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Sports Is Hell By Ben Passmore

Sports Is Hell By Ben Passmore

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  • Winner of the 2021 Eisner Award for Best Single Issue, Sports Is Hell by Ben Passmore is back in print with Silver Sprocket after the shuttering of previous publisher Koyama Press.

Some wars are for religion and some are for political belief, but this one is for football.

After her city wins the Super Bowl for the first time, Tea is separated from her friend during a riot and joins a small clique fighting its way through armed groups of football fanatics to meet a star receiver that just might end the civil war or become the city's new oppressive leader. 


"Amid the story's chaos and the exhausting noise of politics today, Sports Is Hell provides an unexpected clarity on the complex schisms of modern American culture while serving up a ton of laughs." — Moe Abbas, Broken Frontier

"A lacerating, darkly hilarious howl against racism, sports fandom, and tribalism in general by an artist with a distinct and necessary vision." — Thomas L. Batten, Library Journal

"A dead-on parody of the good-and-evil, triumph-and-tragedy narratives fostered by organized sports." — Etelka Lehoczky, NPR


BEN PASSMORE is a Philadelphia, PA based cartoonist and illustrator best known for his award-winning comic Your Black Friend (Silver Sprocket), which deftly tackles issues of racism, identity and alienation, and was adapted into a short animated film. His political cartooning appears in The Nib, and he is the cartoonist behind the post-apocalyptic series Daygloahole (Silver Sprocket). He will be partnering with Ezra Claytan Daniels (Upgrade Soul) to bring the body horrific BTTM FDRS (Fantagraphics).   

Previous edition originally published by Koyama Press

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