These were some concept designs from Dark Filly that you may have seen if you got the version of the hardcover with the bonus content. Her outfit and overall design was pretty close to fully-formed by this point.
Jim Breyfogle’s Tales of the Mongoose and Meerkat Volume 2: The Heat of the Chase will be out later this year! Get your pre-order in today!
Had a great time at Arkansas Comic Con. Our best con performance to date. We actually made our table back, which is a first for us!
Of course, I blew a lot of the money on souvenirs…
Got a sketch cover from our buddy Tim Lim.
The guy who does the Street Fighter battle academy doujin series was there; I’d been waiting for over a year to see him again, and I bought the next 10 issues. The interior art… is not great, but it’s serviceable for the story he’s telling, and the story he’s telling is legitimately fun and every page I can’t wait to see what happens next!
I also found a handful of Doctor Spektor and Jungle Twins books, including the issue with them choking out and punching a gorilla!
We even got to meet Misha Burnett in person for the first time!
Okay, so what’s on tab?
Cirsova’s Things To Do List is nuts right now:
First off, finish making payment to the accepted offers. I’m doing this tonight, possibly tomorrow as well. Checks will be going in the mail for people who requested checks. Please cash them as soon as possible, since terms are enforced on acceptance of payment. There are a few offers in limbo still, and at least one withdrawn story due to an eligibility issue–so, things are not set in stone, and I may “call back” a story or two that we sent rejections for when we know exactly how much space we will have.
The Paths of Cormanor arrived right on the eve of con setup. I haven’t had a chance to get to those yet. That’s the first thing I need to work on as soon as payments for 2022 are out.
I’m sure there’s more I need to do and it is on my list, but I don’t know that it will get done this week. I DO want to get my United Caveman Federation tell-all posts done at some point, by OMG, I’m soooo busy! Help, I’m drowning!
Since there were no original pieces of pulp art to use associated with either Doris Dances or Fires Rekindled, Michael Tierney suggested that we have an original piece done by Dark Filly, who has become Cirsova Magazine’s regular interior illustrator since the glowing reception of her work on Mongoose and Meerkat.
But why is there a blond woman in Ancient Egypt being attacked by a necromancer? This has popped a couple monocles and gotten a few head shakes.
There is, however, a good reason for it, and DarkFilly nails the scene and Michael’s colors [specifically the blonde in Ancient Egypt] are accurate.
Fires Rekindled contains a “pulp within a pulp”; while on the trail to find the identity of the individuals he feels a past-life connection with, the hero finds a Georgian/Regency magazine that loosely fictionalizes the affair and possible murder, setting it in Ancient Egypt.
As to why the princess is blond, the mise en abyme story is explicitly a ham-fisted and hackneyed thinly-veiled allegorical account of the blond visiting opera singer who died in Georgian England.
We decided that the climactic scene of the mise en abyme Egyptian tragedy would make a better cover than a guy poking around archives trying to solve the 100 year-old mystery [and a more exciting cover than an eccentric millionaire playing the banjo].
As for the more “cartoony” aesthetic, how does one convey a scene of a cartoon within a cartoon medium? We were challenged with conveying a pulp adventure [one which the text itself describes as pretty shlocky] within a pulp adventure. Of course, actual Georgian/Regency-era magazine covers were likely not particularly thrilling on the whole; the magazine the protagonist finds most likely looked [and was meant to evoke] something like Blackwood’s Magazine:
With Wild Stars V: The Artomique Paradigm coming to a close next month in the Fall issue of Cirsova Magazine, we’re thrilled to be able to run this promotion in concert with Michael Tierney!
We’re giving away a complete set of the 2000s Wild Stars Comics! We’re also giving away a rare copy of the Across the Distance Wild Stars Art Portfolio.
In the 1970s, Michael Tierney wrote a series of novels that formed the Wild Stars universe: Wild Stars Rising in 1976 (a different novel from Wild Stars 4: Wild Star Rising), Moonshadow in 1977/78, and First Marker in 1978 (later adapted into the graphic novel Wild Stars 1: The Book of Circles), which were the first uses of the trademarked term of Wild Stars. In 1978, Michael released a portfolio illustrating scenes from these novels and his then-recently released magazine, The Multiversal Scribe . Each print was individually signed with matching numbers, with three plates illustrated by Michael Tierney and three plates illustrated by Bruce Conklin.
One of Bruce’s plates featured the first appearance of Phaedra. One of Michael plates featured the first appearance of Eagal Ir Radin. While Phaedra has since appeared in the comics and novels, Eagal Ir Radin will make his first series appearance in 2022 when Cirsova Magazine begins serialization of Wild Stars 6: Orphan of the Shadowy Moons (originally the 1977/78 Moonshadow novel).
To enter, send an email to: Cirsova at yahoo dot com
Subjectline: Wild Stars Giveaway
In the body of the email, include the answers to the following Wild Stars trivia question:
1. In Wild Stars 4, Part 2, what is the Lantern Star? A. A lodestar B. A pair of stars in very tight orbit. C. A stellar signpost used by Roy Kirk’s grandfather. D. All of the above.
2. In Wild Stars 4, Part 2, what is the the E=MC2 trigger used for? A. Assassination. B. Manufacturing beer. C. Launching a starship. D. All of the above.
3. In Wild Stars Volume One: The Book of Circles–Recalibrated, what was the identity of the telepathic armored warrior? A. A time traveling First Marker. B. A time traveling Ancient Warrior. C. A time traveling agent selling auto warranties. D. None of the above.
For the Across the Distance portfolio:
4. Who is Eagal Ir Radin?
A. The Ancient Warrior. B. The Ancient Warrior’s father. C. The Ancient Warrior’s adoptive father. D. The immortal known as God Father.
All Entries must be received by 8 PM CST August 30th! Entries with the most correct answers for Questions 1-3 will be entered for the drawing to win a complete set of Wild Stars Comics. Entries with correct answers for Question 4 will be entered for the drawing to win a copy of the Across the Distance Portfolio.