American comic book and graphic novel publisher Boom! Studios has released a new series called The Backstagers, about the adventures of a high school stage crew.
According to Boom! Studios, the new series is billed as “an incredible yet earnest story” about a group of outcasts who find a place to fit in. The story’s central character, Jory, joins the stage crew at his new high school, and discovers an entire world backstage.
The creators, bi writer James Tynion IV and trans artist Rian Sygh, spoke to The Advocate about their mission to celebrate queer, gay, bi and trans characters.
“Kids, more than anyone, use fiction to figure themselves out, and when they can’t find themselves in the media they consume, they don’t feel like they have a place in the world,” Tynion told the Advocate. “So we wanted to show them they do have a place. We wanted to write the book we desperately needed when we were young, queer, and didn’t feel like we belonged.”
“The Backstagers is an all-ages comic about a group of outcasts and weirdos becoming friends in the impossible, magic world behind the curtain of their high school theatre,” he continued. “If you’re a theatre person, you probably know the exact people I’m talking about.”
The Backstagers is available at your local comic book shop; to locate the one nearest you, use findacomicshop.com or comicshoplocator.com. For more information visit blog.boom-studios.com/2016/07/the-backstagers/