After 32 years with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Jim Borgman is leaving behind editorial cartooning, both for his paper and his syndication work for Universal Press. For the last 12 years, he’s been doing both the editorial cartoons and his comic strip Zits which he co-created with Jerry Scott. The combined workload “adds up to a lot of late nights and weekends,” he says.
Three or four weeks ago, the Enquirer’s publisher sent out a memo to all employees offering a severance package to all employees. With the recent journalism purge and no foreseeable change in the industry, Jim thought this would be an opportune time to reduce his workload. His editors were surprised with his decision and they asked him to continue to freelance with the paper to which Jim agreed to a weekly feature that will start in January.
As to the new feature, Jim admits that it’s “vague” at this point, but he’s looking at Phil Frank’s Farley as a mental model to start thinking of a feature. He likes Phil’s whimsical and local touch and doesn’t foresee his feature becoming heavily political.
Jim has been a fixture in Cincinnati where he was born and raised. He is often mentioned in polls and surveys as one of the most influential citizens. Speaking of his connection with Cincinnati, he said, “I do feel that the people here get me and I get them. I’ll still be able to talk with them with my new weekly feature in January.”
Jim won the Pulitzer Prize in 1991 and the National Cartoonist Society’s editorial cartoon division award five times.