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A full length GLORIOUS WRESTLING ALLIANCE collection. 100+ pages of comics about wrestling and being alive!
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UPDATE: We are now fully funded and have passed our final stretch goal of £3,350!! All books are now hardcovers, and all backers will receive a download link to an EP of original GWA wrestler entrance themes composed by Ioan Morris and Andrew Rhys Lewis. Thanks go out to everyone that made this happen!

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GOAL STATUS:

£2,500 - Initial Goal: All books are paperbacks! *DONE*

£2,750 - Stretch Goal #1: All books are paperbacks w/ dust jackets! *DONE*

£3,000 - Stretch Goal #2: All books are fancy hardcovers! *DONE*

£3,350 - Stretch Goal #3: All backers get a digital download of an EP of originally composed GWA entrance themes!!  *DONE*

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About GLORIOUS WRESTLING ALLIANCE: PREMIUM SPECIAL

GLORIOUS WRESTLING ALLIANCE is a 100+ page comic book set vaguely in the world of professional wrestling. The GWA has been performing ably in minicomic form since 2016, and now it's time for it to graduate to true heavyweight book level. 

Great Carp shares an uncomfortable bus ride
Great Carp shares an uncomfortable bus ride

Collecting material from three previously published minicomics (including GLORIOUS WRESTLING APOCALYPSE -- one of Paste Magazine's top 25 comics of 2018), and featuring 24 pages of brand new work, GLORIOUS WRESTLING ALLIANCE: PREMIUM SPECIAL will be a beautifully and carefully produced volume worthy of the pure comics power contained within.
 

This is what I'm cramming into the book
This is what I'm cramming into the book

The Comic

Follow the behind-the-scenes going on at the world's most glorious wrestling promotion, as our cast of literally tens of wrestlers, bookers and hanger-ons navigate the pitfalls of life between the ropes.  

 Great Carp is a 7x world champion with a fish head and a heavy heart. Miranda Fury has a secret identity -- and needs the world to know. Gravy Train wants to overcome typecasting but is hampered by basic logistical concerns, and Death Machine wants his poetry to be taken as seriously as his piledrivers. See them bicker, argue, weep, curl up into little balls on the floor (happens three times), bicker some more, throw things, throw each other. See it all! It's a comedy! (PS: You don't have to care about wrestling to like it)

Death Machine makes his arts & culture podcast debut
Death Machine makes his arts & culture podcast debut
Gravy Train discovers social media
Gravy Train discovers social media

Press

"Hicks’ sense of comedic timing and the economy of his six-panel pages are perfectly suited to the weirdness of pro wrestling, and as the stakes grow ever higher and the hijinks get increasingly wacky, Hicks still manages to imbue his unusual roster of characters with a heart you might not expect." - CK Stewart, Paste Magazine
 

"Glorious Wrestling Alliance ... is an object lesson in pacing, characterisation, visual storytelling and plotting. For what could be viewed as an ostensibly throwaway concept there’s far more in terms of pathos and poignancy going on just beneath the surface than the obvious jokey set pieces and wrestling showmanship suggest." - Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier
 

"Glorious Wrestling Alliance is entertaining as all get out. Quick and to the point, it’s fun and funny, bonkers and clever, well worth your time and attention." - Daniel Elkin, Comics Bulletin 

The GWA hits the road
The GWA hits the road

Print Stuff

This is what a bunch of the books would look like piled up next to each other, were they to exist
This is what a bunch of the books would look like piled up next to each other, were they to exist

I want to make the best book possible - and that's why I'm turning to Kickstarter. Everything save about 10 pages worth of new content has already been drawn, and so the costs here cover production of a deluxe, 120 page softcover book, sized at 148 x 210 mm. I've also been working with the printers to get a different one-colour colourway for each chapter of the book - replicating the feel of the original minis as close as humanly possible!

Great Carp begins his day
Great Carp begins his day

 
 Rewards

Rewards include a DRM-free digital version of the book, the physical book itself, a signed-and-sketched-in bookplate edition, an exclusive GWA patch (above), a bespoke poem written and sent to you by the professional wrestler Death Machine, and the online debut of the official bootleg Great Carp action figure (thusfar only available at comic shows in Europe.) 

The official bootleg GREAT CARP action figure, in all its glory
The official bootleg GREAT CARP action figure, in all its glory

Stretch Goal

We've now hit both our initial goal of £2,500 and our first stretch goal of £2,750. This is amazing and I am super grateful for all of your support and interest in the book!

The book is now going ahead and, as we've hit stretch goal #1, will now have a fancy dust jacket. If we hit £3,000 all the books will become hardcovers! I've also sorted an extremely special and cool stretch goal for £3,300 which I will reveal soon.




 

Risks and challenges

As of writing, the majority of comics pages have been completed, with ten more written, thumbnailed and ready to go. At my current rate these should be done by the end of May, but I've left some buffer time just in case -- the plan is to go to print in the middle of August.

In regards to Brexit, I've spoken to my printers and they've ensured that any quotes we've worked out at this point will remain as consistent and viable as possible, whatever the outcome.

I've self-published all GWA minicomics up to this point, and while this book is a logistical step up in most regards, I'm confident in being able to handle all design, layout and order fulfilment demands - as I have done for the last four years. However, I do have expert help on-hand for any book design or fulfillment advice I might need along the way.

Outside of risk of external injury (traffic incident, piano falling on head, etc.) I see no substantial pitfalls. If anything does occur, however, I will be fully communicative with all backers -- you'll be the first to know!

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    GLORIOUS GESTURE ALLIANCE

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    GLORIOUS PATCH ALLIANCE

    Adorn your clothing with an official GWA patch. 8.7cm circular screen printed patch, machine washable. This tier is just for the patch -- add £4/$5 (plus £1/$2 shipping) to any other tier and leave a note to add a patch!

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    GLORIOUS DIGITAL ALLIANCE

    PDF copy of the book. All 100 pages of comics, reproduced to be as close to the print version as possible.

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    GLORIOUS POETRY ALLIANCE

    Beloved wrestler and aspiring poet DEATH MACHINE will hand-craft a bespoke poem just for you, and then mail it to your house or place of work. Probably on a napkin? This tier is just for the poem -- add £10/$13 plus £1/$2 shipping to any other tier and leave a note to get a poem with your purchase!

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    GLORIOUS BOOK ALLIANCE

    A print copy of the book, delivered straight to your door, lovingly, by a postal worker. Also a link to the PDF.

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    GLORIOUS BOOKPLATE ALLIANCE

    A print copy of the book with a Kickstarter-exclusive bookplate sketched on by the author (me!)

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    GLORIOUS RETAILER ALLIANCE

    Five copies of the book! Available only to retailers based in the UK!

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    Copy of GLORIOUS DELUXE BUNDLE ALLIANCE

    Have your book come with an A4, full-colour GWA PRINT! A deluxe bundle that includes PDF copy, physical book, bookplate (signed & sketched), patch AND print. I haven't drawn the print yet so IT'S A SURPRISE.

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    GLORIOUS RETAILER ALLIANCE II

    Ten copies of the book! Available only to retailers based in the UK! Save money on wholesale rates!

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    GLORIOUS ACTION FIGURE BUNDLE ALLIANCE

    Have your book come with a RARE GWA action figure. Bagged, boarded, molded and cast 3.5 inch resin GREAT CARP ACTION figure. Signed and numbered. Hand painted, zero points of articulation, beautiful, elegant. As of writing, these have only been available at one comic show and RIGHT HERE, in this DELUXE BUNDLE.

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