The creator of The Backstagers speaks up about why he created a comic series for queer youth, where magic lives in the wings.
The Backstagers (James Tynion IV, Ian Sigh, Walter Baiamonte)
High school can be an awkward time. Everything is changing: your friends, your teachers, your problems and even your relationship with your parents. Add to that a magical world underneath your school’s theatre where a group of stage crew members might have gone missing in 1987, and you’ve got the premise to James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh’s new comic series The Backstagers.
The Backstagers follows Jory, who has just started at St. Genesius, an all-boys high school. After an unpleasant interaction with the lead actors of the school musical, Jory wanders backstage where he meets underclassmen stage technicians Hunter, Beckett, Sasha and Aziz. Jory soon realizes that where he truly wants to be is behind the scenes with his newfound friends.