Creator Stephan Franck, known in comics circles as the man behind Silver, the comic that chronicled a heist at Dracula’s castle, is back with a brand new title. Palomino, a planned four-part graphic novel series currently on Kickstarter, is a neo noir set in the lost culture of Los Angeles’ country music clubs in 1981. It paints a dreary picture of the urban cowboy just trying to survive on the B-side of the City of Angels.
Cowboy culture is central to California’s history. It came out west with the Dust Bowl Okie migration that Steinbeck depicted in Grapes of Wrath, showed up again in Easy Rider and the hippy generation’s cosmic cowboys, and in one form or another sold the American century to the world and to America itself. On one level, Palomino is about the lost subculture of LA’s country western music scene of the 1980’s, but it’s also about people living inside the myth-making machine, motivated by the belief that, here in the west, you can always reinvent yourself.
Palomino centers on a father-daughter relationship between Eddie Lang, an ex-cop turned working musician with big dreams that don’t pay the rent, reluctantly moonlighting as a private investigator, and his teenage daughter Lisette. The pair are joined by an unbreakable bond and a dry sense of humor, but they’re stuck, haunted by a terrible loss and an unsolved crime looming largely over their lives. With time running out to save their family, a new murder case upends their lives.
At the time of this writing, the Kickstarter campaign is about halfway to its funding goal. Rewards include digital and physical copies of Palomino and previous Dark Planet Comics releases, art sets, t-shirts, and a cameo in the second volume of Palomino. The campaign runs through May 13th, 2020.