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Wild Stars: The Book of Circles - Recalibrated
Wild Stars: The Book of Circles - Recalibrated

             3 Decades of Wild Stars

With a heavy background in printing and comic book retailing, creating a publication is as easy for me as falling off a log. For over 30 years I’ve been publishing the Wild Stars for the comic book market, and am now expanding into the traditional bookstore market.

"This is a Kickstarter to fund advertising of the Wild Stars to bookstore buyers. If enough multiples of the goal are achieved: the optimum goal is the hiring of an ad agency. To do this, I’m opening the Collector’s Edition/Little Rocket Publications “treasure vaults” and also creating new, exclusive treasures.

"As a retailer since 1982, with two stores since 1989, and as an independent publisher since 1977 (The Multiversal Scribe Magazine), you know I’m going to deliver. Look in any Overstreet Price Guide from the last 20 years and you’ll find my picture as an Advisor in the back, one of my Market Reports in the front and listings for my comics in the middle.

"Making new Wild Stars is my life’s work.

Here are details about the two different volumes of Wild Stars being offered in multiple packaging to celebrate 30 years of publication, along with a pair of exclusive, new deluxe editions created exclusively for YOU."

Michael Tierney -- Wild Stars creator

         What are the WILD STARS?

75,000 years ago, mankind made their first migration into space and colonized planets circling the brightest stars in the night sky. Every story of UFOs, Space Gods or Aliens are the result of visits from these distant cousins. Now they've become embroiled in a galactic war with the genocidal Brothan, who will either rewrite Earth's history so that fascism rules the world, or annihilate the planet by igniting Jupiter into a second sun. Wild Stars is a complicated and fast-paced multi-genre tale, combining backwoods dirty dealings with space opera on a galactic scale. The story of the Wild Stars began as a series of novels written in the Seventies, which were later adapted into comics starting in 1984.

Wild Stars novel collection
Wild Stars novel collection

The 30th Anniversary edition of Wild Stars volume 1: The Book of Circles - Recalibrated

Collecting all the Wild Stars comics published between 1984 and 2009 the hardcover edition features the color from the original covers restored for the first time in a collected edition. Reviewers have raved about the artwork; “Real Treasure,” “Absolutely beautiful stuff,” and the story; “... filled to bursting with subplots and hidden storylines ...” “... the damned thing just wouldn't leave my hands until I got to the end.” “... an elegantly simple ending, leaving the reader feeling much like a stupefied Watson at the end of a Sherlock Holmes adventure.” Created and written by Michael Tierney, with artwork by comics industry icon Frank Brunner, Dave Simons, David Brewer, and Michael Tierney. Forward by John Jackson Miller, writer of Iron Man and Star Wars comics. To quote another review: “It’s a long ride with a lot to see. Settle in and have your tickets ready, because once it starts there’s nowhere to get off until the last page.”

The black & white trade paperback is uniform packaging to match with Volume II: Force Majeure. The set will look awesome on your bookshelf! Future volumes will be likewise be made to match.

Wild Stars: Force Majeure
Wild Stars: Force Majeure

         Wild Stars 2: Force Majeure

Vengeful enemies have kidnapped a child of the Wild Stars and escaped through time travel. Searching a billion years in a single day, how would you deal with discovering that the survival of Earth depends upon abandoning your child to her fate? This is a fast-paced space opera that voyages from the dawn of life on Earth to a distant planet where dragon vampires evolve into something far more fearsome. Even the horror of Nazi Zombies from the past and future pales in comparison to the terror of the Dire Griefs. The sequel to the highly acclaimed Wild Stars: The Book of Circles -- Recalibrated graphic novel is a novel with graphics; 83,000 words wrapped around 38 pages of comics art, including new pages and the 2002 Force Majeure: Prairie Bay comic with pencils by Armando Gil, along with 50 Dave Simons “flashback” illustrations from the first 25 years of the Wild Stars. Created and written by Michael Tierney, Wild Stars: Force Majeure has uniform packaging with the 30th Anniversary edition paperback edition of the prequel.

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    Less than $10, and you have my eternal thanks. Seriously.

    Level One:
    Everyone who donates $10 will receive a random copy of the 2001/2002 Wild Stars Volume 3 comics that reviewers describe as “absolutely beautiful stuff” and “real treasure.” These “treasure vault” copies are from the original print run that were intended for inclusion as a bonus inside the Wild Stars: Celestial Clockwork board game. Unfortunately, the game company decided to stop making board games and WS:CC remains in prototype -- a possible future Kickstarter?

    These are mint, uncirculated copies that have been stored in their original unopened cartons from the printer in a temperature controlled room.

    ***This applies to all levels: For every multiplication of the goal -- another random issue of the Volume 3 comics will be included, until capping at one full set. The final, triple-sized issue #7 counts as two.

    Limited to 1500 total sets, all levels combined.***

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    Level Two:
    Wild Stars I: The Book of Circles - Recalibrated 30th Anniversary Edition trade paperback. With artwork by Dave Simons, Frank Brunner, David Brewer and Michael Tierney, plus paintings by Mary Tierney, this edition collects for the first time in a paperback format all 25 years of the comics adapting the novels “First Marker” and “Under the Wild Stars.”

    The multi-layered Wild Stars story is a wild ride that The Trades described as; “a literary runaway freight train with track continually being laid out in front of it as it progresses forward. Not until the climax of the story are the seemingly disparate threads brought together for an elegantly simple ending, leaving the reader feeling much like a stupefied Watson at the end of a Sherlock Holmes adventure.” The Free Press Newspaper called it; “a strangely compelling read, as if the damned thing just wouldn't leave my hands until I got to the end!” Online reviewer Don D’Ammassa concluded, “it’s quite good ... you should find this one a satisfying buy.”

    After 25 years of embellishment, this is a story intended to be read more than once. After finishing, go back to the first page and you’ll begin to understand why it’s titled The Book of Circles. Included is a copy from the Wild Stars: Volume 3 comics stash. For every multiplication of the goal -- another random issue of the Volume 3 comics will be included, until capping at one full set.

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    Wild Stars II: Force Majeure 30th Anniversary trade paperback. The sequel to the graphic novel is a novel with graphics; an 83,000 word novel wrapped around 38 comic pages (“an integral part of the story”) with art by Armando Gil and 50 ‘flashback’ illustrations by Dave Simons (“instead of an editor’s note, references to previous events are shown without text”). Cover by Armando Gil with color by Tom Smith. Includes the 2002 Force Majeure comic and 1 copy from the Wild Stars Volume 3 comics stash. For every multiplication of the goal -- another random issue of the Volume 3 comics will be included, until capping at one full set.

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    Level Four:
    Wild Stars: Volume 1 30th Anniversary Edition hardcover with added color pages. The outer and inner covers from the Wild Stars Volume 3 comics are presented here in full color. For the first time in a collected edition, see full page views of Tom Smith’s wonderful colors for Frank Brunner’s art and the intense colors of the Mary Tierney landscape paintings. Includes the 2002 Force Majeure comic and 1 copy from the Wild Stars: Volume 3 comics stash. For every multiplication of the goal -- another random issue of the Volume 3 comics will be included, until capping at one full set.

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    Level Five:
    Wild Stars: Volumes 1 & 2 30th Anniversary black & white trade paperback set. Includes the 2002 Force Majeure comic and 1 copy from the Wild Stars: Volume 3 comics stash. For every multiplication of the goal -- another random issue of the Volume 3 comics will be included, until capping at one full set.

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    Level Six:
    Wild Stars: Volumes 1 & 2 30th Anniversary black & white trade paperbacks, with the copy of Volume II coming from the 48 copy prototype run -- identified by all-right-handed page numbers. Also includes the 2002 Force Majeure comic and 1 copy from the Wild Stars: Volume 3 comics stash. For every multiplication of the goal -- another random issue of the Volume 3 comics will be included, until capping at one full set.

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    Level Seven:
    3 book set of the Wild Stars: Volumes I & II 30th Anniversary trade paperbacks and the Volume 1 30th Anniversary hardcover, plus one copy each of Wild Stars Volume 1 #1 (1984) and Volume 2 #1 (1988 - featuring die cutting and foil stamping a decade before the rest of the industry, and hand printed in my garage) comics. Includes the 2002 Force Majeure comic and 1 copy from the Wild Stars: Volume 3 comics stash. For every multiplication of the goal -- another random issue of the Volume 3 comics will be included, until capping at one full set.

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    Level Eight:
    A norshahani-leather-bound copy of Wild Stars II: Force Majeure. With marbled end papers, this signed & numbered exclusive will be manufactured to meet orders. Because they are hand bound by J&B Quality Book bindery, delivery may take up to 2 months. Also includes the 1977 Multiversal Scribe Magazine, the 1978 Across the Distance Portfolio (with art by both Michael and Bruce Conklin, each plate is individual signed and numbered by the respective artist and collated into matching numbered sets), the 1986 Wild Stars Portfolio, the 2002 Force Majeure comic and 1 copy each of Wild Stars Volume 1 #1 (1984) and Volume 2 #1 (1988) comics, plus a copy from the Wild Stars: Volume 3 comics stash. For every multiplication of the goal -- another random issue of the Volume 3 comics will be included, until capping at one full set.

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    Level Nine:
    A norshahani-leather-bound copy of Wild Stars 1: The Book of Circles -- Recalibrated, with added color pages. With marbled end papers, this signed & numbered exclusive will be manufactured to meet orders. Because they are bound by hand, delivery may take up to 2 months. Also includes the 1977 Multiversal Scribe Magazine, the 1978 Across the Distance Portfolio, the 1986 Wild Stars Portfolio, the 2002 Force Majeure comic and 1 copy each of Wild Stars Volume 1 #1 (1984) and Volume 2 #1 (1988) comics. Also Includes a copy from the Wild Stars: Volume 3 comics stash. For every multiplication of the goal -- another random issue of the Volume 3 comics will be included, until capping at one full set.

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    Level Ten:
    2 book set of signed & numbered limited editions, including 1 copy each of the signed & numbered norshahani-leather-bound copy of Wild Stars I: The Book of Circles -- Recalibrated, with added color pages. and a norshahani-leather bound copy of Wild Stars II: Force Majeure. These exclusives will be manufactured to meet orders. Because they are bound by hand, delivery may take up to 2 months. Also includes the 1977 Multiversal Scribe Magazine, the 1978 Across the Distance Portfolio, the 1986 Wild Stars Portfolio, the 2002 Force Majeure comic and 1 copy each of Wild Stars Volume 1 #1 (1984) and Volume 2 #1 (1988) comics. Also Includes a copy from the Wild Stars: Volume 3 comics stash. For every multiplication of the goal -- another random issue of the Volume 3 comics will be included, until capping at one full set.

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    Level Eleven:
    Limited to 2 people, this three book set of signed & numbered limited editions includes both 30th Anniversary editions and a copy of the long sold-out 1998 Under the Wild Stars hardcover. Coming from deep inside the “treasure vault,” these limited edition Under the Wild Stars illustrated hardcovers reproduce the original novel manuscript that was adapted into the Wild Stars Volume 3 comic series. Described by reviewer Don D’Ammassa as “elegantly bound” by J&B Quality Book binding, and retailing in 1998 for $75 each, these signed & numbered copies were won at Ebay auctions and are in Near Mint condition, having only been read once. The D’Ammassa copy does have a small spot on the page ends, so the first winner selects which copy. Each winner chooses if they would prefer to have early numbers of the 30th Anniversary editions, or have the numbering for their sets of the norshahani-leather-bound editions of Wild Stars I: The Book of Circles -- Recalibrated and Wild Stars II: Force Majeure match with the numbering of their copy of Under the Wild Stars. Because they are bound by hand, delivery may take up to 2 months. Also included is the 1977 Multiversal Scribe Magazine, the 1978 Across the Distance Portfolio, the 1986 Wild Stars Portfolio, the 2002 Force Majeure comic and the Wild Stars Volume 1 #1 (1984) and Volume 2 #1 (1988) comics. Also includes the entire set of the Wild Stars Volume 3 comics. For multiplications of the goal, something else rare (not even listed here) will be included.

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