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:

The 100K Comic Club
7 months ago – Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 12:55:27 AM

This is a really big deal.

Friends, whether this is your first Kickstarter or you're a "Superbacker" (like me), I think it's pretty obvious that the milestone we hit earlier today is a really big deal.


Very few comics hit $100,000 in preorders on Kickstarter in 30 days... let alone in only 13 days... so this puts all of us together in this campaign in some very rare company.


I spoke to Tony earlier today (we actually did two podcasts together this evening), and he wanted to make sure you all knew how much he appreciated your support of this book, too.


On behalf of myself, Tony, Source Point Press, and the over 25 artists who are helping bring this book to life... THANK YOU. Truly.  We look forward to continuing to pay it forward to you with the best book imaginable. 


(In fact, I've seen the layout for the insert art by Shawn Daley that will be exclusive to the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Edition of the book, and, friends, you're in for a REAL treat if your pledge includes the hardcover. The art is fantastic -- and remember, you'll be getting a lithograph of it, too!)


Plus, every Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover now comes with that amazing BatSchiavone Pin FOR FREE (as pictured in the last update)-- along with the other FIFTEEN Stretch Goal upgrades! You're all amazing! Thank you!


And speaking of Stretch Goals...

Real talk: We did not expect to unlock the 100K quite this quickly, but we're actively working on another Stretch Goal right now... and it's a pretty swanky one, friends. We've heard a lot of your suggestions, and are looking at them, too.


In the meantime, the thing to keep in mind is this: The more people who preorder the book, the more Stretch Goals we all unlock, so if you want to spread the word about the campaign, feel free to do so with this link:


www.ButtsInSeatsComic.com


We have 17 days left in the campaign... let's see how much More cool swag we can unlock, yeah?


And again, on behalf of all of us... THANK YOU!


Representing team BUTTS IN SEATS,

Dirk Manning


P.S. -- One of the podcasts Tony and I did online earlier tonight is already live on Facebook HERE if you'd like to check it out! It's got video, too!

Stretch Goal Madness! Get drawn into the book!
7 months ago – Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 12:00:05 AM

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"The Quest for the Gold" has been completed! What's next?!?
7 months ago – Mon, Mar 22, 2021 at 03:16:31 AM

THE QUEST FOR THE GOLD HAS BEEN COMPLETED...

Friends... lemme tell you a little story.


I've spent my Friday evening talking to  our internal group of "Team Tony" as well as Source Point Press about the fact that it was very likely we'd unlock the 14th Stretch Goal -- and complete "The Quest for the Gold" -- sometime within the next week.


After a lot of talk about possible future Stretch Goals, I then came here to log-on and give you all an update about how, earlier today, we unlocked the 13th Stretch Goal at $65,000, unlocking the metallic enhancements to the variant cover.


So, I come here to the Kickstarter page, and what do I see?


WE HAVE PASSED $70,000 IN PRE-SALES, UNLOCKED THE 14TH STRETCH GOAL, AND COMPLETED "THE QUEST FOR THE GOLD."


Friends... WE HAVE UNLOCKED ALL 14 STRETCH GOALS -- THE STRETCH GOALS THAT WE ANTICIPATED WOULD TAKE US THROUGH THE 30 DAYS OF THE CAMPAIGN -- IN  84 HOURS.


14 STRETCH GOALS IN 84 HOURS.


For those of you keeping track at home, here's everything you'll get with any pledge that includes the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover:

  • A free digital PDF of the graphic novel!
  • A triple-signed Kickstarter Exclusive bookplate autographed by me, artist Josh Werner, and Tony Schiavone!
  • Ten fully illustrated chapter breaks by ten artists new to the book!
  • Four new bonus stories recalling some favorite memories from Tony starring Bobby Heenan, Chief Wahoo McDaniel, Sting, and Ric Flair, respectively!
  • A free Kickstarter Exclusive Behind the Scenes Bonus Comic!
  • The Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Variant Cover illustrated by Scott James! (To be revealed next week!)
  • Metallic enhancements on the Kickstarter Exclusive Variant Cover, including a metallic gold belt for Tony Schiavone!

Because you've all been so passionate and enthusiastically supporting this book, every pledge level that includes a Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover gets all these upgrades FOR FREE!


Thank you, friends. Thank you for your support of this book. We've literally just set a record, and we still have 27 days left in the campaign.


"BUT ARE THERE GOING TO BE MORE STRETCH GOALS?"

That's the question a lot of you -- and us internally -- have been asking... and I am going to tell you right now that the answer is YES. I can't say what they are yet (we need to finalize a few things we're talking about), but I believe we're going to announce them next week.


In fact, I don't know if I should be saying this or not... but we're celebrating, so here's a tease of what you can expect next week:


  • New video wrestling personality drops across social media next week (so be sure you're following Source Point Press, me (Dirk Manning), and Tony Schiavone on your favorite social media platforms). (How about those ones from Cody, Dustin, Starks, and Kingston so far, eh?)
  • The reveal of the Kickstarter Exclusive Variant Cover (the homage to CAPTAIN AMERICA #193 by Scott James)
  • Confirmation of a few more MAJOR Stretch Goals

You're all awesome, friends. We appreciate it so much. Truly. Keep spreading the word using the link www.ButtsInSeatsComic.com and we'll be talking very, very soon! Remember, the more people who pre-order, the more upgrades and Stretch Goal bonuses we all get!


Representing team BUTTS IN SEATS,

Dirk Manning

The 11th and 12th Stretch Goals have been Unlocked! Bonus Comic! Variant Cover!
7 months ago – Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 06:54:33 PM

TWO MORE STRETCH GOALS UNLOCKED! YOU'RE AMAZING!

Hey all!


Dirk Manning here again! Since yesterday's update we've unlocked TWO more Stretch Goals! TWO! YOU"RE AMAZING! Here's the skinny on the Stretch Goal upgrades you'll be getting with every Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover:


  • A free digital PDF of the graphic novel
  • A triple-signed Kickstarter Exclusive bookplate autographed by me, artist Josh Werner, and Tony Schiavone
  • Ten brand new fully illustrated chapter breaks by ten artists new to the book
  • Four new bonus stories recalling some favorite memories from Tony starring Bobby Heenan, Chief Wahoo McDaniel, Sting, and Ric Flair, respectively

Along with all of these free upgrades with every pledge that comes with a Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover edition of BUTTS IN SEATS, you're also going to now get:


  • Stretch Goal #11: Every pledge level that includes a Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover will now also get a free Kickstarter Exclusive Behind the Scenes Bonus Comic! This is going to have behind-the-scenes process pieces, art that won't be published anywhere else, and more! A free Kickstarter Exclusive comic! Huzzah!

  • Stretch Goal #12: This is a huge one, friends! The Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover is now getting a Variant Cover illustrated by Scott James! Scott, as many of you are aware, illustrated Chapter 7: "The End of WCW" for the book, and we're excited that your Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover will now be even more collectible than ever with his Kickstarter Exclusive Variant Cover! As for the cover itself, we can't show it to you quite yet (because, quite frankly, we didn't expect to unlock it this quickly), but we will be able to next week latest! In the meantime, I can tell you that it's an homage to Tony's favorite comic cover of all time, CAPTAIN AMERICA #193
This is Tony's favorite comic cover of all time... and next week we'll show you the Variant Cover upgrade to the KS Exclusive Hardcover that's an homage to this classic cover by Jack Kirby!

I can't believe we've already unlocked TWELVE Stretch Goals together, friends. You're amazing. AMAZING! THANK YOU!


Stretch Goal #13 will be some metallic enhancements to the Variant Cover (because who doesn't love a little bling, right?), and then, the "ultimate" Stretch Goal after that will be the completion of "The Quest for the Gold" in which we give Tony a metallic embossed gold belt on this Variant Cover, as he will be the CHAMPION thanks to all of your support!


"What if I want both covers?"

After the Kickstarter ends we will not offer the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover again -- ever. The only way to get the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Edition -- which will now sport that cool CAPTAIN AMERICA homage cover will be in this campaign between now and April 16th.


After the campaign ends, the softcover trade paperback edition of the book that will be available in comic shops, books stores, etc. will only have this equally stunning cover by Ringo Award nominated illustrator Marianna Pescosta, which is also incredibly gorgeous:

After this campaign ends you may walk into a comic shop and see Tony Schiavone's face looking back at you from the shelf!

If you're a "completest" and want to get both versions of the book with both covers (one to keep to yourself as a collectible and one as a "reader" copy that you can perhaps even share with your friends), remember that you get both the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover (which will now have the Variant Cover by Scott James) and the standard TPB edition (which features the "wresting chaos" cover by Marianna Pescosta) when you pledge at the "Tag Team" or "Gimme Everything" pledge levels... or, should you like, you can simply add $25 to your existing pledge. Then, at the end of the campaign, you'll have the funds on your account to add the extra TPB edition of the book into your "BackerKit" shopping card at checkout -- while also helping us unlock even more Stretch Goals in the process.


And speaking of more Stretch Goals...


"Are there going to be even more Stretch Goals past 'The Quest for the Gold,' by chance?"

Real talk, friends... we did NOT expect to unlock twelve of our fourteen planned Stretch Goals in the first TWO DAYS of the campaign.


So, to that end, I spoke with Source Point Press and Tony earlier today and -- yes, because you've demanded it (and, quite frankly, EARNED it) -- we're talking about adding a few more pretty impressive Stretch Goals that will upgrade the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover edition of the book even more. We've locked in one already (featuring an artist I've wanted to work with for years), and we're talking about a few more options past that... so stay tuned, everybody.


In the meantime, if you'd like to spread the word about this campaign so we can move closer and closer to unlocking them, please share this link:


www.ButtsInSeatsComic.com


Again, we are all so very, very grateful for your support of this book, friends. Truly. On behalf of myself, Tony Schiavone, Source Point Press, and the team of TWENTY-FIVE (and counting?!?) illustrators contributing to the telling of Tony's life story, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Truly!


I'll be in touch soon with that Kickstarter Exclusive Variant cover reveal... so watch this space!


Representing team BUTTS IN SEATS,

Dirk Manning

10 Stretch Goals? Now we're going it with Flair! Wooooo!
7 months ago – Wed, Mar 17, 2021 at 08:42:56 PM

ALL ROUND TWO STRETCH GOALS HAVE BEEN UNLOCKED!

Hey all!


So... yet again... I'm kind of at a loss for words here, which, if you 

know me, you'll know is pretty rare.


Earlier today we unlocked the 10th Stretch Goal of the campaign, unleashing all the Round Two Stretch Goals! This means every Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover now comes with:


  • A digital PDF of the graphic novel
  • A triple-signed Kickstarter Exclusive bookplate (autographed by me, bookplate artist Josh Werner, and Tony Schiavone)
  • Ten new illustrated chapter break pin-ups illustrated by 10 new artists
  • Four new bonus stories (featuring Bobby Heenan, Chief Wahoo McDaniel, Sting, and Ric Flair) each illustrated by a new artist

For those of you keeping track at home, that's 28 pages of additional content that has been added to the book thanks to your support, enthusiasm, and passion for this project!


(Or, counting it another way, that means there's now 25 different amazing illustrators attached to this book telling Tony's story!)


As I type this we're already closing in on the 11th Stretch Goal (the first Stretch Goal of Round Three), which will unlock every Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover coming with all of the above bonuses as well as a Kickstarter Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Bonus Comic!


After that, we move into unlocking an variant (and perhaps enhanced) cover, too! You're all amazing. THANK YOU!


About Add-Ons...

A few of you have asked about adding extra items to your pledge levels (such as a shirt or an extra hardcover). If you would like to treat yourself to a little something extra, use this handy graphic below to determine how much to add to your existing pledge level. Then, at the end of the campaign, you'll be able to use the extra funds to add the item of your choice via the BackerKit (online shopping cart), still with FREE U.S. SHIPPING!

Want to add a little something extra to your pledge? Add this amount and you'll be able to include it at the end of the campaign! No extra shipping!

Keep spreading the word!

Remember, friends, the more people who pre-order BUTTS IN SEATS: THE TONY SCHIAVONE STORY, the more Stretch Goals we all get, so feel free to keep spreading the word across social media (and/or to your other wrestling friends) using this link:


www.ButtsInSeatsComic.com


Thanks again for your support! Truly! We all appreciate it so much... and we'll talk again soon, friends!


Representing team BUTTS IN SEATS,

Dirk Manning