Welcome back to Webcomics Wednesday! This week we’re taking a look at five webcomics based on SPORTS!
Since cavemen first discovered how fun it was to throw objects rocks beyond the purpose of killing animals or each other over the last of the giant woolly mammoth ribs, sports have been a form of recreation that we as a people have cultivated into the various forms including American football, hockey, strong man competitions, baseball, and curling. Actually, given the amount of news coverage that we get on riots following sports events, perhaps mankind is going full circle on the origins of sports… ahem. Hooligans and adult beverage fueled mayhem aside (and indeed they are isolated if sensational incidents) sports are in the great majority a healthy pastime which give people venues to bond, socialize, and exercise. And gamble.
If you’re new to this, here’s the scoop: Each Wednesday we will showcase five indie web comics. This will give you an opportunity to support indie artists and the amazing work they do.
Without further ado, this week’s selection! Each one is highlighted here on the merits of its ART, STORY and APPEAL.
Comic: Sports Guys
Story: Christian Beranek and Anthony M. DiGerolamo
Art: Greg Eales
In their own words: Welcome to Sports Guys. It’s a bar where guys come in and talk about sports. And women. And beer. And sometimes buffalo wings and nachos when they’re hungry. Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, but if they don’t know the score of the game what’s the point? Whether you’re a gambler, a stat junkie or just can’t stand stupid calls, there’s a seat for you in Sports Guys.
In our words: Where would sports be without the sports bar, a refuge for sports fans to be as rowdy, loud, and drunk as they want to be without those those who just don’t understand to interfere with them. Often delving into the darkside of sportsfandom, this one isn’t for everyone. The art is bold, and the banter familiar, so this could be a good read, so long as you can get past the perpetually unhinged jaws of the cast.
Comic: Small Market Sports
Story and Art: Bill Charboneau
In their own words: I can already hear it: Wait a gosh darn minute! This comic isn’t about true small market sports at all. It’s about pro sports! Well, yes, that’s true.
In our words: Quirky, well polished, and with enough sports know-how in the shorts to appeal to those in the know, Small Market Sports has done well in making sports related humor accessible to neophytes, thanks to Bill’s explanations below panel which let readers in on any jokes they may be missing. Bonus points to him for using at least three strips to ask for help from readers in tracking down his lost cat.
Comic: Blood Runs Blue
Story and Art: Aaron Taylor
In their own words: Blood Runs Blue is a webcomic that chronicles the pursuits of grown men who toss a leather ball around—and other grown adults whose happiness is predicated by the success of said leather ball tossers. Welcome to the sometimes-irrational (yet always enjoyable) behavior we like to call ‘sports.’
In our words: Blood Runs Blue is a webcomic about the BYU Cougars, the teams who play against them, and fans on both sides clashing heads. This webcomic does a good job of lampooning some of the idiosyncrasies of more, how do you say passionate fans, and those who have to live with them. One of the regular “features” that Blood Runs Blue does well is “Meet the Mascot” featuring an interview style format that often has great fun at the expense of the opposing team’s mascot.
Story and Art: Drew Sheppard
In their own words: “Fanatics” is a web comic about the life and observations of a hardcore sports fan. So far I’ve updated it highly irregularly but hope to do so regularly in the future, stay tuned. In addition to general fan experiences, “Fanatics” will cover current sports news and players.
In our words: With sports, there are casual fans, serious fans, and then there are Fanatics, which this webcomic does well to portray in a humorous and forgiving light with the author’s treatment of the main character, an aforementioned and unnamed Fanatic, whose actions both entertain and seem fairly reasonable all things considered. Unfortunately, it is easy to finish with his whole body of work, as Drew has not published as regularly as a webcomics reader would like. Here’s to hoping he gets more time to devote to it.
Comic: Boxer Hockey
Story and Art: Tyson Hesse
In their own words: THE JOY OF BOXER HOCKEY IS THAT IT CAN BE PLAYED ANYWHERE. IN YOUR BACKYARD, IN A PARK, ON THE ROOF OF THE QUICK STOP; ANYWHERE THAT YOU CAN RUN AROUND AND HAVE A GOOD TIME. PROFESSIONAL CLASS BOXER HOCKEY IS PLAYED IN THE WBHL CERTIFIED STADIUMS. STADIUMS CAN BE DESIGNED TO INCLUDE ANY NUMBER OF HAZZARDS OR CONDITIONS SUCH AS THE ICY FLOORS IN THE ALBERTA, CANADA STADIUM. THE ONLY REQUIREMENTS ARE FOR THE FIELD TO BE FROM 90-120 METERS LONG BY 45-90 METERS WIDE. BECAUSE THESE DIMENSIONS ARE SIMILAIR TO REGULATION SOCCER FIELDS, THEY CAN BE USED FOR CITIES WHO DO NOT YET HAVE A DEDICATED BOXER HOCKEY STADIUM. (Comic Booked Note: any typos in this passage are directly quoted so don’t come running to us)
In our words: To round out the selection, a webcomic based on a completely made up sport, Boxer Hockey, which involves incredible amounts of violence, brutality, and a willingness to inflict pain upon the opposing team. And use frogs to score points. Yes, really. Boxer Hockey needs to be read to be truly understood, as the sports rules are actually background to this character driven webcomic, which can be a challenge at times given some of the consistency issues this webcomic has. With unannounced dream sequences, time skips, art quality ups and downs, and sometimes horribly presented human beings as characters (one of which often seems too annoying to be allowed to breathe at times) Boxer Hockey’s weak points have to be acknowledged, because when it gets going, it really gets going. With a gripping storyline when it is full swing, Boxer Hockey is one of the better sports webcomics, presenting an entertaining dramatization of a sports team in vivid, gory fashion.