FORWARD BY K-ROD
So here it is.. my first ever comic book. It all started with me a long time ago when I first ever picked up a pencil and discovered comic books. I always wanted to be a comic book maker and have been drawing them most of my life. I have made short violent stories, comedy satire and even made graphic novels in recent years using photos of action figures online for Lost Entertainment. However that wasn't enough and I've always thought the ultimate was to have a 30 plus page made up of my stories and drawings. I've always been put off by the amount of time and effort that would go into such a project and it's one of those things I put to one side forever like most people who dream of taking in such a big project but know they have it in them.
Working in the industry of illustration and comic books it's something I've always been told to do and something I have subconsciously told my self to do for a long time. Last year I decided as a new years resolution to make my first comic.. but what about?
KROD photo courtesy of Chris Pearce photography
As many of you know outside of Lost Entertainment I am an the former pro wrestler known as KROD the Colombian bad guy from Wrestleforce and London Lucha League. I have been training with the London School of Lucha Libre for around five years. It was here where trainers Greg Burridge and Garry Vanderhorne taught me not only the art of professional wrestling but the art of story telling and wrestling psychology. With all this in mind it was a no brainer what my first comic book was going to be about. One night me and my very good friend Liam James (another wrestler and all round great bloke) were having a smoke and he randomly said "INTERGALACTIC WRESTLING CHALLENGE" and I said "THAT'S IT!!" from there we both sat brainstorming ideas and characters for a very novel concept.
I got to work right away drawing up characters and writing up bios as well as a universe for everything to unfold in. The comic takes place in another galaxy with a wrestling ring that flies on a gravity plate with laser ropes. I spent a few weeks referencing old WWE wrestling tapes, video games and bootleg action figures before embarking on my quest. Upon taking up the project and deciding to do the entire thing alone, I was told by many that doing such a huge project was possible but I would go through hell in the process.. it's a good job I enjoy hell.
After 4 months of writing, penciling, inking, coloring, editing and becoming a general recluse that only operated in vampire hours Intergalactic Gladiators is here. A comic about aliens wrestling in space made by an ex pro wrestler. I am releasing it today for free on Lost Entertainment as I want my work to be viewed by EVERYONE around the world. The book will be making it's way to shops and if it does well enough and there's a demand I will make more. So world here is KROD's gift to you..
Big thanks to everyone who believed in me especially my friends, my family, my family at the London School of Lucha Libre and my other half Carly Hatton who supports me and has to put up with me and my strange ways. Big Love xxx
INTERGALACTIC GLADIATORS© and its characters is Copyright of Lost Entertainment and Kristian Rodriguez