Get the First Issue of Headlocked: The Last Territory FREE!

Check out the first issue of Headlocked: The Last Territory - FREE! Then support the Kickstarter to get volume 2, featuring art by Jerry "The King" Lawler, Jill Thompson, Jamal Igle and Ben Templesmith among others! Story and art by Michael Kingston, Michel Mulipola and Chuck Obach.



In case you think our studio JUST does comics, here's a cool banner we recently did for a client to promote their products at local events in Maryland. Logo Designs: Jacob Bascle / Art: CES

A Personal Note from our CCO...

Alright folks, I'm going to step out of my official role here a little and make this personal.

When Visionary launched, a huge part of what we wanted to do was bring something different to the comics medium. We didn't want to do elevated fan-fiction that reads like bad rip-offs of the X-Men and Batman, we wanted to step outside the box. Headlocked, one of our first series, our first published into the direct market, and now our first official CREATION series is just that.

Headlocked is the world's ONLY REAL wrestling comic, and Mike Kingston is good at selling it to wrestling fans. But, no offense, I'm not talking to wrestling fans right now. I'm not personally a wrestling fan myself, so, that's not my point. I am however a damn good judge of comics and talent. I also love this medium, and love good, heart-wrenching dramatic storytelling in any medium, and THAT is why I love Headlocked.

I've gotten to watch Mike grow from his first script into a solid writer, and I've watched this story grow from being a niche target specialty project into a fully realized story that hits me hard every chapter I read. I've edited Mike on  pretty much all of the series, and this last volume, I cursed out loud when I hit the end of the last script because I wanted... I needed more.

The passion, the drive, the love of sport and art is so present in this book it moves me. So, if you haven't supported the Kickstarter, seriously consider it. If you're not familiar with the project and want to try it out, check our main site at Visionary Comics to read short stories setting up the series absolutely FREE. If you are supporting it, spread the word, tell your friends. Tell other wrestling fans, but also tell comic fans, tell fans of hard-hitting drama, tell any quality storytelling fans to get on board. Support something truly, truly Visionary.


NEW WEBCOMIC POSTED

It's another HEADLOCKED MONDAY with a classic short that flashes back prior to Mike Hartmann beginning his epic journey to become a professional wrestler, and shows us what inspired him to put it all on the line! LIVE NOW!


Visionary News Roundup

There's been a LOT going on with Visionary the last few weeks, so just in case you missed any of the good stuff, we've compiled everything together in one handy place! Check it out!


-Visionary Announces New Partnerships & Deadlands Expansion!
New Partners! New Collections! New Content! Deadlands on the Move!


-Visionary Creation Series Headlocked Returns to Kickstarter!
Our First Official CREATION Series, Headlocked Returns in Force! Wrestling and Comic Superstars are Keeping the Dream Alive!

-Visionary Opens the Doors for New Interns!
Want to Make Comics and Live in the DC-Metro Area? Be a Visionary and Join Us for Practical Guidance and Direction on Professional Projects!
Download the Interns Job Description and Overview

-Visionary Launches Web-Comics Portal with New Content!
Headlocked Short Stories! Deadlands Originals! My Comic Life! Oh My!


-Visionary Supports Local Shows United FanBoyz & Annapolis!
Get the Latest on Our Next Cons, Two Awesome Local Shows!

NEWS ROUNDUPCheck out these Spotlights on Visionary from the Comics' Media!
-Broken FrontierBleeding Cool and ICv2 Report on Deadlands!
-Times Union shines the spotlight on creator Michael Kingston!

Stay tuned for more from Visionary Central!

Headlocked Hits Kickstarter with Comic and Wrestling Superstars!

  


(Albany, NY) Headlocked, the acclaimed wrestling comic book drama, from Michael Kingston and Visionary Comics, has launched a Kickstarter in support of the next volume of the popular series. This second campaign continues the popular “The Last Territory” arc, launched with the highly successful first run.

Writer Michael Kingston and artist/wrestler Michel Mulipola return to continue their gritty coming-of-age story chronicling a former theater major’s journey to break into the wrestling business. Kingston explains why they’re returning to Kickstarter: “Based on the reception we’ve gotten, I know there is an audience for the book. So for us, Kickstarter has allowed us to reach that audience and essentially generate enough ‘sales’ to produce the series in a reasonably expedient fashion with the high quality that both the readers and the story deserve.”

The first volume, featuring a stunning Norman Rockwell homage painted by WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, has been very well received by both wrestling and comic book fans alike.




Kickstarter backers received a special bonus edition featuring short comic stories by wrestling stars Hurricane Helms, Rob Van Dam, and Christopher Daniels as well as art from Ken Anderson, Sam Shaw, Sinn Bodhi, Scott Lost, and Rob Schamberger. “We try to go above and beyond to reward the backers for their support. The success of our Kickstarters is essentially the lifeblood of this series. So we try to give the backers something special as a reward for literally bringing this series to life.”

To that end, as with Volume 1, Volume 2 features Kickstarter-exclusive content produced by some of the biggest wrestlers in the industry. WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas, WWE superstar Booker T, and former WWE superstar Caylen Croft are contributing art  while former WWE superstar John Morrison and ROH standouts AJ Styles & Frankie Kazarian are penning short stories for the series.

For comic book fans, Kingston has lined up a bevy of industry superstars to lend their artistic talents. Jill Thompson (Sandman, Beasts of Burden) returns to provide art for the credits pages while Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night), Jamal Igle (Supergirl), Box Brown (Andre the Giant), Mark Poulton (Savage Hawkman) and Ramon Villalobos (Original Sins) sign-on with the latest volume!




Despite the star power attached to the book, Kingston knows they have a lot of work ahead of them to win over longtime comic book fans. “I know given their sordid history that the phrase ‘wrestling comic’ doesn’t have the best connotation with people, but that was the reason I wanted to write Headlocked in the first place. I can promise you that this isn’t like any other wrestling comic. Everyone associated with the book is passionate about wrestling, comics, and art. I think that really shines through in the product that we put out.”

For those that missed the first volume, the folks at Headlocked have you covered, with tiers to get just the first book as a starting point, or caught up with both.

Check out Headlocked: The Last Territory Volume 2 on Kickstarter for more information!

Watch Headlocked Videos on Visionary's YouTube Channel.


Enjoy WebComic chapters of Headlocked on Visionary’s Web Comics Portal, updating with new content EVERY Monday during the campaign!

Be a Visionary - Intern with Visionary Comics

Visionary Comics will be doing interviews for our internship program at both the United Fanboyz Con in Glen Burnie on October 18th, and the Annapolis Comic-Con on October 19th. Candidates should be 18 years or older and local residents to the area. They must have a passion for comics and willingness to work on growing their skills and contributing to the studio.

Preferences will be given to those showing some skills and expertise in one or more of the following: marketing, social networking, or computer skills in Word, Excel, Photoshop, or Illustrator. Interns will receive one-on-one training in practical comic related work, on actual projects in development, as well as skills in managing a freelance career and working in comics in general. Group sessions and cross-training will also take place.

The internship is an open period for as long as the intern and studio feel the relationship is mutually beneficial. Interns who excel may be offered more long term positions and / or paid work.

For details on the shows check out our EVENTS PAGE.
For questions, please contact us through Info@visionarycomics.com