Hard as it is to believe, there is more of a comics/footie connection than just Roy of the Rovers — although who really needs more than Roy of the Rovers? We thought we’d see more World Cup comics art around but we forgot nerds aren’t into sports.
We ran across. Jon Rob’s painting of Fernando Torres, which was part of a larger project but haven’t found that larger project.
J. Caleb Mozzocco had his own cartoon.
Political cartoonists have been having more fun., Here’s one on — what else — vuvuzelas, the annoying buzzing horn of the veldt.
I think you can figure this one out for yourself.
English cartoonist Lew Stringer has been covering classic soccer comics, like 1966’s World Cup Willie.
And then there’s Zakumi, the official World Cup mascot. And he is a cute little fella. He actually has his own comic strip, by Stephen Francis and Rico, but — you’re not going to believe this! — FIFA’s own site only has the comics in a horrible Flash interface that is too small to read! Luckily, you can find the strip in a bigger format here.
Or, having read a few, maybe it is not so lucky.
ESPN Magazine did better with this guide to the history of the World Cup by Peter Kuper, which appeared in the print mag and online, but only for “Insiders.” Print is still good for something after all.
The biggest — and we do mean BIGGEST — comics/World Cup crossover is the Sky Comic which Adidas made to cheer on the Japanese soccer team. This was an enormous, 13-panel comic strip that you could see from the sky, and freuqently did, as it was placed by the airport for two days:
Once all 13 panels had been painted, TBWA shipped them to the airport and laid them out side by side in a grouping that measured more than 3,827 square yards. Every plane that landed at the airport over those two days could see the comic book, and videos about the making of each panel have been added to the Sky Comic web site.
You can supposedly see the comic at the Skycomic link above, but every time we try to load it it takes, like 10 minutes and it’s in some awful Flash interface. FLASH AND COMICS ARE A NO NO. There is a video of the making of the comic, though. It’s not in Flash.
Hm, let’s see what else. TMZ had pictures of Ronaldo in the trainer’s room, but it’s kind of tame. Oh well.
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Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.