Sketchbook 2/23 – Baseball Players

For the last few days I’ve been on a baseball kick in my sketchbook. Maybe I’m just ready for spring to arrive–who knows? I’ve posted phone pics of some of these to various social media sites, but here are decent scans of them all together. They’re all taken from Ken Burns’s Baseball: an Illustrated History, the companion book to the great PBS documentary series.


  1. Brooklyn Comics and More says:

    Thank You. You made our day. More please. Cannot wait for the start of the season.

  2. Randy @ WCG Comics says:

    You did a great job of capturing the movement of the players!

    I do a comic-book called Rob Hanes Adventures and had a baseball issue where I similarly tried to capture the same sense of movement of the game.

    You can see a preview of those pages at http://wcgcomics.com/artgallery/10rha.html

  3. Ben says:

    @Brooklyn Comics – Thanks! Maybe I’ll take my sketchbook to the ballpark when the season opens.

  4. Ben says:

    @Randy – Thanks! I looked at those pages and they look great. I did a story about Ty Cobb in my very first book for SLG, Farewell Georgia. I don’t think I’ve ever posted it to my blog–maybe I’ll do that this weekend. James Sturm’s book, The Golem’s Mighty Swing is a great baseball comic worth checking out for sure.

  5. Joe Field says:

    Ben— Terrific stuff!
    Comics and baseball go together very well. I’ve really enjoyed your work, including the Georgia Peach story for SLG.
    Golem’s Mighty Swing by James Sturm is highly recommended, as well as his and Rich Tomasso’s “Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow”.

    More baseball! More comics! More baseball comics!

  6. Ben says:

    @Joe – Thanks for the kind words, Joe. I’d add to that list of baseball comics the great story, “Hello, Eddie” from the anthology Project: Romantic. It’s the story of Eddie Waitkus’ murder, done by a cartoonist named Roger Petersen. If you include Manga, there’s a whole boatload of additional baseball comics–but you can’t flip baseball manga to read left to right or else the players appear to run around the diamond backwards! Maybe that’s partially why so little of it’s translated and sold in the US.

  7. Ben says:

    FYI, folks: I just posted my Ty Cobb story: http://www.benzilla.com/?p=3965

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