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:

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


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:


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

SEVEN Stretch Goal upgrades and counting! You're amazing!
10 months ago – Wed, Mar 17, 2021 at 05:04:35 AM

Seven Stretch Goals (and counting) in the first 12 hours of the campaign? THANK YOU!

Hey all!

Dirk Manning here! I have the distinct pleasure (and honor) of working with Tony Schiavone as the writer of BUTTS IN SEATS: THE TONY SCHIAVONE STORY, and I wanted to take a moment to say "THANK YOU!" on behalf of myself, Tony, Source Point Press, and the rest of team for your support of this project.

As I type this we have unlocked SEVEN Stretch Goal upgrades in less than the first 12 hours of the campaign, and to say that this has exceeded our wildest expectations for the first day of the campaign -- let alone the first half of the first day -- would be an major understatement. So, truly, again, from all of us... THANK YOU.

Thus far, every Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover comes with the following FREE bonuses and upgrades as part of the Round One Stretch Goals:

  • A digital copy of BUTTS IN SEATS: THE TONY SCHIAVONE STORY you'll be able to read on your computer, phone, tablet, or e-reading device
  • A Kickstarter Exclusive TRIPLE-SIGNED Bookplate autographed by me, bookplate artist Josh Werner, and of course Tony himself
  • TEN new illustrated bonus pin-ups will be added to the book as chapter breaks, with each one illustrated by a different artist who was not previously in the book... meaning that puts us up to OVER TWENTY unique illustrators contributing to Tony's life-story (so far)

We're now already in the Round Two Stretch Goals, too, which means...

  • The first Bonus Story has been unlocked, which details some of of Tony's fondest (and funniest) memories with legendary wrestling manager and announcer Bobby "The Brain" Heenan (again, illustrated by another artist who wasn't previously in the book)
  • If (when?) we unlock the next three Round Two Stretch Goals over the course of the campaign, three more artists new to the book will also illustrate the three more new bonus stories

After that, we move towards unlocking the Variant Cover for the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover (illustrated by Scott James) and, finally we could even complete the "Quest for the Gold" by getting Tony a metallic enhanced gold belt on that variant cover, too!

If you're new to Kickstarter, here's a few notes I hope you'll take a moment to read...

  • No money will be collected until the Kickstarter ends on Friday, April 16th
  • As long as your pledge level includes the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover, you'll be getting EVERY Stretch Goal we unlock throughout the campaign
  • If you want to add any extra items to your pledge (such as a T-shirt of an extra KS Exclusive HC), just add that amount to the item you want to your pledge (while maintaining your current pledge level). There will be a BackerKit (an online shopping cart) at the end of the campaign where you can then add-on the items you want with your balance

In closing...

Once more, friends, thank you. In the time I've taken to write this update I've spoken to Tony, and he again expressed his gratitude and thanks to all of your for your support of this campaign. As you may be aware, Tony is a big comic book fan, so to be able to tell his story in such a dynamic fashion with BUTTS IN SEATS is a privilege  that he -- and we all -- most sincerely appreciate you making possible.

If you'd like to help spread the word about the campaign (so we can all get even more Stretch Goal upgrades), feel free to share the link www.ButtsInSeatsComic.com on your social media platform(s) of choice.

We appreciate you all so much and will be in touch soon! In the meantime, let's keep pushing for the "Quest for the Gold" and get Tony (and all of you) that gold belt he has earned over such an amazing career!

Reppin' team BUTTS IN SEATS,

Dirk Manning