Illustrator Sam Bosma was born in Ohio but was raised in suburban Pennsylvania. He moved to Baltimore, Maryland, in order to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he subsequently taught in the Illustration Department from 2011 to 2013. Presently, Sam lives and works in Los Angeles, California, with his wife, Kali Ciesemier. An established artist, Sam’s work has been recognized by Spectrum, American Illustration, and The Society of Illustrators. He was awarded a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators in the Institutional category of the Illustration Annual 54, and he attained both a Gold Award and a Silver Awards from Spectrum Fantastic Art.

Recently, Sam spoke about his experiences as an illustrator and his hopes for the future:

Early inspiration

Blasting News (BN): How did you decide to become an illustrator?

Sam Bosma (SB): I’ve always been interested in telling stories and I’ve drawn for as long as I can remember. Sometime in High School I realized I didn’t really like all that much besides drawing, so I figured that was reason enough to spend the rest of my life doing it.

BN: So far, how many books have you published?

SB: So far I’ve published two through NoBrow Press — “Fantasy Sports” #1 and #2, and I’ve self-published three, “Treasure Chest” and “Inventory”--which are collections of fantasy dungeoneering items--and “The Hanging Tower” which is a western fantasy comic.

Current projects

BN: How did you come up with the idea for "Fantasy Sports"?

SB: I hadn’t actually done very much comic work before I self-published the first edition of “Fantasy Sports #1” which was a black and white version called “Fantasy Basketball.” I was looking for a way to reconcile my love for basketball with the fantasy illustration I was already making, and I drew inspiration from older video game eras where sports games pushed the drama and action without sticking as closely to the real world as modern games do.

In the end, I just sort of stuck a basic sports game into a Dungeon and Dragons story, and it came out like this.

BN: How did you find Nobrow? What was the process of publishing with them like?

SB: I’d done a little work for one of NoBrow’s anthology books a year or two before we hooked up to put out “Fantasy Sports #1” and were looking for a potential comic to do together. When they got their hands on the original self-published version of “Fantasy Basketball” it seemed like a natural thing to team up to expand and release to a wider audience.

Future hopes

BN: To date, what has been the most rewarding part of being an author and illustrator?

SB: Having parents tell me their kids like my books.

BN: Are there any upcoming projects that you would like to mention?

SB: “Fantasy Sports #3” will be out in 2017 at some point — that's the next thing.

BN: What do you hope to be ten years from now?

SB: About the same but in better shape.

BN:: What advice would you give to an aspiring author or illustrator?

SB: Work hard but not too hard. Take care of yourself. Try out a lot of things and don’t worry if you fail a lot.

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