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A Broadway actor’s world crumbles when he’s mugged, beaten up and left for dead. Some would despair, but Rudy has an idea…
A Broadway actor’s world crumbles when he’s mugged, beaten up and left for dead. Some would despair, but Rudy has an idea…
A Broadway actor’s world crumbles when he’s mugged, beaten up and left for dead. Some would despair, but Rudy has an idea…
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Digital mockup of the printed book.
Digital mockup of the printed book.

STRETCH GOALS  

STRETCH GOAL 1: $15,000 (UNLOCKED!) A pinup of Rudy, or another Theatrics characters, from a TOP SECRET MYSTERY GUEST ARTIST will be added to the back of the book, and be available to every backer as a print. 

STRETCH GOAL 2: $17,500 (LOCKED!) A PDF of all of my scripts for Theatrics, including behind-the-scenes correspondence between me and Leo so you can see how the comic was made,. More Stretch goals to come as we unlock them. 

"Neil Gibson is a writer to watch. Splendid...go look!."-Gail Simone (Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Secret Six) 

After three years in the making, Theatrics is finally is being collected in one amazing 132 PAGE HARDCOVER GRAPHIC NOVEL! Exclusively on Kickstarter.

SO...WHAT IS THEATRICS?

Theatrics is a popular webcomic about an actor in 1920s New York, who loses everything and has to start again. (www.theatricscomic.com). Created by writer Neil Gibson and illustrator Leonardo Gonzalez in 2016 with Jan Wijngaard as color artist, and Jim Campbell as letterer.

Theatrics follows the story of fallen-heartthrob Rudy Burns. Set in 1920s New York, it follows Rudy as he goes from the glimmer and glitz of broadway, to the down and dirty gyms of the emerging boxing culture of early 20th century America. But what would cause the world's biggest theater star to give up the star-lit stage for the blood-stained one?  

Read the comic to find out...

Read the comic online, here!

 

Some samples from the graphic novel.
Some samples from the graphic novel.

This book contains five acts of the web comic. Each page lettered, color tweaked and perfected from what you saw online. It also contains original "making of" articles from Neil and Leo, including Theatrics concept art and design briefs, as well as Theatrics art pinups.

Who is the count?
Who is the count?

I am proud to say that all of the art is drawn and the printers are ready to start printing! All we need is your help to fund the printing of the book and then everyone wins! Become part of the Theatrics community by investing in the backer incentives on the side bar. We couldn't have gotten this far without all the awesome support from everyone who's been reading the comic online. Our readers truly are the reason why Theatrics has continued all this time. I'll be printing the book the moment the campaign ends to ensure that you will all get your copies as soon as possible!

Some samples from the graphic novel.
Some samples from the graphic novel.

OTHER REWARDS...

T-Shirt Reward!
T-Shirt Reward!

 

Pencilled art reward by Leonardo Gonzalez.
Pencilled art reward by Leonardo Gonzalez.

 

Inked art reward by Leonardo Gonzalez.
Inked art reward by Leonardo Gonzalez.

 

Script editing by Neil Gibson.
Script editing by Neil Gibson.

TESTIMONIALS FOR THEATRICS...  

"Textbook-tight storytelling. I'm impressed AND jealous." -Conor McCreery (Assassin's Creed, Kill Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini)  

"Against a backdrop of lush, velvet curtains and dark, piss-stained alleyways, men are made beasts and cruel destinies eke towards their inevitable manifestations in Gibson and Gonzalez's Theatrics." -Dan Watters (Dark Souls, Assassin's Creed, Limbo, Tortured Life)   

"Theatrics examines with patience, the fortunes of a character who’s stepped off his stage but can’t seem to leave the theatre behind. Gibson’s flair for drama inspires Gonzales and Winjngaard’s moody, atmospheric art and colours. Read it and you’ll soon find yourself engrossed." -Ram V (Black Mumba, Brigands, Aghori)  

"The grandest of Gibson's oeuvres, Theatrics is a fascinating period piece from a devilishly twisted quartet of creative minds." -Ryan O'Sullivan (Turncoat, Eisenhorn: Xenos)  

"A gripping tale set against a backdrop of 1920s speakeasies, broadway lights, and an unforgiving New York." -Olly MacNamee (Bleeding Cool)

"If you want a heady story with more heart than most, look no further than THEATRICS." -Rob Patey (Aint it Cool News)  

"Neil Gibson's writing is magnetic, drawing you into this gripping tale and refusing to let you go. Another knock-out from the TPub team." -David Molofsky (A Place to Hang Your Cape)  

"Theatrics is an incredible comic. page after page of masterpiece The curtain has been raised on a masterpiece so get your tickets and enjoy the show." -James Blundell (Pipe Dream Comics)  

"I must say, I've never read anything like this before...but that's a good thing! 5 out of 5 stars" Jose Becerra (The Examiner)  

"Theatrics is heart racing thrill ride that will surely make you read until the very last page!" -Iron Squid (Slack Jaw Punks)  

"Reading this story is compelling. The style is reminiscent of an era when a reader would have to wait for the next installment. It was the way Charles Dickens told several of his stories. Theatrics is a solid story with rich, complex characters." -Donna-Lyn Washington (Reviewfix) 

 "With great writing, great characters and fantastic art to back it all up, Theatrics is simply a must-read for comic-aficionados and avid readers alike." -Léon Othenin-Girard (Cultured Vultures)

" This could well be some of Neil’s best work.  Stunningly beautiful artwork is what takes this to another level." -Gary Watson (Comics Anonymous)

SOME EXCERPTS FROM THEATRICS...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for reading. While Leo and myself have worked together in various anthologies over the years, this is the first time we've ever worked on a long-form graphic novel together. THEATRICS is a book I've been writing for years now, and has taken a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to put together. (Most of it Leo's!) Thank you so much to those of you who've been supporting the comic online, and thank you also to those of you who are new to THEATRICS and are supporting us here on Kickstarter. I hope you enjoy your stay in 1920s New York, and I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the story. I am so immeasurably proud of what Leo, Jan, Jim, and I have managed to cook up together.  

Neil Gibson  

London, UK, November 2016

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges are extremely low with THEATRICS because all of the art is completed, the printer has given it's final quote, I am ready to print as soon as I get funding, and I have warehouses in the UK & USA ready to ship the book for me as soon as they receive it from the printers.

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    DIGITAL LEVEL

    DIGITAL LEVEL

    Digital copy of the entire 132 page graphic novel featuring all five arcs, as well as bonus content and artwork.

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    GET SHIRTY LEVEL

    GET SHIRTY LEVEL

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    JUST THE BOOK LEVEL

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    TORTURED LIFE LEVEL

    TORTURED LIFE LEVEL

    You get:
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    -A physical copy of the graphic novel "TORTURED LIFE", co-written by my buddy Dan Watters.

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    GET MUGGED LIKE RUDY LEVEL

    GET MUGGED LIKE RUDY LEVEL

    Want Rudy to keep you company during your morning coffee? Need some Theatrics in your life for tea-breaks? Or maybe you just want a badass mug to hold your pens and pencils? This is the level for you.

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    -A mug with Rudy's mug printed on it. (Mugception?) Suitable for drinking all manner of beverages. But not bleach. Never drink bleach.
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    TWISTED DARK LEVEL

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    -A physical copy of a TWISTED DARK volume of your choosing. (You can choose from volumes 1-6 in the post-kickstarter survey.)

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    LOOKING GOOD LEVEL

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    TWICE THE FUN LEVEL

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    TOTAL PACKAGE LEVEL

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    -A physical copy of the graphic novel "TORTURED LIFE", co-written by my buddy Dan Watters.
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    WHERE THE HOOD @ LEVEL

    WHERE THE HOOD @ LEVEL

    Like how I used "@" instead of the word "at"? This is because I'm street. If you are also street then this is the level for you. You'll get...

    -A copy of the THEATRICS hardcover graphic novel.
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    A zip-front hoody with the THEATRICS logo on it.

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    LOUIGI LEVEL

    This level is dedicated to Louigi. Who specifically asked for the items in it. But it's not exclusive to him or to any hims. It's for anyone. Anyone ready & willing to experience Theatrics...Louigi style.

    You get:
    -A copy of the THEATRICS hardcover graphic novel
    -A digital copy of the THEATRICS graphic novel.
    -A physical copy of a TWISTED DARK volume of your choosing. (You can choose from volumes 1-6 in the post-kickstarter survey.)
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    SHOP TILL YOU DROP LEVEL

    Do you own a comic book store? Are you a buyer? Want to stock Theatrics in your store? THIS is the level for YOU!

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    LIL RED PEN LEVEL

    A full issue script analysis from me, including a skype session.

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    BE IMMORTALIZED IN A COMIC LEVEL

    Want to appear in my next comic? Select this level and YOUR face will be appearing in the next comic I release.

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    PENCIL SKETCH LEVEL

    Want Leonardo Gonzalez to draw you a Black & white sketch? Pledge to this level for a picture of whatever you want (within the limits of good taste.)

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    KITCHEN SINK LEVEL

    Want all of the stuff from the "TOTAL PACKAGE LEVEL"...AND your face appearing in the next comic I make? Select this level!

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    -A THEATRICS T-Shirt of the incomparable Rudy Burns.
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    INK SKETCH LEVEL

    Want more than just a sketch? Ready to take your relationship with Leo to the next level? Pledge to this level for a fully inked commission from Leo, of whatever you want. (Again, within the limits of good taste.)

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    PAY LEO'S MORTGAGE LEVEL

    Wan to own a page of original THEATRICS art drawn by Leo? Select this reward to do so. They're all for sale. (Let me know which one you want when you pledge and we'll make sure to reserve it for you - first come first serve basis naturally so you may want to have a couple of options.)

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    MUNCHY LEVEL

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    -Dinner in London with Neil Gibson! (Including drinks...you'll need them.)

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    BIG RED PEN LEVEL

    A full graphic novel script analysis from me, including up to five skype sessions.

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    YOUR OWN THEATRICS COMIC LEVEL

    YOUR OWN THEATRICS COMIC LEVEL

    This is the big one!

    You get:
    -A copy of the THEATRICS hardcover graphic novel.
    -A digital copy of the THEATRICS graphic novel.

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    The THEATRICS team will write, draw and color a two page THEATRICS story based around you! You will officially become a character in the THEATRICS Universe. Awesome, right? Well... there's some bad news - you're going 13 rounds with The Count. Good luck!

    You get the original art pages and a digital version of the two page story which I may print in the next edition. Not for the humorless or faint of heart.

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    DIN DINS LEVEL

    DIN DINS LEVEL

    This is the big(ger) one!

    You get to have dinner with Leo & me at a speakeasy in New York, during New York Comicon 2017. We'll look at your scripts, give feedback on your art, and if that's not your thing? We'll just chat.

    We'll even sign your book for you.

    Not only that, but we'll also write, draw and color a two page THEATRICS story based around you! You will officially become a character in the THEATRICS Universe. Awesome, right? Well... there's some bad news - you're going 13 rounds with The Count. Good luck!

    You get the original art pages and a digital version of the two page story which I may print in the next edition. Not for the humorless or faint of heart.

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