David Squires足球漫畫

The Illustrated History of Football (2016)
The Illustrated History of Football Hall of Fame (2017)
作者:David Squires(大衛.史基爾斯)

「乍看這是標準廁所讀物,實則其價值遠不止此。」對於史基爾斯的足球漫畫,英國《每日快報》有這樣的評價。

去年底,英國《衛報》推選年度體育好書,該報專欄作者史基爾斯的足球漫畫集名列其中。四年一度的世界盃目前如箭在弦,此刻為各位介紹一下足球讀物實在適合不過。

移居悉尼多時的史基爾斯與足球甚有淵源,除了多年為《衛報》足球漫畫欄目撰稿之外,更曾為英聯賽球隊史雲頓及韋斯咸設計吉祥物。在2016及2017這兩年,他分別出版了足球漫畫的結集。

我們經常接觸到的漫畫都是如像小說的長篇故事,但史基爾斯的漫畫則像散文那般獨立成篇。2016年那本,可說是一部漫畫足球歷史,由足球起源、首場世界盃,一直說到李斯特城奇蹟奪得英超冠軍。至於2017年那本則是數風雲人物,以神級球星、守門員、另類英雄、先鋒人物這些饒有創意的劃分方式介紹一眾古今球星。

足球歷史與球星檔案,網上文字及影片資料已是鉅細無遺。史基爾斯這兩本漫畫的價值,正是在浩瀚資料中擷取值得一談的人物或時刻,輔以幽默短文及圖像,使人忍俊不禁之餘亦長了知識。

作者「抽水」功力一流,綠茵場上的英雄豪傑總難免留下幾椿糗事。例如施丹「鐵頭功」、蘇亞雷斯咬人等,史基爾斯都毫不留情加以戲謔!如果閣下不怕看英文,又對足球歷史有一定熟悉的話,相信史基爾斯的著作會令你嘻哈絕倒。

The Illustrated History of Football (2016)
The Illustrated History of Football Hall of Fame (2017)
Author: David Squires

“On the face of it this may look like a perfect lavatory book for dad for Christmas. But it is a lot more than that and well worth the read.” – This is from the review by the Daily Express on David Squires’ football comics.

Squires’ football comics collection was listed among the best sports books of the year by The Guardian late last year. The FIFA World Cup, held every four years, will arrive again soon, making it the perfect time to recommend some good football reads.

The destiny of Squires, who has relocated to Sydney for many years now, is closely connected with football. He has contributed a football-themed comic strip to The Guardian for years and has also designed mascots for English football league teams Swindon Town and West Ham United. In 2016 and 2017, he published collections of his football comics.

Comics tend to be longer stories like novels, but comics by Squires are individual short stories. His 2016 collection is an illustration of the history of football, comically depicting its origins, the first World Cup, and even the miracle of how Leicester City won the Premier League championship. His collection published in 2017 is a hall of fame of football heroes throughout the years with unique categories ranging from “gods” and “bosses” to “pioneers”.

Plenty of comprehensive football history and footballer profiles are available online in text or video formats. Squires highlights major events with hilarious prose and images. They not only provide a good laugh but also serve as informative reference materials.

His work is a brilliantly sharp satire of bizarre happenings on the football pitch, such as the Zidane headbutt and the Suárez bites. If you have some knowledge of the game, you will find his work very funny.

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