Interview with Mongoose and Meerkat Illustrator, DarkFilly

Bounding Into Comics has an interview we did with DarkFilly, our illustrator for Jim Breyfogle’s Mongoose and Meerkat Vol 1: Pursuit Without Asking.

The interview can be read here.

Be sure to check out the Mongoose and Meerkat kickstarter. We’re just $650 away from our stretch goal to create OSR content for Mongoose and Meerkat’s adventures.

Thank you to all of our backers so far!

Goal Met

Gundam Best Girl Sayla + Michael Tierney Talks About the Comic Industry Shutdown

Back in February, we held a UC Gundam Best Girl Tournament.

We promised that we’d draw the winner of tournament on the art cover of Hell Arisen #1 and auction it off to raise money for Cirsova. Then I got really sick for several weeks. But here it is, Sayla Mass, who was crowned by the People as UC Gundam’s Best Girl. It’s on eBay here.

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Also, on Saturday, Michael Tierney spoke with RJ Carter of Critical Blast about the state of the comics industry in the wake of the Diamond distribution shutdown in response to COVID19.

Tales of the Mongoose and Meerkat Volume 1: Pursuit Without Asking

2020 is the Year of Mongoose at Cirsova Publishing!

We are incredibly thrilled to announce that Cirsova Publishing will be releasing Jim Breyfogle’s Tales of the Mongoose and Meerkat Volume 1: Pursuit Without Asking.

We will be taking pre-orders via Kickstarter beginning April 1st!

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This anthology collects the first five Mongoose and Meerkat adventures published in Cirsova Magazine, including:

  • The Battlefield of Keres – An ill-conceived bet brings Mangos and his new companion Kat to a vast no man’s land full of relics and magical anomalies in search of a fabled helm!
  • Brandy and Dye – High atop rock spires, above the breeze from the Devil’s Arse, men toil to collect the valuable guano of the Minix bird for Royal Dye, but when the production is threatened by distillers at dizzying heights, the dyers hire Mangos & Kat to bust a few heads!
  • The Sword of the Mongoose – When a shady merchant loses a bet with Mangos, he has nothing to pay with but the story of where a masterwork blade may be found! Can Mangos reach his prize before other treasure hunters?
  • The Valley of Terzol – Kat and Mangos are hired to accompany an adventurer to the ruins of Terzol in search of a lost delivery: a thousand-year-old receipt offers a clue to either fabulous rewards or certain death!
  • The Burning Fish – Seeking out the fabled Burning Fish for a client, Mangos and Kat instead find a strange cult devoted to keeping a simple life and protecting the secret of the fish at any cost!

As a bonus, this collection will feature Deathwater, a never before published original novelette!

This volume will be illustrated by the incredibly talented Chelsea, aka DarkFilly!

Also, don’t forget — our Spring issue, out March 13th, features an all new adventure from Jim Breyfogle, The Golden Pearl, and we’ll be running The Hunt of the Mine Worm later this year.

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Cirsova Spring 2020 Issue Available for Print Pre-Order!

Our latest issue is now available for print pre-order on Amazon!

This is an all-star issue you won’t want to miss!

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Alpdruck! by Michael Reyes

Clock has been dispatched to the private hell of a powerful demon–and only a being of true evil on its own path towards redemption can aid him in this deadly fight!

Pour Down Like Silver, by Cynthia Ward

Banished for refusing to follow her order-pair into death, Rhesanna seeks the Tower of Ancient Time to free her comrade’s soul from the demon they failed to slay!

Lest Darkness Wreck the Stars, by Robert Zoltan

When Dareon and Blue uncover a mysterious gemstone in the wastes, a strange violet star appears in the sky and visions of a lovely woman invade Dareon’s dreams!

The Golden Pearl, by Jim Breyfogle

After a harrowing experience in their search for Burning Fish, Kat and Mangos are determined to never be poisoned again–could a Golden Pearl be the answer?!

Slave Girls for Sacrifice, by D.M. Ritzlin

A powerful sorceress with a bestial lover requires a blood sacrifice to complete her vile rites… Will Avok’s brawn and bag of tricks be enough to stop the witch?!

Praying to Thasaidon, by Tais Teng

No one prays to the Charnel God–but when a necromancer comes to collect on a family’s debts, there may be nowhere and no one to turn to but a god of death!

Adeste, Fideles, by G. Scott Huggins

Long ago, the “Last Fleet” was sent to find a new world for Earth’s orphaned children! That expedition to the fringes of space had been thought lost… Until now!

Return of the Dark Brotherhood, by Adrian Cole

Aruul Voruum nears completion of his witchfinder training… but the remnants of Daras Vorta’s cult have worked their tendrils into the heart of Mars’s government!

Outside the Outside?, by J. Comer

A review of The Tingleverse and Feast of Legends

My Name is John Carter (Part 8), by James Hutchings

James Hutchings continues his longform poem…

The Valentine’s Day UC Gundam Best Girl Tournament

Just for laughs, we’re hosting a Valentine’s Day Universal Century Gundam Best Girl Tournament.

The winner will be declared “Best Girl” and I will do my best to draw her on my blank artist cover copy of Hell Arisen #1, which will be auctioned off.

The voting will be done on twitter. The first round brackets are live. Vote today!

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Spring Cirsova Cover Reveal!

Jim Breyfogle’s Mongoose & Meerkat are back in an all new adventure, The Golden Pearl.

We still have a little bit of room left for advertisements inside, so try to get them in to us ASAP!

eBook Pre-Order: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0847SD58P

Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/7730992-the-golden-pearl

Paperback and Hardcover: coming soon!

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This issue contains:

Alpdruck! by Michael Reyes

Clock has been dispatched to the private hell of a powerful demon–and only a being of true evil on its own path towards redemption can aid him in this deadly fight!

Pour Down Like Silver, by Cynthia Ward

Banished for refusing to follow her order-pair into death, Rhesanna seeks the Tower of Ancient Time to free her comrade’s soul from the demon they failed to slay!

Lest Darkness Wreck the Stars, by Robert Zoltan

When Dareon and Blue uncover a mysterious gemstone in the wastes, a strange violet star appears in the sky and visions of a lovely woman invade Dareon’s dreams!

The Golden Pearl, by Jim Breyfogle

After a harrowing experience in their search for Burning Fish, Kat and Mangos are determined to never be poisoned again—could a Golden Pearl be the answer?!

Slave Girls for Sacrifice, by D.M. Ritzlin

A powerful sorceress with a bestial lover requires a blood sacrifice to complete her vile rites… Will Avok’s brawn and bag of tricks be enough to stop the witch?!

Praying to Thasaidon, by Tais Teng

No one prays to the Charnel God–but when a necromancer comes to collect on a family’s debts, there may be nowhere and no one to turn to but a god of death!

Adeste, Fideles, by G. Scott Huggins

Long ago, the “Last Fleet” was sent to find a new world for Earth’s orphaned children! That expedition to the fringes of space had been thought lost… Until now!

Return of the Dark Brotherhood, by Adrian Cole

Aruul Voruum nears completion of his witchfinder training… but the remnants of Daras Vorta’s cult have worked their tendrils into the heart of Mars’ government!

Outside the Outside?, by J. Comer

A review of The Tingleverse and Feast of Legends

My Name is John Carter (Part 8), by James Hutchings

James Hutchings continues his longform poem…

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.