What if the mullet haircut – that symbol of rowdy redneck kitsch and hokey hockey hooliganism – was not all what it seemed? That’s the conceit at the heart of Night of the Mullets, a new graphic novel that launched this week on Kickstarter, written by Boaz Dror with art by Valentin Ramon.
Set in the fictional town of Crater Springs, Texas, the plot revolves around an underground group of fighting 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. Like cerebral leeches, the titular parasites latch onto the (mostly male) human brain to feed on adrenaline and testosterone, compelling their hosts to produce more of the heady mix while outwardly keeping up appearances of being relatively normal, terrestrial-minded individuals.
The author grew up in the heart of Texas and based many of the book’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 the more “mulleted” pockets of America.
The project began its life in the early 2000’s as a screenplay inspired by creature-features such as Gremlins, Critters and Tremors before being adapted to comic book. Between 2015-2018 it appeared on the digital-only platform ComiXology, and is now being sold in physical form for the first time ever, in a Trade Paperback collecting all 5 issues plus a variety of extra content.
The campaign offers contributors pledge rewards such as personalized artwork, trucker hats, and other Southern-flavored swag. It’s up and running and crossed the 50% threshold in its first 48 hours.
These days the mullet is making a strong comeback, bridging the great American divide. It can be spotted atop West Coast instagrammers excitedly posting “business up front/party out back” hairdo’s every #TBT and #FBF… and also un-ironically sported by red-state Americans. Heck, there’s even one prominently perched upon the American President! This means there’s no better time to delve into the secret history of the mullet! So if you’re a fan of comic books, satire, or horror-comedy science fiction, be sure to check out Night of the Mullets! http://bit.ly/NightOfTheMullets