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Looking For A Dark Graphic Novel About NoHo’s ‘80s Country Music Scene? Read This.

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The Palomino is a country music club that had a big impact on the L.A. scene from the 1930s into the 1980s. It doesn't exist anymore. But Stephan Franck, an animator on everything from the Iron Giant and Into the Spider-Verse to the MCU's upcoming animated show, used his computer animation skills to bring back the Palomino as a CGI model.

He based it on old photos, as well as taking shots of what's now a North Hollywood banquet hall. He put all that together, then referenced that model — along with models of almost all of the other locations in his new comic Palomino, currently fundraising on Kickstarter — to make his drawings feel more real.

Franck brings a Frenchman's eye to country music and the Valley, seeing everything as a bit brand new and bringing the romance that was in his mind growing up outside Paris, while also having the experience of having lived here for the past 25 years. Go read the full story to see a preview of the first seven pages of the comic and to find out more about the Palomino's history, along with Franck's thoughts on bringing the Palomino back to life in a neo-noir graphic novel.