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ZITS: Understanding Teenage Boys
by Olgy Gary, 2008.03.14
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ZITS by Jerry Scott & Jim Borgman, available through DAILY INKI love the cartoon strip ZITS. When I first discovered it years ago I realized my son was absolutely normal. It helped me understand boys more than any other self-help book I'd read on the subject. Since then, every mom I talk to about ZITS is convinced that Jerry Scott & Jim Borgman are basing the character of Jeremy on their son. I know different. Scott & Borgman are basing Jeremy's character on MY son!

Today's strip again made me laugh. It's on blogging, a topic we've goneg over in my writing group and I've also blogged about.

ZITS by Jerry Scott & Jim Borgman (click image to enlarge)
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In the strip you have a father (an orthodontist), a stay-at-home mom (representing so much of the way I and other moms relate to our sons), and Jeremy, their son (representing my son...or is it yours?). The interaction between them, with Jeremy's teenage POV coming through every time, is hilarious! I love getting my daily dose of laughter through reading this cartoon strip. My kids are grown and gone now, but reading ZITS brings back memories and, along with the laughter, understanding.

As a bookseller I kept waiting for the day these two brilliant writers of this amazing cartoon strip would put all their strips together and publish them in a book. I discovered that day had come after someone left a comment on my blog. I've now added a second blog entry, Zits, Zits, and more Zits, where I link back to the pages that list ZITS titles. I've also pasted one such box below with links to the many titles available at

Even though ZITS cartoons are now available in book form you can read the daily strips in your local newspaper and, if they do not currently carry it, you can pester them until they do! It's really one of the best strips around. You may also consider paying $15 for an annual subscription to DAILY INK. The $15 is worth every penny for me. I picked several strips I enjoy reading and receive them all together in a daily email from them. Click to read more about membership to DAILY INK.


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