“Night of the Mullets” comic book release
Forget what you know, loathe and/or love about the mullet haircut – the ultimate symbol of rowdy redneck kitsch and hokey honky tonk hooliganism. What if it is not what it seems to be? That’s the premise of “Night of the Mullets”, a new graphic novel launching on Kickstarter in October, written and created by Boaz Dror and featuring artwork by Valentin Ramon.
Dror, an Israeli-American who grew up in the heart of Texas (like an “alien” himself) based many of the comic’s absurd scenarios on actual Lone Star experiences. These include partying at trailer-park keggers in small panhandle towns, finding himself at impromptu backyard wrestling matches and deafening monster truck rallies, and attending other perplexing events you’ll find nowhere but in the more “mulleted” pockets of America. Set in the fictional town of Crater Springs, Texas, the plot revolves around an underground group of battling female hairdressers – known as “The Hairforce” – who keep the steady stream of aliens landing in their midst from wreaking havoc on the local town-folk.
It began as a screenplay inspired by creature features such as “Gremlins”, “Critters” and “Tremors” before being adapted to comic book form and between 2015-2018 it appeared on the digital-only platform ComiXology. It will be sold in physical form for the first time ever, in a sleek collection of 5 issues, plus a variety of extra content. The campaign will also offer participants rewards such as artwork, trucker hats, and other Southern-flavored swag to help sweeten the deal.
These days the mullet is experiencing a cultural resurgence, in part thanks to a new American populism and a president plagued with a famously problematic pompadour. So if you’re a fan of comic books, satire, or horror-comedy science fiction, keep your eyes peeled for “Night of the Mullets” on Kickstarter October 15. boazdror.com