Vol 3, Encore: illustrated by Sam Johns, Rian Sygh, Brittney Williams, Caitlin Rose Boyle, Katy Farina, Walter Baiamonte
This graphic novel is a collection of Valentine's Day and Halloween stories featuring our favorite Stage Crew. Beckett hates Valentine’s Day and emotions in general, and usually spends Valentine’s Day watching scary movies. But everything turns out great when his crush joins him for some slasher thrillers. In the Halloween stories, Sasha hates Halloween for showing him clowns aren’t real, but he solves the mystery of a scary giant bug that comes out in the theater on Halloween every year.
Vol 2, The Show Must Go On: illustrated by Rian Sygh
One day while the Backstagers are hanging out and playing games, they here cries for help that send them back into the magical world behind the theater. They discover the Heart of the Theater and run into Beckett’s old school crew from Penitent Angel. The Heart is a huge space with a ton of concentrated magic. Sasha’s “friend” Polaroid comes to explain that all theaters' backstages are connected, and all their paths lead to The Heart. This is where the true magic of the theater lives, and each of their spaces borrow from here to put on performances. Polaroid gives Jory a sketchbook that reveals the magic of the backstage, and then he threatens the two crews with releasing all the magic into the real world. Jory discovers that their faculty advisor knows more about the crew who disappeared in 1987, which included Polaroid. Through their Stage Managers, crews from across the world collect together to help stop Polaroid from destroying the magic of the theater.
Vol 1, Rebels without Applause: illustrated by Rian Sygh and Walter Baiamonte
In this charming graphic novel, transfer student Jory decides to join Drama Club while trying to figure out his new all-boys school, but finds out he likes being part of the stage crew a lot mode than being with the actors. There, he meets four other boys who instantly accept Jory and initiate him into the secrets of being a Backstager. It turns out, there is a magical world behind the stage that only stage hands can navigate. The Stage Managers task Light Designer Becket with teaching young Sasha how to work the light panels. Sasha accidentally breaks the magical crystal that powers the lights, and he takes it upon himself to journey into the mystical and dangerous Backstage world to find another one. When the rest of the crew discover his mission, they set out in pairs into the perilous, ever-changing world to find him.
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