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15.08.13 09:03 Age: 4 yrs

JASON CONLAN aka "MISTER J" - A (PICTURED) LIFE IN WRESTLING

New Zealand-born Jason Conlan managed to parlay a childhood desire to join the circus into a love of professional wrestling instead.

1wrestling.com and the entire stable of PWI magazines. Conlan also managed to parlay his new exposure into doing some cartoon work for 'The Sun' website, which brought his work to arguably an even wider audience around the world. Conlon cited it as great experience in discovering what he could and couldn't get away with!

But as you'd expect from people with such strong, mercurial personalities, Conlan has had both positive and negative feedback from wrestlers concerning his distinctive caricatures of them. For example, luchador Puma (aka TJ Perkins) considered it a great honour to be the subject of a Conlan cartoon. On the other side of the coin, "Big Poppa Pump" himself Scott Steiner proved not to be so receptive to Conlan's artistic stylings. When WCW toured Australia towards the final days of the company, Conlan was obliged to "lay low" when meeting the wrestlers, because the elder Steiner did not appreciate being caricatured like an overstuffed sausage!

In a departure from his young days, Conlan counts WWE wrestlers amongst his most favourite wrestlers to draw. Having reached the heights of 'PWI', his ambition is to now have his work commissioned by the WWE. Having access to the WWE's extensive tape library would provide Conlan with an endless pool of ideas. A daily cartoon for the world's biggest wrestling company would be just ideal. Given how far he's come, surely it's just a matter of time until Titan Towers is home to Conlan and his cartoon creations!

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SOURCES:

- 'PWI artist aims to be a top draw' by BRIAN ELLIOTT; SLAM! Wrestlinghttp://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2007/10/04/4550495.html

- The Only Honest Sport, "Mister J", October 22 2008; http://onthematwrestling. blogspot.com.au/2008/10/few-months-back-dann-lennard-asked-me.html

Cartoons copyright Mister J 2013. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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