Backstage in Technicolor

The Backstagers Volume 1 cover artEver wonder what goes on behind the scenes during a play?  Do you think it involves a maze of doors leading to fantastic places and a paint of many colors?  You do and you did?!  Man, do I have a comic for you.

Let me introduce you to the world of The Backstagers Vol. 1 by James Tynion.  When Jory transfers to an all-boys school he doesn't know what to do.  Joining a club sounds like a way to make friends, but which club?  Sports?  No.  Music?  Eh.  Drama sounds good, but the drama club and its star actors are, well, a bit dramatic.  The stage crew though.  That club is welcoming and friendly.  And they just happen to have a magic door that leads to a maze of stage props beneath the school; complete with wonders and monsters!  Jory may be in over his head, but he'll have fun.

This is Lumberjanes for theater geeks.  It's funny and captures the magic of bringing a play to life while also showing the hard work the stage crew does.  At the same time it's very surreal, and has the zaniness of a Doctor Who episode.  The comic's colors are vibrant and pop off the page.  Some of the panels were so pretty that I just wanted to stare at them.  No matter the art work, you'll root for Jory as he finds his people in high school and gets into and out of trouble.

Lauren C.