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Bumperboy Loses His Marbles!!
Written and Drawn by Debbie Huey
Published by AdHouse Books; 7.95 USD

Hereís something Iíve been trying to get my hands on for a while. See, Iím a sucker for good character design. Most of the time that means simple and direct character designs. When I started to see the hype for Hueyís creation after she won a Xeric Grant, I thought olí Bumperboy had a pretty good look to him. Heís got one of those white cartoonish bodies, not unlike Jeff Smithís Bone characters or the Smurfs with only one color. That head sort of looked like an egg with its oval and white outside to go along with the yellow, yolk-ish looking face. He was a pretty cool looking cartoon character, but could the comics heís featured in hold up?

I would say: yes. Mainly because, and this is a nice surprise, Bumperboy is not Hueyís only cool looking creation. Bumperboyís search for his marbles for the big upcoming tournament brings him across many cute and cool critters. Itís during the tournament that we get a glimpse at a lot of the people populating the Land of Buptopia. There are menacing parrots in propeller powered chairs, a dog with socks on and a marble wielding star that looks a bit like the incivility stars from Super Mario Bros..

The last oneís very interesting to me. As I read this book I felt some of the ďNintendo realismĒ (that would be a term coined by Pete at GraphiContent) creeping in. I enjoyed the video game fueled anarchy of Sharknife but if that comic was mecha-Street Fighter Bumperboy Loses His Marbles is Mega Man for a younger crowd. Some of the best parts of the book come from seeing how Huey depicts the ďBorpingĒ Bumperboy and his faithful Bumperpup (inspired by Mega Manís pet Rush?) do through these tunnels connected all the different worlds they travel to. Itís pure video game fun but thereís a certain way Huey does it that makes me like this book.

When kids play a ton of video games (and I know what itís like to be a kid who played tons of video games) they will soon enough come up with their own ideas for video games. This is what Bumperboy feels like. Itís got that simple story combined with a fevered imagination that comes from a childís creativity. I didnít feel like I was reading a book an adult drew for kids, I felt like I was reading a very imaginative kid writing for him/herself. I canít think of many books that do that and it surely canít be an energy thatís easy to capture. Huey does it and it makes this book a lot of fun to read.

-- Ian Brill

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