A Month of Self-Published Comics: American Space Ninja (in Space)
This month I am posting a review of a different self-published comic book each day for the rest of the month!
Today I’m featuring Andrew Boyd and Ryan Yount’s American Space Ninja (in Space).
Andrew Boyd and Ryan Yount are the creators behind the awesomely funny Scurvy Dogs.
They are both really busy in their day jobs, so they haven’t had a lot of time to do much, comic-wise, but they DID get back together to do a mini-comic a little while ago, and it is a great comic called American Space Ninja (in Space).
The concept behind the book is classic – a chubby kid from Wisconsin gets involved in an student exchange program, with him being sent to Japan and a Japanese kid being sent to Wisconsin. The kid has a terrible time in Japan studying the ways of the ninja, because he’s too fat and out of shape and awkward to do well with the studies. He can’t wait until he returns – sadly, his parents are tragically murdered (by bikers, natch) so he is allowed to stay in Japan.
Now, years later, he is a janitor in outer space.
And that’s where you get the hook for the book, and it’s one of the world’s great hooks.
Here’s two pages of the book that establishes the premise…
What a great line at the end.
Anyhow, the book is short and mostly just set-up, but it’s extremely well done. And you can’t help but love “Grizzly Suit Adams.”
I’d love to see more of the character. Come on, Boyd and Yount, who needs free time – do more comics!!!