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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, May 22 2016 4:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

SEE THE UPDATES & FAQ FOR REWARDS LEVEL & PROJECT QUESTIONS*

WHO ARE WE AND WHY WRESTLING?

In case you didn't watch the video above (You should. We're adorbs), let us take a moment to introduce ourselves. I'm G. Brett Williams, a copywriter, comic book creator and filmmaker living in Chicago, IL. And my partner on this project is Lauren Sankovitch, former Marvel editor and current managing editor for Team Milkfed Criminal Masterminds. We've both been wrestling fans and comic book fans for as long as we can remember. And a few years back, we began to notice that we ended up talking as much about wrestling at comic conventions as we did comics. And that's how From Parts Unknown was born. We asked ourselves, "Why do people love wrestling so much" and then asked some of our very talented friends to help us answer that question.

Art by Jake Standley
Art by Jake Standley

From jump street, Lauren and I agreed that if From Parts Unknown was going to be a reality, it had to be done with the same level of craft and adherence to fair creator rates that you’d get from an established publisher. Of course, we’re not established publishers. What we are, however, are professionals who have spent years cultivating a positive reputation in the industry that we love. It’s that reputation that allowed us to assemble the staggering array of talent involved in From Parts Unknown. 

Cover by Rob Schamberger & Jared K. Fletcher
Cover by Rob Schamberger & Jared K. Fletcher

At the start, we always said we couldn’t do this without the help of very specific people, and thankfully every one of those people agreed to contribute to this project. That’s why you’re getting a cover by Rob Schamberger and Jared K. Fletcher that on its own is a work of art. It’s why you’re getting a behind the scenes view of one of the most storied careers in pro wrestling history from “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels. And it’s why renowned filmmakers the Soska Sisters are sharing their story of what it’s like to be female wrestling fans in a world that doesn’t always accept you and to ultimately find not just acceptance, but significant success, among the very people who make the sport you love so dearly. It’s stories like these that celebrate pro wrestling without turning away from the realities of it that we are excited to curate and share with you. 

Art by Chip Zdarsky
Art by Chip Zdarsky

And for Lauren and I, it is important that the quality of the book we give you matches the quality of the stories we’ve collected. In short, we would never put our names on a book we wouldn’t want to read, and we both desperately want to read this book.

If you do too, please do whatever you can to help us bring it to life.

Thank you.

CONTRIBUTORS

Joe Keatinge - Creator of Shutter and Ringside

The Soska Sisters - Filmmakers behind American Mary and See No Evil 2

Leela Corman - Illustrator and cover artist for the Mountain Goats "Beat The Champ" wrestling concept album

Christopher Daniels - Former TNA X-Division Champion and current Ring of Honor wrestler and trainer

Jared K. Fletcher - Designer and illustrator extraordinaire

Rob Schamberger - Wrestling portrait artist and comic book writer

Phil Hester - The nicest guy in comics has written for Marvel & DC and is the creator of The Anchor, among other things.

Acacia Christensen - Wrestler, writer, and creator of femmezuigiri.com

Ed Luce - Creator of Wuvable Oaf

Aubrey Sitterson - Former Marvel editor, comic book creator and host of popular wrestling podcast Straight Shoot.

Jason Latour - Creator of Southern Bastards and Spider-Gwen, who would make a great luchador

Ed Blair - Operator of the Holy Demon Army pro wrestling distro, writer and creator of the zine Pro Wrestling Feelings

Jake Standley - Illustrator, designer and comic creator

JB Roe - Creator of Brainbuster 2019 and contributor to pro wrestling comic Screwjob

Jocephus Hudson - Former Resistance Pro World Champion, philosopher, musician

Dani V - Fashion designer and stylist

Jenn Woodall - Illustrator and comic creator

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

While much of the content of From Parts Unknown will be created when we're fully funded, to ensure that nobody on the project has to do any work for free, we can share some of the interior pages now. We'll also be posting updates with descriptions of each contributors piece so you get a more robust idea of what you're getting when you contribute to the project.

G. Brett Williams & Jake Standley
G. Brett Williams & Jake Standley
G. Brett Williams & Jake Standley
G. Brett Williams & Jake Standley

 WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING

We think it's important to maintain complete transparency throughout this project. As you can see from our pricing breakdown below, a large portion of our funding is going to the creators involved and to the printing of the book. We want to ensure that the finished product you receive is awesome, so we're working diligently to pay fair wages and ensure quality printing.

If we reach our goal early, money donated beyond initial funding will be pushed back into the book. Our hope is that we can provide each contributor involved with copies they can sign and sell on their own at conventions and local shops. We want From Parts Unknown to live on long beyond this Kickstarter if it can.

REWARDS

A big part of the fun of Kickstarter is the cool stuff you get for donating. And From Parts Unknown is no different. We've assembled an awesome array of talent and they have some great stuff up for grabs. There's signed merchandise from Christopher Daniels, original sketches from Jim Mahfood, Rob Schamberger and Ed Luce, and even a championship belt! And at every donor level of $45 or above (excluding retailer levels), you get these striking Nakamura and Sami Zayn prints from contributor Jake Standley.

Jake Standley
Jake Standley
Jason Loo
Jason Loo

LET'S GO OLD SCHOOL

Some very talented filmmakers and comedians from Nashville, TN put together this amazing video that explores how we might have promoted this book back in the hallowed "territory days" of professional wrestling. Enjoy and thanks again!

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Risks and challenges

As we've mentioned before, it was very important to us to ensure that every creator involved in From Parts Unknown was compensated fairly for the work they're doing. Because of that, we can't pay everyone involved until the project is fully funded. That said, you will be seeing preview content throughout the campaign from folks who have generously donated their talents ahead of full funding.

The moment we reach our goal, everyone involved will be told to hit the ground running. But the nature of day jobs, other deadlines and life in general can sometimes make it difficult for a creator to finish everything on time. We ask that any donors keep that in mind when it's time for the final product to be delivered.

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    FROM PARTS UNKNOWN CHAMPION level

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    This level includes a meet & greet with one half of the Ring of Honor World Tag Team Champions of the World, Christopher Daniels.

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Funding period

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