Butts In Seats: The Tony Schiavone Story

Created by Travis McIntire

A biographical journey through the career of legendary wrestling color commentator, Tony Schiavone, as told through comics!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Second Stretch Goal unlocked on ARN ANDERSON: MY LIFE AS THE ENFORCER!
4 days ago – Thu, Nov 24, 2022 at 02:27:27 AM

Have you pledged for your Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Edition of the new Arn Anderson biographical graphic novel yet?

Hey friends!

I hope this message finds you all well and -- for those of you celebrating Thanksgiving this Thursday -- prepping for a wonderful holiday!

I just wanted to give you all a quick update/reminder that the Kickstarter Exclusive hardcover edition of ARN ANDERSON: MY LIFE AS THE ENFORCER has just unlocked the *SECOND* Stretch Goal in the "Four Horsemen of Comic Book Signatures" at, meaning the KS Exclusive Hardcover now comes with a KS Exclusive Bookplate and the first of four signatures by Dirk Manning (hey -- that's me!), artists Colm Griffin and Shawn Daley, and then the man Arn Anderson himself!

Here's the details:

This book follows in the tradition of BUTTS IN SEATS: THE TONY SCHIAVONE STORY, this time focusing on the life and in-ring career of legendary professional pioneer "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson!
The first two Stretch Goals in the quest to unlock "The Four Horsemen of Comic Book Signatures" have been unlocked!

As you all know from the BUTTS IN SEATS campaign, the more people who pledge, the more free upgrades everyone gets, and we're very excited to be able to tell Arn's story -- his TRUE story -- in this new graphic novel!

Pledge for your copy now at and let's unlock all four signatures in Round One... for starters!

Thanks all!

Reppin' Team BUTTS IN SEATS,

Dirk Manning

We're closing in on signed ARN ANDERSON graphic novels...
9 days ago – Sat, Nov 19, 2022 at 04:52:59 AM


We're quickly closing in on hitting our funding goal for ARN ANDERSON: MY LIFE AS THE ENFORCER in the first week... and several of you have reached out about whether of not there's going to be an option to get the book signed if you purchase one.

The answer is not only an enthusiastic "Yes!"... but "Yes" four times over!

We don't plan on sharing this publicly until later, but given that you've show our previous venture into professional wrestling comic such success, we wanted to give you all a Sneak Peak at what's on the horizon:

"The Four Horsemen" of Comic Signatures

As you can see above, upon getting funded our "Round One" Stretch Goals will unlock a Kickstarter Exclusive Book Plate which will then have spaces for FOUR autographs on it... including Arn Anderson himself! How cool is that?

If you haven't pledged for your copy yet, please consider going so to help us unleash "The Four Horsemen of Comic Signatures" for everyone!

If you have already pledged, we appreciate you continuing to help spread the word through social media and to peers who you feel might enjoy this amazing 128-page tell-all graphic novel! The easiest link to share is

Thanks all! Happy Friday, and thanks for supporting "The Enforcer" and his whole team on this venture!


Source Point Press

The ARN ANDERSON Graphic Novel Kickstarter is now live!
12 days ago – Wed, Nov 16, 2022 at 02:04:32 AM

Finally... Arn Anderson's story is being told in a new graphic novel!

Hey all! In case you may have missed the news online, ARN ANDERSON: MY LIFE AS THE ENFORCER launched on Kickstarter at earlier this afternoon!

This campaign is the only way to get the KS Exclusive Hardcover Edition of the book... and all Stretch Goals we unlock!

This 128-page graphic novel was written by me with Arn Anderson himself (of course), illustrated by Colm Griffin and Shawn Daley, lettered by Justin Birch, edited by Drena Jo, andbeing published by Source Point Press.

While certainly a bit of a companion piece to BUTTS IN SEATS: THE TONY SCHIAVONE STORY, this new book stands on its own and also utilizes a bit of a different method of storytelling, weaving between sequences with "modern day Arn" (fully illustrated by Arn) detailing his life leading-up to -- and then forever changing -- professional wrestling in extended "classic" sequences (fully illustrated by Colm).

"I told them no cheese..." (Interior page fully illustrated by Shawn Daley)
"He looks just like an Anderson!" (Interior page fully illustrated by Colm Griffin)

The result is an engaging, exciting, and at times even emotional read... including Arn discussing eventsn in his life he's never publicly discussed before! (No, not even on his podcast!)

This campaign follows the standard 30 day model, and your pledge will not be collected until the campaign ends Friday December 16th at 5:00 PM. I mention this because the sooner you pledge, the more Stretch Goals we unlock and the more free bonuses and upgrades we all get with anynpledge that includes at least the hardcover edition of the book!

A sample of our "Double A" Approved Pledge Levels!

Again, the direct link is  to get to the campaign, so please check it out and get in at the pledge level that excites you the most!

Thanks all!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

ARN ANDERSON. November 15th. Click now for instant notification!
about 1 month ago – Mon, Oct 24, 2022 at 06:45:51 AM

Get ready, friends...

Happy Monday!

At long last, ARN ANDERSON: MY LIFE AS THE ENFORCER launches on Kickstarter Tuesday, November 15th!

Go here and click "Notify Me On Launch" to get a one-time email notification the moment the campaign goes live:

I hope we'll be setting some more records together with this one, we'll be sharing more details on this one soon!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

Tony Schiavone Free Comic Book Day Signing! New KS opportunity available!
7 months ago – Fri, May 06, 2022 at 05:04:41 AM

Want to join us in Columbus, Ohio this Saturday for FCBD?

Hey all! First, this is a quick reminder that Tony Schiavone and I will both be appearing at the Eisner Award-winning  Packrat Comics in Hilliard, Ohio (just outside Columbus, Ohio) for Free Comic Book Day this Saturday!

Admission to all the FCBD events on Saturday are free for all -- click the pic for details on Saturday's signing and the special Friday night event!

If you can't make it to this signing event in the Buckeye State this weekend, fear not, there are other upcoming signing appearances actively being planned, and they will of course be mentioned on Tony's social media... and mine, should I be there too! 

The newest Kickstarter graphic novel is monstrous fun for all ages...

Work on the Arn Anderson graphic novel is continuing to move right along, and, yes, we will indeed be bringing that book to Kickstarter/crowdfunding so that we can again unlock all kinds of great free upgrades and bonuses... and you can plan on that dropping late this fall.

In the meantime, I'm excited to announce that I just launched my latest graphic novel on Kickstarter with Source Point Press yesterday... and it's quite a fun one! Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to...

THE ADVENTURES OF CTHULHU JR. AND FRUENDS is an all-ages horror graphic novel -- and yes, there's a 12" plushie, too! Click the pic to check out the campaign!

THE ADVENTURE OF CTHULHU JR. AND FRIENDS (now live at is an all-ages horror comic about a wannabe supervillain who has to capture the son of Cthulhu to be admitted into the League of E.V.I.L. Written by me, illustrated by Scott McMahon (who drew the Tony and Lois pin-up in BUTTS IN SEATS), colored by Sean Burres (who colored many of the chapters in BUTTS IN SEATS), edited by Leah Lederman, and published by Source Point Press! We just launched the book yesterday and we are already:

  • Fully Funded
  • Designated a "Project We Love" by Kickstarter
  • Halfway to unlocking the *SECOND* Stretch Goal as of this writing with 30 more days in the campaign!

Oh... and as you can see in the graphic above, yes, we're also offering a 12" Cthulhu plushie as part of the campaign, because how could we not, right? He's so cute!

This is not a wrestling graphic novel, of course, but it does contain a lot of the dynamic energy and fun we see on programs like ALL ELITE WRESTLING every week if I do say so myself, and I'd appreciate it you'd be willing to check it out and consider supporting this campaign, too! You can see all the details HERE: -- and, again, all pledges that include a book include FREE U.S. SHIPPING with no hidden fees! What you see is what you pledge to get what you want!

Thanks all! I look forward to seeing some of you this weekend, we will otherwise talk soon, and I look forward to your thoughts on THE ADVENTURES OF CTHULHU JR. AND FRIENDS!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning