Ahoy Comics’s output has been one of the true joys of the serial comics publishing model over the last couple of years. Books like Billionaire Island, Second Coming and Happy Hour having the kind of satirical edge unseen in genre monthlies since the days of the late, great Steve Gerber. Their upcoming miniseries Snelson: Comedy is Dying is particularly topical with its promise of an irreverent look at so-called “cancel culture”. More details in the Ahoy press release below.
AHOY Comics Announces SNELSON: COMEDY IS DYING Featuring The Misadventures of An Over-The-Hill Stand Up Comic
Written by Paul Constant and Drawn by Fred Harpe
Issue 1 Features a Collectible, Variant Cover by Peter Bagge
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 1990s — 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 (Hate), will be published by AHOY Comics on August 4, 2021.
“I love this book,” said Patton Oswalt. “I know this character. Wait — AM I this character? Damn you Fred Harper!”
SNELSON: COMEDY IS DYING is written by Paul Constant, whose acclaimed comic with Alan Robinson, PLANET OF THE NERDS, was optioned by Paramount Players. “SNELSON: COMEDY IS DYING is the rare satirical comic that keeps getting more and more relevant as it gets closer to publication,” says Constant. “If you’ve ever stared in slack-jawed fascination at the shameless grifters who love to whine about being silenced by cancel culture in books, on podcasts, and on YouTube, you’ll absolutely love to hate Melville Snelson.”
Fred Harper does interior art for SNELSON: COMEDY IS DYING, with colors by Felipe Sobreiro, as well as full art and colors for the series’ main covers. “Melville Snelson is an ass,” said Harper. “I hope there aren’t any new laws about creative team character abuse, or if there were, we should read them to make sure we didn’t miss any.”
“SNELSON: COMEDY IS DYING is more than just a surprisingly violent, unfortunately sexual, thoroughly filthy comedy about an irrelevant older comedian who refuses to give up his ‘edgy’ material from the 1990s,” says Constant. “It’s also a janky-ass carnival ride through the weird griftopia that’s built up around cancel culture, and a skewering of all the money-grubbing controversy seekers who can’t seem to shut up about how silenced they are.”
SNELSON: COMEDY IS DYING is the latest addition to the next wave of AHOY Comics’ releases, following the announcement of BLACK’S MYTH, a new punk rock horror series from writer Eric Palicki and artist Wendell Cavalcanti about a werewolf private investigator.
“Comedy might not be dead just yet, but with SNELSON joining the line-up alongside BLACK’S MYTH, SECOND COMING, WRONG EARTH, and more, we here at AHOY are clearly doing our level best to put it in the ground,” said AHOY Editor-in-Chief Tom Peyer.