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:

Thank you.
2 months ago – Mon, Apr 19, 2021 at 03:34:57 PM

Truly... thank you.

Those of you who've seen any of the interviews that Tony and/or I have been doing across the Internet over the last few weeks (several of them have been saved to my YouTube channel HERE under the "Podcasts of Note" playlist -- feel free to subscribe!) may have heard us say that this Kickstarter campaign was exceeding all expectations.

Now that the campaign has finished with $135,392 in presales, 2,357 backers, and 17 Stretch Goals unlocked... let me reiterate not only how much this campaign has exceeded all out expectations, but, again, how THANKFUL we all are for your support.

So, what's next? Watch this space...

At this point funds are being collected by Kickstarter, and I, at least, will be celebrating by heading over to Source Point Press headquarters this weekend to help them finish moving into their new office space.

After I get back, editor Drena Jo and I will begin doing a final pass on all the art and lettering on the book (with Tony, of course) before sending it to Source Point Press Art Director Josh Werner and the crew to start putting the files together and getting the book ready for print.

(Right now over 90% of the art is finished, with the lettering being completed as I type this.)

Through these updates we will keep you posted on the process of the book being printed and delivered -- and perhaps even share some preview art and process pictures -- so please make sure to keep an eye on these messages and at least take a glance at them when they're sent. I promise not to send too many as to overwhelm you.

A note about (and from) the team...

Before I head out for now, I want to take a moment to show recognition to our "internal team" who has been working on this book with me and Tony Schiavone for the past year: The aforementioned editor "The Boss" Drena Jo, "Gimmick Attorney" Mike Dockins, "Dependable" Dave Silva, and "The Queen of Social Media" Laurie Schiavone-Engel all were instrumental in making the creation of this book -- and the execution of the campaign -- such a positive process.

Finally, here's a note from the most valuable member of our team... Tony's best friend Bug:

There's really no way to follow that, so I'm going to wrap this up for now... but I'll be in touch again soon!

Thanks, all!

Representing Team BUTTS IN SEATS,

Dirk Manning

Are you getting what you want? Including all the Stretch Goal bonuses?
2 months ago – Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 06:02:07 AM

Because this is the final countdown!

As I type this we have ten hours left in the campaign for BUTTS IN SEATS: THE TONY SCHIAVONE STORY, and we cannot thank you all enough for your support on this campaign! This is a quick final reminder of a few things as we approach these final hours of this campaign (which ends TODAY at Noon EDT)!

1) To get all 17 of the Kickstarter Exclusive Stretch Goal bonuses and add-ons, your pledge must include the Kickstarter Exclusive Deluxe Hardcover. If you want all the free bonus items (the pin, the bonus comic, the variant cover, the signed bookplate, etc) and your pledge doesn't include the hardcover, please make sure to adjust your pledge (using the "Manage" option) to adjust accordingly. (And, hey, it's totally cool if you just want the softcover edition! We appreciate and respect that! This is just a friendly last-minute reminder so there's no surprises or ill will later, friends!)

2) The Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Edition of the book will never be made available again after this campaign ends and will not be available for purchase in stores, etc. If you want an extra one as a gift for someone else, to keep, or -- let's be honest here, friends -- just as an investment, you can add the appropriate funds to your pledge and will then be able to put the extra items in your BackerKit once we send that out after the campaign ends. Here's the Add-On chart should you wish to "treat yo'self." And, yes, if you get two Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Edition copies of the book, you get two sets of all the Stretch Goals bonuses, too!(Two pins, two bonus comics, etc.) 

Want an Add-On item? Add the funds while you can, friends!

3) Funds will be collected after the campaign ends, and then in a few weeks when the dust settles we'll you'll get a link to the BackerKit so you can finalize your order. In the meantime, and even after that, we will keep you updated on the production of the book via these updates, so please continue to read these, OK? We won't send them out too often -- just often enough to keep you in the loop -- and  I'll make sure to include some cool sneak peek images and such of the production process as I can!

Again, THANK YOU for your support everyone! If you want to give the campaign a last push, feel free to share this link:


Otherwise, I'll see you on the other side when this campaign ends in a few hours!

Representing Team BUTTS IN SEATS,

Dirk Manning

CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION UNLOCKED! Are you getting all the Stretch Goals?
2 months ago – Tue, Apr 13, 2021 at 09:45:33 PM


Hey all!

With a little more than two days left in the campaign (the preorder window closes Friday at Noon EDT) we have sailed past $120,000 in presales, unlocking THE CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION of the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover of the BUTTS IN SEATS: THE TONY SCHIAVONE STORY! This super-deluxe version of the book comes with it's own golden embossed championship belt on the cover, a golden ribbon bookmark, and three Kickstarter Exclusive trading cards featuring Tony, Lois, and Bug!


"How do I get all 17 Stretch Goal Bonuses and Upgrades?"

It's simple, friends: All 17th Stretch Goal upgrades come for free with ANY pledge level that includes the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Edition of the book.

As long as your pledge level includes the HARDCOVER edition of the book, you'll get, for free with your book:

  • A free digital PDF of the book
  • A triple-autographed bookplate (me, artist Josh Werner, Tony Schiavone)
  • 10 Bonus Pin-Ups in the book
  • Four bonus stories in the book
  • Kickstarter Exclusive "Behind the Scenes" comic book
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA #193 homage Variant Cover artwork
  • Kickstarter Exclusive "BatSchiavone" Enamel Pin
  • Bonus insert double-page spread featuring comic art of EVERY wrestler/wrestling personality who cut a video promo for the book throughout the campaign on social media -- and a stand-alone lithograph of this same amazing image
  • Embedded Golden Ribbon Bookmark (to hold the place of your favorite page)
  • Kickstarter Exclusive Embossed Gold Belt on the Variant Cover
  • Three Kickstarter Exclusive Trading Cards


Not to put too find a point on it, but only the PDF, the 10 pin-ups, and the four bonus stories are in the softcover, trade paperback, direct market edition of the book, friends... so if you want to get ALL the bonus swag, make sure you've pledged for the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover of the book. (If you want both versions of the book, you can pledge at the "Tag Team" or "Gimme Everything!" level to get them both at a bundled price, too!)

This campaign ends Friday, April 16th at Noon EST, and at that time orders will be locked, funds will be collected, and number of Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Editions -- now "The Championship Edition" of the book -- will be locked-in, friends... so, again, check your pledge and make sure you're getting what you want... and if you want to adjust your pledge, you can select "Mange" to adjust it accordingly.

You're all amazing. Let's bring this campaign home strong.

On behalf of the whole team... THANK YOU, friends. Truly. If you want to share the news about the campaign, feel free to share this link:


Otherwise, we'll talk after Friday at noon when the campaign, ends.

Thanks all! Truly!

Representing team BUTTS IN SEATS,

Dirk Manning

P.S. -- If you really want to treat yourself, we added one more set of "Hey Look! That's Me!" pledge levels to the campaign, too, giving you one last chance to be drawn into the book! There's only three of them, and they're going to go fast! Don't wait!

Another addition... and things to look forward to this week!
3 months ago – Mon, Apr 05, 2021 at 04:28:17 AM

A very special foreword for a very special book...

Hey all!

I know I traditionally come on here to talk about Stretch Goals we could (or did) unlock... but first I want to announce a special bonus that we're all getting automatically!

Our book just got even bigger and better thanks to Conrad Thompson!

We're all honored to announce that none other than Conrad Thompson of AdFreeShows.com has generously provided us with the foreword to BUTTS IN SEATS: THE TONY SCHIAVONE STORY.

Those of you who know about Tony's career know how instrumental Conrad was to bringing Tony back into the professional wrestling fold after nearly two decades away from the business... and if you don't, well, you'll get to learn all about it when you get the book!

Again, on behalf of all of us, Conrad, THANK YOU. We appreciate it so much!

More promos coming this week...

If you're not following Tony Schiavone, me (Dirk Manning), and/or Source Point Press on social media, I'd encourage you to find and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter, as we have some more big promos coming this week... and yes, I say that considering that we have already had such amazing talents as Cody Rhodes, Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Starks, Eddie Kingston, Eric Bischoff, MJF, and Britt Baker with Rebel, and Jungle Boy all already talking about the book in some pretty entertaining fashions across the Internet.

Get ready, folks... because we're not slowing down as we enter the final quarter of this campaign!

THE CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION is getting closer...

Finally, it's worth mentioning that as I type this, we're already about halfway to unlocking The Championship Edition upgrade to the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Editions of BUTTS IN SEATS: THE TONY SCHIAVONE STORY with about 10 days left in the campaign! This is amazing, and I believe we can do it (meaning every Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Edition of the book will come with a record-breaking SEVENTEENStretch Goal upgrades and add-ons), so if you want all the bonus swag, make sure your pledge level includes the HARDCOVER edition of the book. (Remember, you can manage/adjust your pledge at any point in the campaign, as the funds won't be collected until the campaign ends on Friday, April 16th).

In the meantime, if you'd like to share news about the campaign and the chance for people to get preorder the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover (which will help us all get more free stuff with our books), please share this link with them:


Thanks all! We appreciate you all so much and we're excited about unlocking The Championship Edition of the hardcover (including those Kickstarter Exclusive trading cards!) along with everything else in this last stretch of the campaign!

Representing team BUTTS IN SEATS,

Dirk Manning

3 months ago – Fri, Apr 02, 2021 at 09:35:19 PM


Friends, with two weeks left in the campaign, we've unlocked SIXTEEN Stretch Goals, many of which are exclusive to the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Edition of the book. As it stands right now, here's everything included with any pledge level that includes a hardcover edition of the book:

  • A free digital PDF of the whole book
  • A Kickstarter Exclusive Triple-Signed Bookplate
  • 10 new illustrated chapter-break pin-ups
  • 4 extra bonus stories
  • A new Kickstarter Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Bonus Comic
  • A Kickstarter Exclusive Variant Cover for the Hardcover Edition with spot embellishments
  • A Kickstarter Exclusive double-page insert cover splash and matching Kickstarter Exclusive lithograph
  • A Kickstarter Exclusive BatSchiavone enamel pin

That's... a lot, friends. And it's all free upgrades, since all of you have supported this book so much.

Now that we've sailed past $100,000(!!!) in presales with two more weeks left in the campaign, we're -- if you'll excuse the expression -- going "ALL IN" with one last Stretch Goal... and it's a big one.

Ladies and gentleman, we present to  you... BUTTS IN SEATS: THE CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION

BUTTS IN SEATS: THE CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION will feature, along with all the above-listed Stretch Goals, a bigger and metallic embossed belt banner on the variant cover, a new gold ribbon book mark, and a set of Kickstarter Exclusive BUTTS IN SEATS trading cards featuring Tony, Lois, and Bug.

Yes, is we unlock this final Stretch Goal, Bug will be getting his own Kickstarter Exclusive trading card! Like the rest of the Kickstarter Exclusive rewards, if we unlock these cards, they will NOT be made available after the end of the campaign, so this is your only chance to get them -- if we get to $120,000 in presales before the end of the campaign.

(And remember, if you want the softcover trade paperback edition of the book too, with that gorgeous art by the Ringo Award nominated artist Marianna Pescosta -- consider making sure you've pledged at the Tag Team or Gimme Everything! pledge level to get both versions of the book!)

We have two weeks left in the campaign, friends, and about $15,000 to go to unlock this final "Championship Edition" Stretch Goal. We can get there is we keep spreading the word, so feel free to do so using this link:


Thanks all! We all appreciate your support so very much! Let's unlock this last Stretch Goal... and if we don't talk before the weekend, on behalf of the whole team, we hope you have a very wonderful holiday weekend!

Representing team BUTTS IN SEATS,

Dirk Manning