The Backstagers

The Backstagers

Volume One, Rebels Without Applause

Paperback - 2017
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"When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he's taken in by the only ones who don't treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Not only does he gain great, lifetime friends, Jory is also introduced to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain. With the unpredictable twists and turns of the underground world, the Backstagers venture into the unknown, determined to put together the best play their high school has ever seen."
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Boom! Box, 2017.
ISBN: 9781608869930
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Sygh, Rian - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Rebels without applause


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When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he's taken in by the only ones who don't treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. This rag-tag group includes several queer characters, including Beckett who is trans.

After Jory joins the stage crew at his all-boys private school, he discovers that strange creatures dwell in the depths of St. Genesius. Friendship, romance and magic abound in this entertaining romp that theater geeks will love.

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Feb 11, 2020

10/10 would recommend
I like this series because it is about gae and magic. I love those topics.

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Oct 20, 2018

Diverse, deeply caring series about a group of boys in a private high school who work backstage in the theater. It so happens that said backstage isn't exactly normal. New kid Jory finds a world of magic there, but more importantly, a world of friendship. This series allows its boys and young men to be full people with a full range of emotions, and that is such a powerful thing in a culture of toxic masculinity. Hat off to all the creators for making this gentle, safe space for all these characters and and any readers who desperately need that as well.

I really want to press this comic into everyone's hands and say REEAD IT!! I'm a former theater kid, and I <3 everything about this series that blends fantasy with the backstage crew in a high school theater.

Mar 15, 2018

A magical fantasy set in the backstage of a high school theater department?! This feels made for me!

Jan 24, 2018

A story of the kids behind the curtain, with a fun twist. The backstagers are the back bone of their schools theater, but what everyone doesn't know is they have a magic tunnel system with ever changing doors and rooms that they get all of their supplies from. The trick is the tunnels can be dangerous if you don't know how to navigate them. A fun twist on the culture of technical theater. As a once high school backstager there was plenty of great moments I related to.


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