of Stand-Up Comedy in Hardboiled Comic Book Mystery
SAN DIEGO, CA (September 19, 2019) – “Comedy is hard. Dying is easy.” New York Times Best-selling author Joe Hill introduces the world to Syd “Sh*t-Talk” Homes – disgraced ex-cop, bitter stand-up comic, and wanted felon – this December with the launch of Dying is Easy, a new comic book miniseries from IDW Publishing.
Illustrated by Martin Simmonds, critically acclaimed artist of Punks Not Dead, this five-issue mystery draws readers into the dimly-lit venues and grimy back alleys of the comedy world, where every stand-up is looking out for themself, making enemies left and right.
When an upstart comedian with a particularly ugly past achieves stardom by stealing jokes, he quickly earns a target on his back. It’s not long before the laughter stops… and the gunplay begins.
"Both as a writer and as a reader, nothing turns me on like that jolt of discovery, of revelation, when the scattered parts of a narrative suddenly click together to make an unexpected picture.
That's the thrill of a fair-play mystery, where all the clues are there if the reader is clever enough to spot them, and there's a chance to match wits with the detective,” says Hill.
“Dying is Easy gave me a chance to try my hand at a genre I love... and also allowed me to pay tribute to the poets of pulp, guys like Larry Block and Walter Mosley and Elmore Leonard, who have been inspiring me and blowing my mind for decades.
And I get to do it alongside Martin Simmonds, whose exacting pencils and vivid colors bring to life a whole neon-blurred world of heart-broken chumps and leg-breaking creeps. To think I get paid to do this!"
“I’d been dying to work on a project that’d allow me to push my art in a darker direction. The chance to collaborate on Dying is Easy with Joe means I can do exactly that,” says Simmonds. “Dying is Easy has been a bloody riot to illustrate, and I hope readers will get that same level of excitement from sleuthing their way through the series!”
The first issue of Dying is Easy will be available with multiple cover editions – Cover A by series artist Martin Simmonds, Cover B by Hill’s Locke & Key collaborator Gabriel Rodríguez, and two special Retailer Incentive editions: a black-and-white Rodríguez variant and character design wraparound by Simmonds.
Joe Hill is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of THE FIREMAN and HEART-SHAPED BOX. Many of his stories have been translated to TV and film, including HORNS (which was adapted into a feature starring Daniel Radcliffe), NOS4A2 (an ongoing AMC series starring Zachary Quinto and Ashleigh Cummings), and the forthcoming Netflix program based on his award-wining IDW title, LOCKE & KEY, crafted with co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez. His latest, FULL THROTTLE, includes a story adapted for Shudder's Creepshow; another, "In The Tall Grass," co-written with Stephen King, is forthcoming as a picture on Netflix. He won the Eisner Award for best writer in 2011.
Martin Simmonds is a comic artist and co-creator (along with David M. Barnett) of Punks Not Dead for IDW’s Black Crown imprint, and Friendo (with Alex Paknadel) for Vault Comics. Martin is also contributing artist to Marvel’s The Immortal Hulk by Al Ewing and Joe Bennett, and series cover artist for Marvel’s Quicksilver: No Surrender, and Jessica Jones. Previous work includes Titan Comics’ Death Sentence: London (written by Monty Nero), and the self-published Eponymous, written by Mike Garley.
IDW Publishing stands proudly at the forefront of printed visual entertainment, cultivating a formidable library of world-renowned licensed brands and creator-owned original IP. Its diverse array of comic books, graphic novels, and art books deliver reading enjoyment to fans of all ages. Its award-winning imprints The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions preserve the valuable cultural history of the sequential art medium, while titles under the critically acclaimed Top Shelf and Black Crown banners celebrate fiercely independent voices. IDW Publishing is a division of IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OTC: IDWM), a fully integrated media company with robust offerings in publishing, tabletop gaming, multimedia entertainment, and art exhibition via the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.