Back in March, WCW and AEW broadcasting legend Tony Schiavone announced his intention to publish his life story in the form of a graphic novel.
To make the somewhat unorthodox idea a reality, Schiavone set up a kickstarter campaign to get the ball rolling on the project. The book titled ‘Butts In The Seats: The Tony Schiavone Story,’ is a ten-chapter graphic novel looking back at the life and career of one of wrestling’s most distinguished broadcasters.
Speaking in a new interview with WrestleZone’s Dominic DeAngelo Schiavone explained that people who he’d spoken to about writing a book had described the process as being a lot of work.
“I had talked to a few people about doing a book, and realized by talking to some friends, a book puts in a lot of work, takes a lot of effort, a lot of work—[Jim Ross] and The [Young] Bucks would certainly tell you that. Writing a book about never did seem to resonate with me because I’m not the type of guy, at least I’ve never been the type of guy, that likes to even sit down and tell my story.”
The host of the ‘What Happened When’ podcast went on to explain that the thought of a more traditional book seemed boring, so he decided to channel his love of comic books into the project instead.
“I like to just remain one of those guys that puts over those other guys and talks about wrestling. And ‘The Tony Schiavone Story’… ‘eh, okay’ it bores me, so I thought it would bore everybody else, but when Mike Dockins said ‘comic book’ and I grew up loving comic books, loving superheroes then all of a sudden a light went off. I said, ‘Yeah, let’s talk about this and let’s do it,’ and when I found out that the only thing that I really had to put into it was just to sit down and tell my story on Zoom to a group of people, a couple I’ve never met before like Dirk and Drena Jo, I thought, ‘Yeah, let’s give it a shot!’”
Schiavone’s collaborator on the book, Dirk Manning, also lifted the lid on the creative process. Revealing that the pair are yet to meet in person.
“Tony and I’ve never met in person yet,” said Manning (author of Tales Of Mr. Rhee & Nightmare World) “Everything’s been virtual so far (you can tell he’s very heartbroken about that), but originally, I think Mike’s plan was for me and Tony to meet at C2E2 this past year and I had a situation that came up very last minute, first time in history that I missed a show, so instead Mike Dockins gives me a call and says, ‘Hey how would you feel about doing a graphic novel with Tony Schiavone?’ And I said, ‘Okay! Well, yeah, let’s have that meeting.”
To find out more about ‘Butts In Seats: The Tony Schiavone Story’ head to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sourcepointpress/butts-in-seats-the-tony-shiavone-story.