Jim Borgman started developing his drawing skills by watching his dad paint signs for a living. He loved his identity as the kid who could draw.
After graduating from Kenyon College in 1976, he was hired by his hometown newspaper, the Cincinnati Enquirer, to draw six editorial cartoons a week, which he continued to do for the next 32 years. He was voted Best Editorial Cartoonist in America five times and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1991. Borgman's cartoons have hung in the Smithsonian, the National Archives, various presidential libraries, and even a bathroom in the Clinton White House.
In the mid-1990s, he met Jerry Scott, who later had an idea to start a comic strip about a teenager. After Scott saw how Borgman drew teenagers, lanky and draped over furniture, something clicked and together the two launched Zits in 1997.
For the next 12 years, Borgman drew both editorial cartoons and Zits. During this period, he and his wife, Suzanne, had five teenagers at home. As an embedded cartoonist, he observed every nuance of teenage life parading right before his home drawing board. Although Zits is created from imaginations, Borgman's kids get some credit for supporting the family business. Zits has been voted Best Comic Strip of the Year three times in the United States, has received other international awards, and currently appears in 1,700 newspapers all over the world.
Borgman splits his time between Ohio and Colorado, drawing Zits and writing. The first illustrated Zits novel will be published this summer. He is proudest of having once dogsledded across northern Alaska with Susan Butcher, but that's another story.