About this project
$4500: Stretch Goal # 1 - 3.5" x 10" NIKOLAI Bookplate with ALL Physical Reward Tiers!
$5000: Stretch Goal #2 - The Bookplate will be AUTOGRAPHED by Nikolai Volkoff 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.
In this second installment of our chronicle of Nikolai’s journey to superstardom, we pick up from the point of his bold decision to defect to America and follow him through his acclimation to a new culture and his discover of the sport of professional wrestling. Join Nikolai as he begins training with legends of the sports entertainment genre and joins his first tag team, on his way to becoming one of the greatest wrestlers the world has ever seen!
NIKOLAI 2 is the second of three single-issue comics in 7.5" x 9.25" format. This 24-page installment is authored by John Crowther, the story is lushly illustrated and lettered 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.
Issue 1 of NIKOLAI was previously funded via Kickstarter in November, 2016, and can be purchased with any reward tier by simply adding $4 to your total (no additional shipping required). Just message us when you pledge, to let us know you’re adding issue 1 to your rewards!
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-FOUR 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 to great reviews in August 2016.
Dell is an industry legend, amassing 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.
- $4 - Nikolai 1 Cover Comic
- $4 - Nikolai 2 Standard Comic
- $6 - Nikolai 2 Kickstarter-Exclusive Cover Comic
We can also combine multiple reward tiers if you ike. Just message us!
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, colors and lettering. Only printing and distribution remain!
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