Pointman Comics Review

Okay, so, quick review of Pointman Comics. I wish I hadn’t been sleeping on these for so long, because I’ve been mutuals with Kassidy for a couple of years now.

Right now, Gorilla Galaxy is in the spotlight, because the new issue is a full length Gorilla Galaxy story.

Really, though, I’d like to mention the horror stories of the first and second issues. These are both really solid, and the one in the second issue is VERY much in the tradition of the classic horror books.

Leatherfist in issue 2, I wasn’t as hot on, but if Kassidy were to spin off a weird horror short series in vein of a Grimm’s Ghost Stories, that would be fantastic.

Gorilla Galaxy has a lot of potential as an IP, and I loved the one-off short in the first issue. Kinda reminded me of the classic Aniverse raygun romance stuff. After reading it, I was looking forward to a full-length adventure.

Honestly, though, I don’t care for the new art as much in issue 3. One selling point of GG, naturally, is cute girls. But the new art doesn’t really show them being cute. It’s a matter of taste, obviously, and while the new art is VERY expressive, it borders on grotesque–it would be nice to be able to let the characters have a few panels where they aren’t mugging and making twisted, contorted faces.

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Redd in Issue #1
Redd in Issue #3

That said, I still plan on supporting Pointman Comics and will stick with Gorilla Galaxy for another issue [though I really liked the first artist better].

Anyway, you can pick up all 3 issues of Pointman Comics here at IndyPlanet.

Happy Week After Thanksgiving

Hey, everyone!

I hate how quiet things have gotten here lately, but the more I’m actually working on Cirsova stuff the less time I actually have to blog. And I’ve been working on a LOT of Cirsova stuff.

MOST of Cirsova titles are now setup on KDP and will have continued print through the sunset of our Ingram Spark account. Anything else is on Lulu.

The proofs for Strange Recollections of Martha Klemm arrived yesterday, and they look pretty good. There are some things on the cover that need to be fixed, but we’re nearing completion on that project.

The Winter Issue is just over two weeks away on Amazon, but if you were a subscriber to our mailing list, then you will have gotten an email with a direct link where you can order it now from Lulu in paperback and hardcover.

Right now, we’re in the process of getting 2022 assembled. I’m a bit behind where I want to be because Martha Klemm took up so much of my time, but I think that’s getting back on track.

Other big items for 2022 are a collected edition of Wild Stars V and Mongoose and Meerkat II. I’m working to get those pulled together as well. There’s a LOT on my plate.

Wild Stars On Lulu

The 35th Anniversary Editions of Michael Tierney’s Wild Stars are ALL available now through Lulu.com!

Because of our break with Ingram Spark, the versions currently available on Amazon will be going out of print in early December and may no longer be available through that site. While we are working to get KDP versions available, there are a lot of things that we did with these titles that make it VERY difficult to get them revalidated by KDP much stricter approval process.

Additionally, our serialization of Wild Stars V in Cirsova 6-8 is in jeopardy unless we can fix Badaxe to meet KDP’s stricter margin requirements, but very soon we’ll be talking about putting out a collected edition of The Artomique Paradigm.

Buy Cirsova Page Updated

I got too lax in updating it, but I finally went in and updated the Buy Cirsova page. It now has all issues, including the forthcoming Winter issue.

Soon, I’ll be adding author pages for Jim Breyfogle, Michael Tierney, and Misha Burnett which will contain links to all of the pages for those authors’ titles.

I also still need to update the contributor page to include contributors to the fall and winter issues.

The Paths of Cormanor Out Today!

Jim Breyfogle’s The Paths of Cormanor is out today!

Amara is a young woman of Cormanor, a household whose womenfolk have the ability to transform into cormorants to fly and dive for fish. Kellen is the youngest prince of the realm, a seventh son of a seventh son, and wishes to see these remarkable women for himself.

During the pageantry upon the lake, Amara’s cousin falls into the water and is spirited away by the Grimly, a malign creature of the elder world! Kellen braves both water and monster to rescue the boy. However the Grimly manages to trap the prince’s soul and mark him for death! Amara tracks the Grimly to her lair, slays the wicked beast, and restores life to the young prince… but a piece of Kellen’s soul is trapped within Amara!

The death of the sinister Grimly is just the beginning-Kellen must find the means to recover his missing piece of soul, while Amara and her family are haunted by the vengeful offspring of the monster she had slain! Kellen and Amara each must undertake their own harrowing journey, meeting delightful friends and dastardly foes, along the Paths of Cormanor!

Jim Breyfogle’s beautiful new novel of fantastical romance is inspired by Eastern and Northern European myth and fairytale and sure to delight readers of all ages.

The First Mercenary Edition of The Cosmic Courtship Appears!

This is why it’s so important to support Cirsova Classics projects on the front end:

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We sacrificed physical copies of the pulps and spent countless hours salvaging this near-lost work for Timeless to come along and claim “we take every step possible to ensure the original integrity of this book has been upheld to its highest standard” when they dump the eBook that we donated to Project Gutenberg.

It’s their right to do so, just as it’s the right of anyone to publish works that are available in the public domain. But our edition remained unique for 1.5 months, and this mercenary edition from Timeless was published less than one month after the Project Gutenberg edition we donated went live.

So please, when we do these projects, support us however you can on the front end so we can afford to continue salvaging near-lost works of pulp fiction.

The Cirsova Classics editions of The Cosmic Courtship are available on Amazon at the following links:

*[The fact that this mercenary title is listed under the “Cirsova Classics” series on Amazon IS a violation of Cirsova Publishing’s trademarks. We have contacted Amazon regarding this issue.]

Cirsova Publishing Terminating Relationship with Ingram Spark

Cirsova Publishing is terminating its relationship with Ingram Spark effective December 9, 2021.

This comes after years of high damages, poor service, high fees, and other myriad issues.

We are adjusting our business model to accommodate this shift away from Ingram Spark.

This principally means that existing titles will be moved to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing service. We will rely more on Lulu for a wide range of products and services that KDP is incapable of delivering.

Most of our titles will remain available on Amazon. [note that none of our eBooks are currently affected by this change].

The following print titles will be going out of print and may no longer be available after December 9th, 2021:

“Going out of Print” does not necessarily mean “not available.” The remaining stock in the hands of retailers will remain available until it has been fully liquidated, however, retailers will no longer be able to place re-orders for these titles when they are out of stock.

*: Due to disambiguation issues with these titles as public domain works, these are constantly buried under other mercenary editions. Additionally, certain printing/trim issues that KDP has with these books that Ingram overlooked are treated as “blocking” issues. These may not be gone forever, but they will take some work to get reformatted, and it’s honestly not a top priority at the moment.

**: The paperback is probably going away forever, but there’s a chance we may release a new deluxe edition of the hardcover. I was honestly never very happy with the quality of the Ingram Spark version, so we may see what an improved Lulu version looks like.

***: Yeah, I know it’s not even out yet, but you’ll have all of November and then some of December to grab this! We may end up getting a Lulu pocketbook edition of it up at some point, but Lulu’s pocketbook trim size is marginally different from Ingram Spark’s so it will take some work. And honestly, pocketbooks are NOT economical for us and we will most likely not be offering them going forward.

****: We will make a Lulu version of this available before it goes out of print, but the hardcover with dust jacket as was received by backers of the Kickstarter will no longer be available after December 9th. The hardcover version available on Amazon will be replaced by a case-wrapped hardcover.

+: In all likelihood, gone and not coming back to Amazon. Ironically enough, according to Ingram, this should not have been allowed to be distributed in the first place. Their insistence that they would not distribute multiple formats of The Strange Recollections of Martha Klemm is a major reason for our break with them. This will be available in the future through Lulu, however.

++: The pocket book edition is going away on Amazon. It may end up on Lulu, but again, pocketbooks are not economical for us, so we’re not putting any energy into them going forward.

+++: This version of The Cosmic Courtship is being discontinued and, like The Paths of Cormanor, is being replaced by a casewrap edition. A dust-jacketed edition may come to Lulu in the future, but not to Amazon.

++++: The version on Amazon may be replaced by a case-wrapped edition. A dust-jacketed edition may come to Lulu in the future, but not to Amazon.

#: Duel Visions was falling out of the Cirsova catalog at the end of the year. Rather than create a stop-gap KDP version, we are simply allowing the print edition to lapse on December 9th when Ingram Spark closes our account. The eBook version will remain available through the end of the year.

L’Assassin: Cirsova’s Comfort EP

It has been a garbage week on a lot of fronts.

Heads up that I am taking a break from twitter.

We’re looking for an alternative printer going forward. We may switch back to splitting between KDP and Lulu, but after we get Martha Klemm out, we’re probably firing Ingram Spark. They’ve refused to distribute the pocketbook and magazine trim sizes [something that was not an issue for The Cosmic Courtship nor The Paths of Cormanor.]

In the meantime, please enjoy my neo-folk comfort EP with me.