The Backstagers

James Tynion

Book - 2017

"When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he's taken in by the only ones who don't treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Not only does he gain great, lifetime friends ... Jory is also introduced to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain. With unpredictable twists and turns of the underground world, the Backstagers venture into the unknown, determined to put together the best play their high school has ever seen." -- Back cover of volume 1.

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Comics (Graphic works)
Los Angeles, CA : BOOM! Box 2017-
Main Author
James Tynion (author)
Other Authors
Rian Sygh (illustrator), Walter (Colorist) Baiamonte (colorist), Jim (Letterer) Campbell (letterer)
Item Description
Originally published in single magazine form as: The Backstagers No. 1-4 [v. 1] ; The Backstagers No. 5-8 [v. 2] ; The Boom! Box 2016 Mix Tape, The Backstagers: 2018 Valentine's Intermission No. 1, The Backstagers: Halloween Intermission No. 1 [v. 3]
Physical Description
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
  • v. 1. Rebels without applause
  • v. 2. The show must go on
  • v. 3. Encore.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In a comic that's essentially Lumberjanes for queer theater-tech types, with some of the cosmic weirdness of Steven Universe mixed in, Tynion (The Woods) and Sygh (Munchkin) take readers to St. Genesius, a private high school for boys with a highly unusual theater department. New student Jory reluctantly gives drama club a shot, but he quickly realizes that he's more at home with the stage crew: cherubic Sasha, no-nonsense Aziz, crotchety light board operator Beckett, and burly builder Hunter, who blushes every time Jory is nearby. (The atmosphere at St. Genesius is so rife with sexual tension that characters nervously blush on virtually every page.) Romantic possibilities aside, there's something seriously strange going on in the vast, ever-changing labyrinth of rooms and tunnels beneath the school, full of bizarre creatures, rope bridges leading to parts unknown, and (possibly) long-lost techies who vanished decades ago. Sygh captures the story's interpersonal and supernatural dramas in lush, manga-inflected scenes. Brimming with feeling and featuring a diverse cast (including a trans character, Beckett), it's an effervescently entertaining story of finding community (and maybe love) in unlikely, even impossible places. Ages 12-up. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.