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A Month of Writing Stars – Andrew Boyd and Ryan Yount

Every day this month I’m going to feature a current comic book writing “star,” someone who I think is a very good writer.

I’m mostly going to try to keep from the biggest names as much as possible, because, really, do I need to talk more about the awesomeness of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Warren Ellis?

Here is the archive of previously featured writers.

Today we look at a hilarious comic book comedy duo.

Enjoy!

Andrew Boyd and Ryan Yount are the co-writers of the hilarious Scurvy Dogs comic book series (Yount draws the book), which is collected into one delightfully packed with content volume by AIT/Planet-LAR.

The series stars a group of odd pirates who are tying to make it in modern society where they are quite the anachronism. The group is made up of Captain Blackbeard, McDougal the strongman, Jefe the crazy Spaniard, Pappy, the old guy with the eyepatch, hook hand, and peg leg and Irish Pete, the mute scrapper.

To say that these stories are madcap would be to undersell the term “madcap,” as these comics are just off the wall laugh riots.

Bill Reed featured the book as one of his Reasons to Love Comics here, and he helpfully shares a few pages from the comic to show you some of the absolutely zany jokes this comic tells (Bill also supplied the description of the cast used above).

How about when the comic turns just to crayon drawings out of nowhere?

This scene with the Portuguese lepers is the opener of the book and leads to one of the best punchlines I’ve seen – it is the sort of thing you just give to people to read and that will sell the book right there.

I only wish that Boyd and Yount would give us more Scurvy Dogs!

Someone has GOT to get me a copy of their one-shot follow-up to Scurvy Dogs (both Boyd and Yount have full-time jobs, so they don’t get to do too much comic output)….American Space Ninja (in Space)!

But I will settle for the pair doing more work together in the future!

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I have the Scurvy Dogs miniseries. It was a crazy book. I will have to dig them out and reread the series. I was sorry to see it go.

I picked the trade up a while back and was disappointed. It was funny at first, but got old rather quickly. It’s still sitting on my nightstand about half way read. I’ll probably get back to it at some point. Maybe it works better in monthly doses.

Ahh, that bit where Pappy breaks the microwave still makes me laugh out loud. I love this series.

I had no idea they teamed for another book after Scurvy Dogs. I’ve gotta track that down, too.

Hi, Brian. I met Andrew and Ryan at the Staple! Expo in Austin, TX a couple of years ago. I picked up a copy of American Space Ninja (in Space). It’s just a little ashcan sized comic. If you’ll send me an e-mail, I’ll make a scan of it for you. They published a short story called Team Building Exercise (or something similar – I don’t have it in front of me, and I can’t quite remember) that’s pretty funny as well.

Good call highlighting Scurvy Dogs. Hands down the funniest book that I’ve ever read. In a perfect world these two creators would be millionaires and I’d be on the Scurvy Dogs ride at Disney, drunk, right now.

I keep on loaning this trade out and hoping it gets returned, as I would be tempted to abscond with such comedy gold (gold, Jerry!). It’s probably the best “funny” comic I have, and I get those Penny Arcade trades (sorry, guys) AND still have a few Chuck Austen X-titles (funny in a different way).

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