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Join Visionary’s Co-Founders C. Edward Sellner and Charlie Hall, and Art Manager Mike Munshaw at the VA Comicon in Richmond, VA, for the VA Comicon on February 7th! Show hours are 10am-5pm. Sellner and Munshaw will have original art and prints for sale, as well as doing sketches. We’ll also have a full stock of Visionary titles, including the latest Headlocked and Deadlands books! Get all the details on our EVENTS PAGE!

Headlocked: The Last Territory Issue #1 FREE!

As we enter the last week of the Headlocked: The Last Territory Volume 2 Kickstarter, we’ve got a super special surprise! You can now download the entire first issue of Volume 1 FREE! That’s right,  you can now check out this amazing original series for free!

Join Mike Hartmann on his dramatic journey to become a professional wrestler in the world’s only REAL wrestling comic! Featuring the art of Jerry “The King” Lawler (cover featured) and Jill Thompson, and interior art by Michel Mulipola and Chuck Obach, with story by creator Michael Kingston!

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Click to Download issue #1 – FREE!

And if you’re still wanting more READ THE HEADLOCKED WEBCOMICS featured on our October Spotlight!

Then, go and support the KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN NOW!

 

NEW VISIONARY 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!
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News & Feature Roundup – 10/11/14

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!

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

Webcomic Kickstarter Screen-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!

Oct14 Cons-Visionary Supports Local Shows United FanBoyz & Annapolis!
Get the Latest on Our Next Cons, Two Awesome Local Shows!

NEWS ROUNDUP
Check out these Spotlights on Visionary from the Comics’ Media!
Broken Frontier, Bleeding Cool and ICv2 Report on Deadlands!
Times Union shines the spotlight on creator Michael Kingston!

Watch this GREAT Interview with Visionary Co-Founders, C. Edward Sellner and Charlie Hall with Gina Geppi, from ComicsWow!

Stay tuned for more from Visionary Central!

Headlocked Hits Kickstarter with Wrestling and Comic Superstars

  HL Dream Poster Lo-Res (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.

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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!

Wrestler Promo

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!

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

Webcomic Kickstarter Screen

Headlocked Hits Kickstarter with Wrestling and Comic Superstars

  HL Dream Poster Lo-Res (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.

lawler & cover

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!

Wrestler Promo

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!

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

Webcomic Kickstarter Screen

 

Visionary Convention Tour 2014!

Event Cons 2014Visionary will be attending our two mainstay shows this year!

GENCON INDY – August 14th-17th
Visionary Co-Founders C. Edward Sellner and Charlie Hall will be in attendance, as we join up once more with Pinnacle Entertainment for a great Deadlands show! Books will be on sale, and we’ll be announcing all the latest on the comics, books and new TV series!

BALTIMORE COMIC-CON – September 5th-7th
This year will be our biggest Baltimore show ever! Headlocked will be the star of the show, with the latest TPB Headlocked: The Last Territory available, and special guest Jerry “The King” Lawler in attendance! Series creator Mike Kingston will be your host! Visionary founders, Charlie Hall and C. Edward Sellner will be up to their usual insanity.

DEADLANDS: THE WEIRD WEST’S WILD FUTURE Panel
Saturday, September 6th
– High Noon Partner!
Join us for an exclusive BCC Panel event, as we roll out all the latest news on Deadlands, from comics, upcoming novels and the recently announced TV show in development.

More show details, exclusives and announcements for both shows will be rolling out over the next few weeks! Stay tuned!

 

Greg DeMarco Show – Headlocked Comic Interview

Check out the interview with Michael Kingston here!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pwpradio/2013/08/26/greg-demarco-show-headlocked-comic-eric-r

Visionary Comics Unleashes Headlocked on Comics Plus

Mike Hartmann is a skinny theater major who dreams of a future in the arts.  That is, until he discovers professional wrestling!

While attending his first wrestling event- albeit against his will- Hartmann is awed by the spectacle and pageantry that is the WFW. But it’s the performance art behind all the bluster that has the most profound effect on him. Now against the wishes of his family and friends, Hartmann walks away from the life that he’s built to chase a new dream: learn the craft of wrestling and make it to the top of the WFW.

But before he can make it to the bright lights and the big stage of the WFW, he must first navigate the underbelly of a business that hasn’t evolved much from its carnival roots!   Does Hartmann have what it takes to survive in the wrestling business and make his dream a reality?

Headlocked was created by writer Mike Kingston, in conjunction with Visionary Comics Studio, as a response to a long history of wrestling comic books that were insulting to wrestling fans. After years of being fed books featuring wrestlers fighting demons, wandering post-Apocalyptic futures, or masquerading as secret agents, Kingston decided on a novel concept….a wrestling story that actual highlighted wrestling.

In late 2007, Headlocked: Work of Art hit the stands to critical acclaim, garnering positive reviews from both wrestling and comic book fans alike. The respectful and realistic portrayal of the wrestling business has earned near unanimous praise from those in wrestling as everyone from current superstars, retired legends, and up and coming talents began to take notice.

Shortly after Headlocked debuted, WWE Hall of Famer and noted artist, Jerry “The King” Lawler signed on to contribute cover art to the series. His fully painted cover for Headlocked: The Tryout #1 stands as his first published comic book art. Soon after, “The King” signed on to be the permanent regular cover artist for the book.

 

 

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