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:

A New York Comic Con surprise for Tony...
8 days ago – Wed, Oct 13, 2021 at 02:40:00 AM

A big treat in the Big Apple...

As most of you reading this are probably aware, New York Comic Con is not only the biggest comic convention in the United States, but also marked a symbolic -- and literal -- return to comic cons for a lot of us in the comic industry.

Given that Tony was a guest of the convention -- again, the largest comic convention in the country -- me and Source Point Press wanted to do something extra special for him to commemorate the event... so we did this:

After over a year since our first Zoom call, it was a great honor to give Tony the first copy of his new graphic novel! We're both smiling under the masks, I promise!

This past Friday during his first day at NYCC I was able to give Tony his first copy of BUTTS IN SEATS: THE TONY SCHIAVONE STORY, the graphic novel we co-wrote, that was picked-up by Source Point Press, set a new record for the highest-funded wrestling-based comic in crowdfunding history, that has been advertised on All Elite Wrestling programming, is an Amazon #1 Best-Seller a over a month before its release, and was highlighted on a special panel at New York Comic Con.

We were both sporting large smiles under our masks, I promise.

I know I say it a lot, but I cannot say it enough, friends: On behalf of myself and our whole team, THANK YOU. Truly. This was a moment that we will both carry in our hearts forever, so I wanted to share it with all of you, too, since you're the ones who made it possible.

"Where are the Kickstarter Exclusive hardcovers and when are they shipping?"

As you can tell from the photo, what we were able to give Tony was the mass-market, softcover edition of the book. Most of you here pre-ordered the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover edition that will also come with all kinds of bonus rewards and swag that you unlocked throughout the campaign.

Well, ALL of the books -- the mass-market TPBs and the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcovers -- are currently on their way here on a very big (and at times kind of slow) boat.

I don't want to talk (too much) out of school, but in order to get Tony a copy of the book to have in his hands at NYCC, we had to arrange a very special -- and very expensive -- air drop shipment of a small set of the books to make this possible. As such, a few small boxes of the trade paperbacks (only the softcovers) were special delivered, making it possible to give one to Tony and have a few available at the show.

The Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcovers, and the rest of the books, are currently en route on the boat and should be here in time for our proposed November release, fingers crossed. Remember, Source Point Press will be doing their own shipping, meaning there's no "middle person" here. Once we get the books, we can -- and will -- immediately start packing-up the packages and shipping them out to you based on the address on your BackerKit.

I don't want to inundate you all with updates while we're all literally just waiting for the boat to get here at this point, but I wanted to share this moment with all of you and give you an update that, yes, the books are real, they're on their way here, and Tony got his first copy. Congratulations, Tony! You did it... and you've earned it, my friend!

The Next Big Thing

My next graphic novel -- a massive omnibus collecting my longest running horror comic series alongside the release of the newest volume -- will be launching on Kickstarter one week from today,  so if you've enjoyed supporting this campaign -- and are interested in treating yourself to a good horror story to celebrate Halloween -- I hope you'll consider supporting the campaign when it launches next week. You can get a peek at it (and subscribe for a one-time notification upon launch) HERE.

Tis the season... for horror! TALES OF MR. RHEE is my longest running comic series to date, and we're launching a new campaign next week with both an OMNIBUS collecting the first four volumes as well as a Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover of Volume 5! Click to get notification when it goes live, friends!

Again, THANK YOU for making this ALL possible, friends. I can't wait for you to see what's next!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

The next big thing...
23 days ago – Tue, Sep 28, 2021 at 12:22:56 PM

Make sure your BackerKit is all set!

I know I've mentioned this a few times, and from what I can gather most of you are good to go, but make sure your shipping address and such is all set on the  BackerKit. Remember, this is what Source Point Press will use to get your address to ship your packages!

Keep in mind, though, I CANNOT ACCESS YOUR BACKERKIT. If you need help with it, please click the little "Need Help" button at the top of the page here:


Cool? Thanks, all! Now, that being said...

The next big thing is coming...

Pending no massive shipping delays from the printer (knock on wood, everyone), we're currently on track to have BUTTS IN SEATS: THE TONY SCHIAVONE STORY on shelves everywhere at the end of November, with shipping to all of you commencing before then as well! While we'll keep you posted through here, of course, it's also time to start talking preparing the next big thing...

While the next big thing is not another wrestling graphic novel (I'll hopefully be able to make that announcement later this year, but don't tell anyone I tipped you off, OK?), it IS something that I think will excite a lot of you who are horror fans... and like big books:

A demonic invasion plagued Earth for three days, and then it stopped... or did it? Mr. Rhee knows the truth...

As much as a loud and proud wrestling fan that I am, most comic readers know me as a horror comic writer, due in large part to my horror/noir comic series TALES OF MR. RHEE, a story about a street level magician who knows that the monstrous three-day "Rapture" that engulfed the world a few years prior is in fact not over, but was rather is just the first wave of what's coming next: something even worse that only Mr. Rhee knows about and is desperately trying to stop.

In a few weeks I'm teaming with Source Point Press to launch a campaign for the TALES OF MR. RHEE OMNIBUS: ACT ONE, which will collect the first four volumes of this series in a massive 550  graphic novel... and on Kickstarter we're offering it for only about $60 with FREE U.S. SHIPPING.

Yes... RHEE-ly.

If you like big books, or horror, or both (like me), my hope is that you'll consider supporting this new campaign when it goes live. To do so -- or at least check it out when it launches -- you can sign-up for am instant one-time notification when it goes live by clicking "Notify Me Upon Launch" right HERE. This will ensure you'll be made aware the moment the campaign goes live, giving you the quickest access to the best pledge levels.

(And for those of you who are old school comic fans, yes, that painted cover is by James O'Barr, the legendary creator of THE CROW. Sting fans, you know what I'm talking about, right?)

As if that's not a cool enough way to usher in the spooky season, we're also officially making this a double-header campaign by adding the brand new TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 5: "Rockstar Paranoia" to the preorder campaign as well! Look at THIS sweet cover by Richard Luong of CTHULHU WARS fame:

Wherein Mr. Rhee and friends(?) attempt to stop an evil rock band from summoning Cthulhu back to Earth once more...

 This volume will begin "Act Two" of the series  with a brand new 140 page Kickstarter Exclusive hardcover edition of the book written by me (of course)  and illustrated by Austin McKinley (the artist of the "AEW" chapter of BUTTS IN SEATS) and colored/lettered by Ringo Award nominated colorist Alessandro de Fornasari (TWIZTID HAUNTED HIGH-ONS). This will be a perfect jumping-on point for new readers, but if you want the story so far we'll also have a pledge level offering both books at a discounted price.

Aside from that deal, we're also offering a few more pretty cool pledge levels, including one where you can get a limited edition TALES OF MR. RHEE statue. Yes, seriously:

We're going to offer a "bust" made from this model as well, but, really, how awesome is THIS?!?

As I'm sure you've all all figured out by now, I love running Kickstarters for cool comics and graphic novels because it allows me and Source Point Press to offer all of you who preorder the books awesome pledge levels, rewards, and Stretch Goals that won't be available in stores after the campaign ends... so if you'd take a moment to "follow' this campaign so you can be notified upon launch, I'd appreciate it. Here's the direct link, friends: 


Thanks, everyone! I hope you are all doing well and staying safe! Don't forget that both Tony and I will be guests at New York Comic Con this weekend (he's on the main floor, we believe, and I'm in Artist Alley at Table H8 -- as in "HATE!"), and we'll be doing a special BUTTS IN SEATS panel on Sunday as well along with Mike "Gimmick Attorney" Dockins, book editor Drena Jo, and more! If you can swing out, please do!

Otherwise, I'll be in touch again soon, as the books will be here before we know it... as will the release of TALES OF MR. RHEE!

Thanks for your support, everyone!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

See you soon, New York Comic Con...
about 1 month ago – Sat, Sep 11, 2021 at 08:11:15 PM

Team BUTTS IN SEATS is taking a bite out of the Big Apple next month!

Hey all!

I have exciting news to share!

Not only will I be a guest at New York Comic Con (October 7th-10th) stationed in Artist Alley all weekend, but I'm tickled to announce that Tony Schiavone will also be set-up at the show all weekend as well! (Final details on both our locations will be shared here when we get them!)

Furthermore, we will *both* be part of a BUTTS IN SEATS panel and Q&A session on Sunday, October 10th from 2:00-3:00 PM with co-panelists "Gimmick Attorney" Mike Dockins and Book Editor Drena Jo! Following the panel we will then be heading to the Source Point Press booth for a special signing engagement to close-out the convention in style!

Again, we'll have final details in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, if you want to join us at New York Comic Con you can explore options for getting tickets for Sunday -- or perhaps even all four days -- HERE.

BackerKit is Closing Soon! Has your mailing address changed?

Most of you have gone ahead and completed the BackerKit to ensure that you will get your graphic novel and other pledge levels in a timely fashion. If you haven't completed it yet -- or need to update your address -- please take a moment to do so RIGHT NOW by clicking HERE.

Remember, if your BackerKit isn't completed we won't be able to ship you your books and other goodies when they arrive, so make sure yours is completed and accurate, as we're getting close to locking it down in preparation for the books arriving! 

Most importantly... THANK YOU! More goodness (and some horror) is coming soon!

As always, thank you for your support of this project, friends. Truly.

We look forward to wrapping this campaign up with the delivery of your books this fall, and in the meantime I'm currently finalizing details for my next Kickstarter preorder campaign with Source Point Press, this time the latest installment of my horror-noir graphic novel series TALES OF MR. RHEE. (If you're not familiar with the series but want to jump in when it launches, don't worry, we're also releasing an massive TALES OF MR. RHEE: ACT ONE Omnibus that will allow you to get the whole series at a nice bundled price. Details on that will be forthcoming, too.)

Until then, THANK YOU for your support, be well, and consider taking a minute to reach out to a loved one today to let them know you're thinking of them, yeah?

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning 

A Kickstarter we're excited for: NIOBE & DURA: Wrath of the Ancient
about 1 month ago – Sat, Sep 11, 2021 at 01:07:00 AM

If you're into dark fantasy comics with beautiful art and cool stories, make sure you jump on the kickstarter for NIOBE & DURA: Wrath of the Ancient! And if you are new to their world, check out Reward No. 28a for the sweet Oversized Hardcover deal. They have rare metals too! Sebastian and Stranger Comics have put everything into their world building and story crafting. Artists include David Mack (Echo), Jae Lee (The Dark Tower), and Hyoung (The Last of Us).

HIT THE LINK HERE: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sebastianajones/niobe-and-dura-wrath-of-the-ancient-1?ref=7r1ufe&token=a3066303

Major Printing Update! And some secret insight, too!
about 2 months ago – Fri, Aug 27, 2021 at 05:29:21 AM

Hey all! You've been patiently waiting for lots of news... and boy, do we have lots of news to share with you! Let's get to it!

Printing/Delivery Update!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words... so let me share a picture with you, friends:

BUTTS IN SEATS is now available for pre-order in comic shops for November arrival using code SEP211772!

For those of you not as familiar with comic shops as some of us, that's the PREVIEWS comic book catalog that comic shops use to pre-order comics and graphic novels every month... and as you can see, BUTTS IN SEATS: THE TONY SCHIAVONE STORY is now available for comic shops to pre-order this month from Source Point Press with an expected shelf-date of November 24th!

This obviously means that Source Point Press should be getting the books at their warehouse around this time, too, which means they'll then be able to start packing and shipping all your packages! Huzzah!

Keep in mind, though, THESE ARE ALL ESTIMATED DATES. What it does do, though, is give you all an idea of the type of timeline we're all on in regards to getting the books! They're at the printer now, and we're getting close, friends! Huzzah! Again!

This also means that anyone you know who missed the Kickstarter campaign can now pre-order the softcover TPB of the book from their local comic shop in the next few weeks (again, using Order Code SEP211772 if they ask for it)... so if you know someone who might be interested, let them know!

Oh... and look at this...

The most "all elite" badge of New York Comic Con has the most "all elite" comic cover on it!

That's right, friends... Source Point Press is the official sponsor of all the badges at New York Comic Con this year, and the Premium Exhibitor badge -- the most "all elite" of the badges, if you will -- has been awarded to none other than BUTTS IN SEATS: THE TONY SCHIAVONE STORY with that gorgeous cover art by Marianna Pescosta!

Source Point Press will be set-up on the main floor of New York Comic Con all four days (October 7-10), and I'll be stationed at my table in Artist Alley all weekend... but what does this mean for Tony? Watch this space... and perhaps start looking into picking-up a ticket for Sunday, at least, using the official New York Comic Con Lyte Ticket Exchange, friends...

Big news is on the horizon! We'll talk soon!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning