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About

Mock-up of the printed book.
Mock-up of the printed book.

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

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

 

 

What is Theatrics?

Theatrics is a collection of the five-issue run of the popular webcomic of the same name (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 the graphic novel.
Some samples from the graphic 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)

"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)

"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)

"Dada. Dada no work. Dada no work. Dada. Dada. Dada. Dada. AAAAAAGH." -Karina Gibson (Enjoys Peppa Pig and The Gruffalo, does not enjoy Dada working)

"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)

SOME EXCERPTS FROM THEATRICS...

 

 

 

Read more, at www.theatricscomic.com

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, October 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.

This is my third crowdsourced book. I'm a bit of an old hand at this sort of thing now. :)

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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!

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    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!

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