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Muscle Temple is a team of pro cartoonists and animators who love pro wrestling. We're making a printed collection of wrestling comics!
Muscle Temple is a team of pro cartoonists and animators who love pro wrestling. We're making a printed collection of wrestling comics!
685 backers pledged $23,674 to help bring this project to life.

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Kickstarter staff pick! Now featuring the best tag-team in the world, The Young Bucks, super kicking the top backer of Muscle Temple! Tweeted out by Xavier WoodsSheamus, KalistoWade Barrett, Team Tremendous, Chuck Taylor and Trent!

"The good people @boxbrown @beckyandfrank and others making a wrestling comic? Aye, looks canny." - Maffew Gregg, Creator of Botchamania

"This is a thing people should support with their dollars." - Excalibur, Liaison to the Board of Directors, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla

"My friends, we are living in a beautiful Golden Age of comic books about pro wrestling, and if you need evidence of the fact, you need look no further than the upcoming Muscle Temple anthology, currently being funded on Kickstarter." - Chris Sims, Comicsalliance

"Muscle Temple an all star wrestling anthology!" - Heidi MacDonald, The Beat

MUSCLE TEMPLE is a group of professional comic artists and cartoonists mostly living and working in Los Angeles. Together we are going to publish a 60ish page, two-color, soft cover comic featuring funny and weird short comics and goofy illustrations about our love and passion… PRO WRESTLING! Yes! Check out some of the weird stuff we've made on our Tumblr!

CONTRIBUTORS

Madeleine Flores (Bee & Puppycat, Nickelodeon's Harvey Beaks, Help us Great Warrior, Adventure Time)

David Smith (Metalocalypse, Adventure Time, King Star King)

Tyler Hutchison (Die Homer, WeDrawComics.com)

Nathan Bulmer (Eat More Bikes, Nickelodeon's Sanjay & Craig, MAD Magazine)

Zac Gorman (Magical Gate Time, Costume Quest, Over The Garden Wall, Rick & Morty

Box Brown (Andre the Giant: Life and Legend)

Jimmy Chang (Secret Item World)

Rosemary Travale (The Champ)

J Smith (Butt Poems, Some Old Spice Commercials?)

Zach Marcus (Star vs The Forces of Evil)

Amanda Meadows (The Devastator)

Geoffrey Golden (The Devastator)

Sam Alden (Hawaii 1997, Lydian, Adventure Time)

Bryan Mann (Nickelodeon's Sanjay & Craig)

Jamie Dee Galey (Jamiedeegaley.com)

Becky Dreistadt (Capture Creatures, Bee & Puppycat, Star vs The Forces of Evil)

and Frank Gibson (Bee & Puppycat, Capture Creatures) with mad assists by Joaquin Poblete (Ask him about working with One Direction)

plus last minute late addition... KC GREEN!

 NEW PRIZES! MEET THE WRESTLECATS!

Our new top tier is $600 to get your very own PAINTING from Becky Dreistadt!

In addition to the book, we're also going to be producing a rad limited edition 8x10 inch art print by Becky Dreistadt!

Here's a mock-up of that dude too!

And then there's this bad boy screen-printed t-shirt designed by David Smith! Again, just a mock-up, but we've had a few of these made before and they came out awesome!

MUSCLE TEMPLE

For the past couple of years, every Monday, some Wednesdays and for one Sunday a month my house is filled with joyful, screaming artists who love the sport of professional wrestling. It wasn't always this way though! I grew up in New Zealand, throwing myself from a chair to the couch and bed by myself as I watched wrestling tapes I bought off EBay.

I went to an introductory training camp for professional wrestling when I was an overweight 15 year old, with dreams of jumping off ladders… and I busted both my knees. Now I'm a slightly less overweight 31 year old living in Los Angeles, writing comics and cartoons with my partner of 10 years… and I still love wrestling.

A few of years ago, I was drawn back to the sport. I'd always kept following it, but my roommates and fellow cartoonists were curious too. They got hooked, their friends got hooked and it turned into a long-standing tradition, my house sometimes filling with up to forty people to watch Wrestlemania and a crew of around ten of us try to make it to every Pro Wrestling Guerrilla show. We nick-named ourselves Muscle Temple, started a goofy Tumblr with our drawings, but mostly just drew wrestlers to make each other laugh.

Now we want to share it with you in the form of a comic book featuring a few different silly and weird comic stories as well as illustrations by a bunch of incredibly talented cartoonists and animators! We want to show people who dig comics and cartoons how fun wrestling can be, and we want to show wrestling fans some goofy art that will hopefully make them laugh.

WHY DO YOU NEED 20 GRAND?!

Publishing books is expensive and we will need to print a lot of them to make it cost effective and to ensure we have adequate stock going forward after the Kickstarter.

Having worked in self-publishing and on a number of fantastic Kickstarter projects in the past, the most important thing to me is that we must fairly compensate each artist for their work. When we exceed our goal, we will continue to add fun prizes that will give y'all fun merch and continue to better compensate the artists. This project is for fun, but comics take a lot of time and effort!

WRESTLING IS FAKE, YOU KNOW THAT RIGHT?!

Risks and challenges

Anthologies are always tough work, it's hard to coordinate a crew of busy artists who have a lot of work to do. However, I have experience in doing this! As part of B9 Kingdom, I helped publish 15 books over a period of three years through Kickstarter.

I'm also experienced in self-publishing. Outside of B9, my first Kickstarter was for the children's book Tigerbuttah in 2010, followed by Tiny Kitten Teeth in 2013. I'm also being assisted by Amanda and Geoffrey from the Devastator, magazine editors and publishers in coordinating the actual production of the book. We also have at our disposable the abilities of coordinator Joaquin Poblete, who has a lot of experience in managing teams in television! We're gonna make this happen!

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    BROOKLYN BRAWLER LEVEL!
    You receive a PDF of the 50+ page Muscle Temple book! You can read it on your computer!

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    INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMP LEVEL!
    You receive a hard copy of the 50+ page Muscle Temple book! You can hold it in your hands and show it to your friends!

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    #1 CONTENDER LEVEL!
    You receive a SIGNED and SKETCHED copy of the Muscle Temple book! Whichever contributors are at our house during RAW that week will jam out some cool stuff in your book!

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    EARLY BIRD - MONEY IN THE BANK LEVEL!
    The SIGNED and SKETCHED copy of the Muscle Temple book with a LIMITED, NUMBERED & SIGNED 8X10 ART PRINT by Becky Dreistadt!

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    REGULAR RETAIL LEVEL!
    Available to STORES ONLY, you are purchasing FIVE copies of MUSCLE TEMPLE so you can sell them in your online store or retail location!

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    MONEY IN THE BANK LEVEL!
    The SIGNED and SKETCHED copy of the Muscle Temple book with a LIMITED, NUMBERED & SIGNED 8X10 ART PRINT by Becky Dreistadt!

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    BIG GOLD BELT LEVEL!
    The SIGNED and SKETCHED copy of the Muscle Temple book with a screen-printed limited edition MUSCLE TEMPLE t-shirt by David Smith!

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    THE NATURE BOY LEVEL!
    The SIGNED and SKETCHED copy of the Muscle Temple book with the LIMITED EDITION art print and LIMITED EDITION screen-printed MUSCLE TEMPLE shirt!

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    RETAILER & DISTRIBUTOR TIER!
    This is for TEN COPIES of MUSCLE TEMPLE so you can sell them in your store and make a profit! This is only available to actual retailers and distributors!

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    CAGE MATCH LEVEL!
    An original sketch of YOUR FAVORITE WRESTLER doing WHAT YOU WANT WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF GOOD TASTE! You also get the SIGNED and SKETCHED book!

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    MEGAPOWERS LEVEL!
    You get it all! SIGNED and SKETCHED book, LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT, ART PRINT and an ORIGINAL SKETCH OF YOUR FAVORITE WRESTLER! You're amazing!

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    WRESTLECAT LEVEL!
    You will receive all five LIMITED EDITION 8x10 WRESTLE CAT prints SIGNED by artist BECKY DREISTADT!

    You also get EVERYTHING ELSE! An ORIGINAL SKETCH OF YOUR FAVORITE WRESTLER! SIGNED and SKETCHED book, LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT and the FIGHT LIKE BEAR ART PRINT!

    You made our dreams come true!

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    CREATE-A-WRESTLER LEVEL!
    Ever wanted to be a wrestler but didn't want to get injured? Muscle Temple will take a photo of you or your loved one (or a weird subject of your choice) and CREATE YOUR GIMMICK!

    You will receive an ORIGINAL PIECE OF ART for your character, a FAKE RAW SCRIPT FOR YOUR DEBUT featuring YOUR CHARACTER and we'll even make an INTRO SONG for you!

    You also receive the MUSCLE TEMPLE SHIRT, SIGNED and SKETCHED MUSCLE TEMPLE BOOK and the FIGHT LIKE BEAR ART PRINT!

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    THE CHAMP IS HERE LEVEL!
    An ORIGINAL LITTLE PUPPET of your favorite wrestler made by Rosemary Travale, the director of critically acclaimed film THE CHAMP! You also get EVERYTHING ELSE! SIGNED and SKETCHED book, LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT, ART PRINT and AN ORIGINAL SKETCH OF YOUR FAVORITE WRESTLER! BY GOD!

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    THE YOUNG BUCKS LEVEL!
    Have you ever wanted to be SUPERKICKED by the greatest tag-team in the history of wrestling? Now you can! If you pledge, THE YOUNG BUCKS will SUPERKICK you!

    Also included in the package is the SIGNED and SKETCHED edition of the Muscle Temple book, SIGNED Young Bucks 8x10, SIGNED Bucks t-shirt and a SIGNED DVD of the New Young Bucks documentary! You also get a bunch of Young Bucks sketches from the MUSCLE TEMPLE CREW!

    You must be able to transport yourself at your own expenses to a show the Bucks are performing at. The Young Bucks and Muscle Temple will not be held liable for any injury in you being SUPERKICKED.

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    ORIGINAL PAINTING LEVEL! IWGP CHAMPION!
    You will receive a ONE-OF-A-KIND original 8x10 inch PAINTING by BECKY DREISTADT! It can be of you, a loved one, your pet, a wrestler, or a WRESTLE CAT of your choosing!

    You also receive all five of Becky's INCREDIBLY LIMITED EDITION 8x10 inch WRESTLE CAT prints, a SIGNED and SKETCHED copy of MUSCLE TEMPLE, the T-SHIRT, the FIGHT LIKE BEAR print and RANDOM BONUS ART from the MUSCLE TEMPLE archives!

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