Los Angeles, CA, September 8, 2015 –
Dark Planet announced today that “SILVER Volume 2”, the new trade paperback in Stephan Franck’s acclaimed mini-series SILVER, will launch a Kickstarter campaign on September 8, 2015. SILVER Volume 1 was funded through a successful Kickstarter in 2014.
A direct continuation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula universe, set forward 50 years into the pulp/noir era of the 1930's, SILVER introduces James Finnigan, a con man, who endeavors to separate the vampires from their precious silver. Personal entanglements and character comedy ensue, as Finnigan assembles the team of talented but broken misfits needed to pull off a heist for the ages. Released last year, the first volume in the series earned Stephan Franck a 2014 Russ Manning Award nomination at San Diego Comic Con and a 2015 Geekie Award nomination (winner TBA in october 2015). ComiXology recently ranked SILVER number 2 on its well respected “ESSENTIAL READS” list.
“The very reason for Dark Planet’s existence is artistic independence,” says Franck, “which only comes from financial independence. And while the artistic content for this book has already created, this Kickstarter campaign will allow our fans to get the book early, and help us with our printing, and marketing costs aimed at an even wider audience.”
While the new 112-page trade paperback continues the series’ trademark character explorations, in particular the inevitable bonding between Finn and Tao, it is also an exciting feat in WORLD-BUILDING. As the train reaches its final destination, we enter the hidden world of vampires--a culture of intrigues, vanity, decadence and ancient traditions.
“I couldn’t wait to present my take on Dracula’s legendary castle and to start lifting the veil on our unique mythology” says Franck, “everything we’ve seen and heard so far in the story has been leading up to this.”
Since the series’ inception, SILVER has been noted for its strong female characters, in particular troubled vampire-hunter and fans favorite Rosalynd “Sledge” Van Helsing. In issue #5 we discover vampire princess Lillian, described by Finnigan as “A real troublemaker, someone with an agenda. A bonafide nutball”, with whom Sledge is on a collision course.
As with previous installments in the series, comic books luminaries have been vocal supporters of Franck’s storytelling:
“With SILVER, Stephan Franck cuts right to the bone of the story and masterfully drives his narrative home. A breath of fresh air in the world of comics!”
--TOMMY LEE EDWARDS (Marvel 1985, The Question, Turf)
“Why was I not reading this before? Why? Why? Why? It’s everything I love about comics. And everything I miss about a lot of comics these days. Hey Stephan Franck, I want more.”
— JIM KRUEGER (Earth X, Justice, The Runner)
The Kickstarter campaign for SILVER volume 2 is live at: