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NIGHT OF THE MULLETS the Trade Paperback!

For the first time in print, the collected 5-issue sci-fi comedy series by Boaz Dror & Valentin Ramon! GET YOUR COPY TODAY!

NIGHT OF THE MULLETS the Trade Paperback!

For the first time in print, the collected 5-issue sci-fi comedy series by Boaz Dror & Valentin Ramon! GET YOUR COPY TODAY!

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About

Help bring Night of the Mullets to print for the first time ever!  

My name's Boaz, I'm a screenwriter with an obsession for stories. Movies, novels, non-fiction, comic books, even jokes have always fascinated me, on a structural level: I’m a sucker for telling ‘em, listening to ‘em, and talking about why they do or don’t work. 

All my life I’ve tried to get as close to the craft of storytelling as I could. During the heyday of VHS and dawn of DVD I worked as a clerk at Austin's world-famous Vulcan Video. I attended film school, worked in commercials, directed a feature comedy, created a blog, and spent years writing dialogue for anime, cramming English into Japanese mouth-flaps on shows such as Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, Shadow Skill and UFO Princess Valkyrie. I’ve written over two dozen screenplays and currently have a TV series in development at a major Hollywood studio. 

And... I’m the creator/writer of Night of the Mullets, the comic book series we’re offering here for the first time ever in physical form! 

THE ORIGINS OF "NIGHT OF THE MULLETS"

Night of the Mullets began its life as a screenplay in the early 2000's. The story was inspired not only by the giant, Texas-sized cockroaches that kept surprising me in various kitchens growing up, but also the movies I loved… from ultra-cool sci-fi satires like Alex Cox's Repo Man to the face-huggers of Ridley Scott's Alien to the body-snatching paranoia of John Carpenter's The Thing and Philip Kaufman's Invasion of the Body Snatchers (that freakin’ dog still haunts my dreams!)  

In 2008, after a draft of the screenplay made it to the quarterfinals of the Austin Film Festival, some producers approached me about making a Night of the Mullets film. But ultimately, despite the fact that it was envisioned as a low-budget creature-feature, the budget was simply too low to do the story justice. So I turned my attention to other projects, and continued my pursuit of a career in the storytelling industry.  

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(above: Mullet walk-mechanic designed by Jason Gary, 2010) 

But over the years, Night of the Mullets kept nipping at the back of my skull, and eventually I returned to it, with the goal of adapting it into a comic book, where the story could finally scuttle out of my brain and infest the minds of others.  

And ultimately, after a lot of hard work by a fantastic team of artists, we've ended up with a fun product we're all very proud of, which will look amazing sitting on your shelf... and which you yourself can be a part of!  

MEET OUR TEAM OF ARTISTS: 

Interior Artist Valentin Ramon with his alternate first issue cover!
Original cover for issue number 1 by Jim Mahfood!
Original cover for issue number 2 by Grim Wilkins!
Original cover for issue number 3 by Farel Dalrymple!
Original cover for issue number 4 by Michael Ramstead!
Original cover for issue number 5 by Ulises Fariñas!
The incredible talents of our lettering crew!
And of course the TPB cover by Alchemichael

WHY SUPPORT THIS PROJECT?

If you're like me, you love discovering content that's off-the-beaten path. At the edges of discourse we often find viewpoints far removed from what's accepted or expected. In my youth I found these unique perspectives in the pages of comics such as Shade the Changing Man, Concrete, Madman, Cerebus and Akira, each offering weird, off-kilter, challenging (& critical) outlooks on a world that's too often simplified by popular "inside-the-box" narratives.

But while they were once risky, today's comics and genre films have become fodder for big-budget tentpoles, with manicured commercial messages that say little about life. Whether intentionally or not, the mainstream is gentrifying the margins of our collective consciousness, and the only way to push back against its "formulaic creep" is to empower independent voices whose stories share some insight into the human condition, so that others might feel inspired... or even included at all. 

Injecting varied viewpoints into the cultural bloodstream is vital to society as a whole, to fortify discourse and keep the body-politic healthy. The content I aspire towards creating (with the help of collaborators and friends) aims to feed the fringes and "keep the periphery weird," in order to keep the cycle of discourse from growing stagnant, and to ensure future travelers have far-out destinations to venture to! 

SO WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

Night of the Mullets is the story of a down-on-his-luck guy named Gabe who teams up with an all-female resistance known as "The Hairforce" to fight a hairy alien invasion that's been going on for centuries.

That's right: the hairdo-you-love-to-hate is actually the by-product of an intergalactic infestation that's happening right under our noses (and also right above our foreheads).

This means that while some of your neighbors' mullets are natural (or "terrestrial"), others are in fact camouflaged xenosites: parasitic puppet-masters feeding on the male brain, treating their hosts like rental cars, pushing them on to get the grey matter pumping and juices flowing!   

Early designs by Valentin Ramon
Early designs by Valentin Ramon

Mullet "ground zero" is Crater Springs, TX, where the bugs have been landing for centuries, and where local oil baron Elwood Dix has discovered that the mullet queen's veins contain a valuable fluid that can be converted to energy. And being that he's the richest man 'round these parts, Dix has corrupted the local authorities, to ensure they'll stop at nothing to put his nefarious plans into motion! 

A wild-n'-hairy romp that mashes up the body-snatcher and zombie genres with creature-features like Critters, Tremors, Gremlins, The Blob, The Deadly Spawn and many more, the series features incredible illustration by artist Valentin Ramon (D4VE, Hot Damn, Born in Hell, Z), whose high-quality, full-color artwork will suck you into a rich world of vibrant characters and crazy critter shenanigans.  

The graphic novel is 100% complete and ready to print! [note: for our purposes, the terms "trade paperback," "TPB," and "graphic novel" all refer to the same thing: the book itself] From 2015-2018, the series appeared on the digital-only platform comiXology, but artwork this amazing deserves to be experienced on the page, in full glossy color, which is why we're setting it loose upon the world! 

This gorgeous, one-of-a-kind book collects the entire 5 issue run (138 pages of story) with a brand new cover by Michael Lee Macdonald (Island, Heart of Weirdness, Blood and Stars, DISMAS, etc.):            

I know I'm biased but darned if that ain't one handsome cover!
I know I'm biased but darned if that ain't one handsome cover!

AND... included within the TPB's pages are all the original covers from comiXology's run, as well as exclusive extras not found in those digital issues... including pin-ups, pencils and back-of-the-book features designed to include you, the audience, so that you can be directly associated with our project for all of posterity!  

SO... WHAT DO YOU GET FOR HELPING US OUT? 

Consult the "pyramid" for a quick visual reference...

To go along with the above infographic, you'll find a more in-depth explanation of our tiers along the right margin of the page (up top, under "PLEDGES"). And here's a KEY to help you discern the individual items available to you for helping us meet our goal:  

FINAL PRODUCT MAY VARY IN APPEARANCE

When referencing the PLEDGES you'll notice additional MULTI-PACK tiers: these are available to everyone, but catered towards encouraging small businesses to offer the book, in-store:  

The more you buy, the more you save!

Also remember that all pledges at The Thing! ($25) level and above will be eligible for our stretch goal rewards: This means that when the campaign reaches marks beyond our initial fundraising target, you'll unlock extra cool surprise gifts! The first - containing an assorted bundle of stickers, including a bumper sticker with our Night of the Mullets logo - has already been exposed... but many more await!     

Multi-pack backers will receive one set of stretch goal rewards.

Besides going towards recouping production expenses, your support allows us to bring down the overall printing cost (read more about printing costs here). What this means is that the more friends you enlist in our campaign, and the more friends those friends enlist, the more generous we can be with our stretch rewards!   

And when you join the Night of the Mullets family, you'll also be added (unless you opt out) to the GOOD GOLEM MEDIA mailing list, where you'll be first to know about our upcoming comic and other media projects!      

Thanks for taking the time to read this kickstarter campaign page! I hope you join our adventure and tell all your friends, so we can continue to widen our audience of fellow enthusiasts who love weird and exciting content! Who knows, if this goes well, we might even try to create a first person Night of the Mullets  video game... or maybe even put a crew together to film the opening sequence! Let's do this stuff!  

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 (above: Hmm... there's something strange going on here!!)

And remember: this collector's edition TPB is limited and may never be reprinted - so make sure you get your copy... and don't forget to help spread the word, so we can add more generous gifts! After all, these bodies aren't gonna snatch themselves!        

AND ONE LAST THING: 

Risks and challenges

The comic book pages are 100% finished! There's no risk of the project not reaching fruition - the entire book is laid out and ready to print, the artists have all been paid, and we're simply trying to get the word out and grow our audience, so we can afford the largest print-run possible!

However, there are still risks, including unforeseen third-party delays, printing problems, or lags in getting the additional materials into the "Party Out Back" section in the time advertised, etc.

BUT... given my experience in bringing low-budget films and commercials in on-time and under-budget, as well as my general OCD-fueled attention to detail, I'm confident any and all issues will be minimized and mitigated.

I've done my research, consulted with friends and mentors who've been through this process numerous times, and I am ready to nip any problems in the bud. Throughout the process of putting this campaign together, I've done my best to keep things simple, make conservative estimations, and allow plenty of room for error.

In other words, I'm confident that should we be lucky enough to get funded I will do my utmost to deliver the book and all rewards in a timely and well-packaged manner, to your satisfaction - and to communicate openly throughout the entire process!

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    All of the "Mississippi Mudflap" level PLUS! A rare opportunity to get your picture into the book's FEATURED CREATURES section! Yup: You send us a doggone picture of yourself with a "natural" mullet and you'll become part of our rogue's gallery... and if you don't have a photo with a mullet (no doubt because of some positive life choices you've made) we'll freakin' MULLETIZE you, so you can hide among the terrestrials who’ve earned their glorious place in the gallery! Just imagine: the only collected physical printing of NIGHT OF THE MULLETS... and THERE YOU ARE, in it to win it, partying like a boss in the back! (LIMITED TO 72 BACKERS)

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    Get all the "Enter the Picture" reward tier PLUS! A one-of-a-kind Guitar customized by Lukasz Gunia of LPGunia Guitars!!! Design will incorporate the "Night of the Mullets" logo right on the body, painted by Lukasz himself! If you don't have a band now, you'll have to get one started ASAP after you get this bad boy!

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