*Bumperboy Loses His Marbles — Recommended

Bumperboy Loses His Marbles is a charming all-ages story with a distinctive visual look.

Bumperboy is a lumpy little guy who looks as though he’s always wearing a snowsuit (or spacesuit) that leaves only his dot eyes and wide mouth showing. His dog, Bumperpup, is similarly clad, with a cute muzzle that resembles a teddy bear. Even so, they both have tons of personality and quickly win the reader’s heart.

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Bumperboy is due to play in a marbles tournament, following the family tradition by using his grandmother’s shooter. His rival, an evil-looking bird, trips him and causes him to lose his marbles, and he and his dog set out to recover them. The trip takes them to places where they are helped by several unusual friends, including a seal, a bug-looking alien, and an old man.

The figures are thickly outlined, keeping the reader’s eye on them and making it easy to follow their actions. Objects are reduced to their basic shapes, but the artist doesn’t skimp on background, firmly setting events in a recognizable world. Events proceed in a simple, clear fashion through several levels of tournament competition.

Although simple enough for a youngster, adults will get a kick out of the details, like the antenna on Bumperboy’s portable phone or the dog looking in a toilet while searching. I thought the visual pun of Bumperboy losing his marbles and having his eyes turn into spirals, traditional shorthand for craziness, was especially cute. Overall, the story, about the fun of fair competition, friendship, and trying your best, is good-hearted, and the characters and plot twists are imaginative.

Bumperboy has his own website.

5 Responses to “*Bumperboy Loses His Marbles — Recommended”

  1. Comics Worth Reading Says:

    […] How exciting! AdHouse has announced more Bumperboy! Coming in June is Bumperboy and the Loud Loud Mountain. The cover has been posted at Bumperboy’s website. I liked the first book, Bumperboy Loses His Marbles, a lot. […]

  2. Comics Worth Reading Says:

    […] Bumperboy, that cute little marshmallow man, returns! Previously, he lost his marbles; in this new book, he makes friends with the vocal landmass of the title. […]

  3. Comics Worth Reading Says:

    […] DebbieHuey’s got a sequel to her charming Bumperboy Loses His Marbles. AdHouse is offering Bumperboy & the Loud, Loud Mountain ($8.95, MAY06 2772), which looks to be just as cute. […]

  4. Comics Worth Reading Says:

    […] The stories are all in color and present a wide variety of subjects, moods, and artistic approaches. Debbie Huey (Bumperboy) draws cute, child-like ninjas in love in a tale that would be adorable if not for the bloody violence. Doug Fraser’s wordless astronaut story is stunning in its simplicity; it seems standard until the meaning of the last panel sinks into the reader’s consciousness, at which point it becomes heart-breaking. […]

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    […] list of contributors, including Abby Denson (Tough Love), Lark Pien (Long Tail Kitty), Debbie Huey (Bumperboy), Rachel Nabors (Crow Princess), Tatiana Gill (A Strange Day), Yali Lin (With Love), and the very […]




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