About this project
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...
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.
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!
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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