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With 24 Hours to Go on the L.U.C.H.A. Kickstarter we Talk Comics and Wrestling with CW Cooke

Co-creator/writer CW Cooke, alongside co-creator/artist Travis Hymel, are getting into the ring with a Kickstarter for the brand new comic series L.U.C.H.A.!

L.U.C.H.A. is the story of Agente, a luchador detective who spends his life solving low level crimes and murders, taking on any job that falls in his lap. He just so happens to get wrapped up in a murder campaign that involves vampires, wrestlers, and other notorious figures before the rug gets pulled out from under  him…and the readers! The elevator pitch is: Lucha Underground meets The Truman Show.

With less than 24 hours to go on the Kickstarter, we got a chance to talk to CW Cooke about comics, wrestling, and what’s next.

Graphic Policy: So where did the concept for L.U.C.H.A. come from? It debuted in Kayfabe but how’d the idea start?

CW Cooke: The idea started on Facebook as a Luchador detective in a noir world. Travis and I met through the Kayfabe group and then just started tossing crazy ideas back and forth on what we wanted to do and it started with a Luchador.

GP: How’d the team come together for the series?

CWC: Travis and I met as stated above. I’ve known Micah (Myers) for years and he’s pulled me out of a number of jams with other comics so he’s the first person I always go to when I’ve got a new idea. Jeremy (Kahn) has been working on Solitary vol 2 and building a good and solid rep as a great worker and colorist.

GP: Wrestling seems to have a big following in comic fandom and there’s been a resurgence recently with a bunch of series and graphic novels released. What is it that the fandoms seem to overlap a lot?

CWC: Comics and wrestling both are soap operas. Wrestling is exactly like comics in that the storylines continue and develop over time with new characters joining the story in progress and old characters coming back seemingly lost to the sands of time. The fandoms seem to overlap because there’s a lot of similarities between both. And comics and wrestling have colorful characters doing insane things that seem out of this world.

GP: Luchador wrestling has such a history and some amazing wrestlers. Why focus on that subset of wrestling as opposed to some of the other variations?

CWC: I’ve loved Lucha for a long time, going back to being a kid and loving the El Santo movies. So this is kind of my love letter to that and the 80s and 90s movies and comics I grew up with. I’m a big fan currently of Lucha Underground and think Luchadors have always been something people should know more about. It was more fun to explore that aspect than just a big sweaty wrestler dude yelling at people.

GP: Why did you decide to bring this to Kickstarter?

CWC: Kickstarter is a way to hit an audience that I may not have access to otherwise. Plus I’m broke and need to make sure my team is paid and taken care of for the work they’ve done. So Kickstarter helps us to build a bigger audience and world of followers while ensuring the team is taken care of.

GP: During the campaign it was announced the comic would also be published by Action Lab. How’d that come about?

CWC: Pretty much because of the success of the Kickstarter. We had been pitching the book for awhile to no avail and we had been looking for a home, but Travis and I knew our book could make it regardless of who or what happened. I announced my Solitary movie/TV deal which was an amazing thing that I have to imagine helped everything out, the book hit Kickstarter and then in 5 days hit the goal, and then we had an announcement on the Action Lab pick up. It’s been a crazy year.

GP: Did that change your plans at all? You mention you’re working on the second issue, how many do you have planned?

CWC: The first arc is planned at 4 issues and then we have an entire world (or worlds) to explore. After that we have a lot of ideas on where to take the book and the characters and we believe that Action Lab is behind us 100%. The only thing that changed is we know where our home is for the book and we are excited to explore this world fully.

GP: Will those also get Kickstarters?

CWC: No. The plan is to do issues 2 through 4 and beyond with Action Lab. Might need to do another one later for a collection but currently there are no other plans for Kickstarter to be used for our book.

GP: I take it you’re a wrestling fan. What are some of your favorite wrestling moments and wrestlers?

CWC: Big time wrestling fan. Besides El Santo, I’ve been a big fan of Macho Man, Rey Mysterio Jr, Matt and Jeff Hardy, and many many more. Favorite moments? I’ll give you one as some of the favorites might be used for various moments throughout the series. But one of my favorites was Robocop saving Sting. That one I know I can’t utilize so definitely that one.

GP: What else are you working on?

CWC: Solitary continues to move forward both as a comic series and with the TV/movie development (news coming soon), I’ve got more L.U.C.H.A., I’ve got Luther Frankenstone coming from Source Point Press, a sasquatch project with Kelly Williams, Westerly which is an anthology I wrote for Outland, a few more pitches out in the wild, a few more things I can’t announce yet, more Kayfabe, more Always Punch Nazis, and a ton more. I’m keeping as busy as I possibly can and always writing.

GP: Thanks for chatting and can’t wait to get our backer copy!

L.U.C.H.A. is Coming to Action Lab!

L.U.C.H.A., the wrestling sci-fi thriller created by CW Cooke and Travis Hymel, is coming to Action Lab Entertainment! Right now it’s on Kickstarter and you can be a part of bringing it to life. Originally part of the wrestling comic anthology Kayfabe, L.U.C.H.A. focuses on Agente, a luchador detective. He’ll take any case he can get, and in his latest murder mystery, he has to deal with vampires, wrestlers, and other notorious figures!

Cooke’s comic, Solitary, recently got a movie/TV development deal.

The creative team needed to raise $5,000 to successfully fund their book. They’ve already hit their goal, but they still have numerous mystery stretch goals left to uncover before the Kickstarter ends on November 12, 2018 at 1:01 PM EST.

L.U.C.H.A., a Horror Wrestling Extravaganza is Now on Kickstarter!

Co-creator/writer CW Cooke, alongside co-creator/artist Travis Hymel, are getting into the ring with a Kickstarter for the brand new comic series L.U.C.H.A.!

L.U.C.H.A. is the story of Agente, a luchador detective who spends his life solving low level crimes and murders, taking on any job that falls in his lap. He just so happens to get wrapped up in a murder campaign that involves vampires, wrestlers, and other notorious figures before the rug gets pulled out from under  him…and the readers! The elevator pitch is: Lucha Underground meets The Truman Show.

L.U.C.H.A. was born from a simple idea as part of the Kayfabe anthology (a wrestling comic anthology put together by comic creators and wrestling fans alike, with the emphasis on wrestling as real), this story about Agente took on a life of its own because of the incredible working chemistry Travis and CW had and the unbelievably insane story they came up with. The other creators and fans of Kayfabe voiced their excitement and love for the character and story, leading CW and Travis to move forward on the full series.

On Kickstarter now, CW Cooke and Travis Hymel would love to show you what they’ve got in store and hope you join them on this adventure. There are a number of wonderful reward levels available, including original art and commission sketches, exclusive covers, and so much more. They have plans for the future of the project including stretch levels, but they need your help to get there.

The Kickstarter campaign runs until November 12th.

NYCC 2018: Devil’s Due Comics and CW Cooke’s Solitary Gets a Development Deal

Devil’s Due Entertainment and creator/writer CW Cooke have announced the development deal for the comic book series Solitary with producer Adam Ripp’s Vega Baby for development for film and television.

Solitary is the story of Tim Hill, a man convicted to death row for crimes he didn’t commit, who once executed, awakens to find that he is immortal…and that’s just the beginning.

Arriving in 2015, the series was met with a sold out first issue and rave reviews and a collected edition from Devil’s Due Comics. Described by some as “Superman on the Green Mile”.

Preview: Vincent Price: Night Terror #2

Vincent Price: Night Terror #2

Price: $3.99
Pages: 22
Writer: CW Cooke
Artist: Jill Lamarina with cover by L.J. Dopp

The epic anothology series continues with a new story featuring the master of horror Vincent Price.  Leave the lights on when reading this….you have been warned and enjoy “Behind Blue Eyes”.

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Preview: Female Force: Carrie Fisher (Spanish Edition)

Female Force: Carrie Fisher (Spanish Edition)

Price: $3.99
Pages: 22
Writer: C.W. Cooke
Artist: Ryan Paule

From galaxies far away to stories set all too close to home, Carrie Fisher has done it all and seen it all. From her youth as the daughter of a famous Hollywood singer and actress, to her own time in the acting spotlight, Carrie Fisher has been a strong role model for women everywhere. She has faced adversity at every turn and she has fought back each time. She’s been a sex symbol, a sci-fi goddess, and everything in between, but above all else, she’s been a strong female who never gave up. IN SPANISH: Desde galaxias lejanas a historias ambientadas demasiado cerca de casa, Carrie Fisher ha hecho todo y visto todo. Desde su juventud como la hija de una famosa cantante y actriz de Hollywood, a su propio tiempo en el punto de mira la actuación, Carrie Fisher ha sido un gran ejemplo para las mujeres en todas partes. Ella ha hecho frente a la adversidad en todo momento. Ella ha sido un símbolo sexual, una diosa de la ciencia ficción, y todo lo demás, pero por encima de todo, ella ha sido una mujer fuerte que nunca se rindió.

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Preview: Fame: The Cast of Glee Yearbook Omnibus

Fame: The Cast of Glee Yearbook Omnibus

Price: $5.99
Pages: 64
Writer: CW Cooke, P.R. McCormack, Tara Broekell
Artist: Beniamino Bradi, V. Kenneth Marion

For the first time a special yearbook edition combing all the biographies of the cast of Glee!  Fame takes a look at how all of the cast of Glee including the history of how this global phenomenon was created by Ryan Murphy.  it’s your turn to be a Gleek. You know you want to! Featuring most of your favorites!   A special tribute forward for Cory Monteith is written by Ravital Zabarsky from the ” Montourage”.

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Preview: Female Force: Conservative Women of Politics

Female Force: Conservative Women of Politics

Writer: John Blundell, CW Cooke, Michael Troy, Jerome Maida
Artist: Todd Tenant, Luciano Kars, Manuel Díaz

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Preview: Political Power: General David Petraeus

Political Power: General David Petraeus

Writer: CW Cooke & Michael L. Frizell
Artist: James Bolton

Most of us have heard his name. Most have seen his face. But his story is all but unknown, until now. General David Petraeus has been a leader of men for years, and his name has become synonymous with the American efforts of war in recent years. This story will talk about that, but it will also delve deep into the man himself. Who is David Petraeus? Join the top-selling comic series Political Power and get an up-close look at David Petraeus.

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Preview: Fame: Lady Gaga Omnibus

Fame: Lady Gaga Omnibus

Writer: Michael Troy, CW Cooke, Dan Rafter
Artist: Michael Troy, Dan Glasl, Kristopher Smith

The sold out comic book series Fame Lady Gaga has spun off three issues.  Now for the 1st time you will get them all together in one Omnibus!  Also see never before seen images of the Monster mother herself!  You’ve all seen the music videos, the performances, the award show acceptance speeches, and the interviews. We all know her name and her image, but how many of us really know the story of Gaga? From her early days at NYU to her music videos and MTV performances, take a look behind the curtain and learn the truth about Lady Gaga. Become one of her little monsters and get a behind the scenes look.

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