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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.
So far in our story, Nikolai Volkoff escaped communism in his home Croatia to find wrestling fame in Canada and the United States as part of the heel tag team, The Mongols. In issue 3, we pick up as his singles career explodes in the wake of his epic battle with Bruno Sammartino at Madison Square Garden. Now, we witness his finest hours, as he joins with the Iron Sheik to form one of the most infamous tag teams in wrestling history and competes for the WWF Tag Team Championship at the inaugural Wrestlemania! IT'S ALL IN HERE.
NIKOLAI 3 is the last of three single-issue comics in 7.5" x 9.25" format. This 24-page chapter is 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 Andrew Pate.
New, RE-LETTERED editons of NIKOLAI issues 1 and 2 are also available via this campaign! Get them with several reward tiers, or add them to your existing rewards for an additional $5 each (no additional shipping)!
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-EIGHT 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. He has authored each installment of the growing line of authorized wrestling comics published by Squared Circle Comics, including The Killer Bees, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and The Genius Lanny Poffo.
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 The Killer Bees and The Genius Lanny Poffo for Squared Circle Comics, Wannabe Heroes, Edison and New Life for Primary Target Press, and the colors for the board game Last Stand for Woodtop Worlds.
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