A biographical journey through the career of legendary wrestling color commentator, Tony Schiavone, as told through comics!
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9 months ago
– Wed, Nov 17, 2021 at 06:20:28 AM
Books... and more books!
As I'm sure you're all aware, there continues to be major delays in shipping and unloading at the major ports in California, where the Kickstarter Exclusive hardcover editions of BUTTS IN SEATS are waiting to be delivered and unloaded. As I've mentioned before, Source Point Press handles their own shipping and distribution. so once the books arrive there will be a very quick turn around in getting them delivered.
In the meantime, the Kickstarter Exclusive book plates have arrived for their signatures. There's A LOT of them, and I'm grateful to sign every single one of them for all of you before passing them on to Tony and then artist Josh Werner as part of our thank you for making this campaign so successful! I'll send some photos in the next update so you can see what over 2,000 bookplates look like.
And speaking of successful campaigns...
The TALES OF MR. RHEE Kickstarter campaign ends this Friday (with TWELVE Stretch Goals and counting)!
As I type this the Kickstarter campaign for TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 5 and the TALES OF MR. RHEE OMNIBUS: ACT ONE has passed $25,000 in presales and unlocked a whopping TWELVE Stretch Goals and counting! This is my long-form horror noir comic series, and in the new TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 5 (a perfect jumping-on point for the series) Mr. Rhee must form an uneasy alliance with demons and demon-hunters alike to stop an evil rock band from summoning The Great Cthulhu.
This campaign, which can be found at www.TalesOfMrRhee.com, is the only way to get the *KS Exclusive* hardcover editions of both books (the OMNIBUS collects the first four volumes of "Act One" of the series, while Volume Five starts "Act Two"), has unlocked TWELVE Stretch Goals thus far, and has even gotten the endorsement of none other than Tony himself!
While I certainly recognize that TALES OF MR. RHEE isn't a wrestling book, and that a horror comic may not be all your cup of tea, I will say that this is my longest running comic series to date (700 pages total and counting if you get the "Both Books" pledge level), that it's my favorite non-wrestling comic I write, and say we've unlocked TWELVE free Stretch Goals and counting on the campaign, including a free TALES OF MR. RHEE video game with every Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover pledge.
Here's a link to the campaign, which also offers free U.S. shipping, meaning what you see is what you pay for what you want to get:
This is a fun series featuring complex characters in dynamic (and at times scary) situations, and, again, I hope you'll consider showing it your support and treating yourself to the books... and perhaps sharing the link with horror fans in your life who might be interested in joining us as well!
Thanks everyone! We'll have more VERY exciting BUTTS IN SEATS updates for you soon (including news on our appearance at C2E2 in Chicago next month) soon!
Your friend in comics,
Tis the season for horror...
10 months ago
– Fri, Oct 22, 2021 at 05:22:25 PM
A surprise Tony appearance Halloween weekend! No tricks! Just treats!
First and foremost, I'd be remiss if I didn't announce here that Tony Schiavone has been added tot the guest line-up for Cherry Capital Comic Con in Traverse City, Michigan October 30th and 31st as a guest of Source Point Press! This is a smaller, family-friendly comic con that has long been one of my favorite conventions every year, and while it normally falls over Memorial Day weekend, they're holding a special Halloween edition next weekend. I'll be a guest at the show in Artist Alley as well, and Tony, editor Drena Jo, and I will also be hosting a Butts In Seats panel as part of the festivities Saturday afternoon before we find out if Drena wins the award for the prestigious Gary Reed Independent Comic Creator Award. (She's one of four amazing finalists! Congrats, Drena!)
We realize this is short notice -- especially if you're not in the Midwest -- so if you can't make this one, fear not, we all have two MAJOR comic con appearances in December we'll be announcing soon!
Like horror? Or thrillers? Or monsters? How about all three in one?
While we await the final delivery of the Kickstarter Exclusive hardcover copies of BUTTS IN SEATS: THE TONY SCHIAVONE STORY (they should be here any time now, as they're on one of these boats), I've gone ahead and launched the long-awaited Kickstarter for the next graphic novel in my horror graphic novel series TALES OF MR. RHEE with TALES OF MR. RHEE Volume 5: "Rockstar Paranoia" from Source Point Press:
TALES OF MR. RHEE is my longest-running series of graphic novels, a "Cthulhu Noir" about a street-level magician who is desperately trying to protect the world from a demonic invasion society is trying to deny is real even though it's slowly unfolding right before their very eyes.
(I swear to you all, I didn't mean this to be such a timely topic when I started the series back in 2006!)
If that alone has piqued your interest, you can see more about the book -- and the Kickstarter campaign -- HERE. We're offering a Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover edition of the book for only $35 with FREE U.S. SHIPPING, and we've already unlocked three Stretch Goals in the first three days!
That being said, I get it: Some of you out there are interested in checking this series out, but you're completists and/or want to start at the beginning. Fear not, I got you:
The TALES OF MR. RHEE OMNIBUS: ACT ONE collects the first four volumes of the series into one massive 550-page totally full color graphic novel... and we're offering it for only $60 (again, with FREE U.S. SHIPPING)... or you can get both the OMNIBUS and RHEEv5 in the "Both Books" bundle for only $85 with FREE U.S. SHIPPING.
(For those of you keeping track at home, RHEEv5 is 140 pages, meaning with the "Both Books" bundle you'll be getting about 700 pages of "Cthulhu Noir" horror comic goodness -- and the whole series to date with all the Stretch Goal goodness -- for only $85 shipped right to your door!)
Thanks in advance, everyone... and don't think for a moment this means there won't be more wrestling comics... because there will be. First, though, I'm returning (RHEE-turning) to my roots for a moment with my favorite horror comic series just in time for Halloween, and I most sincerely hope you'll consider giving it your support, especially if you're looking for some new engaging, dynamic, and horror-based comics to read by your fellow professional-wrestling pal who wrote Tony's comic with him... and is already working on the next wrestling comic for later in 2022, too!
Thanks all! I appreciate your willingness to check it out very, very much!
Your friend in comics.
A New York Comic Con surprise for Tony...
10 months 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, NewYork 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:
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 SourcePoint 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, SourcePoint 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.
Again, THANK YOU for making this ALL possible, friends. I can't wait for you to see what's next!
Your friend in comics,
The next big thing...
11 months 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:
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:
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 SourcePoint 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.
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:
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:
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 SourcePoint 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 NewYork 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,
See you soon, New York Comic Con...
11 months 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!
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 BUTTSIN 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 NewYork 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?