We’re very excited that we got the proofs in so that we had physical product to show people, but the work doesn’t end here!
The proofs are practical, in that they’ve let us see a few adjustments that we have to make before going to print.
There are a few minor adjustments here and there in some of the books, a couple of tweaks and corrections; we’ll be making those in the next few days prior to putting in the order for a run to fulfill to backers.
The good news is, we are on-track for meeting our delivery goal–maybe even ahead of schedule!
Thank you for your support for Wild Stars, and we’re looking forward to getting these magnificent books in your hands!
Here’s a sneak peek at the interiors for the new edition of Book of Circles!
The artwork is ~20% larger than originally published in individual comic form and substantially larger than when it was resized to fit the trade format of the previous collected editions. There are a lot of little details in the artwork that could’ve been missed in the smaller formats that are now more apparent, including several easter eggs and Chekov’s Guns hiding in the backgrounds.
This project is very important to the future of Cirsova Publishing. While any retail sales we get of our magazines won’t pay out for 90 days following the close of period, the money we make off Wild Stars WILL be available in time for our October acquisition period. So, the better Wild Stars does for us, the more money Cirsova Publishing will have to acquire fiction for 2020 and pay our art and editorial teams!
Today is the last day for the Wild Stars IndieGoGo. And while I don’t expect a miracle that would land us $5500 in backers on the last day, it would be nice to get some numbers up. [It’s a flexible campaign, and all backers will have their perks fulfilled.]
We got all of the cover art in from Mark Wheatley, so we should be able to start getting the softcover proofs very soon.
I did another Wild Stars Noise Stream. This time, actually live. But because it was my first time, and I am a pleb, you can hear the “how does i obs?” vid I was checking to make sure I could hear my own streaming audio in the first couple seconds of the stream.
In a non-Wild Stars related note, I was on Geek Gab with Jeffro Johnson to talk about AD&D. This was really cool, especially since this is the first time Jeffro and I have actually talked, not just via email and blog comments. So it was kind of a big deal to me!
Most folks who know us know that Jon Del Arroz & I are interweb buddies. But the dirty secret I have is that I really hadn’t gotten around to reading any of his books yet!
As an editor, I’m frequently swamped, and as a reviewer of old stories with a regular review column, most of my reading energies went towards those…
Well, I ended up backing the first Flying Sparks crowdfund to support Jon, but I only backed for the digital copy. I’m terrible about reading digital stuff, and just never got around to it [like the upward of a dozen Alt-Hero comics I may or may never get to].
This time, I backed for physical copies of both volume 1 and volume 2, and I’m glad I did.
Honestly, part of my procrastination was that Jon Malin’s cover for volume one was pretty uninspiring–it said nothing about the comic and looked like generic cape-stuff. [I prefer covers more evocative of the action within, and almost never go for character portrait covers if I can help it].
But Jethro Morales’ interior art and Shannon Ho’s colors are fantastic. Plus, Jon’s story is really good! It’s well-paced and exciting. The story is something like a mix of My Super Ex-Girlfriend and Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but he’s able to pull it off without the campy cheese that a story like that lends itself to.
I’ll be reading volume 2 soon, and I’ve got to say, Flying Sparks is right up there now with The Terrifics in terms of new titles I’m excited about and looking forward to reading more of.