Misha Burnett’s Endless Summer

Cirsova Publishing is thrilled to announce that it will be publishing Misha Burnett’s Endless Summer!

Click here to be notified when Kickstarter Pre-Orders are live!

Misha Burnett is a master of the macabre and champion of the New Wave. His talent for tales runs the gamut of weird fiction from contemporary Urban Fantasy to Sword & Sorcery to Science Fiction, all with his unique (and slightly twisted) take!

Misha Burnett’s Endless Summer is a collection of strange and chilling tales of Mankind’s future, near and distant, from tomorrow until beyond the mark of history, through Civilization’s zenith, decline, destruction, and ultimately, Mankind’s rebirth!

Cirsova Publishing invites you to embark on an incredible and breathtaking journey across the ages, beginning with the time-travel thriller from the pages of Cirsova magazine, The Bullet from Tomorrow, and running through eleven original stories that hold up a mirror to the worst and, more importantly, the best that humanity has to author!

Rally & Reimu

One of the backers of our Mongoose & Meerkat Kickstarter requested a drawing of Rally Vincent. As the protagonist of Gunsmith Cats, she doesn’t have much to do with this campaign, and given our budget constraints, we can’t commission to DarkFilly to do more art for us right now, but…

I love Rally Vincent, and we aim to please, so here is a drawing of Rally Vincent from me.

While I was at it, I had to get this idea I had for Reimu from the Touhou games with a chicken sashimi stand down on paper.

Anyway, if you missed the Kickstarter, the retail edition of Mongoose and Meerkat comes out next month!

So does our Summer Issue!

Cirsova Summer Issue Out August 7th!

The new issue will be out in about a month!

Paperback

eBook

Novelettes

Battle Beyond the Continuum
By DARREN GOOSSENS
Rex Funnel and Paul Aglet have travelled across time and space, testing their new continuon flux drive-and found themselves in the midst of a planetary conflict!

The Meeting
By LIVIU SURUGIU
[translation by RALUCA BALASA]
Two star-crossed lovers, doomed by their strange malady to never meet, must share their thoughts and feelings by the letters they hide within their asylum chambers!

Short Stories

Ascension Star
By JOHN GRADOVILLE
Free trader Remi Gavilan’s world is turned upside down when he crosses paths with a pleasure girl…the same day the Jinlintan royal family is systematically murdered!

Why Did You Leave Your Last Employer?
By BRIAN M. MILTON
George may have found his dream job-keeping bees for the eccentric Dr. Rotstein! But what is the aim of the doctor’s experiments? Why does the honey taste strange?!

A Judgment of Lestrel
By WILLIAM HUGGINS
Penne has spent his Re-Gen-enhanced lives going on one bender after another-his last chance to break the cycle may be the incomparable world of Lestrel!

Henry and the Prince of Cats
By DAN WOLFGANG
A strange incident has left his master dead! With his newfound intelligence, Henry, a Scottish Terrier, sets out to solve the mystery of what happened to all the humans!

Bad Luck Charm
By JAY BARNSON
Larry Colton has had quite the run of luck! He’s got a good job and a new girlfriend he thinks is out of his league…Things are great, aside from a few strange nightmares!

Death’s Shadow
By CAROLINE FURLONG
Iraq War vet Matt Barnaby has been blessed-and cursed-by the ability to see the shadow of death, hanging about the auras of those around him!

Well, that was interesting…

Everyone remotely right of center was made to own what happened in Charlottesville.

But suggesting an organization like SFWA that explicitly supports the groups behind the violence ravaging communities across America bore any responsibility was beyond the pale.

The best any of the shrieking crazies could come up with was “you must be racist” or essentially parroting that old Donald Trump “there were good people” line we were endlessly told was bullshit and lie.

What is happening in America now is not just orchestrated, it is a damn symphony being conducted against black Americans.

  • conflate the struggles of African Americans with the political desires of radical ancoms [who are, ironically, mostly white]
  • create destruction in black communities, costing jobs, livelihoods and opportunity
  • that destruction and risk poisons the well to any outside investment in those communities, further depressing them
  • by tying this destruction to a black identity movement, the orchestrators know average Americans will become prone to lose their sympathies for black Americans
  • politicians, activists, the media, and global corporations are all behind and supporting this effort to destroy black america under the guise of saving it.

These politicians, these corporations, these activists, these vampires, they WANT white people to blame blacks, because it will give them further cover for the destruction of the old orders.

It’s easy to become blackpilled on race relations, but I will not go blackpilled on black people, because I know too damn many badass black folks, people who have been friends, supporters, creatives, artists and musicians who are the coolest people in the world.

And THAT is why I believe it is worth it to stand up against the vampires in BLM, SFWA, and every other “woke” organization out there.

Summer Issue Needs Advertisers ASAP!

We’ve got about a week left to take advertisers for the Summer Issue!

The following are Cirsova’s Advertising Rates:

250 Character Text Advertisement $25
1/4 page Advertisement $35
1/2 page Advertisement $50

Advertisement images should be 300 dpi, with the following measurements:

1/2 Page – 7.5″ w x 4.5″ h or 3.5″ w x 9″ h
1/4 Page – 3.5″ w x 4.5″ h
Please send as png, jpg, or tiff!

Contact us at cirsova at yahoo dot com for details.

eBook available for pre-order now!

Print pre-order available soon!

Final Days of LR Comic Shops + Michael Tierney on with Critical Blast

This saturday was the last weekend of Central Arkansas’s oldest comic shops before they close their doors forever.

Friday, I managed to finish going through the 50 cent boxes in North Little Rock, then Saturday I took Misha Burnett’s suggestion that I go back and grab every single issue of Jon Sable Freelancer. So, between the Covid Crisis and the shutdown, I’ve easily quadrupled my collection. Largely for 50 cents a piece.

I’ve converted my pull to mail-order, so I’ll still be getting new comics, but I’m sad that I’ll never get a chance to peruse the back catalogs and just buy an issue of this or that, here or there, without feeling the need to go entirely all-in. All those Duck comics I’ll never get a chance to get my hands on without having to “special order”!

Cirsova is no longer available on shelves for consignment. I’ve taken all of them back except for issues that featured Michael’s stories, which he bought off me.

We still have lots of plans to work with Michael going forward as his publisher and with a freelance project we’ve got him working on for us.

If you want to support him through us, be sure to check out his Wild Stars! Now is a great time to catch up.

Book of Circles is available at deep discounts on Amazon right now.

If you’re interested in signing up for his mail-order program, you can find details on his site.

Quick Con Rundown

We had a pretty good time at Saline County Comic Expo over the weekend. While the crowds were small and the sales were few, we DID have some sales, so it was far from one of our worst con showings.

Most of the people who stopped by had heard of Michael Tierney and a lot of them had already actually bought Wild Stars [or claimed they had], and a bunch of people took pictures of the books and said they would look it up later.

One of the things I heard frequently from vendors, including a conversation overheard in the bathroom, was that despite the small crowd, they were making pretty good sales. My theory is that because the hall was not crowded elbow to elbow and with cosplayers bumping into people with props and wings, people felt more comfortable to actually dig through boxes and peruse for what they’re looking for. I know personally that I don’t usually look through boxes at cons, because I’ll have tons of people on either side and behind and feel like I just really need to get out of the way. At this con, though, I scored some pretty good finds, including some silver age duck comics for only a couple bucks a pop!

I snarked a bit last time I was at a con about the guy selling Street Fighter doujin ashcans for $15 a pop… Well, I was taking a look at one and he offered me one for $10. Still kinda high, but I’d made some sales, so why not? I do not feel like I was ripped off. I was entirely unprepared for it to be legitimately good and now I want the next 15 issues. If he were teamed up with an inker, colorist, and letterer, it could be an A-tier title, even if it is a bit cheesy [there’s no such thing as a battle academy story that’s not cheesy].

The real highlight, though, was getting to hang out with Mark Pellegrini and Tim Lim, just talking about comics, movies, and crazy shit happening in Arkansas. As some of you may be aware, Mark has a story in the new Summer Special, and Tim did our cover for the upcoming Summer regular issue [#4] which we are taking advertisements for now.

Taking Advertisements for Cirsova #4!

We are now accepting interior advertisements for Cirsova #4 (Summer Issue).

250 Character Text Advertisement $25
1/4 page Advertisement $35
1/2 page Advertisement $50

Advertisement images should be 300 dpi, with the following measurements:

1/2 Page – 7.5″ w x 4.5″ h or 3.5″ w x 9″ h
1/4 Page – 3.5″ w x 4.5″ h

Please send as png, jpg, or tiff!

Contact us at cirsova at yahoo dot com for details.

This issue features a special guest cover by Black Hops and Kamen America artist Timothy Lim, and it contains the following stories:

Novelettes

Battle Beyond the Continuum
By DARREN GOOSSENS
Rex Funnel and Paul Aglet have travelled across time and space, testing their new continuon flux drive—and found themselves in the midst of a planetary conflict!

The Meeting
By LIVIU SURUGIU
[translation by RALUCA BALASA]
Two star-crossed lovers, doomed by their strange malady to never meet, must share their thoughts and feelings by the letters they hide within their asylum chambers!

Short Stories

Ascension Star
By JOHN GRADOVILLE
Free trader Remi Gavilan’s world is turned upside down when he crosses paths with a pleasure girl…the same day the Jinlintan royal family is systematically murdered!

Why Did You Leave Your Last Employer?
By BRIAN M. MILTON
George may have found his dream job—keeping bees for the eccentric Dr. Rotstein! But what is the aim of the doctor’s experiments? Why does the honey taste strange?!

A Judgment of Lestrel
By WILLIAM HUGGINS
Penne has spent his Re-Gen-enhanced lives going on one bender after another—his last chance to break the cycle may be the incomparable world of Lestrel!

Henry and the Prince of Cats
By DAN WOLFGANG
A strange incident has left his master dead! With his newfound intelligence, Henry, a Scottish Terrier, sets out to solve the mystery of what happened to all the humans!

Bad Luck Charm
By JAY BARNSON
Larry Colton has had quite the run of luck! He’s got a good job and a new girlfriend he thinks is out of his league…Things are great, aside from a few strange nightmares!

Death’s Shadow
By CAROLINE FURLONG
Iraq War vet Matt Barnaby has been blessed—and cursed—by the ability to see the shadow of death, hanging about the auras of those around him!

This issue will be out August 7th and will be available for pre-order next month.

Comic Retailer Roundtable + Mongoose and Meerkat is Here!

As those of you following for awhile know, our regular contributor and Wild Stars author Michael Tierney has become a staple of Critical Blast’s Comic Retailer Roundtable. Michael has a unique perspective on business and the industry that you only get when you’ve been in comics for nearly 40 years. These are ALWAYS worth listing to.

Also, be sure to check out Michael’s Wild Stars. Currently, our 35th Anniversary edition of Book of Circles is available on Amazon for only $15.

Plus, the new 2nd edition of the Wild Stars Hardcover omnibus is available now for $80, collecting all 4 volumes of the scifi epic.

Also, the Mongoose and Meerkat books for the gift sets arrived today! We’ll be packing them up and mailing them out soon.