Stephan Franck's PALOMINO

Created by Dark Planet Comics

A Neo Noir Graphic Novel Set In LA’s Country Music Clubs

Latest Updates from Our Project:

3 months ago – Sat, Oct 24, 2020 at 08:09:25 PM

Hi all, Hope you're staying safe and sane in these trying time!

Just a final-final update for this volume to let you know that fulfillment has been completed. We received just a couple  "returned to sender"  packages recently, all in the same postal area, and just resent them after confirming addresses.  So if you haven't received your package yet (physical or digital), please reach out.

I want to thank you all again for reading Palomino! A lot more is on the way, with the second volume currently in progress, and MORE!  SOON!


...I would like to leave you with  recommendations for 2 very cool projects.  And just to be clear, I am not affiliated with these projects, but the vibes are good, so I'm sharing:

GHOSTS ARE PEOPLE TOO: Just in time for Halloween, this delicious creepfest by artist and musician Peter Ricq really needs to enter our astral plane! I love the art which is ultra creepy and there is a lot of soul in here! This will be on your coffee table every October to come. 

TWIN KINGS BATTLE: published by my pal Fabrice Sapolski and created by Disney animator/ DC and Marvel comic artist Phil Briones. It is an LGBT fantasy story. The art is fantastic, the point of view if fresh, and it has DRAGONS! Because Briones animation/comics background, his storytelling does epic and action AND slice of life really well! This is a top-top notch comic.

It's obviously very hard to get our collective attentions right now, and it's killing me to see those campaigns not getting the momentum they deserve, so don't miss out!

Wishing the very best to you all!


FINAL PALOMINO UPDATE (unless something happens and we need one more!)
5 months ago – Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 11:40:13 AM

Hi all,

Another big and final thank you as we are entering the last phase of the Palomino Vol. 1 campaign. Here is the update on fulfillment:

  • A very small number of backers haven't returned their surveys yet, so their rewards can't ship until they do. If this is you, you know what to do. If you don't know what to do, please DM me.


  • All the art prints, T-shirt and apparels have shipped in the last couple weeks. If you haven't received yours yet, they should be well on their way.
  • The books arrived here a few days later than expected, so we are slightly behind schedule, but catching up. As of yesterday, All books have been signed, sleeved, and about 50% of them have already shipped. Our friends from USPS will come pick up the rest monday and tuesday.
  • The digital versions of the books are also being released tonight. Everyone who ordered them will (or possibly already has) received an email from Backerkit with the link to download the PDFs. And remember that everyone who ordered physical copies also gets the corresponding digital versions as well at no extra cost. So basically, everybody's getting an email with the appropriate  download links. In fact...haha, funny story... I may have double-clicked that button, so you might be receiving 2 emails back to back. But don't be confused, those are the same links.  I don't know at what rate Backerkit is sending out those emails, but if you haven't received yours by tomorrow am, check your spam folder.


  • So far there hasn't been any problem, but as we all know, the postal service may be slower in these crazy times, so give it a few days before worrying about not receiving your books. All the packages have tracking numbers, so everything should be fine.
  • We're processing a large number of orders, so a few mistakes may happen. If your order somehow arrives with an error in it, DM me, and we'll fix it.

So there you have it, we're about to cross the finish line on this adventure, and best of all this is the kind of finish line that is just the beginning!

Thanks again, stay safe, and be well.


6 months ago – Fri, Jul 24, 2020 at 09:52:17 AM

Hi all,

Oops, I forgot to mention the DIGITAL COPIES yesterday, so to answer everyone's questions:

  • The Digital versions will be sent out at the same time as the physical copies (week of 8/3)
  • At that time, you will receive an email from backerkit with a link to download the files
  • Everyone who ordered a physical book will also receive a corresponding  digital version

There you have it!

Thanks everyone!


PALOMINO penultimate update
6 months ago – Fri, Jul 24, 2020 at 05:51:45 AM

This is getting real, folks.

We should be receiving the books sometime next week, and we'll start shipping them Monday 8/3. Meanwhile, we will get a head start on shipping the other items in the coming days. That includes prints and T-shirts. So if you have moved since the campaign and didn't notify us, this is the time to update your address before we lock the addresses for shipping this Friday night (7/24).

Cover update: While finalizing prepress with the printer a few weeks ago, it became clear that the cover art--although a really cool image--was a little too dark to really work as a cover, so I repainted it slightly differently. Artistically speaking, I dig both versions, so if you ordered a print of the cover art, you will receive both versions of the print at no extra charge :)

I will conclude with a few cool pix of all that stuff in progress, but before, since there is a good chance that you are a noir fan, I will leave you with 2 recommendations for 2 awesome graphic novel projects by friends of mine (that I am not affiliated with in anyway), now running on Kickstarter.

1) Noir Is The New Black, A collection of Noir stories by Black creators published by my friend Fabrice Sapolsky's new imprint Fair & Square Comics. This project just debuted, so help it start with a bang!

2) PARIS 2119: a deadly, dystopian romance published by mu pal Mike Kennedy at Magnetic Press. THIS ONE IS IN ITS FINAL HOURS! neurobellum/paris-2119-a-deadly-dystopic-romance?fbclid=IwAR15mqt-c0J2R58YZfSp3ChB9X80abAbSbJPJE7xeGdLOlf8uGncaoVUTEU

And now, pix!

These prints are looking cool!
New version of the painting focuses more on the characters and will read a little easier when sitting on a rack in a comic shop!
The first version was fun in its own way, though, so if you ordered the cover art, you will be receiving both versions of the print.

Getting Ready for Fulfillment
7 months ago – Sun, Jun 28, 2020 at 02:57:08 AM

Hey all, just a little weekend update:

All  files are now with the printer, and  presses are about to roll, so we are turning our attention to fulfillment in earnest.

  • If you have already filled out your survey and selected add-ons or made additional pre-orders, we will start locking those orders on Monday morning, and your card will be charged for those items at that time.
  • If you are one of the few backers who haven't answered your survey yet, please do so at your earliest convenience so we can get you squared away!

Be well and stay safe!


Checking out the content proofs!