A Few Facts About Sa-Bom Jim
Q. How do you pronounce this name “Sa-Bom?”
A. It’s SAH-bum, a Korean term meaning “Master Instructor”
Q. Why doesn’t the main character have much hair?
A. To make him more likeable. At conventions I’ve had people tell me that’s why they’ve taken notice of him.
Q. Why do a humor book about martial arts?
A. Because not many other books exclusively use martial arts in this venue the way I do.
Q. Isn’t this a limited theme?
A. Not at all! I’ve noticed quite a few humorous things as a Tae Kwon Do teacher. Also once a situation has been exaggerated humor naturally comes through.
Q. Why is Tae Kwon Do featured in this book?
A. It’s the martial art with which I’m the most familiar. Tae Kwon Do is considered to be the most popular martial art in the world.
Q. How did this comic book idea come about?
A. I had been looking for a solid concept with characters that could be used for more than telling one or two jokes. I stopped searching when it hit me that this idea was already there, I just hadn’t yet tapped into it.
Q. On whom is Sa-Bom Jim based?
A. Primarily myself (though I have a lot more hair, as you can see from the photo). A lot of cartoonists/comic book artists base characters on their own personalities, I’m just following a trend.
Q. Are Sa-Bom Jim’s students based on real people?
A. Some are directly influenced by my own students and others are combinations of personalities I’ve seen.
Q. Are the situations in the book mirrored from real life?
A. I’ve never had to fight off a ninja horde, if that’s what you mean.
Q. So where are you from?
A. Originally from Duluth, Minnesota, but have settled comfortably in the Twin Cities since 1998.
Q. Who are your artistic influences?
A. Charles Schulz, Berke Breathed, Jim Davis, Bill Watterson, Scott Kurtz, Frank Cho, and many more.
Q. Who are your comedic influences?
A. British comedy (Monty Python, Black Adder, Red Dwarf), Kevin Smith, Bill Maher, Lewis Black to name a few.
Q. Who are your martial arts influences?
A. My instructors and my students, of course, but I’ve also been influenced by Bruce Lee and Jon Valera.
Q. How long have you been training in the martial arts?
A. Since 1988 when I had my first lesson. It’s been a great journey since then and I don’t intend to quit anytime soon!