duncan family, the inhabitants of the popular, modern family cartoon Zits. More/less

Peace Love & Wi-Fi
Humor / Comedy
Andrews McMeel
ISBN 9781449458676
Paperback, 206 pages
$18.99, INSTORE
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Follows sixteen-year-old Jeremy Duncan and his loving but exasperated parents as he copes with being a teenager.

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