The Backstagers Comic Series

The Backstagers cover art by Veronica Fish!

The Backstagers is a Prism Award Winning comic book series by myself and co-creator James Tynion IV. With covers by Veronica Fish and colour by Walter Baiamonte. The original run was 8, 22-page, issues with two subsequent 30+ page holiday-themed issues. It’s been collected into three Trade Paperback collections titled The Backstagers Vol 1: Rebels Without Applause, The Backstagers Vol 2: The Show Must Go On, and The Backstagers Vol 3: Encore! The comic series has been adapted into a successful middle-grade novel series from Abrams Books.

James Tynion IV teams up with artist Rian Sygh for an incredibly earnest story that explores what it means to find a place to fit in when you're kinda an outcast. When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he’s taken in by the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Hunter, Aziz, Sasha, and Beckett become his new best friends and introduce him to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain that the rest of the school doesn’t know about, filled with strange creatures, changing hallways, and a decades-old legend of a backstage crew that went missing and was never found.

“With heart and chutzpah to spare, [The Backstagers] soars as a sincere love letter to the unsung heroes of the theater world.” - Newsarama

The Backstagers second printing cover

Art Examples

An excerpt from the Halloween Special. Coloured by Walter Baiamonte.

An excerpt from the Valentines Day Special. Coloured by Walter Baiamonte.