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Stephan Franck

 

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Post  Posted 13 Apr 2020 11:40 am    
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Hey guys! I hope you won’t mind if I come to you with something a little unusual, but fun in these not so fun times. I think you will get a big kick out of this! If this is out of line, Bob, feel free to remove.



Palomino is my new graphic novel and it's a super fun neo-noir LA crime story, which takes place in 1981 in the lost subculture of LA’s Country music clubs, AND HAS A STEEL PLAYER AS IT’S MAIN CHARACTER! The book is about ready to go to print, and the Kickstarter campaign just debuted today. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/darkplanetcomics/stephan-francks-palomino




But before anything else, I want to address the question on everyone’s mind. WHY NOW, IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC? Because 100% of the funds raised go to our North American printers, and without them and just a handful of companies like them in the US and Canada (which is the case here), the comics ecosystems--stores included--cannot exist. So let’s keep our manufacturing going, yes?

Yet, these times are tough for everyone, so this may not be the right time for everyone to pre-order a graphic novel, and that is well understood, and that is not really the point of this message. I just wanted to alert you to this book, and If nothing else, just check out the video trailer and the KS page because I think you guys will really get a kick out of it!
There is also a little homage to my old Pal from the Pal, the late great Archie Francis on the Kickstarter page.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/darkplanetcomics/stephan-francks-palomino



What else can I tell you about PALOMINO? At the center of the story is a unique father-daughter relationship. Eddie Lang’s an ex-cop turned working musician with big dreams, but dreams don’t pay the rent. So Eddie reluctantly works as a private investigator to provide for his teenage daughter, Lisette. Eddie and Lisette share an unbreakable bond and a dry sense of humor. But they’re stuck. They’re haunted by a terrible loss and an unsolved crime that looms large over their lives. They’re running out of time to fix their family. And just as things seem at a stalemate, a new murder case upends their lives.




So there you have it: a really fun book with a hard-boiled, crime fighting steel player, and some awesome art prints featuring some PSGs!

And here's a link from an article in the Hollywood Reporter this morning.
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/cowboy-comic-palomino-launches-crowdfunding-campaign-1289845?fbclid=IwAR0UbQfjyEKMKHZ1sbAX20Jut_5VEcS1j0nG1KGayQwou6h8ebpjrrdnL1s

Only word of warning, PALOMINO is rated R (some language, violence, moderate sexyness… like you would see on an HBO show.)

Be well, and stay safe my friends!

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Craig Stock


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Post  Posted 13 Apr 2020 11:59 am    
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Very cool Stephan, love the graphics,so well done.
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Stephan Franck

 

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Post  Posted 13 Apr 2020 12:20 pm    
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Thank you Craig!
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Stu Schulman


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Post  Posted 13 Apr 2020 1:18 pm    
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Wow!!
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Jim Cohen


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Post  Posted 13 Apr 2020 1:23 pm    
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This looks sooo cool! And I'm not a fan of adult comic books
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Craig Stock


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Post  Posted 13 Apr 2020 3:48 pm    
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I would love a print of the picture of the Palomino Club with the early 70's late 60's Chevy pulling in, your perspectives are vert appealing and accurate, looking forward to the series and like Jim I've been unexposed to this form, but love it.
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Jim Cohen


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Post  Posted 13 Apr 2020 3:50 pm    
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I would love a print of the dancers on the floor with the steel player on the stage behind them. Any chance?
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Douglas Schuch


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Post  Posted 13 Apr 2020 4:01 pm    
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I've only got one question.... Is he playing an Emmons or a Zumsteel???

Looking forward to reading it.

OK, I lied. Second question - what do the T-shirts look like?
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Jim Cohen


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Post  Posted 13 Apr 2020 4:23 pm     Re: PALOMINO: A Graphic novel with Steel Player as its lead
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Sure looks like an Emmons to me! Smile
This, by the way, is the image I'd love to purchase a print of.


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Douglas Schuch


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Post  Posted 13 Apr 2020 4:44 pm    
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But Jim, why does that Emmons have a Zumsteel fretboard?


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Jim Cohen


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Post  Posted 13 Apr 2020 4:45 pm    
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Different night, different guitar...
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Douglas Schuch


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Post  Posted 13 Apr 2020 4:54 pm    
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OK, found the T-shirts. Was hoping they had images from the novel. Maybe an idea to think about?
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Craig Stock


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Post  Posted 13 Apr 2020 5:33 pm    
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You need to include the Baked Potato in this since its just up the road, I kicked in looking forward to the finished product!
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David Dawson

 

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Post  Posted 14 Apr 2020 3:29 am    
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Interesting concept and story but why trash it up with filthy language? I didn't get very far into the story before I was completely turned off and quit reading.
It is a poor statement the writer makes about himself when he chooses to write from the gutter.
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Jack Hanson


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Post  Posted 14 Apr 2020 8:25 am    
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David Dawson wrote:
It is a poor statement the writer makes about himself when he chooses to write from the gutter.

It's a bankrupt statement the critic makes about himself when he chooses to impose his value judgments on everybody else.
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Stephan Franck

 

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Post  Posted 14 Apr 2020 9:26 am    
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Hey guys! Thank you for the responses, and thank you for ordering!

Let me try to address the various questions?

-The T-shirts currently offered with the campaign are based on my previous series SILVER (check it out if you like stories about con men and vampires). I'm hoping we can have Palomino-based shirts, and to make those PSG centric, but the current situation being what it is, I need to make sure we can insure the manufacturing of the new shirts. If we can, they will be offered as "add ons" that you are able to select at the end of the campaign when you fill in your delivery info.

-Although I have been a Steel Forum lurker for years, I am only a lowly tele player Wink so I may get some of the gear slightly wrong! I'm trying tho!

-Just want to remind again that this is a rated R story, or like a True Detective type story on HBO. So there is some mild nudity, very mild drug use, and a lot of swearing. If this is not for you, I completely respect it, and wish to warn you going in Smile

-Let me know if I missed anything!

Thanks again guys!

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Jim Cohen


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Post  Posted 14 Apr 2020 9:31 am    
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Stephan Franck wrote:
Let me know if I missed

Yes! So is there a way I can buy the print I like so much?
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Craig Stock


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Post  Posted 14 Apr 2020 9:36 am    
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I am a visual person and think the artwork is tremendous, always have been a fan of LA during that period and a huge Rockford Files fan, not a comic book fan but the story line is very interesting to me and your details are really spot on. You have a good eye!
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Stephan Franck

 

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Post  Posted 14 Apr 2020 10:26 am    
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Hi Jim. I just added a reward tier on the page, where you can just order one art print. You will be able to specify which one at the end of the campaign when they ask for your info, as well as to add more of the prints then if you wish. Thank you!

Thanks Craig! I've been around the clubs my entire life, so at least, the art feels lived in Smile
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Jim Cohen


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Post  Posted 14 Apr 2020 10:35 am    
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Cool! I'm in. Just donated. Good luck to you! Smile
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Stephan Franck

 

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Post  Posted 14 Apr 2020 1:24 pm    
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Thank you so much!
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Skip Edwards

 

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LA,CA
Post  Posted 14 Apr 2020 5:05 pm    
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I'm totally in! As a former member of the Palomino Riders, I'm really looking forward to this.
Here's to ya, Stephan...
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Stephan Franck

 

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Post  Posted 14 Apr 2020 6:59 pm    
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Hey Skip! Great to hear from you! I sent a message to the gang in LA, but for some reason I didn't have your info! I'm so glad you came across this. I'm leaving a few pages at the end of the book for Palomino Riders who want to be featured, maybe share a few stories... I think that would be awesome. I will find you on fb so we can dm.
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Craig Stock


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Post  Posted 15 Apr 2020 7:35 am    
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Double Post, don't know how that happened
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Steven Pearce


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Post  Posted 15 Apr 2020 8:40 am    
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I’m in! Just ordered mine😎
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