IDW Publishing and Burger Records have teamed to publish Shahrair Fouladi’s upcoming novella, The Scooter Chronicles: A Southern California Modyssey. The story focuses on the Mod movement of the 1980’s in So Cal. Fouladi is the author of The 21st Century Superhero: Essays of Gender, Genre and Globalization in Film.
The plot of the novella is described as:
Meet Tommy Daniels, a 1980s teen who comes from a poor family and lives in a bland, rich Southern California beach town, working part time as a delivery boy for a pharmacy. Though he doesn’t exactly fit in—particularly given his love of Mod culture—Tommy’s life is looking good: He is about to start college, is days away from going “all the way” with his girlfriend, and has almost enough money to buy the perfect scooter. But that’s when things go horribly awry. Hunted by a reclusive old rock star, haunted by a menacing police officer, indoctrinated into a cult, and accompanied by swine while catching a ride in a pickup, Tommy’s epic, comic journey is filled with a cast of colorful characters, set to the soundtrack of Tommy’s Mod mixtape.
The collection will also include an essay on the Mod revival in So Cal during the 80s by the lead singer of Manual Scan, Bart Mendoza. There will also be a selection of color images from that time period and art by Ralph Cosentino who has drawn the cover for the one of the character’s fictional book, Victor the Vespa.
The Scooter Chronicles: A Southern California Modyssey by Shahriar Fouladi will be released in March 2018.