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The real-life tale of Nikolai Volkoff - his family history, his escape from the Soviet Bloc, & his rise to wrestling fame in the USA!
The real-life tale of Nikolai Volkoff - his family history, his escape from the Soviet Bloc, & his rise to wrestling fame in the USA!
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STRETCH GOALS ANNOUNCED

Now that NIKOLAI 1 is FUNDED, it's time for Stretch Goals! Once funding reaches:

$3000 - ACHIEVED!

ALL (non-PDF) Backers will receive a numbered NIKOLAI Bookplate AUTOGRAPHED by the creative team (writer John Crowther, artist Dell Barras & colorist Andrew Pate)!

$3500 - ACHiEVED!

Nikolai Volkoff himself will ALSO autograph the Bookplate!

Our NEXT Stretch Goal - A Custom NIKOLAI Bookplate, complete with Autograph by Nikolai Himself!
Our NEXT Stretch Goal - A Custom NIKOLAI Bookplate, complete with Autograph by Nikolai Himself!

$4000

A Double-Sided, 8.5" x 11" Print for ALL Backers, now including the cover art for NIKOLAI 2:

FUNDED!

Thanks to all Backers and Supporters! And, from the man himself:

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THE COMIC

NIKOLAI is the authorized comic biography of Croatian wrestling legend, Nikolai Volkoff, 2005 WWE Hall of Famer, former WWF Tag Team Champion, and former partner of the Iron Sheik! Along with Bruno Sammartino, Nikolai was the first professional wrestler to sell out Madison Square Garden. Written by John Crowther (Antarctic Press' Rochelle), this story of Nikolai's life is based on in-depth interviews and intimate conversations between the writer and the wrestler.

The Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover for NIKOLAI 1 - Available ONLY Via This Kickstarter Campaign! A VERY Limited Number of SIGNED Copies are Available!
The Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover for NIKOLAI 1 - Available ONLY Via This Kickstarter Campaign! A VERY Limited Number of SIGNED Copies are Available!

Learn the real story of Nikolai before he assumed the surname Volkoff for the sake of sports entertainment. Discover his true relationship with the Soviet Bloc and the sacrifices required of him to escape to stardom in the West. And get it all from his own recounting of his life story, via the visual medium of comics.

THE PROJECT

NIKOLAI will be told over the course of three single-issue comics in 7.5" x 9.25" format, this 23-page installment being the first of those. In addition to being authored by John Crowther, the story is lushly illustrated by comics and animation legend, Dell Barras (Storyboard artist on Transformers: The Movie and the Transformers & G.I. Joe cartoon series, as well as many other animated series, including many Marvel series, Captain Planet, & The Pirates of Darkwater!). Colors are provided by newcomer, Andrew Pate.

The Standard Edition Cover for NIKOLAI 1! A VERY Limited Number of SIGNED Copies are Available!
The Standard Edition Cover for NIKOLAI 1! A VERY Limited Number of SIGNED Copies are Available!

WHY KICKSTARTER?

As independent creators with limited access to the mainstream comic market, we rely on Kickstarter to fund production and printing of our comics and to expose them to the comic-buying public. We have led TWENTY-TWO previous, successful Kickstarter campaigns for comic projects! We are experienced and reliable creators and purveyors of comics via Kickstarter. You will get what you pledge for and get it quickly.

8.5" x 11" NIKOLAI 1 Art Print - Available ONLY at Select Reward Tiers!
8.5" x 11" NIKOLAI 1 Art Print - Available ONLY at Select Reward Tiers!

PREVIEW PAGES

From Nikolai's family origins in Croatia...
From Nikolai's family origins in Croatia...

 

To the conflict there that set the stage for his life to come...
To the conflict there that set the stage for his life to come...

 

To his earliest experiences in competitive wrestling...
To his earliest experiences in competitive wrestling...

 

To his daring quest for fame and freedom...
To his daring quest for fame and freedom...

THE CREATORS

John E. Crowther

John is the writer and creator of Rochelle, which debuted as Rochelle: The Teen Cockroach #0 with AC Comics in March 2015, and is currently an ongoing series with Antarctic Press, having debuted with great reviews in August 2016.

Dell Barras

Dell is an industry legend, having amassed over 40 years experience in the comic book industry with DC Comics, Marvel UK , Antarctic Press, AC Comics, and Heroic Comics on many titles, including Rochelle, Conan the Barbarian, The Amazing Spider Man, Blue Beetle and Death's Head II. Dell has also worked extensively as a storyboard artist for Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, Disney, Fox Family, Marvel Films, Cartoon Network, Hanna Barbara, and 20th Century Fox, on such titles as Transformers: The Movie, Shark's Tale, Buzz Lightyear, The Amazing Spider Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Incredible Hulk, Avengers, Silver Surfer, and The New GI Joe.

Andrew Pate

Andrew is a comic book colorist living in Panama City, Florida. He has been working in independent ​Comics and Game Design since 2014. He has worked on several published and soon to be published comics including Wannabe Heroes, Edison and New Life for Primary Target Press, and the colors for the board game Last Stand for Woodtop Worlds.

ADD-ON's

Add-On's are extra rewards you can include with your currently-selected rewards package AT NO ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST!  

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All you have to do is hit the MANAGE button at the top left of our Kickstarter page (the same spot where you hit the BACK THIS PROJECT button to pledge originally) and ADD the indicated amount(s) for the Add-On's you want. THEN, shoot us a message via Kickstarter letting us know exactly WHICH rewards you are adding. 

Remember, there's NO ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST for these Add-On items, and some are LIMITED, so ACT NOW!  

  • $4 - PDF Subscription 
  • $3 - Standard Cover Comic 
  • $5 - Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Comic 
  • $3 - Kickstarter-Exclusive Print 
  • $20 - Signed Art Print (LIMITED) 
  • $25 - Signed Nikolai Photo (LIMITED) 
  • $30 - Signature Edition Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Comic 
  • $45 - Signature Edition Magazine-Sized Comic 
  • $60 - Original Page Art (LIMITED - Our Choice)

PREMIUM REWARDS 

Artist Dell Barras' Recreation of Nikolai's Convention Photo!
Artist Dell Barras' Recreation of Nikolai's Convention Photo!

 

The 8.25" x 10.75" MAGAZINE Edition of NIKOLAI 1! EXCLUSIVE Cover! ONLY 25 Printed! All SIGNED by NIKOLAI and the Creative Team!
The 8.25" x 10.75" MAGAZINE Edition of NIKOLAI 1! EXCLUSIVE Cover! ONLY 25 Printed! All SIGNED by NIKOLAI and the Creative Team!

 

Depicting the violent legacy of Nikolai's Croatian roots!
Depicting the violent legacy of Nikolai's Croatian roots!

 

Early Panels of Nikolai in Wrestling Gear!
Early Panels of Nikolai in Wrestling Gear!

 

Early Panels of Nikolai in Wrestling Gear!
Early Panels of Nikolai in Wrestling Gear!

 

Quantities EXTREMELY LIMITED!
Quantities EXTREMELY LIMITED!

 

 

AUTOGRAPHED Photos of NIKOLAI Himself - ONLY 10 Available!
AUTOGRAPHED Photos of NIKOLAI Himself - ONLY 10 Available!

 

Risks and challenges

There are few to NO risks in the completion and fulfillment of this project. As the Kickstarter campaign launches, ALL pages are complete in terms of art and lettering, so only printing and fulfillment must be accomplished after funding is achieved.

Printer delays are obviously beyond our control, but we are working with a high-end, reliable company that we are confident will deliver within the prescribed timeframe for fulfillment.

Our first obligation is to you, the BACKER. Given your support and trust in us, we aim to have the creative aspect of the project COMPLETE before there is even funding in hand, to ensure you get what you paid for at the highest possible level and within the shortest possible timeframe!

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    THE DIGITAL (PDF) COMIC

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    THE STANDARD COVER COMIC + Digital

    A Standard Cover copy of NIKOLAI 1 + a PDF copy of the story!

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    THE DIGITAL (PDF) SUBSCRIPTION

    A PDF copy of EACH ISSUE of NIKOLAI (3 total) delivered by EMAIL as each is released!

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    THE KICKSTARTER-EXCLUSIVE COMIC + Print

    A Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover copy of NIKOLAI 1 + 8.5" x 11" Exclusive Nikolai Art Print + a PDF copy of the story!

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    THE STANDARD COVER COMIC SUBSCRIPTION

    Standard Cover copies of NIKOLAI issues 1-3, shipped to you as they are released + PDF copies emailed as they are released!

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    THE PREMIER BACKER

    THE PREMIER BACKER: a personalized THANK YOU note from the writer, John Crowther + YOUR NAME immortalized on a special 'Thank You' page of the comic + a Signed, KICKSTARTER-EXCLUSIVE copy of NIKOLAI 1 + a 8.5" x 11" Exclusive Nikolai Art Print + a PDF copy of the comic!

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    THE KICKSTARTER-EXCLUSIVE SUBSCRIPTION

    Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover copies of NIKOLAI issues 1-3, shipped to you as they are released + 8.5" x 11" Exclusive Nikolai Art Prints for each release + PDF copies emailed as they are released!

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    THE ART PRINT SIGNED BY NIKOLAI

    An 11" x 17" NIKOLAI Art Print (one of four designs chosen by us) SIGNED by Nikolai himself + a Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover copy of NIKOLAI 1 + a PDF copy of the story!

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    THE NIKOLAI SIGNED PHOTO

    A glossy photograph of Nikolai SIGNED by Nikolai himself + a Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover copy of NIKOLAI 1 + a PDF copy of the story!

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    THE SIGNATURE EDITION COMIC + Print

    A Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover copy of NIKOLAI 1 signed by Nikolai himself & the creative team + a 8.5" x 11" Exclusive Nikolai Art Print + a PDF copy of the story!

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    THE MAGAZINE-SIZE SIGNATURE EDITION

    A Magazine-Sized (8.25" x 10.75") Exclusive Cover version of NIKOLAI 1 signed by Nikolai himself & the creative team + a PDF copy of the story!

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    THE RINGSIDE FAN APPEARANCE

    Comics Legend Dell Barras will draw YOU into NIKOLAI 2 as one of the ringside fans as Nikolai takes the squared circle against Bruno Sammartino at Madison Square Garden! Your likeness will be drawn into at least one panel of the comic (no speaking lines). Includes Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover copy of NIKOLAI 1 + a PDF copy of the story!

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    THE DELL BARRAS COMMISSION

    A One-Figure, Black & White, 9" x 12" Original Art Commission by Comics & Animation legend DELL BARRAS + a Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover copy of NIKOLAI 1 + a PDF copy of the story!

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    THE ORIGINAL PRINT ART by DELL BARRAS

    The Original NIKOLAI Print Art (Pencil & Ink on 4.75" x 9.5" Paper) by Dell Barras + a Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover copy of NIKOLAI 1 + a PDF copy of the story!

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    THE ART PRINT BUNDLE SIGNED BY NIKOLAI

    A COMPLETE SET of ALL FOUR 11" x 17" NIKOLAI Art Prints SIGNED by Nikolai himself + a Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover copy of NIKOLAI 1 + a PDF copy of the story!

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    THE INSIDE BACK COVER AD

    THE BACK COVER AD: Full-Page, Inside Back Cover Ad (PG-13 Content - Subject to Approval) in EVERY Copy of NIKOLAI 1 + a Kickstarter-Exclusive cover edition of NIKOLAI 1 + a PDF copy of the comic!

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    THE COMPLETE + SIGNED COVER BUNDLE

    The Standard Cover Comic + the Kickstarter-Exclusive Comic + the Magazine-Sized (8.25" x 10.75") Exclusive Cover Comic (ALL SIGNED by Nikolai + the Creative Team) + a PDF copy of the story!

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    THE ORIGINAL PAGE 15 ART by DELL BARRAS

    The Original NIKOLAI Page 15 Art (Pencil & Ink on 9.5" x 11" Paper) by Dell Barras (featuring Nikolai in wrestling gear!) + a Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover copy of NIKOLAI 1 + a PDF copy of the story!

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    THE ORIGINAL PAGE 2 ART by DELL BARRAS

    The Original NIKOLAI Page 2 Art (Pencil & Ink on 9.5" x 11" Paper) by Dell Barras (the second page depicting the violent Croatian legacy of Nikolai's family!)+ a Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover copy of NIKOLAI 1 + a PDF copy of the story!

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    THE ORIGINAL PAGE 14 ART by DELL BARRAS

    The Original NIKOLAI Page 14 Art (Pencil & Ink on 9.5" x 11" Paper) by Dell Barras (featuring Nikolai in wrestling gear!) + a Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover copy of NIKOLAI 1 + a PDF copy of the story!

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    THE NIKOLAI VIDEO CHAT SESSION

    Participate in a 60-Minute, 3-Person Video Chat with Nikolai himself, moderated by his comic biographer, John Crowther + a Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover copy of NIKOLAI 1 signed by Nikolai himself & the creative team + a PDF copy of the story!

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    THE ORIGINAL PAGE 1 ART by DELL BARRAS

    The Original NIKOLAI Page 1 Art (Pencil & Ink on 9.5" x 11" Paper) by Dell Barras (the opening page of the series!)+ a Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover copy of NIKOLAI 1 + a PDF copy of the story!

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    THE PHOTO RECREATION ART by DELL BARRAS

    The Original NIKOLAI Artistic Recreation (Pencil & Ink on 9.5" x 11" Paper) of Nikolai's convention photo by Dell Barras + a Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover copy of NIKOLAI 1 + a PDF copy of the story!

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    THE BACK COVER AD

    THE BACK COVER AD: Full-Page, Back Cover Ad (PG-13 Content - Subject to Approval) in EVERY Copy of NIKOLAI 1 + a Kickstarter-Exclusive cover edition of NIKOLAI 1 + a PDF copy of the comic!

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    THE ORIGINAL COVER ART by DELL BARRAS

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