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Borgman on 30 years of cartooning

Posted by Dan Wasserman  September 10, 2008 01:56 PM

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I noted last week that Jim Borgman was stopping his daily editorial cartoon for the Cincinnati Enquirer after 30 years at the paper. He gave a thoughtful interview to Michael Cavna at the Washington Post's Comic Riffs about his decision and his hugely productive career.

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On the future of editorial cartooning, Jim had these disquieting thoughts:

"It feels like the editorial cartoonists' Rapture. I see all of our soft bodies being assumed into the heavens these days. Who could have imagined that our profession would evaporate like this? A cartoonist friend said that newspapers are burning their heirloom furniture to heat the house when they let go of their cartoonists and columnists. We are the brand, we are what make newspapers more than the Information centers they foolishly aspire to morph into. If I just want cold headlines I can find them plenty of other places."

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Dan Wasserman has been cartooning for the Globe editorial page since 1985. He has published two collections of drawings, "We've Been Framed" (Faber & Faber, 1987) and "Paper Cuts" (Ivan R. Dee, 1995). His cartoons are widely reprinted and are syndicated internationally by Tribune Media Services. He draws more quickly than he types.
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