The bibliography of Joe R. Lansdale received a nice publicity boost earlier this year with SundanceTV’s Hap and Leonard show, which is based on a series of crime thrillers by the East Texas author. But some works by the prolific, genre-hopping writer remain out of print. Like what? Like the 1999 graphic novel Red Range, a collaboration with artist Sam Glanzman (Hercules), about a 19th-century African-American man who has his life ripped apart by the KKK, but finds a way to fight back by donning the guise of the Red Mask.
Now, publisher Drew Ford has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help pay for a new version of Red Range, which will be made available via his imprint, It’s Alive! In addition to the graphic novel itself, this souped-up iteration features an afterword from famed artist Stephen R. Bissette (Swamp Thing). The campaign also has the support of Lansdale himself.
“The Old West had black heroes who have been forgotten or ignored, and this was my chance to blend that fact with pulp, western, and science fiction storytelling,” Lansdale told EW via email, explaining the origin of Red Range. “And it was a chance to work with one of my heroes, Sam Glanzman.”
You can discover more about (and contribute to) the Red Range campaign at its official Kickstarter page.