Clown Comic 'Haha' in the Works from Image

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The new series will be written by 'Ice Cream Man' co-creator W. Maxwell Prince.

The writer behind one of Image Comics’ most critically acclaimed titles in years — Ice Cream Man — is launching a new anthology for the publisher in early 2021, Image announced Thursday.

W. Maxwell Prince will write each issue of Haha, a new series with an unexpected recurring theme — professional clowns — with different artists lined up to illustrate individual issues, including Vanesa R. Del Rey (Redlands), Gabriel Walta (The Vision), and Roger Langridge (Fred the Clown). Unlike Ice Cream Man, stories in Haha will not stay firmly inside the horror genre, according to the publisher.

"I don’t like clowns, so I thought it’d be a good idea to write about them," Prince said in a statement about the new series. "What a gas, to get to partner with some of comics’ best to tell these ditties about a bunch of real jokers.”

Ice Cream Man, which launched in 2018, is an ongoing horror anthology written by Prince with art on every issue from Martin Morazzo and colorist Chris O’Halloran, featuring the titular ice cream man as a recurring character. The series was optioned for development as a television series by Universal Content Productions.

Haha will launch Jan. 13, 2021, digitally and in comic book stores.