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Wiz and Mug are back in action, and the action this time goes by the name of BEACH VOLLEYBALL! Wiz and Mug's adventures continue when a misunderstood teleportation spell accidentally drops them off in a ruined beach town. When the town's amphibious inhabitants confront Wiz and Mug with the revelation that the United Order of Mages may not be exactly what it seems, a new tou Wiz and Mug are back in action, and the action this time goes by the name of BEACH VOLLEYBALL! Wiz and Mug's adventures continue when a misunderstood teleportation spell accidentally drops them off in a ruined beach town. When the town's amphibious inhabitants confront Wiz and Mug with the revelation that the United Order of Mages may not be exactly what it seems, a new tournament begins! In this sequel to the 2015 best-selling graphic novel, we’ll also find out where young Wiz’s story began—and if you were to find out it was on a baseball diamond, would you really be surprised? Sam Bosma was born in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, but lived most of his life in suburban Pennsylvania. Sam relocated to Baltimore, Maryland to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he subsequently taught in the Illustration department from 2011 to 2013. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Known primarily for his award-winning work in the illustration industry, Fantasy Sports #1 was his debut graphic novel. Sam loves basketball, comedy podcasts, roleplaying games, smoothies, and Ken Burns documentaries. His greatest regret is that he's never dunked on anyone.


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Wiz and Mug are back in action, and the action this time goes by the name of BEACH VOLLEYBALL! Wiz and Mug's adventures continue when a misunderstood teleportation spell accidentally drops them off in a ruined beach town. When the town's amphibious inhabitants confront Wiz and Mug with the revelation that the United Order of Mages may not be exactly what it seems, a new tou Wiz and Mug are back in action, and the action this time goes by the name of BEACH VOLLEYBALL! Wiz and Mug's adventures continue when a misunderstood teleportation spell accidentally drops them off in a ruined beach town. When the town's amphibious inhabitants confront Wiz and Mug with the revelation that the United Order of Mages may not be exactly what it seems, a new tournament begins! In this sequel to the 2015 best-selling graphic novel, we’ll also find out where young Wiz’s story began—and if you were to find out it was on a baseball diamond, would you really be surprised? Sam Bosma was born in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, but lived most of his life in suburban Pennsylvania. Sam relocated to Baltimore, Maryland to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he subsequently taught in the Illustration department from 2011 to 2013. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Known primarily for his award-winning work in the illustration industry, Fantasy Sports #1 was his debut graphic novel. Sam loves basketball, comedy podcasts, roleplaying games, smoothies, and Ken Burns documentaries. His greatest regret is that he's never dunked on anyone.

30 review for Fantasy Sports 2: The Bandit of Barbel Bay

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    * I was sent this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review * Another pleasant surprise as this book is one which I found both enjoyable and fast-paced. I think that this series is slightly silly, but in a great way. It combines fantasy worlds and adventures with sporting activities to solve problems. Definitely a series I think children would really like, and one I find myself more drawn to each volume! 3.5*s

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    I loved Fantasy Sports back when it was just a tiny little black-and-white comic called Fantasy Basketball. Loved it more when it got expanded (in every sense) into the first volume of Fantasy Sports. And now that I've read volume two, I can happily say that the series hasn't lost one bit of the joy that it started with. And beyond only wanting to see more of a good thing, as of this volume I'm just as invested in the developing story lurking under the surface of it all, too. Now I don't give a c I loved Fantasy Sports back when it was just a tiny little black-and-white comic called Fantasy Basketball. Loved it more when it got expanded (in every sense) into the first volume of Fantasy Sports. And now that I've read volume two, I can happily say that the series hasn't lost one bit of the joy that it started with. And beyond only wanting to see more of a good thing, as of this volume I'm just as invested in the developing story lurking under the surface of it all, too. Now I don't give a crap about sports in real life,* but Sam Bosma finds a way to keep me literally on the edge of my seat with each game (a cliche, but absolutely true). How he'll do it with golf in the next book I have no idea, but at this point I trust him implicitly. The cartooning, the flow of the action and the way in which Bosma makes it so easy for us to follow along with every move and play are absolutely top tier. I think a lot of readers may take for granted how much work it takes to effectively choreograph this sort of thing - even more so because Bosma makes it look so simple. On top of that, his adorable, diverse character design, often hilarious expressiveness and all those little artistic flourishes (see Mug's belt!) make every panel a fun surprise. Just the colors alone make me smile. This book easily sits next to the first one as one of my favorite, most outright fun and consistently pretty comics I've read in years. Bring on #3 and beyond. --- *Other sports stuff I've loved on a similar level to this series, in spite of my boredom with most real games: the Eyeshield 21 manga, Hajime no Ippo (Fighting Spirit) anime, and the movie Shaolin Soccer. I'd recommend any of those to a Fantasy Sports fan, and vice versa.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Gillman

    This entire series is incredible. Bosma's pacing and visuals have floored me in both books, and the weird, goofy sense of humor throughout makes the story a delight. Read it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Still a fast-moving story, but it felt more substantial that the previous one, perhaps because it really expanded on the world building from FS1. Still such a strange concept to me to use sports matches for the conflicts, but the comics makes it work, and even uses some game analysis to show how the relationship between the characters is developing. Will look for the next one right away!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Blue

    The second installment of Fantasy Sports has a bit more background on Wiz and continues to build the relationship between boss (Mug) and apprentice (Wiz). What's a bit puzzling still is how Wiz is apprentice to Mug, because Mug doesn't seem to do much magic, preferring to smash things, while tiny Wiz seems to be doing well on her on in the magic department. Anyway, they end up by accident in an island where a former ally used to rule. But the island is now in ruins and its people have a certain The second installment of Fantasy Sports has a bit more background on Wiz and continues to build the relationship between boss (Mug) and apprentice (Wiz). What's a bit puzzling still is how Wiz is apprentice to Mug, because Mug doesn't seem to do much magic, preferring to smash things, while tiny Wiz seems to be doing well on her on in the magic department. Anyway, they end up by accident in an island where a former ally used to rule. But the island is now in ruins and its people have a certain disdain for mages. Not to give too much away of the plot, there is some beach volleyball action and most importantly, the bigger quest seems to have been revealed: is the archmage greedy for power and treasure like the islanders claim or were the islanders put in their place for a reason?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jorge Ponce

    Love love love the art and the storyline seems to be getting stronger (compared to #1) yet I wish not so much time had been spent on a volleyball match. Will check out #3.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maia

    This series is fantastic. The first book pitted Wiz and her blustering mage-partner Mug against a necromancer in a fast-paced game of basketball. This second book starts a little slower, with some backstory about how Wiz was discovered by the mage organization. But before the end her and Mug are competing in another magical sports competition- beach volleyball against a set of sea-god champions. Sam Bosma also works as an artist on the show Steven Universe, and the art in this book shares a very This series is fantastic. The first book pitted Wiz and her blustering mage-partner Mug against a necromancer in a fast-paced game of basketball. This second book starts a little slower, with some backstory about how Wiz was discovered by the mage organization. But before the end her and Mug are competing in another magical sports competition- beach volleyball against a set of sea-god champions. Sam Bosma also works as an artist on the show Steven Universe, and the art in this book shares a very similar aesthetic.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    No, this series just isn't doing anything for me. This time, Mug and Whiz show up on an amphibian/fish people inhabited island. Their treasure is stolen and added to the Big Clam. Only way to get it back is to win the tournament. Volleyball this time. All the volleyball action scenes are just plain boring for me who has no interests in sports. I do like the art, though; there are two new characters who look very similar to Dragon Ball-style people. I won't read any more of this series as it isn' No, this series just isn't doing anything for me. This time, Mug and Whiz show up on an amphibian/fish people inhabited island. Their treasure is stolen and added to the Big Clam. Only way to get it back is to win the tournament. Volleyball this time. All the volleyball action scenes are just plain boring for me who has no interests in sports. I do like the art, though; there are two new characters who look very similar to Dragon Ball-style people. I won't read any more of this series as it isn't for me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    yoooooo! -WIZ BACKSTORY yo! Wiz's parents! yo!!!! tiny Wiz with huge eyes and Huge Determination!!! yo yo yo -WORLDBUILDING -a town with a lot of fishes. fishy. (very spongebob, in a good way) -volleyball match against two siblings(?). one is cool, the other poses a lot (and seems to also probably be cool) -(whispered) wiz backstory and worldbuilding !!! I wasn't expecting this series to grow a 4realz plot but it's happening!! fantasy sports 3 will be GOLF? good and great. I will be back with another yoooooo! -WIZ BACKSTORY yo! Wiz's parents! yo!!!! tiny Wiz with huge eyes and Huge Determination!!! yo yo yo -WORLDBUILDING -a town with a lot of fishes. fishy. (very spongebob, in a good way) -volleyball match against two siblings(?). one is cool, the other poses a lot (and seems to also probably be cool) -(whispered) wiz backstory and worldbuilding !!! I wasn't expecting this series to grow a 4realz plot but it's happening!! fantasy sports 3 will be GOLF? good and great. I will be back with another terrible review for volume 3, of course.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I am not a sports fan, so I'm always pleasantly surprised when I come across a movie or graphic novel with a sports theme that actually manages to draw me in. This volume sustains the energy of the first while throwing in a little intrigue that makes the hero start questioning her chosen mission in life. Looking forward to No. 3.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Excellent follow-up to the first Fantasy Sports series. Charming book featuring a young female mage named Wiz and her bruiser wizard co-hort Mug as they must enter a volleyball tournament to win back their stolen gold. The concept of sports and magic adventure sounds strange, but the combination is a winner full of heart and wonderful illustrations as well.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Clara

    Cute, fast read. Builds on the first volume nicely and ends with a question that leaves you wanting the next volume. I liked the art style a lot. This was definitely a nice surprise and better than the first volume.

  13. 4 out of 5

    P.

    I liked this so much better than the first one! Maybe it was all the awesome fish people. The humor really hit well, I liked the conflict between the wizards as they think they are and the evidence of wizards not acting so nicely. Looking forward to 3.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dru

    I really love this series! Bosma creates a world full of all the things I love. Sports! Fantasy! World building! A world where everything isn't black and white! Recommended for anyone who loves comics.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Lewonczyk

    This series is about as close as I'll ever come to willingly reading about sports, and I enjoy it immensely. A fun world for stories, and the artwork makes both aspects of the series title vivid and entertaining.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    Another fantastic Nobrow publication from Sam Bosma. A shift from basketball to volleyball, but with all of the detail, humor, and fantastical elements intact. May this series live long.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Darcy Roar

    aaaaaaaaaaaa! Deepening plot, fun creature people, betrayal, and beach volleyball! I really like where this series is going.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Robin Herrera

    THE PLOT THICKENS

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michael Earp

    Good fun! looking forward to the next adventure.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    As always, Sam Bosma is incredible. His work is charming, and his worlds have such personality! Fantasy Sports continues to impress.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    2.5 stars

  22. 4 out of 5

    Evan

    Cute and kind and beautiful and, honestly, perfect.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kate McCartney

    2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge- A book with pictures

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Top 10 Sports Books for Youth 2016 (Booklist)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bookthreat

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Schanze

    I always love how lush and colorful Bosma's art is in his comics! It's neat to learn a bit more about the worldbuilding as well, and I look forward to reading the next book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nore

    Goddamnit. What a cute story, and what cute art. The plot thickens in this one (as in, the plot actually appears).

  28. 5 out of 5

    Haruko reads

    Even better than it's predecessor! There's more character development and world building, and somehow the drawings and coloring got even more breathtaking? I can't wait to read the next one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I am really digging this series. Fantasy world building and sports! What's not to love? Can't wait to see where volume 3 goes!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marta Boksenbaum

    Wiz is back and is trying to get back to the archmage but end up in a strange town, where they learn that not everyone thinks mages are great. They get tricked out of all their treasure and have to try to win it back in a volleyball tournament. The plot deepens and the characters start to learn how to work together.

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