Wild Stars Shark Week!

Over on his website, Michael Tierney has a page highlighting some of the cool sharks that appear in Wild Stars. Be sure to check it out, and don’t forget to back the Wild Star Rising Kickstarter!

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About Wild Stars & Michael Tierney

Michael Tierney has been in the comic industry for about 40 years. His Little Rock location, The Comic Book Store has been in business for 30 years this year!
His site thewildstars.com keeps you up to date on the latest comics and more!
In addition to having a hand in all sorts of comics doings, Michael Tierney is an AdventurerTM!

He’s a certified diver and done dives all over the world [part of where he gets his inspiration for wild alien fishmen, and stories like Shark Fighter!]

Michael is also a Maumelle City Councilman. Which may be the least exciting part, except when you remember that there are guys as cool as Michael trying to fight city hall from within.
People in our circles talk a lot about how there’s a #pulprevolution going on [the #pulprev crowd], but in the 1970s, there was another pulp revolution going on, as interest in older works and weird tales were in resurgence. It ran parallel to what would become the Tolkienesque.
The original #WildStars stories originate from this time period. The wild and bizarre fiction, however, went unsold to editors at the time, so Michael underwent the herculean task of reformatting his novels into B&W indie comics. Erlik in 1984 and First Marker in 1988.
Erlik, the son of an immortal from another universe, and Carthage a renegade Wild Star battle over ownship dispute for Earth, Old Atlantis. Carthage’s allies seek to wrest control of Earth or destroy it, while a psychic woman has been given the immortal’s memories of the future.
The First Marker, the clone of an earth adventurer who has been given the memories of a dead Wild Starrior, has been given the task to be modern earth’s first representative to the humans who left on the exodus to space 75,000 years earlier.
Michael wrote, drew, inked, and in the case of First Marker even printed his own independent comics because he wanted to get the stories of his #WildStars out there. As his comic shop’s success grew, he was able to do a more significant run, hiring professional artists for Vol.3
Volume 3 of Wild Stars further adapted the novels from the 1970s, with some of the story running concurrent with Erlik and First Marker. Frank Brunner, whose work you’ll see shared by @70sscifiart, did the covers for the 2001-2002 #WildStarscomics.
These comics, along with Erlik and First Marker, would be collected into Wild Stars: The Book of Circles.

Another 2002 comic, Prairie Bay: Force Majeure would expand the #WildStarsuniverse into the future.

Prairie Bay: Force Majeure tells the story of a young woman who falls afoul of a tough military commander and her escape, the circumstances surrounding which lead to a telepathic alien dinosaur getting its hands on a powerful alien artifact, the Marzanti Trident.
Rather than continue the comic, Force Majeure was expanded into a novel of which the comic served as a couple of chapters. In revenge for his defeat, Carthage has kidnapped First Marker’s infant daughter. Erlik and Daestar can help with their time machine, but there’s a catch…
If they rescue the First Marker’s daughter too soon, the timelines that the Ancient Warrior had been carefully crafting to facilitate his ultimate plan will be out the window and all foreknowledge of the future that Erlik and Daestar have will be useless. They have to wait until a fully grown Atlanta has done what she needs to do to prevent a resurgence of the Brothan and create a future where Mankind still has a chance to survive an alien onslaught and a modern earth can become reconciled to their Wild Stars cousins. This book became #WildStars II.
In 2016, Cirsova started, and in the process, I got to become friends with and publish some short fiction by Michael Tierney. At one point, he showed me some of his Wild Stars stuff and asked if we’d be interested in doing a special for his latest book.
Michael had brought on @POTUSThump and @MOWheatley to do art for this new project, Wild Stars III: Time Warmageddon. Though it stood somewhat alone, WS III builds on side characters from Force Majeure, expanding the story and the universe in new directions.
Another big project that Michael had going on around the same time was his truly monumental 4-volume Edgar Rice Burroughs 100 Year Art Chronology published by @chenaultandgray.
[Michael is something of an #EdgarRiceBurroughs aficionado].
It was through this project that Michael renewed his relationship with @EdgarRBurroughs for the first time since Danton Burroughs’ untimely passing. And from this came the “lost” #Tarzan story, Young Tarzan and the Mysterious She, published in spring this year.
On the heels of this project, Michael asked if we could do another Wild Stars book for him, Wild Star Rising. After reading the manuscript, we were so excited about it, because of how it not only grew the world and expanded the story, it made the older books better in retrospect!
Just how good #WildStars IV: Wild Star Rising is is a big part of why we decided that we wanted to full-ahead and put out an all new matching edition of all of Michael Tierney’s Wild Stars books! These are so cool and we want to share them with our friends, fans and readers!
So we’re asking for your help and your support!
Support for pulp revolutionaries!
Support for independent publishers!
Support for your Local Comic Shop Owner!
Support for #WildStars!

#WildStars Update

We’ve got new artwork in from Mark Wheatley for the 35th Anniversary Edition of Michael Tierney’s Wild Stars. This will be the new cover for the expanded edition of Time Warmageddon:

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Don’t forget that Michael and I will be live on ShanePlays with Shane Stacks on 101.1 FM the Answer. 1:00 PM CST this Saturday (July 6th)

You can tune in with your for real radio if you live in Central Arkansas or you can use iHeartRadio to stream.

Good First Weekend for Wild Stars!

Over the first weekend of our kickstarter, we’ve hit the first and nearly the second stretch goals (Backers will receive free copies of the entire 2002 run of Wild Stars). If you haven’t backed yet, now would be a great time to do so, especially while we still have a couple of the Ultimate Fan Packages left.

Domestic US backers will receive all stretch rewards comics for free with their copies of Wild Stars III: Time Warmageddon.

International backers will have the option to pledge an additional amount to cover the shipping and handling for these comics (Sorry, but mailing a 6 lb box of comics overseas costs significantly more than whatever deals Amazon & Lulu have cut for their dropshipment rates.)

I’ll have the shipping and handling figured out for overseas backers soonish (hopefully today).

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Art by Mark Wheatley

The CalArts Thing

In the wake of the new Thundercats show, CalArts is taking a beating for being producing an ugly, simplistic, and homogenized art style in animation that has become linked to SocJus.

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It’s long been the subject of several memes.calarts meme

There was a good thread recently about why “CalArts” has become linked with SocJus that can be read here.

But what is “CalArts” really like, and is it really to blame? Is it ugly and homogeneous? I’ll let you be the judge.

I found a page that has the 2018 films of CalArts animation students.

Here is something from a 4th year CalArts student:

Squiggly words and keyframes aren’t what comes to mind when most folks think of animation.

This animation from a 4th year would’ve been nuked from orbit had it been posted on NewGrounds:

On the other hand, 13 pages in, I did find this gem by a 1st year.

Here’s a first year that, while the art is kind of ugly, shows mastery of the concepts of animation.

CalArts needs Jeongho Lee and Katie Billions more than they need CalArts.

The few good ones are so out of the league of much of what’s coming out that being associated with CalArts may be to their detriment in the future, because the person who made Gumball Machine will now be inextricably linked with the person who made this:

Because the CalArts short films are listed by the number of plays they’ve received, fewer and fewer people will see Gumball Machine because it’s behind a dozen pages of stuff like that.

I don’t think that it’s fair to say that CalArts it turning out a homogenized style of design, but much of the design coming out of it IS rather ugly, and many of the student animations range from poor to mediocre in quality. Of course, some of that can be chalked up to student effort; you’ll always have your A, B, C, and D students turning in a varying quality of work.

New Interviews & WWII D&D

In case you missed it, I was recently interviewed by Stoic Writer.

Also, today a really great interview with Cirsova contributor Michael Tierney went up at Castalia House. Some great insight into the comic business, plus Michael has a 4 volume art history Edgar Rice Burroughs that will be going live for order this week.

I’m not ready to share it quite yet, but I’m working on fleshing out my WWII B/X system. If I’m lucky, I’ll get to test it out this friday. If not, maybe two weeks from friday.

I don’t really have a concrete scenario in mind, yet, so I hope my players will just be stoked by the prospect of firing off a few rounds from an M1 Garand at a Stegasaurus before they get trampled to death.