Stand Up Comic Group 2018
Written by Danny Lobell
Illustrated by Amy Hay
I do rather enjoy having folks contact e and ask me to review their projects. While I am not terribly up to snuff on my stand up comics, yes I’ll admit to basically knowing who Trae Crowder and the Well Red tour are, I am always up for learning new things and meeting new people. One of the best ways to tell a story is through humour we all know that and when you mix that into a backgrounds such as Danny’s well there is plenty of material.
This is something of a bio-pic of sorts. Danny recounts his youth bringing us up to date on how he got to where he is. From his earliest love, which not too ironically was comic books, to those things that inspired him as an adult the journey that Danny takes us on is one filled with self-discovery, humour and maybe even a little heartbreak. The way this is structured is actually very well done, though why I am surprised is beyond me the man writes his own jokes after all.
What impressed me the most about this was that it didn’t feel like a story per se it felt more like you were listening to a friend recount his life. It has that whole feel of this my buddy and we’re just having a nice conversation and I am not sure the last time that I felt that way reading a story. Actually I don’t think I have ever felt that way reading a story and that Danny is able to convey this with such expertise should lauded. This really does have this very easy breezy way about it that gets you involved into Danny’s life and makes you feel like you are his friend and want to be a part of his world.
Amy does a pretty nice job here on the interiors. I am such a fan of the whole black & white style as it adds more a charm element to it. It can’t be easy to render real life people into the comic book format and she does an admirable job. On a personal note I think that she does a great job in making Danny kind of cute like a teddy bear. The utilisation of page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows a solid eye for storytelling. The use of backgrounds here are judiciously used and quite effective in setting the stage and expanding the story.
There are few times that you find a book like this one. The story is real and personal to the writer, it’s his life after all, and has had an interesting life and comes from a very interesting background. Though we both things in common like being in Yeshiva, my folks took me out when they thought I was too religious for them, and have that New York Jewish life growing up and a love of comics. I now feel a kinship with Danny on a level I never expected to have.
I keep saying over and over again to expand your horizons and look for books outside your normal purview and take some chances. This is one of those chances you should take and then check out his stand-up comedy turns out the man’s funny who knew. Self-published books are where you can find some of the finest storytelling these days and you find this at http://fairenoughcomic.com/ and I think it’s worth your time.