Thinking Critical Interview with Michael Tierney

Michael was on with Wes of Thinking Critical to talk about the closure of his retail fronts and the state the comic industry.

He also confirms that he IS working on the next installments of Wild Stars, which we are planning on serializing next year alongside Paul O’Connor’s Badaxe comic, Jim Breyfogle’s Mongoose & Meerkat, and more!

Now is as good a time as any to support Michael in his transition to being a full-time writer! Catch up on ALL of the Wild Stars in one go in the 35th Anniversary Omnibus or read the Individual Volumes.

Central Arkansas Comic Stores Closing Their Doors

It’s with a heavy heart today that I picked up my consignment copies of Cirsova from The Comic Book Store on Treasure Hill Road in Little Rock.

After nearly 40 years, Michael Tierney is closing his shops.

He’s sold his Collectors Edition property on JFK in North Little Rock, the lease is up on The Comic Book Store at the end of this month, and he’s found a buyer for all of his inventory.

While this is very sad for his many loyal customers, in many regards it’s a blessing for Michael who is moving into a highly active retirement. He’ll still be fulfilling comic mail orders for subscribers, engaging in his duties as a city councilman, and working very diligently on his writing. If all goes according to plan, he should have a new Wild Stars novel read for next year among myriad other projects.

If you’re in Central Arkansas, now is the time to swing by his shops before it’s too late.

If you’re not in Central Arkansas but want to support Michael, now would be a great time to check out his Wild Stars series published through Cirsova.

For more information about Michael’s stores, the future of his pullbox customers, the Wild Stars, and more, visit http://thewildstars.com/.

I’ll be at Saline County Comic Expo in Benton, AR over the weekend and will have a handful of Wild Stars stuff with me, including the 1st editions of Wild Stars III. If you stop by and pick some up, be sure to swing by The Comic Book Store on Saturday afternoon, and Michael will sign them for you for free!

Mongoose & Meerkat Art Arrives Safe & Sound + Comic Retailer Round-table w/Michael Tierney

The original illustrations by DarkFilly for Jim Breyfogle’s Mongoose and Meerkat arrived Saturday.

On one hand, sorry for the lousy focus–my tablet is a potato. On the other hand, for those of you who haven’t read the stories, this gives you an idea of the art style without too many spoilers.

We have three days to go for this Kickstarter, and you can still get your hands on one of these original pieces of artwork.

Also last week, Cirsova author, Wild Stars creator, and LCS owner Michael Tierney appeared on a round-table discussion with, among others, notable online comic shop personality Comic Perch and renowned comic-creator Mike Baron.

They discuss the impact of the comic industry shutdown plus DC’s efforts to do an end-run around Diamond to ensure that the comic shops are getting SOME product.

Michael’s central Arkansas stores have been weathering the storm as well as could be expected; he’s managed to stay open for an entire month with no new product, but as you might imagine, it has been lean times in Little Rock.

Now would be a fantastic time to pick up a Wild Stars from him, particularly since you can get the Wild Stars 35th Anniversary Omnibus cheaper from him than from us, due to some issues with Lulu’s platform migration.

As usual, Michael has a dozen irons in the fire, including his Beyond the Farthest Star web strip and several others we can’t talk about, but we hope to have some new Wild Stars news in the near future. In the meantime, it sounds like Troll Lord Games is gearing up to start printing the Wild Stars RPG–no release date yet, but we’re guessing “soon”.

Cirsova Publishing Author Michael Tierney On the Comic Industry Shutdown

Michael Tierney was on with RJ Carter of Critical Blast last night talking about the Comic Industry Shutdown in wake of the COVID19 pandemic.

There’s talk that new comics will not be shipping until June at the earliest, which is absolutely killer for these businesses. While you can say “buy backstock!” and “buy some trades!”, and that does help, it’s a bandaid. Subscriptions of weekly comics are these stores bread and butter. There are some people out there saying “nobody buys new comics anyway, they’re all trash!” but these people have no idea what they’re actually talking about. Every week, there are several dozen titles coming out with several hundred people buying multiple titles every month.

No new product is going to kill these stores.

Do what you can to support Michael. We are.

What we’re doing:

Every week, I’ve been going in, spending 2 hours or more going through the bargain bins. I’ve picked out every remotely interesting looking indie title I could string an reasonable runĀ  together. I’ve made it through the M’s. I’ve also bought supplies [boxes, bags, boards], since right before the shutdown, he got a big order of supplies in. Plus I need them for the literal hundreds of floppies I’ve been buying.

What you can do:

If you’re in central Arkansas, you can do what we’ve been doing [but I’ve kinda picked the bargain bins clean in Little Rock through the M’s… but you may find something YOU like].

You can buy Wild Stars. If you’re not in Arkansas, you can buy them online from the links here. If you find copies of the Wild Stars hardcover on eBay, Michael is listing these himself; he’ll sign and personalize them for you.

If you ARE in central Arkansas, go to his stores, buy copies of Wild Stars from him, not us!

For more info on Michael Tierney, his comic stores, the Wild Stars, visit his website www.thewildstars.com.

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.

Wild Stars Available on Amazon [If You’ve Read Your IGG/KS Copy, Leave Us a Review!]

By now, just about everyone should have received their copies of Wild Stars!

Because we were able to fulfill both crowdfunds a month earlier than we’d planned, we were able to move up the world-wide release date.

The Wild Stars pages on Amazon are now live, so if you enjoyed Wild Stars and would like to continue to support Michael Tierney and Cirsova Publishing, you can do so by leaving reviews!

Book of Circles
Force Majeure
Time Warmageddon
Wild Star Rising
Omnibus

These help raise book, writer, and publisher profiles on Amazon and are a quick and easy way to help us out that doesn’t cost anything but the couple minutes it takes to leave one.

Thank you all again for supporting this exciting project, and we hope to be able to bring you much more exciting science fiction, fantasy, and adventure in 2020 and beyond!

Don’t forget, submissions open a week from today!

Edgar Rice Burroughs 100 Year Art Chronology Interview With Michael Tierney

Chris L. Adams has just posted the first part of an extensive interview with author, artist, and comic store owner Michael Tierney about his Edgar Rice Burroughs 100 Year Art Chronology project which was published last year through Chenault & Grey.

It’s up now at DMR Book’s website. Check it out!

Also, if you missed out on the Wild Stars crowdfunds, you can still pre-order on Amazon! You just won’t get the free goodies that we’re sending out to backers (sorry!)

WS 1: Book of Circles
WS 2: Force Majeure
WS 3: Time Warmageddon
WS 4: Wild Star Rising

 

So, the Wild Stars Proofs are In…! What Now?

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!

There are only 4 days left on the Wild Stars kickstarter, so if you can, tell your friends and spread the word! The Kickstarter is about 2/3 of the way towards its goal, but will surely make it with one big push here at the end! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wild-stars-iv/cirsova-presents-wild-stars-iv-wild-star-rising

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