If there is one thing you should know about me, it’s that I like my humour weird. Okay, that’s a bit of a lie, as I highly regard Veep to be one of the greatest comedies ever, but I also enjoy Arrested Development and that is about as far from “standard” comedy one can get. Off in the fringes of comedies that are also brilliant is Garth Merengies Dark Place, a TV show intentionally bad set n a hospital and Danger 5, a super low budget comedy about a super group of 5 agents who team up to take down Hitler. In the first season, when ever some one was mortally wounded, they would often give out a perfect cocktail recipes. So you know, standard stuff.
If you’ve found yourself nodding along in agreement to these comedy choices and wondered if there was a comic book equivalent of said TV shows, then you’re in luck hypothetical reader, because I have just the recommendation for you. Ryan Browne, is a comic writer and artist who produced a series with Image comics called “God Hates Astronauts” which is difficult to explain just what it is about, because it won’t make sense and it’s better read fresh.
But what about the comedy, and how weird is it I hear you ask over your Carlos Sultana cocktail, while it’s not as weird as Tim and Eric, but it is weird, but it does have it’s own sense of logic. The second volume is where the story really gets going. It’s a series in which almost any thing can happen, from a cat wearing a jetpack who is also a lawyer, to a man with Gorilla Arms, to a Rhino with a moustache called Doctor Professor and a character called King Tiger eating a Cheeseburger, who is a king that is a tiger eating a cheeseburger.
If that isn’t crazy enough, he also has another book worth tracking down called “Blast Furnace: Recreational Thief” which again, is as crazy as G.H.A., but still full of heart. The book often goes off on tangents and while, it may not be as strong as some other books in terms of narative structure, it’s still a very funny book. Some characters are basically puns, like Owl Capone, who is a mobster, to Gnarles Winslow, who is based off Carl Winslow from family matter, but he has robot arms now. One major difference to a Ryan Browne book is that there is a list of suggested voices you can use to make the characters stand out in your head, from John C. Reily for Star Grass for example. It does the make the book better for it.
If you’re the type of person who enjoys Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men or even “shudders” The King of Queens, there is little you will enjoy in the books I’ve mentioned. If you’re looking for some thing different, and are willing to take a risk, then you could do worse then checking out either of Ryan Browne’s books.