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:

Another addition... and things to look forward to this week!
almost 2 years 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 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

almost 2 years 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

The 100K Comic Club
almost 2 years 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:

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!
almost 2 years 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?!?
almost 2 years ago – Mon, Mar 22, 2021 at 03:16:31 AM


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?




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.


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 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