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Sumo the Bamboo man

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In 1997, when I went travelling in West Africa, I noticed the lack of African comic heroes. So I started inventing one. The result was a one page comic strip about Sumo the Bamboo man, a lonely man who dwells deep inside the Congo Basin in Central Africa. The word “Sumo” means “lemonade” in Portuguese Creole, it just felt nice, also because he is quite the opposite of the Sumos in Japan. It took me well over two years to finish this one, not because it was very difficult, but because I forgot about it somewhere in the middle. Ever since I began using Flash I swore that I should make a animated version of that comic strip, and now I have. Enjoy!

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y'know i was surprised to see this wasn't some super racist parody cartoon, and it felt like something you could show kids so i'll give it a four for surprising me.

This was nicely animated and generally enjoyable. It was great to see these movements. It was weird not to see any sumo wrestlers in this. It just could have been longer. The single joke you did was pretty funny, though. I just like how natural this is.

It's just a guy fighting off animals. You don't need to be elaborate or anything with it. The colors are so nice. I like the quote at the beginning too. It's good for what it is.

I think it was pretty nice , kinda short though. You should do a sequel to it :)

more development.

it could be a little better , only thing i don't understand is why is the characters lips red? i never notice a person lips being red unless there bleeding. that completely ignorant to do such a thing making him dark brown (even tho it is an african chacracter) you might as mad "black face" you pig. no but really put more effort and thought into then what you did.

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4.12 / 5.00

May 16, 2005
7:01 PM EDT