Image Comics & Syzygy Publishing to launch new California noir miniseries ‘SELF HELP’

Novelists and writing duo Owen King (Sleeping Beauties, The Curator) and Jesse Kellerman (The Genius, The Golem of Hollywood) have teamed up with artist Marianna Ignazzi (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bram Stoker Award nominated An Unkindness of Ravens), colourist Fabiana Mascolo, and designer/letterer Ian Chagren for the upcoming five-issue comic book miniseries titled, SELF HELP, which will launch as part of Image ComicsSyzygy Publishing line on 19 June 2024.

Chagren will also be creating unique popular-crime-fiction-inspired logos and design pages for each issue. Issue #1’s design pays homage to legendary Hollywood noir poster artist, Saul Bass.A California noir story with a wicked sense of humour, SELF HELP is a surreal and colourful world populated with two-faced talk-show hosts, cheerful Finnish mobsters, bloodthirsty white supremacists, snide English butlers, and panther-wielding Euro-trash assassins.

In SELF HELP, readers are introduced to down-on-his-luck ride-share driver Jerry Hauser, whose existence is a bleak one…especially because every fare he picks up tells him how much he looks like ultra-successful self-help guru Darren Hart. But in a twist of fate, Jerry is given the chance of a lifetime…which, if he’s not careful, may well end his lifetime. So begins this rollicking and gleefully lurid pulp crime story.

From there the story races ahead at an ever-increasing speed, and with an ever-increasing body count, as Jerry assumes his rival’s identity, fights to keep a lid on the murder, fends off the Euro-gangsters to whom Darren was heavily indebted, placates Darren’s calculating assistant Cassandra, and rebuilds his relationship with his estranged ex-wife Michelle and daughter Amelia. Oh, and he also needs to avoid the white supremacists that hold Jerry’s personal marker—except to them, he’s Danny McClure—and keep up his Drÿvÿr rating.

SELF HELP #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 19:

  • Cover A by Ignazzi
  • Cover B by Stephen Byrne
  • Cover C (1:15 copy incentive) by Steven Russell Black
  • Cover D (1:25 copy incentive) by Ashley Wood

SELF HELP will also be available across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.

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