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With the launch of the Kickstarter campaign for Sullivan’s Sluggers, by Mark Andrew Smith and James Stokoe, it seems only fitting that ESPN’s Visuals blog should spotlight another baseball-themed comic, Ryan Woodward’s upcoming “animated graphic novel” Bottom of the Ninth.
An animator, storyboard artist and professor whose film credits include The Iron Giant, Where the Wild Things Are and The Avengers, Woodward has crafted the story of Candy Cunningham, the 18-year-old daughter of an aging baseball star who herself boasts phenomenal athletic abilities (as well as a temper). The futuristic tale follows her rise to fame and glory in Tao City as she grapples with identity issues and the true meaning of happiness.
The rather novel blend of comics and animation is planned for release as a series of apps, with a prologue set to debut sometime soon. In the meantime, you can watch the incredibly slick trailer, and check out some of Woodward’s art, below.