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Help us create a remastered version of Headlocked: A Single Step & get an exclusive bonus edition w/ Samoa Joe, MVP, & The Young Bucks!
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Update 4/25/16

We've added a limited reward tier of commission sketches from former Impact Wrestling star, Samuel Shaw! He's amazing!

The talent that is Samuel Shaw!
The talent that is Samuel Shaw!

Stretch Goals!

15,000 - Unlocked

We'll bring back former Impact Wrestling star, Samuel Shaw to deliver another amazing pinup! 

20,000- 

We'll be adding a six page short story by none other than former Impact Wrestling Champion & Animal Planet star, Showtime Eric Young!

Welcome to our Kickstarter! 

For those of you who know who we are and what we're about...you can skip ahead to the "Why Headlocked?" section!

What is Headlocked?  

In one sentence, it's a wrestling cable drama in a comic book! Headlocked is a coming-of-age story chronicling a college theater major's quest to become a professional wrestler. It begins from the moment he unexpectedly falls in love with wrestling and follows his journey through the insanity of the wrestling business as he chases his dream of making it to the bright lights and the big stage of the WFW.

On a deeper level, Headlocked is an examination of wrestling as an art form. Our main character, Mike Hartmann, is a college theater major that drops out of school to try and break into the wrestling business. So the reader will learn more about the craft of wrestling through the eyes of a performance artist.

To further our theme of wrestling as art, we use wrestlers to contribute to the book artistically. Our interior artist, Michel Mulipola, is a wrestler from New Zealand. And our cover artist, you might have heard of him....  

WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry "The King" Lawler!

WWE Hall of Famer and Headlocked cover artist, Jerry "The King" Lawler
WWE Hall of Famer and Headlocked cover artist, Jerry "The King" Lawler

If you read further, you'll see we have a metric ton of awesome guest contributors from the world of comics and wrestling lined up to help make this even better!

Why Headlocked?   

For almost 30 years, I've been a student and a fan of wrestling and comics.  Over the years, I've suffered through tons of horrible, horrible licensed wrestling comics. After a while, I came to the realization that no one was going to make the wrestling comic that I, as a wrestling fan, wanted to read... so I set out to create it. 

Despite being a longtime comic book fan, I had never envisioned the difficulties that I encountered in getting this book into the direct market.  We were told that "no one would buy this" and "wrestling fans don't read." An employee from one of the largest comic publishers in the US literally laughed in my face when I pitched him the concept at HeroesCon in 2006. Those of you that know my story or have seen a panel or podcast have heard this stuff a million times.

We all love comics. But the dirty little secret is that comics are not cheap to make. I self-funded the production costs for the first five chapters of Headlocked by working two jobs for an entire year. Visionary Comics helped teach me the ropes and Markosia helped me distribute it. 

But the other secret of comics is that to succeed, you need to be able to get it on shelves. To get on shelves, you need to build awareness.  And as an independent, that is damn near impossible. Comic stores won't stock you and media sites won't cover you. 

So I collected the first five chapters into a graphic novel called Headlocked: A Single Step and I spent the next three years traveling to every comic book or wrestling show that I could afford to attend in order to build awareness and to build a grassroots fanbase.  

In that time, Kickstarter became a viable option for independent comic books to circumvent the direct market. So in 2013, we were able to fund Headlocked: The Last Territory and in 2015, we were able to fund Headlocked: The Last Territory Volume 2.

And slowly but surely, we're building something. One reader at a time. 

So what is this campaign all about? 

Headlocked: A Single Step was produced on less than a quarter of the budget we had for Headlocked: The Last Territory. To bring the book to market, we had to cut a few corners out of necessity. In light of the substantial production upgrades that we've made, I feel there are certain aspects of the book that need to be upgraded both aesthetically and narratively.

1) To save money, we skipped the inking process and dropped Jessika Gravel's colors right over Randy Valiente's pencils. While this is a reasonably common practice these days, I don't think any of us were experienced enough to pull it off as successfully as we would've liked. 

2) When I initially conceived Headlocked back in 2007, I had every intention of creating a linear story that followed Mike Hartmann from Day Zero to the end of his wrestling career. When we published Headlocked: A Single Step in July of 2010, the plan was for the follow-up series to pick-up immediately after the end of The Tryout #3. However, we were stymied in our efforts to continue the series. When we jumped to Kickstarter, in order to make the series accessible to everyone, I had to give it a fresh starting point. To do so, I shifted Mike Hartmann's story ahead a few months and created the Paul Ambrose character to fill in the gaps. The downside is that the end of Headlocked: A Single Step features a cliffhanger that doesn't get paid off right away and now it feels like there is something missing between where it ends and The Last Territory begins.

Why is this that big of a problem? 

After a few years of constant touring, we're starting to get noticed. I'm hoping to bring Headlocked to the direct market and Amazon late this year or early next year. This is the first book in the series...its going to be the first impression that most people have when they see our product. It needs to be able to stand on the shelf alongside the books we've produced since. And right now, I don't think it does. We need to take care of this before we move forward.

It would kill me if someone purchased A Single Step and didn't feel like it was worth continuing, completely unaware just how much we've all stepped up our game.

Bottom line: We can do better. 

What about Volume 3 of The Last Territory? 

We're launching the Kickstarter for Volume 3 in July. We already have Mick Foley and Rey Mysterio attached and we're talking with some really interesting names. This is just something we need to do first. 

So what's the plan? 

I want to create a remastered version of Headlocked: A Single Step...one that aesthetically matches up with The Last Territory and one that flows better into The Last Territory...one that fits on a bookshelf with the other two. 

Please understand, this isn't some George Lucas thing. We're not changing the story, we're not changing the pencils, we're not adding Jabba the Hutt into the strip club scene. 

This is what we're going to do: 

1) Right from the get-go, we're gonna slap a brand-new cover on this thing painted by the one and only Jerry "The King" Lawler. If you like the Rockwell homages we've done in The Last Territory, you're gonna dig what we've got lined up for this one. 

Original Cover from Headlocked: A Single Step
Original Cover from Headlocked: A Single Step
HLLT Vol. 2 by Jerry "The King" Lawler
HLLT Vol. 2 by Jerry "The King" Lawler

2) We're opening up with a brand-new six page prelude story by Michel Mulipola & Chuck Obach to lead into the series. 

3) Four brand-new chapter breaks by the one-and-only Jill Thompson! Super excited to see what she'll be cooking up for this one! 

The greatest credit page in the history of comics by the incomparable Jill Thompson
The greatest credit page in the history of comics by the incomparable Jill Thompson

4) We're inking and re-coloring the entire book. I think if we inked it, we could really add something to the art. And as much as I loved Jessika Gravel's work on the book, she's not working in comics anymore....so I've brought on Jules Rivera, colorist of Chapter 5, 9, & 10 of The Last Territory to ink and re-color the entire book.  

You wanna see what that looks like? 

Original Page from Headlocked: A Single Step
Original Page from Headlocked: A Single Step
Inked-re-colored page by Jules Rivera
Inked-re-colored page by Jules Rivera

I really enjoy working with Jules and she's starting to build a strong reputation in the industry so we're really excited to have her on this!

5) I'm cutting the last three pages (the warehouse scene that ends in a cliffhanger that does not flow) and adding a seven page epilogue by Michel & Chuck that bridges HL: A Single Step and HL: The Last Territory. 

So what's in it for me? 

In addition to  getting a great looking book, we're giving backers a bonus edition of the book with roughly 30 extra pages featuring stories and art from some of the best wrestlers in the world. You can't get this version of the book anywhere else! 

So what's the lineup? 

The wrestlers that I've chosen here are really important to me. Headlocked has been a completely grassroots built project. When we started, everyone told us that it wouldn't work...we dug in our heels, we stuck to our guns, and we're proving them wrong. So I wanted to make our remastered version of A Single Step a celebration of that idea...so I've chosen wrestlers to contribute that have also found success by defying conventional wisdom.

MVP - former WWE/TNA/NJPW star. MVP has long been one of my favorite wrestlers for both his in-ring ability and his social consciousness. And we've come up with a super fun story that's completely different than anything we've ever done.  

Samoa Joe - WWE/NXT star and one of the first wrestlers to offer public support for Headlocked waaay back in 2006. True story: without Samoa Joe, there's no Headlocked. It was Joe (along with CM Punk) that reinvigorated my love of wrestling back in 2005 and inspired me to write a wrestling-themed comic book. 

The Young Bucks - current ROH/PWG/NJPW stars and two of the most innovative wrestlers on the planet. We've already collaborated once on a sweet, sweet SDCC exclusive art print and now we're going to be bringing their creativity to Headlocked. 

Independent Wrestler Pinup Gallery - It's no secret that I LOVE independent wrestling. I would rather go to an indie show over a giant televised spectacle any day of the week...the format allows for so much more creativity and diversity. To celebrate that, we wanted to showcase the diverse artistic talents of several top (or former) wrestlers from the independent scene. 

Thomas La Ruffa - formerly known as Sylvester LeFort in NXT and featured on the World of Hurt reality show, this French superstar is an incredibly skilled painter as well! We're excited to see what The French Stallion has in store for Headlocked! 

Scott Lost - one of the six founders of PWG, "The Professional" has since hung up his tights to focus on his successful career as a comic book artist and his creator-owned series, 2nd Shift. Scott had his first comic book pinup featured in the original A Single Step so it's only fitting to have him back to contribute to this one!

Papadon - known as "The Greek God," this veteran of the Northeast independent scene is just as skilled in the ring as he is at the drawing table! I've been dying to get Papadon into Headlocked for a while now and this book was the perfect opportunity!  

Danny Havoc - in the ring, Danny Havoc uses barbed wire, thumbtacks, and panes of glass to create his art. Surprisingly, he's just as proficient in pen and ink.  I'm super excited to have such a highly decorated deathmatch star contributing a pinup for this book!

And you know before we're done there's gonna be even more cool stuff jammed into this!

REWARDS

Kickstarters are the lifeblood of Headlocked. Without Kickstarter, we don't exist at the level that we do. So its important for us to reward you, the backers, for that. The versions of Headlocked that you get from backing us on Kickstarter cannot be obtained anywhere else. Each book you get as a backer contains a bonus section of art and stories from some of the top wrestlers in the business! 

Headlocked: A Single Step Remastered
Headlocked: A Single Step Remastered
Headlocked: The Last Territory Volume 1
Headlocked: The Last Territory Volume 1
Headlocked: The Last Territory Volume 2
Headlocked: The Last Territory Volume 2

Our 4 Color Fight Club shirts can be added to any reward tier by adding 20.00 above the pledge level!

Four Color Fight Club T-Shirt
Four Color Fight Club T-Shirt

For the first time ever, we have hoodies available and for the time being, they can only be obtained through Kickstarter!  

Four Color Fight Club Hoodies
Four Color Fight Club Hoodies
One of a kind hand-drawn art by Samuel Shaw
One of a kind hand-drawn art by Samuel Shaw

Where does all this money go? 

3600 dollars - costs of inking and recoloring 110 pages of Headlocked: A Single Step

4600 dollars - costs of producing the new content including the cover, Jill Thompson's 4 chapter breaks, the 6 page prelude, the 3 wrestler short stories & 4 pinups. 

800 dollars - estimated shipping costs based on previous campaigns

1,000 dollars - Kickstarter/Amazon fees. 

As you can see this doesn't even cover the printing expenses, which I usually cover out of my own pocket. We're not trying to gouge anyone, we're just trying to get these books made and out into the world. 

Risks and challenges

This one should be pretty straight-forward. Obviously, we've produced two kickstarter books and if you're reading this, it can be assumed that you were satisfied with the results. This book has about 1000% less chance of delay than our previous two endeavors.

The book has been re-inked and its in the process of being re-colored. Michel is working on the new content...it really should be quick.

Plus, we've got plans to launch the Kickstarter for The Last Territory Volume 3 on July 1st, so we gotta get this baby done by then at the very latest.

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    Classic content but with a future storyline! Get ONE digital edition of Headlocked from our previous Kickstarters. Backers at this level will choose from:

    -One digital copy of Headlocked: The Last Territory Vol. 1. Featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler. Also features stories by Shane Helms, Christopher Daniels, Rob Van Dam and art by Sam Shaw, Ken Anderson, Sinn Bodhi, Scott Lost, Rob Schamberger. With an introduction by 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander!

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    -One digital copy of the second volume of Headlocked: The Last Territory featuring a painted cover by WWE's Jerry "The King" Lawler, stories by John Morrison, AJ Styles, Frankie Kazarian, and art from Booker T, Tony Atlas, Caylen Croft, Jamal Igle, Box Brown, Jill Thompson, & Ramon Villalobos! With a special introduction from Ron Funches!

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    MAIN EVENT (DIGITAL)

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    -A digital edition of the remastered version of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler pinup gallery featuring Sylvester LeFort, Scott Lost, Papadon, and Danny Havoc!

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    -One digital copy of Headlocked: The Last Territory Vol. 1. Featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler. Also features stories by Shane Helms, Christopher Daniels, Rob Van Dam and art by Sam Shaw, Ken Anderson, Sinn Bodhi, Scott Lost, Rob Schamberger. With an introduction by 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander!

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    -One digital copy of the second volume of Headlocked: The Last Territory featuring a painted cover by WWE's Jerry "The King" Lawler, stories by John Morrison, AJ Styles, Frankie Kazarian, and art from Booker T, Tony Atlas, Caylen Croft, Jamal Igle, Box Brown, Jill Thompson, & Ramon Villalobos! With a special introduction from Ron Funches!

    - A digital preview book for our current series: Headlocked: The Last Territory.

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    The reason why we're all here! backers at this level will receive:

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    -You'll also receive a digital copy of the book.

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    With over 450 pages of hard hittin' action, you'll have no time to write that snarky tweet that's going to get you blocked by your favorite wrestler! Backers at this level will receive:

    - One digital copy of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler art gallery!

    -One digital copy of Headlocked: The Last Territory Vol. 1. Featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler. Also features stories by Shane Helms, Christopher Daniels, Rob Van Dam and art by Sam Shaw, Ken Anderson, Sinn Bodhi, Scott Lost, Rob Schamberger. With an introduction by 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander!

    -One digital copy of the second volume of Headlocked: The Last Territory featuring a painted cover by WWE's Jerry "The King" Lawler, stories by John Morrison, AJ Styles, Frankie Kazarian, and art from Booker T, Tony Atlas, Caylen Croft, Jamal Igle, Box Brown, Jill Thompson, & Ramon Villalobos! With a special introduction from Ron Funches!

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    Maybe you wanna help but words and pictures ain't your thing? That's cool...we gotcha covered! Backers at this level will receive:

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    MAIN EVENT

    The reason why we're all here! backers at this level will receive:

    -One physical copy of the remastered version of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler pinup gallery featuring Sylvester LeFort, Scott Lost, Papadon, and Danny Havoc!! The book will come signed by creator Michael Kingston.

    -You'll also receive a digital copy of the book.

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    RETURN MATCH

    Not interested in this book but want one of our other titles? Invoke your rematch clause and get a second shot at ONE book from our previous campaigns! Backers at this level will choose between...

    -One physical copy of Headlocked: The Last Territory Vol. 1. Featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler. Also features stories by Shane Helms, Christopher Daniels, Rob Van Dam and art by Sam Shaw, Ken Anderson, Sinn Bodhi, Scott Lost, Rob Schamberger. With an introduction by 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander! The book will come signed by writer Michael Kingston.

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    One physical copy of the second volume of Headlocked: The Last Territory featuring a painted cover by WWE's Jerry "The King" Lawler, stories by John Morrison, AJ Styles, Frankie Kazarian, and art from Booker T, Tony Atlas, Caylen Croft, Jamal Igle, Box Brown, Jill Thompson, & Ramon Villalobos! With a special introduction from Ron Funches! The book will come signed by writer Michael Kingston.

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    Not as cool as monkey-flipping William Shatner but close. Backers at this level will receive:

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    KING'S COURT

    Get your book signed by the King! Not as cool as monkey-flipping William Shatner but close. Backers at this level will receive:

    -One physical copy of the remastered version of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler pinup gallery! The book will come signed by creator Michael Kingston AND WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry "The King" Lawler!

    -You'll also receive a digital copy of the book.

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    RETIREMENT MATCH

    Get BOTH versions of Headlocked: A Single Step, signed by The King! See how far we've come and own a piece of history! Backers at this level will receive:

    -One copy of our 2010 version of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and a foreword by Christopher Daniels. The book will come signed by creator Michael Kingston AND Jerry "The King" Lawler. After this, no more will be printed!

    - One copy of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler art gallery! The book will come signed by creator Michael Kingston AND Jerry "The King" Lawler.

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    LET'S MAKE IT A TAG TEAM MATCH, PLAYA!

    If Teddy Long knew one thing, it was that one was good but two was better! Backers at this level receive any TWO of our Kickstarter-exclusive Headlocked Collected Editions signed by Headlocked creator Mike Kingston. You'll choose between:

    - One physical copy of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler art gallery! The book will come signed by creator Michael Kingston.

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    -One physical copy of Headlocked: The Last Territory Vol. 1. Featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler. Also features stories by Shane Helms, Christopher Daniels, Rob Van Dam and art by Sam Shaw, Ken Anderson, Sinn Bodhi, Scott Lost, Rob Schamberger. With an introduction by 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander! The book will come signed by writer Michael Kingston.

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    -One physical copy of the second volume of Headlocked: The Last Territory featuring a painted cover by WWE's Jerry "The King" Lawler, stories by John Morrison, AJ Styles, Frankie Kazarian, and art from Booker T, Tony Atlas, Caylen Croft, Jamal Igle, Box Brown, Jill Thompson, & Ramon Villalobos! With a special introduction from Ron Funches! The book will come signed by writer Michael Kingston.

    -You'll also receive digital copies of the two books that you select.

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    LET'S MAKE IT A TAG TEAM MATCH, PLAYA!

    If Teddy Long knew one thing, it was that one was good but two was better! Backers at this level receive any TWO of our Kickstarter-exclusive Headlocked Collected Editions signed by Headlocked creator Mike Kingston. You'll choose between:

    - One physical copy of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler art gallery! The book will come signed by creator Michael Kingston.

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    -One physical copy of Headlocked: The Last Territory Vol. 1. Featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler. Also features stories by Shane Helms, Christopher Daniels, Rob Van Dam and art by Sam Shaw, Ken Anderson, Sinn Bodhi, Scott Lost, Rob Schamberger. With an introduction by 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander! The book will come signed by writer Michael Kingston.

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    -One physical copy of the second volume of Headlocked: The Last Territory featuring a painted cover by WWE's Jerry "The King" Lawler, stories by John Morrison, AJ Styles, Frankie Kazarian, and art from Booker T, Tony Atlas, Caylen Croft, Jamal Igle, Box Brown, Jill Thompson, & Ramon Villalobos! With a special introduction from Ron Funches! The book will come signed by writer Michael Kingston.

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    KING'S COURT II: Get two books signed by The King! More satisfying than smashing Tiny Tim's ukulele! Supporters at this level will receive a physical copies of any TWO volumes of our Kickstarter-exclusive Headlocked graphic novels. The books will come signed by writer Michael Kingston and Jerry "The King" Lawler! You'll choose between:

    - One physical copy of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler art gallery!

    OR

    -One physical copy of Headlocked: The Last Territory Vol. 1. Featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler. Also features stories by Shane Helms, Christopher Daniels, Rob Van Dam and art by Sam Shaw, Ken Anderson, Sinn Bodhi, Scott Lost, Rob Schamberger. With an introduction by 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander!

    OR

    -One physical copy of the second volume of Headlocked: The Last Territory featuring a painted cover by WWE's Jerry "The King" Lawler, stories by John Morrison, AJ Styles, Frankie Kazarian, and art from Booker T, Tony Atlas, Caylen Croft, Jamal Igle, Box Brown, Jill Thompson, & Ramon Villalobos! With a special introduction from Ron Funches!

    -You'll also receive digital copies of the two books that you select.

    -Your name will also be featured on our special "thank you" pinup page.

    - You'll receive backer-exclusive updates.

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    THREE COUNT

    You won't be able to get Headlocked out of your heart after backing this tier! Supporters at this level will receive a physical copies of all THREE volumes of our Kickstarter-exclusive Headlocked graphic novels. The books will come signed by writer Michael Kingston.

    - One physical copy of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler art gallery! The book will come signed by creator Michael Kingston.

    -One physical copy of Headlocked: The Last Territory Vol. 1. Featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler. Also features stories by Shane Helms, Christopher Daniels, Rob Van Dam and art by Sam Shaw, Ken Anderson, Sinn Bodhi, Scott Lost, Rob Schamberger. With an introduction by 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander! The book will come signed by writer Michael Kingston.

    -One physical copy of the second volume of Headlocked: The Last Territory featuring a painted cover by WWE's Jerry "The King" Lawler, stories by John Morrison, AJ Styles, Frankie Kazarian, and art from Booker T, Tony Atlas, Caylen Croft, Jamal Igle, Box Brown, Jill Thompson, & Ramon Villalobos! With a special introduction from Ron Funches! The book will come signed by writer Michael Kingston.

    -You'll receive a digital copies of all three books.

    -A digital preview book for our current series: Headlocked: The Last Territory.

    -Your name will also be featured on our special "thank you" pinup page.

    - You'll receive backer-exclusive updates.

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    THREE COUNT

    You won't be able to get Headlocked out of your heart after backing this tier! Supporters at this level will receive a physical copies of all THREE volumes of our Kickstarter-exclusive Headlocked graphic novels. The books will come signed by writer Michael Kingston.

    - One physical copy of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler art gallery! The book will come signed by creator Michael Kingston.

    -One physical copy of Headlocked: The Last Territory Vol. 1. Featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler. Also features stories by Shane Helms, Christopher Daniels, Rob Van Dam and art by Sam Shaw, Ken Anderson, Sinn Bodhi, Scott Lost, Rob Schamberger. With an introduction by 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander! The book will come signed by writer Michael Kingston.

    -One physical copy of the second volume of Headlocked: The Last Territory featuring a painted cover by WWE's Jerry "The King" Lawler, stories by John Morrison, AJ Styles, Frankie Kazarian, and art from Booker T, Tony Atlas, Caylen Croft, Jamal Igle, Box Brown, Jill Thompson, & Ramon Villalobos! With a special introduction from Ron Funches! The book will come signed by writer Michael Kingston.

    -You'll receive a digital copies of all three books.

    -A digital preview book for our current series: Headlocked: The Last Territory.

    -Your name will also be featured on our special "thank you" pinup page.

    - You'll receive backer-exclusive updates.

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    PUBLIC ENEMY

    We got hoodies! Backers at this level will receive:

    -Represent us in style (and warmth) with our Kickstarter-exclusive hoodie, designed by our own Jacob Bascle. Check out the story page to see the design. We're really excited about this one!

    - One copy of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler art gallery! The book will come signed by creator Michael Kingston and Jerry "The King" Lawler.

    -You'll also receive a digital copy of the book.

    -Your name will also be featured on our special "thank you" pinup page.

    - You'll receive backer-exclusive updates.

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    PRINTS DEVITT

    Backers at this level will receive:

    - One copy of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler art gallery! The book will come signed by creator Michael Kingston and Jerry "The King" Lawler.

    -Three art prints featuring The King's stunning Rockwell-inspired covers. All three prints come signed by The King, himself!

    -You'll also receive a digital copy of Headlocked: A Single Step remastered edition.

    - A digital preview book for our current series: Headlocked: The Last Territory.

    -Your name will also be featured on our special "thank you" pinup page.

    - You'll receive backer-exclusive updates.

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    KING'S COURT III

    Get all three books signed by The King! More satisfying than cracking Warrior over the head with his own portrait! Backers at this level will receive: physical copies of all THREE volumes of our Kickstarter-exclusive Headlocked graphic novels. The books will come signed by writer Michael Kingston AND Jerry "The King" Lawler!

    - One physical copy of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler art gallery!

    -One physical copy of Headlocked: The Last Territory Vol. 1. Featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler. Also features stories by Shane Helms, Christopher Daniels, Rob Van Dam and art by Sam Shaw, Ken Anderson, Sinn Bodhi, Scott Lost, Rob Schamberger. With an introduction by 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander!

    -One physical copy of the second volume of Headlocked: The Last Territory featuring a painted cover by WWE's Jerry "The King" Lawler, stories by John Morrison, AJ Styles, Frankie Kazarian, and art from Booker T, Tony Atlas, Caylen Croft, Jamal Igle, Box Brown, Jill Thompson, & Ramon Villalobos! With a special introduction from Ron Funches!

    -You'll receive a digital copies of all three books.

    -A digital preview book for our current series: Headlocked: The Last Territory.

    -Your name will also be featured on our special "thank you" pinup page.

    - You'll receive backer-exclusive updates.

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    DRAWING THE HOUSE

    Get a commission sketch by Headlocked's resident ass-kicking artist, Michel Mulipola!

    -An 8x11 single character sketch drawn by Headlocked artist Michel Mulipola! Get your favorite wrestler, comic character, or even yourself hand-drawn by Headlocked's interior artist! Since Michel does most of his work on the computer, getting physical art from him is very rare, so get on board! (nothing x-rated or offensive please)

    -One physical copy of the remastered version of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler pinup gallery! The book will come signed by creator Michael Kingston AND WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry "The King" Lawler!

    -You'll also receive a digital copy of the book.

    - A digital preview book for our current series: Headlocked: The Last Territory.

    -Your name will also be featured on our special "thank you" pinup page.

    -You'll receive backer-exclusive updates.

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    MERCH TABLE (Retailer Edition)

    For you fellas that have a retail store or a wrestling company and you'd like to have some Headlocked in your retail store or at your gimmick table.

    Backers at this level will get 10 copies of Headlocked TPB's signed by Jerry "The King" Lawler. You can mix and match any number of copies between the first 3 volumes.

    Remember, the Kickstarter versions of the books will never be sold in stores, so you're getting a bona fide collector's item for half off cover and the fact that it's signed by The King only makes it more valuable!

    Sorry but this isn't available for international shipping. The cost would make it cost-prohibitive for everyone.

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    HOTEL STALKER

    Get all THREE books signed by some of our higher profile creators! You ain't getting this many autographs without doing some serious time creepin' in hotel lobbies. (NOTE: The books will come with the signatures listed but may include more if I can get them before shipping)

    - One physical copy of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler art gallery!

    -One physical copy of Headlocked: The Last Territory Vol. 1. (SIGNED BY KINGSTON, MULIPOLA, LAWLER, HELMS, DANIELS, ANDERSON, and RVD) Featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler. Also features stories by Shane Helms, Christopher Daniels, Rob Van Dam and art by Sam Shaw, Ken Anderson, Sinn Bodhi, Scott Lost, Rob Schamberger. With an introduction by 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander!

    -One physical copy of the second volume of Headlocked: The Last Territory (SIGNED BY KINGSTON, MULIPOLA, LAWLER, STYLES, MORRISON, and KAZARIAN) featuring a painted cover by WWE's Jerry "The King" Lawler, stories by John Morrison, AJ Styles, Frankie Kazarian, and art from Booker T, Tony Atlas, Caylen Croft, Jamal Igle, Box Brown, Jill Thompson, & Ramon Villalobos! With a special introduction from Ron Funches!

    -You'll also receive a digital copy of the books.

    - A digital preview book for our current series: Headlocked: The Last Territory.

    -Your name will also be featured on our special "thank you" pinup page.

    -You'll receive backer-exclusive updates.

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    ONSTAGE EXTRA

    Ever wanted to see yer ugly mug in pictures? Well now you can! Supporters at this level:

    -Will have their likeness drawn into at least one panel of the new content created for Headlocked: A Single Step Remastered!

    -You'll also receive a one-of-a-kind print of the page that you appear on!

    -One physical copy of the remastered version of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler pinup gallery! The book will come signed by creator Michael Kingston AND WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry "The King" Lawler!

    -You'll also receive a digital copy of the book.

    - A digital preview book for our current series: Headlocked: The Last Territory.

    -Your name will also be featured on our special "thank you" pinup page.

    -You'll receive backer-exclusive updates.

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    CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE

    We chased them down so you don't have to! Get full sets of amazing and ultra rare sketch cards from the WWE Topps trading card sets drawn by The King! Backers at this level will receive:

    -One complete set of Jerry Lawler sketch cards from 2014 Topps WWE Trading Card collection featuring WWE superstars drawn by The King! Individual cards are inserted in one out of every 24 packs, making them very rare and highly collectible.

    -One complete set of Jerry Lawler sketch cards from 2012 Topps WWE Trading Card collection featuring WWE superstars drawn by The King! Individual cards are inserted in one out of every 24 packs, making them very rare and highly collectible.

    -One physical copy of the remastered version of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler pinup gallery! The book will come signed by creator Michael Kingston AND WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry "The King" Lawler!

    -You'll also receive a digital copy of the book.

    - A digital preview book for our current series: Headlocked: The Last Territory.

    -Your name will also be featured on our special "thank you" pinup page.

    -You'll receive backer-exclusive updates.

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    BELL TO BELL

    It'a not everything we've produced but it's damn close. 4 Headlocked TPB's, 7 single issues. Roughly 700 pages of content! (You'd be missing 3 single issues)

    Backers at this level will receive:

    - One physical copy of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler art gallery! The books will come signed by writer Michael Kingston AND Jerry "The King" Lawler!

    -One physical copy of Headlocked: The Last Territory Vol. 1. Featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler. Also features stories by Shane Helms, Christopher Daniels, Rob Van Dam and art by Sam Shaw, Ken Anderson, Sinn Bodhi, Scott Lost, Rob Schamberger. With an introduction by 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander! The books will come signed by writer Michael Kingston AND Jerry "The King" Lawler!

    -One physical copy of the second volume of Headlocked: The Last Territory featuring a painted cover by WWE's Jerry "The King" Lawler, stories by John Morrison, AJ Styles, Frankie Kazarian, and art from Booker T, Tony Atlas, Caylen Croft, Jamal Igle, Box Brown, Jill Thompson, & Ramon Villalobos! With a special introduction from Ron Funches! The books will come signed by writer Michael Kingston AND Jerry "The King" Lawler!

    -One copy of our 2010 version of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and a foreword by Christopher Daniels. The book will come signed by creator Michael Kingston AND Jerry "The King" Lawler. After this, no more will be printed!

    -Very rare first printings of single issues of Headlocked: The Tryout #1-#3

    -Extremely limited edition Visionary Comics preview sampler from SDCC 2006 that features the very first appearance of Headlocked anywhere!

    -A very rare 2014 Summer Convention Special. Most of these were destroyed by the post office en route to SDCC 2014. Probably the rarest comic we'll ever produce.

    -A copy of our SDCC 2011 exclusive Headlocked Chronicles.

    -You'll receive a digital copies of all three graphic novels.

    -A digital preview book for our current series: Headlocked: The Last Territory.

    -Your name will also be featured on our special "thank you" pinup page.

    - You'll receive backer-exclusive updates.

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    AIRPORT STALKER

    Grab a sweet poster signed by more than fifteen Headlocked creators & contributors! Easier than hovering around baggage claim at 4AM. All those autographs and none of the dirty looks! Backers at this level with receive:

    -An 11 x 17 Headlocked poster signed by sixteen Headlocked creators including Mike Kingston, Michel Mulipola, Jerry Lawler, Judah Friedlander, AJ Styles, Booker T, RVD, Christopher Daniels, MVP, Frankie Kazarian, Hurricane, John Morrison, Ken Anderson, Sam Shaw, Sinn Bodhi, Scott Lost, and Jill Thompson. (maybe more if I can get them before its time to mail them out!)

    -One physical copy of the remastered version of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler pinup gallery! The book will come signed by creator Michael Kingston AND WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry "The King" Lawler!

    -You'll also receive a digital copy of the book.

    - A digital preview book for our current series: Headlocked: The Last Territory.

    -Your name will also be featured on our special "thank you" pinup page.

    -You'll receive backer-exclusive updates.

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    ART OF WRESTLING - (Sam Shaw commission level)

    -An 8x11 b/w single character sketch drawn by Samuel Shaw! Get your favorite wrestler, comic character, or even yourself hand-drawn by the creepy bastard himself! (nothing x-rated or offensive please) Want color? No problem, simply add 50 dollars to the pledge and it will come in glorious full color!

    -One physical copy of the remastered version of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler pinup gallery! The book will come signed by creator Michael Kingston AND WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry "The King" Lawler!

    -You'll also receive a digital copy of the book.

    - A digital preview book for our current series: Headlocked: The Last Territory.

    -Your name will also be featured on our special "thank you" pinup page.

    -You'll receive backer-exclusive updates.

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    ART OF WRESTLING

    Original art by Samuel Shaw!

    -Get two original 5 x 7 full-color Batman & Joker sketches by wrestler Samuel Shaw. These are not reproductions...these were hand-drawn by the Creepy Bastard himself...and they are amazing! (Check out our story page to get a look)

    -One physical copy of the remastered version of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler pinup gallery! The book will come signed by creator Michael Kingston AND WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry "The King" Lawler!

    -You'll also receive a digital copy of the book.

    - A digital preview book for our current series: Headlocked: The Last Territory.

    -Your name will also be featured on our special "thank you" pinup page.

    -You'll receive backer-exclusive updates.

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    PROMO GUY

    Ever wanted to see yer ugly mug in pictures? Well now you can! Backers at this level will receive:

    -Your facial likeness drawn into at least one panel of the remastered Headlocked: A Single Step and you'll be given a speaking role! (You don't get to pick your lines...leave that to us!)

    -You'll also receive a one-of-a-kind print of the page that you appear on!

    -A Headlocked: Four Color Fight Club T-shirt (Sizess S-3XL)

    -One physical copy of the remastered version of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler pinup gallery! The book will come signed by creator Michael Kingston AND WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry "The King" Lawler!

    -You'll also receive a digital copy of the book.

    - A digital preview book for our current series: Headlocked: The Last Territory.

    -Your name will also be featured on our special "thank you" pinup page.

    -You'll receive backer-exclusive updates.

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    WHO WANTS TO BE A SLEAZEBALL? (MVP Edition)

    Most wrestling fans dream of being a wrestler. But who among you longs for a different path? While the champion raises his title high and soaks in the adoration of the crowd...who among you dreams to be the man faking a heart attack to get out of paying said champion? We're looking for two men (sorry ladies) to lend their facial likenesses to some sleazeballs that are the focus of the short story co-written by MVP. Backers at this level will receive:

    -Your facial likeness drawn into the remastered version of Headlocked: A Single Step as a not-so-savory character.

    -A special one-of-a kind print featuring your character in action.

    -A Headlocked: Four Color Fight Club T-shirt (Sizess S-3XL)

    -One physical copy of the remastered version of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler pinup gallery! The book will come signed by creator Michael Kingston AND WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry "The King" Lawler!

    -You'll also receive a digital copy of the book.

    - A digital preview book for our current series: Headlocked: The Last Territory.

    -Your name will also be featured on our special "thank you" pinup page.

    -You'll receive backer-exclusive updates.

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    WANNA BE A WRESTLER? (Young Bucks Enhancement Talent Edition)

    Ever wanted to be a wrestler but hate all those Hindu squats? Well, have we got a deal for you, my friend! Backers at this level will receive:

    -Your facial likeness drawn into the remastered version of Headlocked: A Single Step as a wrestler! More specifically, you will be one of the two opponents of the tag team featured in the story co-written by The Young Bucks (spoiler alert: You'll probably get superkicked at least once in the story).

    -An 8 x 11 full-color sketch of you as a wrestler drawn by Headlocked's own Michel Mulipola.

    -A special one-of-a kind print featuring your character in action.

    -A Headlocked: Four Color Fight Club T-shirt (Sizess S-3XL)

    -One physical copy of the remastered version of Headlocked: A Single Step featuring a painted cover by Jerry "The King" Lawler and stories by Samoa Joe, MVP, The Young Bucks and our independent wrestler pinup gallery! The book will come signed by creator Michael Kingston AND WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry "The King" Lawler!

    -You'll also receive a digital copy of the book.

    - A digital preview book for our current series: Headlocked: The Last Territory.

    -Your name will also be featured on our special "thank you" pinup page.

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