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History of the Wild Stars -- The 20-teens

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2014 marked the 30th anniversary of the first Wild Stars publication.

To celebrate, in August 2014 the Volume 2 and new paperback and hardcover editions of Volume 1 were released locally and worldwide through Amazon.com.

2017 Addendum:


Marzanti spike Three years after Wild Stars II was published, it was another case of life imitating art when an extraterrtrial object passed through our solar system. Scientists evaluated that this cylindrical object contained alien water within its core, bascially decribing the Marzanti spike from the novel. In the Wild Stars, a Marzanti spike is an alien device used as a first step of colonization by crashing it into a planet's oceans and adapting their biology to that planet.

Mars rover picture The reason I said this was another case of life imitating art is because a similar thing happened once before with Wild Stars II: Force Majuere.

Force Majuere: Prairie Bay #1 is a comic reprinted in Wild Stars II: Force Majuere, and first published in 2002. In it I introduced the then controversial idea that Mars might contain water. Years later, in 2011, a Mars probe sent back the picture on the right showing water gysers exploding on Mars. What makes this picture even more unique is that the gyser openings in the photo are almost an exact match to those on the 2002 cover! Compare it to the upper left inset on the advertisement shown below, and you'll see what I mean.

Wild Stars Diamond ad - February 2015


Wild Stars 2: Force Majuere

Available on Amazon by clicking the images below:



These links go to the hardcover, or the Wild Stars: The Book of Circles -- Recalibrated trade paperback or Wild Stars 2: Force Majeure.

All three editions are availble locally at either Collector's Edition in North Little Rock,
or at The Comic Book Store in Little Rock.


NEW RECORD asking price for an Out-Of-Print edition of the WILD STARS!

The previous record was an Amazon seller asking $450 for a Wild Stars: Book of Circles -- Recalibrated first edition hardcover.

That's now been topped!
One is asking $615.64 for the first paperback edition of Wild Stars: The Book of Circles on Amazon.
This is the only edition that includes my forward discussing surviving what was considered to be terminal leukemia at the age of 8.
Click this link or the image below if you're interested!
That price does include Free Shipping!
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River City Comic Expo 2015


I was invited as a featured guest of the 2015 River City Comic Expo in Little Rock on August 29th, 2015.

To see more photos of the event, click on the photo
or this link.


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I was LIVE on 96.5FM radio on
Shane Plays on Saturday, March 19, 2016

You can listen to Shane and myself discuss comics in general, my own Wild Stars comics and novels, plus my upcoming Edgar Rice Burroughs: 100 Year Art Chronology 3 book set.

Here's a link to the podcast version of the show (blog post).

And here's a link to the Direct MP3 version.

The program was replayed in California by Kryptonradio.com


Available now:

Cirsova #2
Featuring my new short story, Shark Fighter,
we currently have a limited supply of each cover of the paperback editions at both stores
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Shark Fighter is a tale of horror beneath the deep blue sea, see if you can guess the Wild Stars connection. It's tenuous, but it is there.
For more information about this issue, visit this link.

Another Cirsova contributor mentioned my Shark Fighter story during his YouTube GeekGab podcast (visit this link).
Check it out starting at the 25 minute mark and continuing through when the host shouts:
"Stop the bus! A guy's fighting a shark!"
"Stop the bus!"
I'll take that review!
"Well written and there is a powerful emotional punch at its core."

"...not light fare, but .... meaty and gripping adventure"

"a grim sort of redemption"

Cirsova #5

The Bears of 1812

I have a new story in Cirsova Magazine #5 (Spring 2017).

My story in Cirsova #2 was Shark Fighter, a psychological horror story.
This one is a historical fantasy titled The Bears of 1812.

The Bears of 1812 features native American legend Sacagawea from the Lewis & Clark Expedition, and her involvement in the War of 1812. As I told the editor; "The stuff you'll think I made up is the stuff that really happened." There were many incredible historical events during that time, and Sacagawea's history easily weaved right into the heart of it. 

Michael Tierney -- April 5, 2017

It's no wonder this magazine received a Hugo Award nomination.

What surprised me was "The Bears of 1812" by Michael Tierney . . . it was really interesting.
I like what he did with Sacagawea . . . very satisfying.

The Criteria for Admission Into the Galactic Community

Cirsova #7

Cirsova #7 includes The Criteria for Admission Into the Galactic Community, my third contribution to the magazine.
The title tells you that this is a science fiction story.

It is available for preoder by clicking this link or the image above.

Like the following Edgar Rice Burroughs' 100 Year Art Chronology, this publication is funded on Kickstarter.
Also like the ERBAC project, it was quickly funded, surpassing its target goal by 500% on the second day!

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February 19, 2018 Update!

The limited edition hardcover of Cirsova magazine #7 is now available.
The mass marker softcover will be out in a couple of weeks.

A social science-fiction story, I had the idea behind Criteria For Joining the Galactic Community while taking a swim break from working on the ERB Chronology.
Wrote it in something like five minutes, and then later that day received an email from the Cirsova editor that he was passing on one of my Wild Stars future history stories as being too grim. Since Criteria is lighthearted, I immediately submitted it without a proofread (you can tell by the photo that it's a short-short story), and he snapped it up.

One caveat I should add is that when I wrote it, I didn't mention the name of the President in the story, wanting to leave it open to be either Bush, Obama, Trump, or whoever a future reader might want to think. In retrospect, I'm not surprised that the mention of fences in the story steered the editor to think it was Trump.
May 23rd, 2017 update:

The online magazine Castalia House has run a series of interviews with Cirsova authors, and mine is now online here.

The interviewer, Scott Cole, asked a lot of great questions that covered not just my stories in Cirsova magazine, but also about my Wild Stars comics and books, my experiences as a comic book retailer, and about my Edgar Rice Burroughs 100 Year Art Chronology.



Speaking of which, the Edgar Rice Burroughs 100 Year Art Chronology (order link) went on sale June 2018!

Click on any of the images below if you'd like to read more about the
ERBAC v1 wraparound cover
ERB Art Chonology V2 wraparound cover.
ERB Chronology V4

ICv2 news coverage
The comics specialty news site, ICv2, put up a news article about my Edgar Rice Burroughs 100 Year Art Chronology on June 2nd, 2017.
You can read all about it: HERE!

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Edgar Rice Burroughs 100 Year Art Chronology

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June 20th, 2018 Update!

On June 19th a great article ran on the front page of the Style section of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper.

Reporter Sean Clancy did a great job!

June 4th, 2018 Update!

The Edgar Rice Burroughs 100 Year Art Chronology continues to ship out.

One retailer upped his order so many times it was a quarter-ton skid of books by the time it shipped!
But these are pretty heavy sets -- 15 lbs. each!
That means 3 sets weigh as much as a bag of concrete -- and should last as long or longer.

ERB Art Chronology in slipcase


Wild Stars III: Time Warmageddon

This latest chapter in the saga of the Wild Stars is first being published in magazine form by Cirsova Publishing, who have released several of my short stories.

Wild Stars III: Time Warmageddon is the entirity of this Summer 1918 Cirsova Special, which be manufactured strictly to Kickstarter orders.
This instant sellout was funded in the first 11 hours!

The main cover is by Tim Lim.
One reviewer was so impressed with Tim's work that he wrote:

". . . a manly hunk of manliness . . .
"Wild Stars III will put hair on your chest."


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Interior art is by Mark Wheatley, who also provided a variant wraparound cover and the art for the back cover for the main edition.

Wild Stars 3 alternate cover

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Mark Wheatley also illustrated this virgin, text and bar code free, wraparound dust wrapper for the hardcover edition.
Wild Stars 3 variant hardcover edition art


Jack's Basement

Cirsova #9


Cirsova #9, Fall 2018, contain Jack's Basement, a horror humor story with a twist ending that should appeal to fans of comic books.

Now available for preorder.

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The Multiversal Scribe Magazine (1977)


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Wild Stars Volume One #1 (Summer 1984)


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Wild Stars Volume Three #4
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Wild Stars Volume Three #5
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Wild Stars Volume Three #6
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Force Majeure: Prarie Bay #1
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Wild Stars Volume Three #7
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Wild Stars -- The Book of Circles Graphic Novel
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Shown below are the out-of-print Wild Stars Chronicles,
a limited edition set of hardcovers released in 2008.


Top Row: Nebula 71 (written in 1971); Ceobra (1974); The Catalyst (1976); Moonshadow (1978); Wild Stars Rising (1976-77).
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Bottom Row: First Marker (1978); and the prequel/sequel to First Marker, Under the Wild Stars from 1998. These were the source material for all the Wild Stars comics.

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