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Wrestling historian & personality Jim Cornette takes you through the real stories behind the biggest moments in Pro Wrestling history!
Wrestling historian & personality Jim Cornette takes you through the real stories behind the biggest moments in Pro Wrestling history!
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JIM CORNETTE'S REAL PRO WRESTLING STORIES GRAPHIC NOVEL

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Imagine the madness that would ensue if all of the famous magicians exposed the secrets of their trade at the same time. That’s the closest analogy that can be made to what has happened in Pro Wrestling since February 1989, when the WWF chose to deregulate to avoid having to pay for licenses under the watchful eye of state commissions. And how did they do that? By -gasp!- going on record saying that wrestling was not an athletic competition, but pre-determined ‘entertainment.’ And with that, almost a full century’s worth of industry secrets began leaking through ‘shoot’ interviews and tell-all books. But the topic has never been covered in graphic novel format… until now!    

*All Art Shown In Campaign, Is In Progress. Final Product May Have Minor Adjustments*  

80 PAGES OFF THE TOP TURNBUCKLE! 

Jim Cornette Presents: Behind the Curtain – Real Pro Wrestling Stories is a historical look at some of the most impactful behind-the-scenes moments in pro wrestling history, presented through the eyes of legendary wrestling personality Jim Cornette. A true-story style anthology, these 'insider' tales will show the lengths that wrestlers went to uphold ‘kayfabe’ (the old carny term for the presentation of legitimate conflict) as well as the noteworthy cultural, racial & economic impact these events and characters had on society. This is the graphic novel that old school wrestling fans have been waiting their entire lives for: a no holds barred graphic representation of the moments that wrestling insiders couldn’t talk about for years. 

What makes Jim Cornette the perfect presenter of this material, you ask? Well, before it was exposed and became "sports entertainment," wrestling had a real sense of legitimacy. Ask any fan who the greatest ambassador of those glory days is, and Jim Cornette will always be among the first names they mention. Hundreds of insiders have told their stories over the last few decades, but no one has seen it all, lived it all, documented and collected it all, and can talk about it all like Jim. He broke into the business at 14 and made the rounds through every aspect of the industry, eventually becoming a legendary heel manager and unquestionably one of the greatest hype men the sport had ever seen. His ability to present talent in front of crowds and behind the scenes is unparalleled. Jim is currently an author, columnist and host of two top-rated podcasts, The Jim Cornette Experience and Jim Cornette's Drive-Thru. With his colorful industry lingo and unabashed enthusiasm, people tune in to those podcasts in droves to hear him tell his stories.   

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What kind of stuff will the graphic novel cover?    

Fascinating behind the scenes stories, both historical and first hand - like Jim’s heated interactions with the fans, especially in the 1980’s. He and the tag team he managed, The Midnight Express, were so hated that they had to be escorted by police to and from the ring and then to the city limits after matches. Also recounted is the tale of a heel (bad guy wrestler) destroying the color lines in Memphis in 1959, and the story of a babyface (good guy wrestler) forced to perform shortly after surviving a Cessna plane crash because he couldn’t reveal that he was on the same plane with the heels he was feuding with. There's even a story of a fan jumping the guard rail and pulling a gun on a wrestler, leaving the other wrestler with the dilemma of whether he should break kayfabe and help his ‘enemy.’ 

Jim is joined by the dynamic team that previously brought you the awesome Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven graphic novel -- Eisner Award nominated writer Brandon Easton and artist Denis Medri. Their expertise in the medium makes them the perfect partners to complete this three-man tag team! 

Why Kickstarter?

First, it’s the best way for fans to have some really cool interactions with Jim and for collectors to grab cool collectibles and autographed products. But more than anything, it’s a celebration and show of solidarity by all of the fans of the days of old. As Jim likes to say, “You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube,” so might as well dive in and explore all of the things that used to make wrestling special, now that the curtain’s been lifted. With Kickstarter as the platform, fans can rally behind this product, and in that process, the end product will become that much better. 

Jim Cornette Presents: Behind the Curtain – Real Pro Wrestling Stories is the first of its kind. No one has ever created something like this -- certainly not the best guy to do it. Never before have wrestling’s secret backstories been documented and packaged up into graphic novel format. By pledging, you are helping to create a piece of history itself, and can claim that you were one of Jim Cornette’s supporters as he spread the gospel of wrestling in the territorial days before its exposure and worldwide expansion. 

How do I get involved? 

To become a Jim Cornette Presents: Behind the Curtain – Real Pro Wrestling Stories backer, just click on the green button to the right of our video. Kickstarter will ask you for your pledge, which reward you want and how you want to sign up. Also, please feel free to add a link from our Kickstarter page to your website, blog or social media page. Sharing this project with others will go a long way toward getting the project funded! 

Think of your pledge as a pre-purchase. We’ve put together a bunch of rewards that we know you'll love. And any of our rewards make a great gift for the old school wrestling fan in your family! The closer we get to our goal, and the more special rewards are taken up, the more we can offer! There are other special rewards planned; please check back often so you don't miss out on some really cool opportunities that we have planned! 

8 MORE PAGES OF BOOK FOR YOUR BUCK! (UNLOCKED)

You're excited and we're excited right back at you! So we want to give you even more stories from Jim Cornette! 

When we cross this funding goal we're officially making the book even bigger and not charging you a penny more for it!

 SPECIAL COVER TREATMENT (UNLOCKED)

At $40,000 raised, we'll be adding a layer of special spot UV to the cover of each book! This cover treatment will brighten the lights, pop the logo and give the book an enhanced, deluxe, collectible feel.

Unlock 8 additional pages AND an exclusive book mark! (UNLOCKED)

4 pages of back-up material. This could include interviews, a "making of" or a story about a raccoon!

 All books will be upgraded from softcover to hardcover!

GET AN EXCLUSIVE LITHOGRAPH!   

APPEAR IN A CROWD IN THE BOOK OR EVEN BECOME A FEATURED CHARACTER! 

TALK WITH JIM LIVE, RECORD A QUESTION FOR HIS PODCAST, OR HAVE JIM RECORD YOUR OUTGOING VOICEMAIL! 

Brandon
Brandon

Brandon M. Easton is a professional writer, screenwriter, and educator based in Los Angeles, CA. Easton was born in Baltimore, MD and resides in Southern California. Easton is mainly known for his work on the Warner Bros. Animation reboot of the ThunderCats series. He is also critically acclaimed for his work in the comic book industry, including an Eisner Award nomination in 2014.   

Denis
Denis

Denis Medri was born in Cesena, Italy, and has found great success as a comic book illustrator. Medri has worked for both DC and Marvel Comics, and was the illustrator for Andre The Giant: Closer To Heaven.   

Jordi
Jordi

Jordi Escuin Llorach is a comics colorist whose work can be seen in many IDW titles, as well as books for various other publishers.   

Want to learn more about Jim Cornette and IDW? Here are some links:

http://www.jimcornette.com/

https://www.idwlimited.com/

Thanks to everyone for all of your support! Feel free to message us with any questions.

Risks and challenges

IDW Limited has been making books and collectibles for more than 5 years. While delays are always possible in the printing process, our expert staff is very focused on delivering high-quality, on-time rewards to our backers.

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    One exclusive SIGNED lithograph, featuring YOU as a wrestler, being managed by Jim Cornette.

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    Ask Jim A Question On His Podcast

    Record your question for Jim Cornette and have it aired and answered on his podcast!

    (Jim's producer will work with you personally to get your question properly recorded for submission)

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    Get drawn into the graphic novel as a background character or extra.

    PLUS you will receive a framable printed-copy of the page you appear on!

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    10-minute phone call with Jim Cornette

    Get on the phone with the premiere wrestling historian of our generation. Spend 10 minutes with Jim Cornette, one-on-one!

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    Be Featured In The Book!

    Get drawn into the graphic novel as a featured extra! Your likeness will be the featured character in a panel, where you could be a:

    * Spotlighted fan,
    * Newscaster,
    * Doctor,
    * Bartender,
    * Hitchhiker, or other minor role.
    (The creative team will work with you on this goal.)

    PLUS you will receive a framable printed-copy of the page you appear on!

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    Star In The Book!

    Live in infamy forever as a major character in the book!

    Choose from the roles listed below!

    * Ric Flair's pilot during the plane crash that changed wrestling!
    * The African-American attorney for the wrestler who desegregated sporting events in the South.
    * The fan who was accosted backstage by The Shiek.
    (Roles will be awarded by preference, in backer order. The creative team will work with you on this goal.)

    PLUS you will receive a framable printed-copy of the page you appear on!

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