SDCC 2018: The Backstagers Return For A Halloween Intermission From Boom! Studios

by Hannah Means Shannon

Boom! Studios are continuing their “Road to San Diego“, announcing ten projects over ten days, by releasing the news on that The Backstagers will be returning to the publisher’s roster with a new special in October 2018.

The Backstagers Halloween Intermission #1 will be written and illustrated by series creators James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh, along with special guests Sam Johns (The Backstagers: Valentine’s Intermission), Shan Murphy (Bouquet), Abby Howard (Junior Scientist Power Hour), and Savanna Ganucheau (Bloom).
Here’s our official description:
With the days getting shorter and the nights getting spookier, the Backstagers are back for the Halloween season with all-new tales of terrors and creepy creatures. When Sasha accidentally falls asleep backstage, he ends up locked in the theater overnight! What lurks in the shadows, what terrors will he discover, and what the heck are the stage managers chanting? With back-up stories spotlighting your favorite Backstagers, this spine-tingling tale of the stage will leave you with goosebumps you can see from the back row!
James Tynion IV reflects:

A year back, Rian and I talked about t how we might be able to continue to visit the world we had created in The Backstagers. We had the thought that we’d bring the sweet boys of the St. Genesius Stage crew back with a couple of oversized specials. The first came out on Valentine’s Day, and let us delve into one of the core pillars of the series, the powerful love and friendship between our characters.. But the second was always the one I was most excited about. The Halloween Intermissionissue lets us expand the spookiest mythology behind the St. Genesius theater, to tell a genuinely frightening story that captures the heart and soul of the book and these sweet boys. I’m really proud of what Rian and I have cooked up for you, and with Sam Johns writing super spooky back-up stories for incredible art powerhouses like Abby Howard, Savanna Ganucheau, and Shan Murphy… It’s going to be one heck of a Halloween!

Rian Sygh explains:

I was so excited when James and I were coming up with this story, I love our characters so much and I was so pleased when we decided to give the Stage Managers their time to shine since they didn’t get much opportunity in the first series. I’m mostly excited about drawing a lot of Halloween nonsense since its one of my favourite holidays. It’s been especially interesting seeing other peoples art for the Back-Up stories. Collaborating with these incredibly talented cartoonists has been a dream, and makes me feel like The Backstagers have a lot more stories to explore than I could ever draw on my own!

Backstagers Halloween Special #1 features a main cover by Sygh and a variant cover by Veronica Fish (SLAM!).
Shannon Watters, Senior Editor, Boom! Studios, adds:

Who needs candy when you have comics as sweet as the THE BACKSTAGERS HALLOWEEN INTERMISSION?! Our boys in stage blacks are back, and giving us all a high-quality haunting just in time for the spookiest time of the year.

Print copies of Backstagers Halloween Special #1 will be available for sale in October 2018 at local comic book shops (use to find the nearest one) or at the Boom! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the Boom! Studios app.
For continuing news on The Backstagers and more from Boom! Studios’ The Road To San Diego, stay tuned to and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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