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Lucha Underground meets Truman Show: A luchador detective comic with a monstrous twist!
Lucha Underground meets Truman Show: A luchador detective comic with a monstrous twist!
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STRETCH GOALS/REWARDS/ADD-ONS!!!

EACH LEVEL WILL INCLUDE NEW ADD-ONS FOR THE PHYSICAL LEVELS, FOR FREE, FOR HELPING US GET FULLY FUNDED AND HELPING US GET OVER THESE THRESHOLDS. 

$5000 UNLOCKED!: Additional 5 pages of story for a full 30 page story now. This story will be an add-on, written and drawn by Travis Hymel, and is FREE and unlocked now. What's this story about? You'll have to wait and see but here's a preview of the art:

$5500 UNLOCKED!!: Jordan Kroeger Variant Cover added to all levels $30 and higher. STICKERS AND EXTRA PRINTS added to each and every physical level and digital wallpaper added to digital only level. ALSO: The $5000 stretch goal of my getting a tattoo will be decided upon by all of you. The money DOES NOT come out of this Kickstarter and will be paid for out of my own pocket as a specific bonus because I love all of you for getting me to this level. 

The retailer level, recently unlocked, has been updated to include something super special: A BRAND NEW VARIANT COVER! Local KC comic creators Damont Jordan and Bryan Timmins are crafting a brand new cover for this book that will only be available in the retailer level (OR as a $10 add on to your existing physical levels). There will be no other place to get this and it will not be available beyond this Kickstarter. Image will be uploaded once the final art is prepared and ready to go, but it will be SUPER RARE! This also opens the variant cover original art level, now with 3 covers to choose from. First come, first served, all available ONLY here.

The other unlocked levels are below: 

$6500 UNLOCKED!!!:  Thumb Wrestlers and Pin-Up Gallery! The Pin-Up gallery will be added, featuring art by Ally Cat, Erica Batton, Jake Booker, and many more. ONLY AVAILABLE DURING THE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN. The issue one from the Kickstarter will feature the pinup gallery but it will not be available when the book hits stores in 2019. The Thumb Wrestlers are a physical add-on for all physical levels $30 and higher! So keep pledging and pushing! 

$7500 Stretch Goal!: ADDITIONAL PRINTS, BOOKMARKS, AND TRADING CARDS.  ALL from the pinup gallery and original character art from the series. Available for all pledge levels at $30  and up for free!

$8500 Stretch Goal!: MAGNETS AND MORE TRADING CARDS! New levels to unlock!! New buttons level and POP FUNKO LEVEL will be opened. Want a physical pop vinyl of Agente? That level will open if we hit $8500 and above. It will be a specific pledge level while the magnets will be a bonus for all pledge levels $30 and above. 

$9500 Stretch Goal!!!!!: PHIL HESTER AND ANDE PARKS  VARIANT COVER!!!!! This is the big one. I want to hit this level so we can unlock this amazing cover. It will be available as an add-on for an additional $10 to your already pledged physical levels and it will be  available in a very limited quantity. Help us hit this goal and all physical pledge levels $20 and higher will unlock all prints, bookmarks, and everything else. EVERYONE GETS MORE STUFF AT THIS LEVEL AND HIGHER. 

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ADD-ONS TO YOUR EXISTING LEVELS!

Add $10 to your existing pledge level for any variant cover you'd like. Add an additional $25 to your existing pledge level for each shirt to be added (up to XL, add $1 for XXL, $2 for XXXL, etc) and $25 per pin to add to existing levels. Add $50 to include a LUCHA mask! Only works if previously pledged as an add-on to an existing level. These costs cover additional shipping & handling as well! 

Colors may change
Colors may change
Mask styles and colors may vary
Mask styles and colors may vary
BUT WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP TO HIT THOSE STRETCH GOALS!!!!
BUT WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP TO HIT THOSE STRETCH GOALS!!!!

FROM CW COOKE, CREATOR OF SOLITARY (SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE):

"Non-stop and full of energy, this book is irresistible!" - Mark Waid, writer (Captain America, Kingdom Come, Doctor Strange)

"Who could resist a comic about a crime-fighting Luchador...and why would you even try?" - Mark Russell, writer (The Flintstones, Snagglepuss Chronicles, Lone Ranger) 

"L.U.C.H.A. is the Watchmen of Luchador/secret agent/monster fighting/absurdly fun comics. Lucha Libre Action! Lucha Libre Excitement! Lucha Libre Intrigue! What more do you people want?" - Ryan Prows, filmmaker (Lowlife)

"Exciting, clever, quirky, and action-packed!  CW Cooke and Travis Hymel deliver full-blast fun and thrills. Cooke's script is fast-paced and original and Hymel's art is top-notch! Two thumbs way up!" - Brian Augustyn, writer and editor (Batman: Gotham By Gaslight, Flash, Archie 1941)

"L.U.C.H.A. has great suspense with tons of actions and very nice and inventive art!" - Mike Deodato, Jr., artist (Infinity Wars, Thanos, Thor)

"It warms my cold cynical heart to see others tackle the wonderful Latinx sport of Lucha Libre in genre comics. This story has mystery, monsters and action. Basically the three things that are best in comics. So do yourselves a favor and check out this fun series. It's worth your time and money." - Marco Lopez, co-creator/writer (he Luchaverse, Puerto Rico Strong and Terminal Anthology #2)

"I liked it...having a hard time expressing why I liked it...It's Bond, Luchador Bond!" - Richard Pace, artist/cover artist (Second Coming, Imaginary Fiends)

"Bombastic and action-packed, Cooke and Hymel's L.U.C.H.A. brings a fun mixture of wrestling and super-heroics while simultaneously introducing a larger, possibly reality shaking mystery in this dynamic first issue!" - Justin Gray, writer (Billy the Kit, Power Girl, Jonah Hex)

"I am LOVING it. I'm a sucker for fluid action and beautiful colors and this comic has both to the extreme. 10/10 do recommend!" - Ren Famous (Cosplayer Extraordinaire, Friend of Luchadors Everywhere)

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Hello! My name is CW Cooke and I've been working in independent comics since 2007. I've worked with companies like Big Dog Ink (Joan of Arc), Image Comics (Spread short story), Devil's Due (hit series Solitary with a soon to be released second volume which began as a Kickstarter), Action Lab (Stillwater), Pilot Studios (Always Punch Nazis vol 1 and more to come), Arcana, Viper, and Bluewater as well as in the self-published realm of comics.

My first series, Solitary (which many of you helped fund a few years back), has recently entered a development deal for film and television. Here's a link to see more about that and follow that progress as it happens: 

https://graphicpolicy.com/2018/10/04/nycc-2018-devils-due-comics-and-cw-cookes-solitary-gets-a-development-deal/

Co-created with artist Travis Hymel and with colors by Jeremy Kahn and letters and logo by Micah Myers, we're working hard to bring our newest idea, L.U.C.H.A., to life. And Agente needs your help! 

A HORROR WRESTLING EXTRAVAGANZA:

L.U.C.H.A. is the story of Agente, a luchador detective who spends his life solving low level crimes and murders, taking on any job that falls in his lap. He just so happens to get wrapped up in a murder campaign that involves vampires, wrestlers, and other notorious figures before the rug gets pulled out from under  him...and the readers!

L.U.C.H.A. is one of the most fun things I've worked on in comics. Born from a simple idea as part of the Kayfabe anthology (a wrestling comic anthology put together by comic creators and wrestling fans alike, with the emphasis on wrestling as real), this story about Agente took on a life of its own because of the incredible working chemistry Travis and I had and the unbelievably insane story we came up with. The first ten pages will rock your socks off and after that it will swerve and take your breath away.

Pin, available at $50 level
Pin, available at $50 level

I've wanted to make a comic that was this insane for a long time, and I've found the perfect partners in crime. And we need your help because this beautiful work will require a lot to deliver the goods.

By pledging you're helping us see the series through to issue four. We're keeping our rewards focused around issue one, to keep this campaign simple, but we'll be sure to update you whenever new issues are available as well, and try to come up with some extra perks down the line to remember the backers who helped make this book's launch possible.

We have a lot of plans for stretch goals, but before we get there, hit that pledge button please! The rewards are at the bottom of this page.   

 WRITER: CW Cooke

ARTIST: Travis Hymel

COLORS: Jeremy Kahn

LETTERS/LOGO: Micah Myers

EDITS: Shawn Gabborin and Shawn Pryor

SPECIAL THANKS: Jay Huwer, Shawn Pryor, Jeremy Mohler, Kit Caoagas, Shawn Gabborin, Trevor Mueller, Steve Ekstrom, my wife, my wonderful friends, my team, and so many others that I'm probably forgetting that helped keep my mind at ease as I built this thing. 

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Risks and challenges

The first issue is completely drawn and in the process of being colored. We've begun work on issue two and plotted the rest of the first arc.

The only issues or setbacks that might come up at this point would be in relation to certain rewards and taking a bit of time to get them completed. The book is done, the colors are being completed, so getting it printed and delivered and all the rewards sent out is really the only challenge we face.

I am very open and honest. If something is taking time, I'm an easy person to find and I'm more than willing to admit to my mistakes and to make them right.

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    DIGITAL COMIC

    You get the first issue via an easy-to-download link. PDF format!

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    Issue 1: KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE COVER!

    Get the full and complete first issue with the Kickstarter Exclusive Cover. Signed by CW Cooke. Includes 2 Kickstarter Exclusive 8x11" prints for free!

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    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE ARTIST'S EDITION

    A limited release of the entire issue, featuring clean black & white line-art - no colors! This DOES include the word balloons so you can still follow the story. NEVER TO BE REPRINTED! Signed by CW Cooke

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    BOTH COMICS PLUS CW COOKE DIGITAL BUNDLE

    You get BOTH versions of the book signed by CW Cooke: The Kickstarter Exclusive and the Artist's Edition! Comes with the 2 8x11" prints AND the CW Cooke Digital Comics Bundle which includes: Solitary Vol 1, Stillwater Vol 1, Kayfabe Vol 1 and Vol 2 and the ALL NEW VOL 3, The Spread Short Story from Image Comics, and many more! Over 500 pages of additional digital content!

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    L.U.C.H.A. PIN PLUS COMICS!

    L.U.C.H.A. Pin, plus BOTH copies of the comic (The Kickstarter Exclusive and Artist's Edition signed by CW Cooke), and the CW Cooke Digital Comics Bundle. The L.U.C.H.A. Pin is a limited edition!

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    T-SHIRT PLUS COMICS BUNDLE!

    L.U.C.H.A. T-shirt (exclusive to this Kickstarter only), plus BOTH copies of the comic (The Kickstarter Exclusive and Artist's Edition signed by CW Cooke), the prints, and the CW Cooke Digital Comics Bundle. The L.U.C.H.A. T-shirt is a limited edition and only available in this Kickstarter. Add $1 for XXL, $2 for XXXL, $3 for XXXXL, etc.

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    LUCHA HEAD SKETCH: YOUR CHOICE

    Travis Hymel, artist extraordinaire, will draw a bust/head sketch image for you, 8x11", of ONE character of your choosing. Any character, go nuts! This level also includes BOTH copies of L.U.C.H.A. signed by CW Cooke (The Kickstarter Exclusive and Artist's Edition), the 2 8x11" exclusive prints, AND the full CW Cooke Digital Comics Bundle! LIMITED AVAILABILITY

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    LUCHA MASK PLUS COMICS

    This level scores you BOTH copies of L.U.C.H.A. signed by CW Cooke, both 8x11" prints, the CW Cooke Digital Comics Bundle, AND an amazing LUCHA mask. Masks are various designs and will be assigned at random and are LIMITED AVAILABILITY.

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    MEETING OF THE MINDS

    Get your script and writing samples critiqued by the writer, CW Cooke, via email or Skype (your choice). An editor will also assist and critique if requested. Sessions will last an hour at a time. Once the review is complete, the time is yours! Talk shop, talk comics, get tips on how to succeed or break in, etc. Also includes both copies of the comic signed by CW Cooke, 2 8x11" prints, and the Digital Comics Bundle!

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    COMMISSION LEVEL

    Choose 1 character of your choice, ANY CHARACTER, to be drawn by the incredible Travis Hymel, as an 11x14" commission sketch. LIMITED AVAILABILITY. You will receive BOTH copies of the comic signed by CW Cooke, the 2 8x11" prints, and the CW Cooke Digital Comics Bundle!

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    RETAILER BUNDLE PACK!

    10 copies of each cover (Kickstarter Exclusive Cover, Artist Edition, Jordan Kroeger Variant), and 10 copies of each print for a specific retailer bundle! Want to add additional copies of all? Just multiply the reward by the number you want! FOR RETAILERS ONLY!

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    GET DRAWN INTO THE COMIC

    This reward gets you an actual cameo IN the comic. Your likeness will be illustrated alongside our hero somewhere in the story. You will also receive BOTH copies of the comic, signed by CW Cooke, the 2 8x11" prints, and the Digital Comics Bundle! Be a character in the book FOREVER and you will be added to issue one!

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    ORIGINAL COVER ART!

    You get to own the original cover art for this Kickstarter Exclusive Cover. Only one original copy exists and it will be YOURS! You also receive BOTH copies signed by CW Cooke, the 2 8x11" prints, and the Digital Comics Bundle.

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    ORIGINAL COVER ART REDUX

    You get to own the original cover art for the TRAVIS HYMEL KICKSTARTER VARIANT. Only one original copy exists and it will be YOURS! OR you can own the JORDAN KROEGER VARIANT or the DAMONT JORDAN VARIANT. First come, first served, and it's YOUR CHOICE!

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    MULTI-MASK/COMIC COMBO

    Want to get extra masks? Want to get extra copies of every comic added to the campaign for your store/retail space/or comic convention? Here's a sweet bundle for you. You get 5 Lucha Masks, 5 copies of each comic (including any and all variants added throughout the campaign), the Digital Comics Bonus Bundle, the prints, the whole shebang. A good bundle for retailers and conventions alike!

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    NAME A CHARACTER FOREVER

    This is a big one! You get to name a character for use in the comics! You will receive BOTH copies of the comic signed by CW Cooke, 2 8x11" prints, the Digital Comics Bundle, and your character name WILL appear in issue one!

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    EXCLUSIVE COVER AND LIVE SIGNING!

    EXCLUSIVE COVER & LIVE SIGNING. Get your own special variant cover of the comic, and CW Cooke will come to sign at your location. Travel must be covered by backer and is contingent upon approval. Please send a personal message to work out details before pledging. Only available to US Retailers!

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