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.

2007: I started by selling them out of a backpack at wrestling shows while working two jobs to pay for printing and convention costs.

2010: With the addition of WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry “The King” Lawler as the cover artist and Samoan wrestler/artist, Michel Mulipola on interiors, the art in the book was now all largely done by actual professional wrestlers.

2017: We’ve raised 100K on Kickstarter, we’ve had over 30 wrestlers contribute stories or art including: Ric Flair, Mick Foley, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks, Booker T, Rob Van Dam, Hurricane, Cody Rhodes, MVP, Gangrel, The Addiction, Ken Anderson, Trent Seven, Donovan Dijak and more!

We built this brand from the ground up by hustling for the last nine years, thriving in mediums dominated by giants like Marvel, DC, and WWE. While we’ve grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years, we’ve still barely scratched the surface of what this property can be.

In October of 2017, we caught the attention of The Rock. Headlocked is currently up for consideration at his Seven Bucks Production Company.

Where will this take us? We don’t know but we’re excited to find out!

Stay tuned!

Headlocked writer/creator
Mike Kingston