Stephan Franck

The following is an exclusive excerpt from Palomino, the graphic fiction series by Stephen Franck, a loving appreciation of country and noir set in Los Angeles and featuring a father/daughter detective duo who are also immersed in the music scene.

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“Los Angeles has always been about people chasing their dreams and finding out the hard way that if those dreams come true at all, it’s always at a price. To me, that is the essence of noir: idealists bumping against the edges of a cynical world. That tension is the default setting for Palomino’s neo noir father/daughter duo Eddie & Lisette Lang. He’s a former cop, now a PI by day and working musician by night, and, no doubt, he’s a hard man (somewhere between Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen). She, at the ripe old age of 16, might be even more hardass and hardboiled than he is. However, deep inside, they both are bursting at the seams with empathy and with a burning sense of right and wrong. It would be so much easier for either of them to look the other way and not get involved with doing the right thing, but fuck it, given half a chance they just can’t help themselves.”—Stephan Franck

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From PALOMINO, VOL 2. Used with the permission of the publisher, DARK PLANET COMICS, and author Stephen Franck. Copyright © 2023 by STEPHEN FRANCK.

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