Wrestling your career into a headlock with Headlocked creator Michael Kingston


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This week on the show we have Headlocked creator Michael Kingston. Headlocked is a smash hit indie comic made by professional wrestlers for wrestling fans. It's awesome to see Michael's booths at conventions because they are always constantly swarmed with fans. Here's some info on his smash hit Headlocked from www.headlockedcomic.com

Nine years ago, I just wanted to make a cool wrestling comic. Something that was entertaining but that also showcased wrestling as an art form. As a lifelong fan of both wrestling and comics, I felt that despite the obvious parallels and crossover fanbase…no one had really done wrestling comics the right way.

I created Headlocked, an HBO-style drama chronicling an aspiring wrestler’s coming of age in the wrestling business. And I pitched it to everyone in comics… and I was turned down by everyone…one dude from a major publisher straight up laughed in my face.

So we just made them ourselves.

I love that last line. "So we just made them ourselves". It's incredible to think about Michael starting out in comics at a time when nobody wanted to book wrestlers and to watch how he has influenced the convention scene over the years until now when wrestling is a huge draw at conventions.

Now, this show was recorded in February, before COVID, which means it might feel a little dated, but I liked listening to a time when we didn't have to worry about all this stuff, and we actually had conventions to look forward to, and we will again, which makes this the perfect planning episode for the future.

Listen to this episode if you want to learn.

  • How to build a world-class brand
  • How to partner with celebrities
  • How to bounce back after failure

And much more. If you like this episode, head over and check out Michael's Kickstarter at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/headlockedcomic/headlocked-tales-from-the-road

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