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Preview: Snelson: Comedy is Dying #4

Snelson: Comedy is Dying #4

(W) Paul Constant
(A) Fred Harper
(C) Fred Harper
November 17, 2021
$3.99

Cue up the laugh track! Comedian Melville Snelson doesn’t know how many oxycontins he took. (Laughter) His shows are bombing. (Laughter) His website is attracting trolls who threaten violence. (Laughter) A comic he identifies with just committed suicide. (Laughter, applause) Time for a near-death experience with the possibility of a fatal encore. (Crickets) Plus: prose & pix, AHOY-style!

Snelson: Comedy is Dying #4

Preview: Snelson: Comedy is Dying #3

SNELSON #3

(W) Paul Constant
(A) Fred Harper
(C) Fred Harper
October 13, 2021
$3.99

This sharp, satirical look at faded hipsters, fringe media, and false cries of “cancel culture” continues. Faintly famous comedian Melville Snelson braves the blindingly pristine office of his intimidating book editor—with zero writing to show for his high-dollar advance. Extra: prose fiction, illustrated.

SNELSON #3

Preview: Snelson: Comedy is Dying #2

Snelson: Comedy is Dying #2

(W) Paul Constant
(A) Fred Harper
COVER A: Fred Harper
COVER B: Sergio Aragones
September 8, 2021
$3.99

Snelson’s standup comedy is two decades past its sell-by date, and hecklers now outnumber fans. His interpretation of this rejection—as “cancellation” for being edgy—propels Snelson to the fringes of alt-right podcasting. All AHOY titles include bonus illustrated prose stories. Issue 1 features a variant cover by MAD legend Sergio Aragones.

Snelson: Comedy is Dying #2

Preview: Snelson: Comedy is Dying #2

Snelson: Comedy is Dying #2

(W) Paul Constant
(A) Fred Harper
COVER A: Fred Harper
COVER B: Sergio Aragones
September 8, 2021
$3.99

Snelson’s standup comedy is two decades past its sell-by date, and hecklers now outnumber fans. His interpretation of this rejection—as “cancellation” for being edgy—propels Snelson to the fringes of alt-right podcasting. All AHOY titles include bonus illustrated prose stories. Issue 1 features a variant cover by MAD legend Sergio Aragones.

Snelson: Comedy is Dying #2

Preview: Snelson: Comedy is Dying #1

Snelson: Comedy is Dying #1

(W) Paul Constant
(A) Fred Harper
COVER A: Fred Harper
COVER B: Peter Bagge
August 4, 2021
$3.99

In the 1990s, “edgy” standup comic MELVILLE SNELSON had it all—but twenty-five years later, his jokes come off as tired and offensive. Desperate for a comeback, Snelson sets out on tour with a group of young, socially conscious comedians. Can a ’90s has-been hit the big time, or is Snelson about to be cancelled for good? A hilarious, definitely adult contemporary satire that mocks the dying breaths of white male entitlement, from the writer of AHOY’s PLANET OF THE NERDS.

All AHOY titles include bonus illustrated prose stories. Issue 1 features a shocking variant cover by Peter Bagge (Hate).

Snelson: Comedy is Dying #1

Review: Snelson: Comedy is Dying #1

Snelson: Comedy is Dying #1

There’s a lot of debate today about what comedy works and whether old routines would be allowed to be performed today. “Humor is being canceled”. While there’s absolutely an interesting discussion to be had about how comedy changes over time, that discussion isn’t really being had. Enter Snelson: Comedy is Dying #1, a new series which focuses on a former 90s “edgy” standup comic.

Written by Paul Constant, Snelson: Comedy is Dying #1 is about Melville Snelson, a once popular comedian who has had better days. His old jokes are a bit tired and offensive, not to mention the “incident”. Snelson isn’t done yet so decides to tour with a group of young, socially conscious comedians in the South. How’s that going?

Snelson: Comedy is Dying #1 has moments of interesting commentary but as the issue goes on and finally wraps, what was interesting never quite lands. Constant gives Snelson a reason to go back to his “old ways”. Where he recently had to work on new material, Snelson wraps up the issue with a tired rant about how the old days don’t work today. It’s a bit of an eye roll of an end of the issue. Where the comic had promise of generations of comedians debating what does and doesn’t work the comic really winds up showing they’re all a bit self-centered and people to not like or cheer for. The punchline feels like “what’s the point?”. Part of that problem is the nature of monthly comics and serialization so we’ll see where Constant takes things.

The art by Fred Harper is interesting delivering a design that feels a bit like throwback underground comics in some ways. The characters and situations are over the top enhancing the laughs to some extent. The style and look would have had no problem fitting in to comics of the past that pushed the concept of “adult” comics. There’s more than enough details added to help tell the story more then the dialogue lets on. Body language and the look of characters adds to the ups and downs of the story.

Snelson: Comedy is Dying #1 leaves things in an interesting place but it never quite sets things up well enough to care. By the end, a lot of the characters are just unlikeable and it retreads concepts from the film Funny People. It’s hard to cheer for any of them. There’s also not a lot of gray area within, it presents characters and a plot whose enjoyment may solely rely on one’s worldview. It’s a comic that has potential but based on the first issue I’m not confident has it to say something really smart about the world and its characters.

Story: Paul Constant Art: Fred Harper
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

AHOY Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Snelson: Comedy is Dying #1

Snelson: Comedy is Dying #1

(W) Paul Constant
(A) Fred Harper
COVER A: Fred Harper
COVER B: Peter Bagge
August 4, 2021
$3.99

In the 1990s, “edgy” standup comic MELVILLE SNELSON had it all—but twenty-five years later, his jokes come off as tired and offensive. Desperate for a comeback, Snelson sets out on tour with a group of young, socially conscious comedians. Can a ’90s has-been hit the big time, or is Snelson about to be cancelled for good? A hilarious, definitely adult contemporary satire that mocks the dying breaths of white male entitlement, from the writer of AHOY’s PLANET OF THE NERDS.

All AHOY titles include bonus illustrated prose stories. Issue 1 features a shocking variant cover by Peter Bagge (Hate).

Snelson: Comedy is Dying #1

AHOY Comics Announces Snelson: Comedy is Dying from Paul Constant, Fred Harper, Lee Loughridge, and Rob Steen

Melville Snelson was killing it. He was the talk of the stand up circuit. He had a TV sitcom in development! He even had a date with Janeane Garofalo (although, to be fair, she denies it). But that was the 1990’s — and that was a long time ago.

Welcome to Snelson: Comedy is Dying, an all-new series from AHOY Comics, written by Paul Constant, featuring art by Fred Harper, colors by Lee Loughridge, and lettering by Rob Steen. This 5-issue series chronicles the misadventures of a washed-up comedian whose career peaked when Dawson’s Creek was still on the air. Bitter because he missed his big break in the ‘90s, Snelson is struggling with the idea that he’s a victim of cancel culture or, even worse, forgotten altogether. The debut issue, featuring a collectible variant cover by legendary cartoonist Peter Bagge, will be published by AHOY Comics on August 4, 2021.

Paramount Options Planet of the Nerds

Paramount Players, a division of Paramount Pictures, has acquired the film rights to adapt the acclaimed graphic novel Planet of the Nerds written by Paul Constant and illustrated by Alan Robinson, Randy Elliott and colorist Felipe Sobreiro. In Planet of the Nerds, three high school jocks in the 1980s are accidentally frozen by an experimental cryogenics device, only to be revived almost 40 years later. They awake in today’s computer-driven, superhero movie-loving world— in an era ruled by nerds.

Planet of the Nerds is on sale in comic shops now and will be available at bookstores on Tuesday, October 29 from AHOY Comics, featuring a cover by David Nakayama and an introduction by Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings.

The deal was brokered by Angela Cheng Caplan of Cheng Caplan Company, Inc.

Planet of the Nerds Vol. 1

Review: The Wrong Earth

Two Earths, different versions of the same hero. One is dark a gritty, the other is a go-gooder. Found on each other’s Earths they must adapt to the different, but similar, worlds.

Story: Tom Peyer, Paul Constant
Art: Jamal Igle, Frank Cammuso, Gary Erskine, Tom Feister
Ink: Juan Castro
Color: Andy Troy, Frank Cammuso
Letterer: Rob Steen, Frank Cammuso

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