About this project
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!
A Double-Sided, 8.5" x 11" Print for ALL Backers, now including the cover art for NIKOLAI 2:
Thanks to all Backers and Supporters! And, from the man himself:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 are extra rewards you can include with your currently-selected rewards package AT NO ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST!
(You read that correctly.)
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)
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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