Growing Up Farley: A Chris Farley Story – Graphic Novel Set to Chronicle Farley’s Comedy Origin
Z2 Comics and the family of the late Chris Farley have come together to bring fans a new biographical comic of the legendary comedian’s comedy origin. The graphic novel will be titled Growing up Farley: A Chris Farley Story and will explore the former Saturday Night Live and Beverly Hills Ninja star’s childhood through the lens of his brother and fellow comedian, Kevin Farley. The series is co-written by K. Farley and Frank Marraffino, with art by Ryan Dunlavey.
The series will touch on many parts of Farley’s childhood and the Farley brothers up and coming comedy career as they work their way up through the ranks of stand-up comedy, beginning with the midwest while also touching on the pivotal role of their father Thomas John Farley Sr., played in their path into a comedy career.
The description of Growing Up Farley reads:
“Chris Farley was a beloved comedy legend with a totally singular style, one that was heavily influenced by his childhood and his relationship with his father. Told in collaboration with his brother, stand-up comedian Kevin, Growing Up Farley is an intimate glimpse into Chris and Kevin’s adventures; from performances at Red Arrow Camp, to improv sets at the Arc Theater in Wisconsin, all the way to Second City in Chicago. Growing up Farley is a heartfelt dive into laughter and love.”
“Laughter was always a big part of growing up Farley,” Kevin said in a statement. “I’m excited to partner with the team at Z2 Comics to share all the humor and humanity of growing up with my brother, Chris, in 1970s Madison, Wisconsin and the huge influence our dad had on our decision to go into comedy.”
Marraffino added in his own statement, “Every Saturday at 11:30 my friends and I would drop everything to watch Chris Farley and the gang on Saturday Night Live. Chris always inspired us. He offered a perpetual masterclass in the art of comedy: exuberant and boisterous, but also genuine and heartfelt. I couldn’t be more excited to chronicle the journey of the Farleys!”
Farley passed away 25 years ago and still remains one of the most renowned and influential comedians of our time. He paved the way for many aspiring comedians and was one of the famous faces of SNL. His brother Kevin continues to keep the Farley legacy going in comedy and now fans will get to experience the life of the Farley brothers, unlike any way they have before.
Growing Up Farley: A Chris Farley Story will be released in the Fall of 2023.
Source: Z2 Comics