About this project
If you're new to Headlocked, read on. If you know what we're about, you can skip to the "The Hard Way" section. And even though we're kickstarting our fourth volume, there are affordable pledge tiers that allow you to start at the beginning.
What is Headlocked?
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 seedy underbelly of the wrestling business as he chases his dream of making it to the bright lights and the big stage of the WFW. Think of it as an HBO-style drama set in the world of wrestling.
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! And as you can see, his artwork is nothing short of spectacular!
Headlocked: The Hard Way
Following the events of Headlocked: The Last Territory Volume 2, we find Mike Hartmann, still in Texas training under Dr. Destruction, struggling to deal with his new reality. As Mike is starting to learn, when it comes to the wrestling business...(ahem)...there is no easy way.
Now you may have noticed our rather graphic promo image featuring a bloody hand reaching for the ropes. Longtime readers know that since the end of Headlocked: Work of Art, we've been teasing an event that had left Mike Hartmann bloody, hospitalized, and blackballed from the wrestling business....the big news is that in Headlocked: The Hard Way, we'll finally reveal what happened that fateful night!
Special Guest Contributors
Since Kickstarter is the lifeblood of Headlocked, it's important for us to reward the people who help us when we need it the most. The version of Headlocked that you get from backing us on Kickstarter can't be purchased anywhere else...not online, not at conventions, and not in stores.
We always try to bring you the biggest and the best names in both wrestling and comics....and this time I think we've really outdone ourselves. This entire lineup is a gauntlet of bucket list creators for us!
Jerry Lawler - our cover artist since our second issue. One of the most decorated wrestlers in the history of the business and he's a professional grade artist to boot! His stunning Norman Rockwell homages, a signature of Headlocked, have been turning heads of wrestling and non-wrestling fans alike for the past 3 years.
Mick Foley - the Hardcore legend, reality show star, and NY Times Best-Selling author lends his creative talents to a Headlocked story. Mick is no stranger to comic book writing having written a few issues of the WWE comic series from Papercutz. Mick will be co-writing the first Christmas-themed Headlocked story.
Cody Rhodes - the former Stardust and current American Nightmare is widely known as one of the biggest comic fans in wrestling and someone who was immediately at the top of our list to work with. From Stardust, to Dashing, to the American Nightmare, Cody knows how to make an impression. Cody is currently wrestling for anyone and everyone, pushing political boundaries and changing the game.
Ric Flair - literally one of the most well known wrestlers in the history of wrestling. We've had the pleasure of hosting the Nature Boy at a few comic cons and he's literally a walking treasure trove of stories.We're beyond excited to see what he can bring to Headlocked!
The only way you can better a hand with four kings is if you're holding an ace. And boy, are we holding an ace..
Kenny Omega - currently dominating the Japanese wrestling scene, with The Young Bucks, The Cleaner is one of the most exciting in-ring talents in the world. He's also absurdly creative...check out his YouTube videos with The Young Bucks or his recent Terminator themed ring entrance in NJPW. We're beyond excited to have him contribute to this book.
And these guys are just the short story contributors! We have an insane pinup gallery for this one as well!
Fred Ottman - the former Tugboat/Typhoon/Shockmaster had a few faces in the wrestling ring and all of them were awesome! We were shocked to learn that Fred had some skills with pen and ink and really intrigued to see what he'll be producing for us.
Robbi Rodriguez - the co-creator of the wildly popular Spider-Gwen, Robbi is also a huge wrestling fan. Robbi and was slated to do a Headlocked short story way back in 2007 for Markosia but it never came to fruition. So it's great to be able to circle back around and do something with him now.
Andy Belanger/The Animal - Andy is probably best known as the artist on Image Comics Southern Cross but he's also an independent wrestler in IWS in Montreal as The Animal Bob Anger. Outside of Michel and Jerry, we couldn't think of a more perfect person to have contribute to this book.
Lince Dorado - Fun Fact: Back in 2008, The Golden Lynx was the first wrestler to ever wear a Headlocked shirt to the ring. These days he's lighting up the ring in the WWE's cruiserweight division. We recently learned that he had art skills, so given our long history, we had to make this happen.
Ed McGuiness - One of the biggest artists in comics. We've been fans of Ed's work since his iconic run on Deadpool with Joe Kelly. We were stoked to find out he was a wrestling fan and even more stoked to find out he was a fan of Headlocked. It's such an honor to have him bring his considerable talents to our project.
Can't find a particular tier that gives you everything you want? Well you can add on these items to any pledge tier...or you can message us for a custom pledge tier.
-Add an extra volume of Headlocked (any volume) for 25 dollars apiece above pledge tier.
-Add a Filsinger games Headlocked expansion pack for 15 dollars above pledge tier.
-Add on a T-shirt for 20 dollars above the pledge tier
-Add on a Hoodie for 40 dollars above the pledge tier
-Add a single character commission sketch by Michel for 75 dollars above pledge tier.
-Add yourself into a crowd shot or background scene by adding 100 dollars above pledge tier.
Risks and challenges
We're anticipating 9-12 months to put this book together. But we all have regular jobs and the wrestlers that are participating have pretty busy schedules...so delays are always possible. But we've successfully delivered on three Kickstarters thus far, so our record speaks for itself.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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