Graphic Novel Review : Andrese Collins

The sport graphic novel I selected is an autobiography called “FieldHouse” written by Scott Novosel and illustrated by Sam Sharpe. Fieldhouse is a sports graphic novel based on a true story told by the author himself. Scott’s dream since birth was to play for Kansas University’s basketball team. But with Scott coming into college as a kid who has never been scouted or recruited so he must face many obstacles throughout his adventure in order to become a Jayhawk.

Cover Art of Scott Novosel's "Fieldhouse"

Cover Art of Scott Novosel’s “Fieldhouse”

As a child, his dream has always been to wear his hometown school, Jayhawks across his chest and to be playing for Coach Roy William, one of the most prestige coaches in college basketball. With Scott’s small size but big heart, he must push himself mentally and physically in order to walk on to the team, a very rare opportunity.

Scott spent his first three years of college participating in the annual tryouts held at the Kansas University basketball facility, Allen Field House. His first attempt at making the team he excelled in his performance, showing out against Kansas’s newest international player. But then his glorious moment was shattered by a sudden leg injury he received during the tryouts.  This broke Scott’s spirit but it kept him motivated to try to make it on the team next season. Scott had to go through medical rehab but successfully completed the course and was ready for his second attempt at accomplishing his life dream. Due to Scott’s lingering injury he had a pain that held him back, leading to his name not being listed on the walk-on’s list. After another hard year Scott went into a depression and gave up on basketball until his grandfathers unexpected successes helped motivate Scott to truly never give up on his dreams. Months before his final and last year to try out for the team, he meets and befriends one of the star players on the team. They both comet o an agreement to both help each other get better on and off the court. Finally, Scott makes the basketball team making his astounding debut on March 5, 1995, the Conference Title vs Ohio State University.

Fieldhouse consists of various imagery and illustration styles. Notice that on page 20 of Fieldhouse, there is implied motion and a change over time. There are various implications of motions being shown through the directions that the characters are facing. You can also see multiple drawn line which are either colored in blue or purple indicating a swift movement that allows the reader to follow along.

Page 20 of Scott Novosel's "Fieldhouse"

Page 20 of Scott Novosel’s “Fieldhouse”


Here on page 16 , you see that this scene is set at night time. Sam Sharpe used contrasting colors to indicate how late it is. All bright yellow-like who saturated colors that represent the light shining within the night. Also at the bottom of the page the last part of dialogue isn’t framed and is cropped to show how big the campus is.

Page 16 of Scott Novosel's "Fieldhouse"

Page 16 of Scott Novosel’s “Fieldhouse”

On page 54, Sam Sharpe uses primary colors mainly on the character’s clothes using either red or blue. He usually sticks to the same color even within the action words. This page also consists of tertiary mixed colors to make the orange, purple, or green colored bushes and trees.

Page 54 of Scott Novosel's "Fieldhouse"

Page 54 of Scott Novosel’s “Fieldhouse”


Last, on page 3, you can see a scale in size between the Allen Field House and the people walking towards it. You may notice that there is an obvious focal point within the page, attracting all readers to the basketball stadium first.

Page 3 of Scott Novosel's "Fieldhouse"

Page 3 of Scott Novosel’s “Fieldhouse”


This reading reminds me of a comic graphic novel I read during our first couple of weeks of classes. The book it reminds me of is “American Born Chinese” by Gene Luen Yang. The first thing I found unique about both of these books are the colors they use. They both consist of many bright, bold yellow and orange colors to bring a warm but serious tone to each page. Even though American Born Chinese has many more cropping scenes than Fieldhouse, Fieldhouse uses more scaling in order to keep and maintain proportion.

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