by Chris Hayden
Author Christopher Irvin has brought his newest project, Wrestletown, to Inkshares. Telling the story of two orphans living in a city where pro-wrestling is the sport of choice and its athletes are seen as gods, Wrestletown is an illustrated novel featuring art from Andrew Maclean of Headlopper fame.
Written as a love letter to pro wrestling, comics and Taiyo Matsumoto, Wrestletown is Irvin’s debut novel, but Chris is no stranger to writing. He is the author of Federales, Burn Cards and Safe Inside The Violence, the latter of which made him a finalist in the 2016 Anthony Award for Best Anthology or Collection. Promising a tale that balances seriousness with adventure, Irvin’s Wrestletown is compelling in concept alone. Set in a world where people believe pro wrestling to be real and its competitors are worshipped, the story is ultimately about a pair of orphans in a city on the brink of change. As he puts it, “it’s Tekkonkinkreet meets M.U.S.C.L.E. and The Wrestler in a surreal, quirky over-the-top rumble”.
According to Irvin, if you’re a fan of One Punch Man or Ringside, you’ll enjoy Wrestletown.
On the Inkshare page viewers will find sample chapters from the story, critical praise for Wrestletown, and information that lets you you get to know the author and his other projects. Featuring words of praise for his previous works, the page gives visitors a very good idea of what they can expect from Wrestletown. Irvin keeps the page lively with posts chronicling his inspiration for the project and some of the finer points of professional wrestling for the uninitiated and the curious. Contributing to the book is not without its perks, and bonuses include signed copies, ebooks and limited edition art books.
An intriguing concept, stellar art with critical praise to boot, Christopher Irvin’s Wrestletown promises to be a unique experience and well worth a look. You can check out the Inkshare here.
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