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:

Three down... one to go!
16 days ago – Tue, Sep 12, 2023 at 07:58:38 PM

Hey all!

It's September, and I just wanted to give you all a few quick (and exciting) updates:

Three Signatures Secured!

As you all know,  I signed the bookplates... and Arn signed the bookplates last month... and the bookplates recently visited Canada where they were also signed by artist Shawn Daley! As I type this the bookplates are going to Ireland where artist Colm Griffin is signing them all as well, making these free Kickstarter Exclusive bonuses to your books the most "worldly" book plates I've ever been a part of, with four signatures from three countries! Remember, these bookplates are Kickstarter Exclusive to the hardcover editions of the book, and those of you who supported this book by preordering the hardcover edition via this Kickstarter are the only ones who are getting this multi-national add-ons!

On a boat, on a boat... our books are on a boat!

I just had a big meeting with our esteemed publisher Source Point Press this evening (which is why this month's update is a little later than normal) and they confirmed that the books are indeed still en route via that big ol' barge ship. However, even though they're on the "slow boat" they are indeed moving right along (boats don't really have brakes, after all), and at this point we're in the short stretch before they'll hit the port, get unloaded, and sent to the warehouse for packing and sending!

Once the books get here fulfillment will be QUICK, and of course I'll be keeping you all posted!

As always, THANK YOU for your support -- and your patience. I still content that this book is one of the most gorgeous books I've ever had the honor of working on, and all of us are extremely excited for you to get to read it!

We'll be in touch soon! We're close!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

Two signatures down, two to go...
about 2 months ago – Wed, Aug 09, 2023 at 03:48:37 PM

The book plate signing extravaganza has begun!

Hello friends!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so...

Here's the full stack of all the bookplates that will be geting all the signatures...
And here's the first one that I signed! Maybe this will be the one YOU get once it gets the other signatures...

After my marathon signing session, the bookplates were then sent to The Enforcer himself, and he's now signing away as well!

We may be cool... but we wil never be Arn Anderson personally signing our graphic novel book plates cool!

From here the book plates will be traveling to Canada for Shawn Daley's signatures, and from there they'll be heading to Ireland for Colm Griffin! After that, they'll be heading back to Source Point Press headquarters, where they should be arriving around the same time as the books!

We will keep you all posted, of course, but we're almost there, friends! Thank you for your patience and support as we wrap-up the final steps! We appreciate you all so much!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

We got the pin!
3 months ago – Fri, Jul 07, 2023 at 10:18:32 PM

Check out the pin!

Hello everyone!

With the book currently at the printer, this is always the "slow" part of the campaign in regards to updates, and we -- like you -- now largely have to sit on our hands, wait out turn for the book to get printer, and then upon that happening wait for the books to get on the boat and start shipping over here.

That being said, I *do* have an exciting exclusive update to share with all of you: The golden "I'm With the Enforcer" pin was just approved by Arn earlier today... and here's what it's going to look like:

If your pledge included the KS Exclusive Hardcover Edition of the book, you're getting this pin for free!

That aside, I spoke to Source Point Press today and the book plates are going to begin their global tour for all four signatures shortly, too. Remember, every KS Exclusive HC will come with a quadruple-signed bookplate with signatures from me, artists Shawn Daley and Colm Griffin (from Canada and Ireland, respectively), and of course Arn himself!

If someone missed the Kickstarter...

If you know of someone who would enjoy a copy of ARN ANDERSON: MY LIFE AS THE ENFORCER but they missed the Kickstarter campaign, they can now preorder the book directly from Amazon HERE.

(They can also preorder it ANYWHERE graphic novels are sold, including most traditional book stores, too.)

Please note, though, that the currently listed delivery date of July 25th is a little... ambitious... considering that the book is still being printed... but as soon as we have a more definitive date, I'll share that with all of you and also see if Source Point Press can get the Amazon listing date updates, too!

In the meantime, feel free to share the Amazon link if you know fans who may want the book -- even if they can't get the fancy deluxe hardcover like most of you got through this campaign.  ;)

Thanks all! On behalf of the whole team, we all appreciate you helping bring this book to life so very much, and I'll get you all another update soon!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

P.S. -- If you have an address update, we'll get you covered! I'll make sure you all know how to update it as we get closer to final delivery!  :)

We're Arn approved!
4 months ago – Sun, Jun 04, 2023 at 12:25:30 PM

Hello friends!

We've got an exciting update!

This past week the final version of ARN ANDERSON: MY LIFE AS THE ENFORCER was officially submitted to Arn... and we're "Double A" approved from front cover to back cover and everything in-between!

Given the extensive and personal nature of this book, this was obviously a very big part of the process -- including everything from making sure likenesses were up-to-snuff all the way to making sure every word is just right.

Given that we're now to that point, the files are being delivered to the publisher!

I'll keep you all posted on what's next (including getting the bookplates signed, etc.) along the way, friends!

Thanks for all your continued support through all of this!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

Huge book update!
5 months ago – Tue, May 02, 2023 at 07:52:06 PM

The book is finished and in Arn's hands for review!

Hey all!

Given that it's been a minute since we touched base, I didn't want to bury the lede with this update: As the deadline says, the book is finished and has been delivered (in a digital format) to Arn for final review!

Given this, we plan on then delivering the final  files to the publisher next week (after making any last minute adjustments/edits), and it will then be sent to print for your Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Editions... as well as the (TPB) trade paperback softcover editions that will be made available in book stores and comic shops everywhere. (More on that in a moment!)

We will also now begin the process of assembling the Stretch Goal items as well... so we'll all be getting our signing hands ready and more! Ha-ha!

If you know an Arn Anderson fan who missed the Kickstarter...

As promised as part of the campaign, the deluxe hardcover editions of the book (and the other Stretch Goal add-ons) will be made print-to-order (with small overages to cover damages, of course). This means if you preordered the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Edition of the book you're going to have a very rare collectible to cherish forever!

That being said, publisher Source Point Press is also now making a softcover TPB edition of the book (one that will not include all the Kickstarter perks and upgrades, of course) available for preorder anywhere graphic novels are sold:

If you know someone who would like to get a trade paperback softcover edition of this book, please let them know to head to their local comic shop and ask them to preorder a copy! If they don't have a comic shop, they can also preorder a softcover edition directly at!

As always, we appreciate your direct support of this book! This past weekend was the first time I got to see the final lettered pages of the book, and I can say with no bias that this is easily among the most artistically gorgeous and emotionally investing graphic novels I've ever had the pleasure of being a part of.... and I can't wait for all of you to see it, friends!

I'll be keeping you all in the loop as we prepare to cross the finish line and be in touch soon!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning