The latest WWE news comes, of all places, out of New York Comic Con. As hard as it may be to believe that wrestling and comics can go together, one man has proved that the two worlds can be married with great success, and he’s also proved that others believe in the dream so much that they’re willing to be a part of it with him.
Michael Kingston is the creator of Headlocked, a comic book that has been all the rage on the WWE news bulletin boards since it first came out in 2007. Featuring a painted cover by Jerry Lawler, Headlocked tells the story of a man who would do anything to see his wrestling dreams come true, and is actually a very realistic depiction of the life of a wrestler.
“I’ve been a fan of both wrestling and comic books since I was eight years old,” said Kingston in an exclusive interview with the Inquisitr. “But there were never any good wrestling comics, so I decided to make one of my own. When I first started [Headlocked], I was doing it all myself. But, eventually, other wrestlers caught on to what I was doing, and said that they wanted to be a part of it.”
The comic has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 2007. In fact, as of now, the latest WWE news reports on the comic suggest that we can see a lot more familiar faces from the world of wrestling contributing to the series. “We’ve had more than 20 televised wrestlers contribute to Headlocked,” said Kingston. “Jerry Lawler designs all of our covers now. AJ Styles and Ken Anderson are just a few who have already contributed. Mick Foley is also lined up to do a story, as is Rey Mysterio. So it’s really kind of blown up. It’s a labor of love, you know what I mean?”
As Kingston spoke with the Inquisitr, he was periodically interrupted by loud calls of “Whoo!” Any wrestling fan knows that that sound can only come from one wrestler: the legendary Nature Boy, Ric Flair, who also contributed to the series and was on hand signing autographs and taking pictures with expectant fans. It was pretty hard to believe that Flair is a comic book fan, let alone one who would contribute to a series like this, but Kingston stressed that the important thing was that everyone who was involved in Headlocked had the same mentality.
“We’re all fans of wrestling,” Kingston said. “And we’re all fans of comic books.”
And the latest news about the comic should be making all the WWE news headlines: Kingston is in talks with a few different people to possibly develop the idea of the comic even further! “It’s written in the style of a cable drama,” he said. “I think it would be perfect for HBO, AMC, or FX. In my heart of hearts, honestly, I’d love for it to be a late-night cartoon, and have some of the wrestlers do the voices for it. At some level, I don’t want people to cripple themselves to have to put together this show – having it as a cartoon will eliminate that risk.”
Of course, there are a few things that Kingston would like to see for his comic before he takes it to the small screen – namely, there are some wrestlers whom he’d love to have contribute their talents to the series. Who, specifically? “My dream people to do stories would be Paul Heyman [Brock Lesnar’s spokesman], and, obviously, The Rock.”
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