Monday, March 5, 2018

Friendly Encounters: Christian and Michael Kingston

This is a weekly series featuring my friends who have met celebrities.

Michael Kingston is living the dream.  He is the creator of Headlocked, his alternative to the campy, supernatural and just bad wrestling comics.
Headlocked features Mike Hartmann, a young theater major who drops out of school to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler.  Debuting in 2008, Headlocked quickly garnered praise from the wrestling community, including many famous wrestlers.
Jerry "The King" Lawler was one such fan.  He signed on as the permanent cover artist.  The King has appeared at many comic cons with Kingston to promote Headlocked.
Other star wrestlers who have contributed to the series include Rob Van Dam, Hurricane Helms, Ken Anderson, Christopher Daniels, Booker T, AJ Styles, John Morrison, Tony Atlas and more.  More wrestlers are seemingly jumping on board every day.
At comic cons, Kingston's Headlocked booth is often the most popular attraction.  It has featured a virtual Hall of Fame of wrestlers at one point or another.  I have met many great wrestlers at Kingston's booth.  I have also had the honor of interviewing him.  That interview can be found at On the Beat with Michael Kingston of Headlocked.
I started by writing that Kingston is living the dream and I have detailed his success and his colleagues.  None of this diminishes the work he puts into this project, both producing and promoting.  The success of Headlocked isn't an accident.  Kingston is a tireless worker, who happens to be in a fun environment surrounded by larger-than-life wrestling legends.
Kingston is also a good guy and I am happy for his success.  I started following him several years ago and I look forward to the continuing saga and success of Headlocked.
Christian is one of the wrestling stars who checked out Headlocked at a comic con last year.  I encourage everyone to follow Christian's lead and check out Kingston's creations at for more info on this great series.
Christian and Michael Kingston in New York, New York, October 2017.

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