Pulitzer Prize winner Jim Borgman is among the most respected cartoonists in America.
Borgman was born Feb. 24, 1954, in Cincinnati. He graduated summa cum laude from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he was known to the community for his tenure as staff artist and editorial cartoonist for the Kenyon Collegian from 1974 to 1976.
On the basis of his college cartoons, The Cincinnati Enquirer hired him in 1976 to begin work immediately following his graduation.
In 1980, he joined King Features Syndicate as an editorial cartoonist. He created Zits, his first comic strip, in collaboration with cartoonist Jerry Scott, who also scripts Baby Blues. Zits debuted 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 addition to Borgman’s numerous awards for editorial cartooning, Zits brought Jim recognition in cartooning when he and Jerry Scott shared the National Cartoonists Society’s top prize in the Newspaper Comic Strip category two years running in 1998 and 1999; the German Cartoonists Association’s Max and Moritz medal for Best International Comic Strip in 2000, and the Adamson Statuette, the Swedish Academy of Comic Art’s 40th International Prize for “Best International Comic-Strip Cartoonist” in 2005.
Borgman has five books to his credit — four political-cartoon anthologies and The Mood of America, which features his drawings and text by James F. McCarty, detailing a cross-country trip the two took for the Enquirer prior to the Statue of Liberty centennial in 1986.
Borgman won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize in journalism for editorial cartooning, and many other awards:
- 1995: Sigma Delta Chi Award
- 1994: National Cartoonists Society Editorial Cartoon Division Award
- 1993: National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year
- 1992: Golden Plate Award
- 1991: National Headliner Award
- 1989: National Cartoonists Society
- 1978: Sigma Delta Chi Award
Cartoonist-writer Jerry Scott has become a superstar of the cartoon world. Not only did Baby Blues, the popular comic strip he co-produces with Rick Kirkman, reach the 1,000-newspaper-clients milestone in 2006 – an accomplishment shared by fewer than 12 other comic strips in syndication – but he joins only three other cartoonists (Mort Walker, Dik Browne and Johnny Hart) in comic art history to ever have had two strips distributed simultaneously to more than 1,000 newspapers each.
Jerry Scott started cartooning professionally in the mid-1970s by submitting gag cartoons to magazines. He sold one out of his first batch to the Saturday Evening Post.
In 1983, he was asked to take over the Nancy comic strip, which he continued to create for 12 years.
In 1988, he got together with longtime friend Rick Kirkman and started kicking around ideas for a new strip. The result was Baby Blues, which was first released on Jan. 7, 1990.
King Features Syndicate now distributes the daily strip to more than 1,000 newspapers in 28 countries and 13 languages. There are 28 Baby Blues books in print.
The strip marked its fifth anniversary with the National Cartoonists Society’s Best New Comic Strip award in 1995. In its 10th year, Baby Blues expanded into broadcast media, with a successful animated prime time comedy on The WB television network.
Scott created Zits in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Jim Borgman. Zits made its debut 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 1,500 newspapers.
There are 15 Zits comic-strip anthologies and color treasuries. Zits garnered the top prize in the National Cartoonists Society (NCS) Newspaper Comic Strip category for two consecutive years (1998 and 1999) and, in July 2000, received the German Cartoonists Association’s Max and Moritz Prize for Best International Comic Strip. Scott accepted the NCS’s highest honor, the Reuben Award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year,” in 2002 for his work on Zits and Baby Blues.
In 2002, Scott was honored for his work on Nancy, Baby Blues and Zits by the Swedish Academy of Comic Art as “Best International Comic-Strip Cartoonist.” The Academy’s prestigious Adamson Statuette was presented at ceremonies during the Gothenburg Book Fair, the annual publishing trade show held each year in Sweden.
Scott was born in South Bend, Ind. He, his wife, Kim, and their two daughters now live in California.