“The artist, Michel Mulipola, is actually a wrestler from New Zealand that runs a comic book store. All the wrestlers that are contributing are passionate about wrestling, comics and art. I think people know RVD, Helms and Daniels as huge comic book fans. Sinn actually self published his own comic before he broke in. We're not trying to put over anyone or sell any action figures…We're just trying to tell an entertaining story about wrestling and the passion it inspires.”
Kingston decided to start a Kickstarter fundraising campaign for “Headlocked: the Last Territory” in July. He received a tremendous response and is currently at almost $21,000 and counting. With the book funded, he is looking to take the project to another level by reaching his $23,000 goal by September 13.
“With so many awful wrestling comics over the years, publishers are understandably wary about them,” Kingston said.
“We know the difference between ‘Headlocked’ and licensed wrestling comics, but they don't. So we decided to take it to the people with Kickstarter. We need people to show publishers that there is a market for good wrestling products and that wrestling fans deserve better than what they've been given. So at this point, it’s not about funding…it’s about making a statement. Every single dollar matters.
“To show our appreciation to the fans that are supporting us through Kickstarter, we've created an amazing special edition of the book that you can only get by backing our campaign. All of the content that's generated by wrestlers is Kickstarter Exclusive. The cover by Lawler, the short stories, the pinups…it-s all being created exclusively for the people who back our campaign. You won't be able to get this book in stores, at [comic conventions] or online. So on top of having all of those awesome features, it’s going to be super collectible as well.”
Kingston has high hopes for “Headlocked” beyond the pages of a book.
“A lot of people say they'd like to see this as a TV show or a cartoon, but if you want that to happen, you have to support it here. That's how the industry works these days,” Kingston said.
“…Since our book is funded, our new stretch goal is to fund an animated demo that we can use to pitch the series to a couple of networks. Ken Anderson and Juggalo Championship Wrestling’s Kevin Gill are going to voice it. While I'm happy that the book is funded, I really, really want to hit this stretch goal because hopefully it means expanding into other forms of media.
“…We've worked really hard to make a product that we think wrestlers, wrestling fans, and comic book fans will really appreciate and enjoy. We'd like to prove everyone wrong that said that wrestling comics can't be done successfully, but we can't do it without your help!”
For information on the “Headlocked” Kickstarter campaign or to help fund the project, visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/180977151/headlocked-the-last-territory.
Visit www.headlockedcomic.com or follow on Twitter @HeadlockedComic.
Kingston has already been announced to return to Florida Supercon July 3-6 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Visit www.floridasupercon.com for details.
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