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ARN ANDERSON: MY LIFE AS THE ENFORCER

Created by Dirk Manning

A graphic novel memoir co-written by Arn Anderson detailing his life leading to -- and then forever changing -- professional wrestling.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

PDFs are sent, that's a wrap, and here's what's next!
14 days ago – Tue, Feb 06, 2024 at 07:00:37 PM

All packages have been delivered!

Hey all! After a long stint of the book being trapped in customs, I'm happy to announce that every package we have addresses for has officially been delivered! If you haven't gotten yours yet (or at least the tracking number), please email [email protected] to check the status of your pakage's shipment.

PDFs have been uploaded through BackerKit!

If you pledged for a digital copy of ARN ANDERSON: MY LIFE AS THE ENFORCER it is now available for download via your BackerKit as we speak!If you can't access it for some reason, please email me directly at [email protected] and I'll help you get it. (Please don't email me directly if your physical package hasn't shipped yet, though, because I'll just have to refer you to Whalebacker for that.)

Seriously... thank you.

I know I've said it a lot, but now that we're at the end of the campaign, on behalf of me, Arn, Shawn, Colm, Justin, Drena Jo, Source Point Press, and the whole team behind this book -- THANK YOU. We see your kind words, reviews, and posts on social media, and we all appreciate them all so much! If you're so inclined to review or rate the book on Amazon, GoodReads, etc., feel free to do so! It all helps!

(And, by the way, did you all catch that bit in this book about Arn's early career that he's never  really mentioned anywhere else before? That... "Canadian" bit? Who knew, eh?)

What's next?

After both this book and BUTTS IN  SEATS, a lot of you have been asking if I will be involved with some more wrestling-based graphic novels in the near future... and the answer it yes, I will, to some degree, at least.

In the meantime, though, for my next graphic novel I'm returning to my horror roots with a Native American/Western werewolf graphic novel titled HOMESTEAD... and here's a sneak peek at a page from it:

How far will two families from different -- and now opposing -- cultures go to defend their families and their way of life? Find out in this "one-in-done" horror graphic novel launching on Kickstarter later this month!


HOMESTEAD will be launching on Kickstarter later this month, and I'd sincerely appreciate it if you'd consider heading over to www.HomesteadComic.com to see the Kickstarter pre-launch page and click the "Notify Me On Launch"  button so you'll get a one-time notification when the campaign goes live!

I'm exceptionally excited about this book, which -- like ARN ANDERSON: MY LIFE AS THE ENFORCER -- is a very emotional story at its core. It just so happens to also be a story about Native American culture, the early American settlers, and of course a lot of action-packed werewolf action.

Thanks all! Again, I appreciate you all very much, I hope you're all enjoying your graphic novel (and all the extras), and I look forward to joining you again for more graphic novel Kickstarters to come!

FOUR-ever grateful,
Dirk Manning

Scheduling "Talk Time with Arn"
26 days ago – Thu, Jan 25, 2024 at 07:45:28 PM

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All packages have been sent! Here's what's next...
about 1 month ago – Sat, Jan 20, 2024 at 07:38:43 AM

Hey... thank you.

Hello friends!

First and foremost, again, on behalf on myself and our whole team on this book, THANK YOU for the patience you demonstrated while we waited for the books to be released from customs and delivered.

Also, THANK YOU for all the kind words you've been sharing on social media about the book! This was a huge labor of love, and your kind words are seen and appreciated.

As of today, according to Whalebacker all packages have been sent, meaning they've either been delivered or are otherwise en route!

Next steps, shipping issues and questions.

At With this campaign completed, I'll be slowing down on direct updates in this fashion -- but I'll  of course keep you all posted as new projects of potential interest are launched. I know for many of you this was your introduction to graphic novels I've written -- or perhaps even graphic novels as a whole -- and I hope you'll enjoy this one enough to check out some of our future projects!

While Whalebacker offers excellent shipping services, if you have any issues or questions with your package delivery or shipment, please email [email protected] with any questions or concerns. Also, please note, if you're emailing Whalebacker about anything that was damaged despite all their care , please include a photo to make the process quicker for you and them.  :)

Again, friends, THANK YOU for your support on this book. ARN ANDERSON: MY LIFE AS THE ENFORCER is my 20th graphic novel, and in my opinion it is among the most heartfelt and beautiful books in my library to date. I appreciate you all making it possible, and look forward to your continued support on future projects.

Your friend in comics,
Dirk Manning

Most of the packages are en route...
about 1 month ago – Tue, Jan 16, 2024 at 07:18:26 PM

Keep an eye on your mail, friends!

Hello everyone!

As many of you are aware, packages have been shipping out -- and some of you already have your books! We're so excited for you to read and enjoy the books!

Here's a few quick all purpose updates:

  1. The packages are being sent from Whalebacker from Saginaw, Michigan... so that's what to look out for
  2. Most of the packages have been shipped, but there are a small handful that have not shipped yet because we're getting some replacement lithographs made. It will be a quick turnaround to get them in, but if you got a lithograph, we want to make sure it's looking GREAT for you, hence getting a few more printed to perfection
  3. If you have a PDF of the book, those will be delivered through a BackerKit download soon. We're waiting for most of the physical books to arrive, then the PDF downloads will be send through BackerKit
  4. If you pledges for the Zoom/Skype with Arn, I will be sending a message soon with details on how to arrange that.  :)

Thanks all! As always, if you have any questions as we approach closing out this campaign please send a Direct Message and we'll get back to you ASAP!

We can't wait for you all to read and enjoy the book!

Your friend in comics,
Dirk Manning

Photos of the books and shirts from the warehouse!
about 2 months ago – Sat, Dec 30, 2023 at 09:38:12 AM

Hello friends!

As promised in the last update, I recently took a trip to the Whalebacker warehouse to oversee the start of fulfillment of this campaign... and I got some pictures of the books and shirts! Check 'em out!

The shirts look great (in their plastic wrapping)...
The hardcovers are gorgeous! (Not pictured -- the gold gilded pages and the ribbon bookmark -- but they're there!)
A peek at some of the book's interior art by Colm Griffin!
A peek at some of the book's interior art by Shawn Daley!

I've already sent you all photos of the bookplates... so you'll notice the one thing not pictured is the pins. It turns out that the pins were NOT in the box the pin factory said they were in when I got to Whalebacker. Argh! However, the factory apologized and air-shipped them right over... and they arrived a few hours after I left after two days at the warehouse -- of course!

However, they are there now, everything is ready, and shipping will be commencing next week after the holiday. While the delays have not been ideal, I suppose it's fitting that we'll all be getting the book from and about the founder of The Four Horsemen in 2024, though... ha-ha!

(And, yes, tracking numbers will be sent out as the products ship -- but sometimes the packages arrive before the tracking numbers depending where you live.)

For those of you who sent me a Direct Message updating your mailing address, I'll have those sent to Whalebacker and updated before the shipping starts next week too... so consider this your LAST CALL TO MESSAGE ME ANY ADDRESS UPDATES! IF YOU MOVED, SEND ME YOUR NEW ADDRESS VIA A DIRECT MESSAGE HERE IMMEDIATELY!

Thanks all! We appreciate your patience, and I can't wait for you to all see this book you helped make possible. It truly is something very special.

Finally, if you know someone who would like the book and missed the Kickstarter, they can now preorder the trade paperback on Amazon HERE or at Barnes and Noble HERE.

Again, we all appreciate you and I hope you'll all be ringing in the New Year in great spirits!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning