Sam Bosma’s Fantasy Sports Vol:1

Cartooning & Animation Classes! Check out our case study for the new semester: Sam Bosma’s Fantasy Sports Vol: 1.

We’ll be taking a close look at this comic to learn about character development, story structure, page layout, clear staging, and much, much more.

Additional artwork, page samples, and links below the fold.

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Introduction

Fantasy Sports Vol: 1 is published by Nobrow Press. Their description of the book:

A fast-paced sports adventure graphic novel in the vein of 1960’s manga, Mike Mignola and Raiders of the Lost Ark!

Sam Bosma‘s debut graphic novel finds our unlikely duo come face-to-face with “He of the Giant Steps,” the ancient guardian of the bountiful tomb they have set out to plunder. In order to fulfill their mission however they’re going to have to abide by the ancient law of the land and better their opponent in a game of hoops! The question is, can they trust their bandaged adversary to play by the rules?

Fantasy Sports is a funny and action-filled graphic novel that will capture the reader’s imagination and re-invigorate a love for the art of comics.

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Production

This Nobrow release is the 2nd iteration of Fantasy Sports, originally self-published as Fantasy Basketball in 2013 by Bosma in the form of a black & white mini comic. The new version stands as a significant upgrade: additional content, full color artwork, a larger form factor, and the distribution and marketing muscle of a full scale publisher.

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Sample Pages

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See the rest of the preview at CBR


Observations

Let’s go ahead and take a close look at what makes this comic work. As readers we can sometimes forget that the finished product we read and look at is the culmination of an incredible amount of time, care, and consideration that the artist (in many cases, artists) has invested in their project.

This section is a stub right now – I’ll be adding more here as we make progress on our project.

Character Design

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Sam Bosma, from the David Harper interview:

Mug and Wiz are weirdly sort of modeled after cartoon characters from the 40’s — Fleischer stuff and early Disney cartoons as well. I really like how that influenced Manga in the sixties — how rounded and clear Tezuka’s stuff was. Super communicative. I really like that language for comics, it makes reading through the panels smooth and quick. Perfect for action books. Mug is super loosely based on a combination of Peg-Leg Pete, from the Mickey cartoons, and, uh, Wario. Wiz-Kid was built mostly as a contrast to Mug, he’s the id and she’s the super-ego. Wiz is a pretty simple Tezuka hero, sort of inspired by Princess Knight, but made more androgynous.

World Building

More later.

Story

More later.

Clear Staging & Blocking

More later.

Page Layout

More later.