Chris Farley’s origins are explored in GROWING UP FARLEY

by Charles LePage

Writer Frank Marraffino and artist Ryan Dunlavey are uniting with Kevin Farley to chronicle Chris Farley’s childhood journey to superstardom in GROWING UP FARLEY.

The press release follows:

Media Release — Z2 Comics is proud to announce Growing Up Farley, a graphic novel about the comedy icon who stormed 30 Rockefeller Plaza to become Saturday Night Live’s breakout star of the ’90s. Co-written by Chris Farley’s brother, stand-up comedian and actor Kevin Farley, the story provides an intimate portrait into Chris and Kevin’s youthful adventures—from their performances at Red Arrow Camp to sets at the Arc Theatre in Wisconsin, all the way to famed improv institution The Second City in Chicago.

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“Laughter was always a big part of growing up Farley,” Kevin Farley explains. “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.”

Kevin Farley joins co-writer Frank Marraffino (Marvel Zombies, Dee Snider: He’s Not Gonna Take It) and artist Ryan Dunlavey (The Illustrated Al: The Songs of “Weird Al” Yankovic) to capture the Farleys’ late ’70s/early ’80s childhood in Maple Bluff, WI, exploring the unique family dynamic that fueled their creativity and adoration of physical comedy.

“Every Saturday at 11:30 my friends and I would drop everything to watch Chris Farley and the gang on Saturday Night Live,” co-writer Frank Marraffino continues. “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!”

After honing such characters as “motivational speaker” Matt Foley at The Second City Theater Group in Chicago, Chris Farley joined the Saturday Night Live cast in 1990, cementing a golden era of humor alongside Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, and David Spade. He’d soon ascend into the ranks of celluloid comedy legend through releases including Wayne’s World, Tommy Boy, Beverly Hills Ninja, and Black Sheep.

“Chris Farley was one of the greatest comedy heroes of his or any generation,” Z2 President Josh Bernstein says. “Getting to work directly with Kevin Farley and the Farley Family to bring their incredible origin story to life via a graphic novel is just the beginning of how this IP can take form and expand into comics, TV, film and beyond!”

Z2 Comics presents Growing Up Farley in standard hardcover and deluxe hardcover editions, set to release Fall 2023. The deluxe hardcover will come with three art prints illustrated by renowned underground artists Craig Rousseau, Fred C. Stresing, and Ryan Dunlavey. Oversized platinum editions will come with an elegant slipcase, the art prints, a “Scotch Oil” trucker hat, a “Scotch Oil” pen, and a “Scotch Oil” ballpoint pen. The “Scotch Oil” company of Madison, Wisconsin was famously owned by Chris and Kevin’s father, Tom Farley, and employed many of the Farley family members over the years. Z2 Comics will also offer 100 super limited platinum editions signed by Kevin Farley.

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About Chris Farley:

Blessed with an incredibly unique gift for physical comedy, Chris Farley, was much more than the “fat guy in a little coat.” Born in Madison Wisconsin, Chris had an idyllic childhood—summer camps, high school sports, and a close knit family. After graduating from Marquette University, Chris worked briefly for his Dad before moving to Chicago where he became the breakout star for the legendary The Second City Theater group. It was here that he created arguably his most memorable character—motivational speaker Matt Foley. Recruited by Lorne Michaels, Chris joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1990, where he blossomed into a fan favorite alongside David Spade, Chris Rock, and Adam Sandler. Chris delighted audiences, hosts and colleagues alike with his manic enthusiasm and innate generosity. Chris juggled his increasing popularity on SNL with his first feature film role, Tommy Boy. Starring with his good friend Spade, the film enjoyed box office success and has become a veritable rite of passage for film fans around the world. Chris Farley remains a fan favorite and the myriad of characters he created over the years live on.

About Z2 Comics:

Recently dubbed the “Hottest brand in music” by Forbes, Z2 Comics has quickly become the premier destination for authentic graphic novels and collectibles, created in partnership with top-tier artists, musicians and pop-culture icons. Distributed globally via Simon & Schuster, Z2 has produced 50-plus unique graphic novel properties, collaborating with Gorillaz , Blondie, Elvis Presley, Balmain, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Jason Derulo, The Grateful Dead, Machine Gun Kelly, Sublime, Beethoven, RZA, Mötley Crüe, Vince Staples, Cheech & Chong, The Doors, Anthrax, Public Enemy, Ronnie James Dio, King Diamond, All Time Low, Ivan Moody, Yungblud, Cypress Hill, Babymetal, Major Lazer, RZA, Alter Bridge, Sturgill Simpson, Poppy, John Lee Hooker, and Charlie “Bird” Parker. Learn more at, and follow us on Instagram (@z2comics) and Twitter (@z2comics).

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