Cirsova Publishing is teaming up with Michael Tierney and Little Rocket Publications to celebrate the upcoming 35th Anniversary of the Wild Stars with the exclusive release of an all new Wild Stars adventure: Time Warmageddon!
Faster-than-light scouts are arriving at distant suns to discover that they have been “replaced” by white dwarfs and their planets have gone missing… Terraformers find a world that shows signs of previous human colonization: who were those people and where did they go? The saga of the Wild Stars continues as former-President Bully Bravo seeks to solve these mysteries while pursued by an evil pirate queen and a rogue time-traveler trying to create a god.The fate of mankind and the current timeline are at stake!
Time Warmageddon is a fully illustrated novel by Michael Tierney, featuring cover art by Tim Lim (Donald Thump, My Hero Magademia) and interior art by Mark Wheatley (Jonny Quest, Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall).
What are the Wild Stars?
In distant aeons past, an immortal being descended upon Earth from the Stars to settle it before leading mankind on their first migration into space to colonize the worlds circling the brightest stars in the night sky--the Wild Stars! The saga of the Wild Stars courses over countless millennia, parallel worlds, and multiple intersecting timelines as inhuman aliens and the descendants of immortal space-farers fight to control, defend, or destroy Earth and the Human Race.
Over the last 35 years, the world of the Wild Stars has come to encompass multiple comics, novels, art folios, and a zine, and it has featured work by comic industry veterans Frank Brunner (Doctor Strange, Howard the Duck), Dave Simons (Ghost Rider), Armando Gil (Conan the King, Ka-Zar the Savage), and David Brewer (Cable, Deadpool).
Who Is Michael Tierney?
Michael Tierney has been involved in comics and the publishing industry since the 70s. Owner and proprietor of both The Comic Book Store and Collector's Edition, Michael was a Finalist for both the Star*Reach Comics Retailer of the Year Award in 1985 and the Will Eisner Spirit of the Comics Retailer of the Year Award in 1999, has been an Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Advisor since the 1990s, and is a staple of Central Arkansas' comic scene. A former journeyman printer and printing division manager, he's written, published, and at times even penciled, inked, and printed his own comics. He is currently writing, lettering, and coloring Edgar Rice Burroughs® Beyond the Farthest StarTM. Wild Stars III: Time Warmageddon comes right on the heels of his four volume Edgar Rice Burroughs 100 Year Art Chronology published by Chenault & Gray. Michael has been a regular contributor to Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine.
Who Is Cirsova Publishing?
Cirsova Publishing is a Central Arkansas small publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Its flagship publication, Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine was a 2017 Hugo Awards finalist for Best Semi-Pro Zine.
The goal of this Kickstarter is to put an exclusive Kickstarter-Only limited edition release of Wild Stars III: Warmageddon into the hands of old fans and new ahead of the book edition release scheduled for next year. This pulp-style magazine printing will be manufactured strictly to order and will be "sold out" upon release. In addition to offering this limited edition run, we will be making available some classic and collectible Wild Stars materials, such as...
The Multiversal Scribe
This zine was originally published in 1977 and features original art and fiction by Michael Tierney. The magazine was professionally typeset and printed on glossy, coated stock. Vintage copies of The Multiversal Scribe have sold for $60 or more, but we are making it available to Kickstarter backers for just an additional $5! Supplies are limited!
Original Wild Stars Comics - Erlik (1984) and First Marker (1988)
Wild Stars Vol 1 #1 (1984) and Wild Stars Vol 1 #2 (1988) introduce Erlik, an immortal first-generation space-farer, and Carlton MacKanaly, the First Marker chosen by the Wild Stars to act as representative of modern Earthmen. The murderous wolf-like Brothan have launched an attack against Earth, and Erlik and the First Marker are all that stands in their way!
These comics were written, penciled, inked (and in the case of First Marker even printed) by Michael Tierney. Each had a print run of 2000 and was distributed to comic stores nation-wide during the 80s "Black-and-White Boom". We're making the few remaining copies available to backers at the $25 and $45 backer tiers.
These rare original Wild Star comics are in VERY LIMITED supply. Regrettably, we are only able to ship these in the domestic US with tracking, as we would be unable to replace copies lost in transit.
Original Art Folios -
We've put together a Deluxe bundle with appeal for a die-hard fan but affordable enough to maybe turn the merely curious into one.
We are offering copies of Michael Tierney's Across the Distance Portfolio (1978), part of a 500 copy edition of prints with each plate signed and numbered, AND copies of the Wild Stars Portfolio (1985), a 250 copy edition, to backers at the $45 level. Plus, you'll get the 80s Wild Stars Comics, the Multiversal Scribe zine, and the brand new Wild Stars: Warmageddon! There are only 20 of these left, so get yours quick before they're gone!
As with the original Wild Stars comics, we are unable to ship outside the US, as these rare print collections are irreplaceable.
But wait, there's more...
Not only do we want to put the Wild Stars in your hands, we want to give you cool comic freebies! Note that supplies of these free comics are limited by our on-hand stock. If it looks like we may be getting low, we'll give everyone a heads-up, at which point, they will be first-come-first serve by backer #. (International backers may be subject to an additional shipping and handling fee; due to international shipping fees, European Backer will need to add $40 to receive the Wild Stars comic stretch goal rewards; Canadian Backers will need to add $45--this is in addition to the normal shipping & handling).
$2500 - Hardcover edition add-on
If we reach $2500, we will create a hardcover edition add on. This version will have a text-free dust-jacket with a wrap-around of Mark Wheatley's Octo-Squid in full psychedelic color.
- $30 - US
- $35 - non-US
- $24 each for multiple copies
$2000 (NEW!) - Mark Wheatley Variant Cover (STRETCH GOAL MET!)
We will offer a variant cover with a full-color version of this illustration by Mark Wheatley! Backers will have the option to receive their choice of cover OR receive both for an additional $10 (flat; no additional S&H)!
$900 - Wild Stars Vol 3 1-6 (STRETCH GOAL MET!)
All individual backers who have pledged for physical copies ($10+), will receive a bundle of Wild Stars comics FREE! Wild Stars Vol 3 features art by Frank Brunner, Dave Simons, and Dave Brewer and chronicles the war between conflicting timelines and the impending Brothan invasion of Earth during a gambit to ignite Jupiter into a second sun by hurling a comet at it!
These comics, along with Vol 1. #1, Vol 2. #1, and Vol 3 #7 were collected in the Wild Stars: The Book of Circles, hardcover copies of which go for as much as $600 on Amazon and Ebay!
$1200 - Wild Stars Vol 3 #7 (STRETCH GOAL MET!)
All individual backers who have pledged for physical copies ($10+), will receive the 64-page double-length and advertisement-free final issue of Wild Stars Vol 3 (currently listed on Amazon.com for $608.28) for FREE with their copy of Warmageddon and everything else!
$1500 Force Majeure: Prairie Bay (STRETCH GOAL MET!)
All individual backers who have pledged for physical copies ($10+) will receive a copy of Force Majeure: Prairie Bay, with art by Armando Gil.
This particular comic would later be expanded into Wild Stars II: Force Majeure, so if you enjoy this, you should probably check that out as well!
We are offering retailer bundles including copies of Wild Stars: Warmageddon at 50% off the cover price. Plus, we're throwing in gratis copies of The Multiversal Scribe to show stores our thanks for supporting this release! There would be no industry without our local comic shops!
While supplies last, retailers ordering 5 copies will receive one free copy of MS; retailers ordering 10 copies will receive 2 free copies of MS; retailers ordering 15 copies Wild Stars: Warmageddon will receive a whopping 5 free copies of The Multiversal Scribe!
Risks and challenges
Cirsova Publishing has a long track record of fulfilling successful Kickstarters in a timely fashion, typically able to begin fulfillment as soon as funds have cleared. We've also built a reputation for excellent customer service.
This project may be a little trickier than some of those in the past, as we plan on handling mailing and fulfillment ourselves. We'll get the physical copies drop-shipped to us so we can stuff the packages with all of the bonus stuff.
The biggest risk for a project like this is losing stuff in the post. Therefore, for certain items, we will ONLY be shipping within the domestic US. We plan to put tracking on everything that we can, but the art portfolios and copies of the Wild Stars comics from the 80s cannot be replaced.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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