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Kickstarter - April 2015

Endeavoring to expand beyond the comic book store market and into the tradtional bookstore market, I'm running a Kickstarter project to fund advertising. If enough multiples of the goal are reached, the optimum goal would be the hiring of a publicity agency.

To do this, I'm opening the Collector's Edition/Little Rocket Publications "treasure vaults" and also creating new, exclusive treasures.

Here's what's being offered:

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LEVEL ONE
Less than $10, and you have my eternal thanks. Seriously.

$10: Everyone who donates will receive a random copy of the 2001/2002 Wild Stars Volume 3 comics that reviewers describe as "absolutely beautiful stuff" and "real treasure." These "treasure vault" copies are from the original print run that were intended for inclusion as a bonus inside the Wild Stars: Celestial Clockwork board game. Unfortunately, the game company decided to stop making board games and WS:CC remains in prototype -- a possible future Kickstarter?

These are mint, uncirculated copies that have been stored in their original unopened cartons from the printer in a temperature controlled room.

***This applies to all levels: For every multiplication of the goal -- another random issue of the Volume 3 comics will be included, until capping at one full set. The final, triple-sized issue #7 counts as two.

Limited to 1500 total sets, all levels combined.***


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LEVEL TWO:
$19: Wild Stars I: The Book of Circles - Recalibrated 30th Anniversary Edition trade paperback. With artwork by Dave Simons, Frank Brunner, David Brewer and Michael Tierney, plus paintings by Mary Tierney, this edition collects for the first time in a paperback format all 25 years of the comics adapting the novels "First Marker" and "Under the Wild Stars."

The multi-layered Wild Stars story is a wild ride that The Trades described as; "a literary runaway freight train with track continually being laid out in front of it as it progresses forward. Not until the climax of the story are the seemingly disparate threads brought together for an elegantly simple ending, leaving the reader feeling much like a stupefied Watson at the end of a Sherlock Holmes adventure." The Free Press Newpaper called it; "a strangely compelling read, as if the damned thing just wouldn't leave my hands until I got to the end!" Online reviewer Don D'Ammassa concluded, "It's quite good ... you should find this one a satisfying buy."

After 25 years of embellishment, this is a story intended to be read more than once. After finishing, go back to the first page and you'll begin to understand why it's titled The Book of Circles. Included is a copy from the Wild Stars: Volume 3 comics stash. For every multiplication of the goal -- another random issue of the Volume 3 comics will be included, until capping at one full set.

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LEVEL THREE:
$21: Wild Stars II: Force Majeure 30th Anniversary trade paperback. The sequel to the graphic novel is a novel with graphics; an 83,000 word novel wrapped around 38 comic pages with art by Armando Gil and 50 'flashback' illustrations by Dave Simons (instead of an editor's note, references to previous events are shown without text). Cover by Armando Gil with color by Tom Smith. Includes the 2002 Force Majeure comic and 1 copy from the Wild Stars Volume 3 comics stash. For every multiplication of the goal -- another random issue of the Volume 3 comics will be included, until capping at one full set.

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LEVEL FOUR:
$25: Wild Stars: Volume 1 30th Anniversary Edition hardcover with added color pages. The outer and inner covers from the Wild Stars Volume 3 comics are presented here in full color. For the first time in a collected edition, see full page views of Tom Smith's wonderful colors for Frank BrunnerŐs art and the intense colors of the Mary Tierney landscape paintings. Includes the 2002 Force Majeure comic and 1 copy from the Wild Stars: Volume 3 comics stash. For every multiplication of the goal -- another random issue of the Volume 3 comics will be included, until capping at one full set.

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LEVEL FIVE:
$30: Wild Stars: Volumes 1 & 2 30th Anniversary black & white trade paperback set. Includes the 2002 Force Majeure comic and 1 copy from the Wild Stars: Volume 3 comics stash. For every multiplication of the goal -- another random issue of the Volume 3 comics will be included, until capping at one full set.

LEVEL SIX:
$40: Limited to 12 sets of the Wild Stars: Volumes 1 & 2 30th Anniversary black & white trade paperbacks, with the copy of Volume II coming from the 48 copy prototype run -- identified by all-right-handed page numbers. Also includes the 2002 Force Majeure comic and 1 copy from the Wild Stars: Volume 3 comics stash. For every multiplication of the goal -- another random issue of the Volume 3 comics will be included, until capping at one full set.

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LEVEL SEVEN:
$50: 3 book set of the Wild Stars: Volumes I & II 30th Anniversary trade paperbacks and the Volume 1 30th Anniversary hardcover, plus one copy each of Wild Stars Volume 1 #1 (1984) and Volume 2 #1 (1988 - featuring die cutting and foil stamping a decade before the rest of the industry, and printed by Michael in his garage) comics. Includes the 2002 Force Majeure comic and 1 copy from the Wild Stars: Volume 3 comics stash. For every multiplication of the goal -- another random issue of the Volume 3 comics will be included, until capping at one full set.

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LEVEL EIGHT:
$125: A norshahani-leather-bound copy of Wild Stars II: Force Majeure. With marbled end papers, this signed & numbered exclusive will be manufactured to meet orders. Because they are hand bound by J&B Quality Book bindery, delivery may take up to 2 months. Also includes the 1977 Multiversal Scribe Magazine, the 1978 Across the Distance Portfolio (with art by both Michael and Bruce Conklin, each plate is individual signed and numbered by the respective artist and collated into matching numbered sets), the 1986 Wild Stars Portfolio, the 2002 Force Majeure comic and 1 copy each of Wild Stars Volume 1 #1 (1984) and Volume 2 #1 (1988) comics, plus a copy from the Wild Stars: Volume 3 comics stash. For every multiplication of the goal -- another random issue of the Volume 3 comics will be included, until capping at one full set.

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LEVEL NINE:
$135: A norshahani-leather-bound copy of Wild Stars 1: The Book of Circles -- Recalibrated, with added color pages. With marbled end papers, this signed & numbered exclusive will be manufactured to meet orders. Because they are bound by hand, delivery may take up to 2 months. Also includes the 1977 Multiversal Scribe Magazine, the 1978 Across the Distance Portfolio, the 1986 Wild Stars Portfolio, the 2002 Force Majeure comic and 1 copy each of Wild Stars Volume 1 #1 (1984) and Volume 2 #1 (1988) comics. Also Includes a copy from the Wild Stars: Volume 3 comics stash. For every multiplication of the goal -- another random issue of the Volume 3 comics will be included, until capping at one full set.

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LEVEL TEN:
$250: 2 book set of signed & numbered limited editions, including 1 copy each of the signed & numbered norshahani-leather-bound copy of Wild Stars I: The Book of Circles -- Recalibrated, with added color pages. and a norshahani-leather bound copy of Wild Stars II: Force Majeure. These exclusives will be manufactured to meet orders. Because they are bound by hand, delivery may take up to 2 months. Also includes the 1977 Multiversal Scribe Magazine, the 1978 Across the Distance Portfolio, the 1986 Wild Stars Portfolio, the 2002 Force Majeure comic and 1 copy each of Wild Stars Volume 1 #1 (1984) and Volume 2 #1 (1988) comics. Also Includes a copy from the Wild Stars: Volume 3 comics stash. For every multiplication of the goal -- another random issue of the Volume 3 comics will be included, until capping at one full set.

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LEVEL ELEVEN:
$350: Limited to 2 people, this three book set of signed & numbered limited editions includes both 30th Anniversary editions and a copy of the long sold-out 1998 Under the Wild Stars hardcover. Coming from deep inside the "treasure vault," these limited edition Under the Wild Stars illustrated hardcovers reproduce the original novel manuscript that was adapted into the Wild Stars Volume 3 comic series. Described by reviewer Don D'Ammassa as "elegantly bound" by J&B Quality Book binding, and retailing in 1998 for $75 each, these signed & numbered copies were won at Ebay auctions and are in Near Mint condition, having only been read once. The D'Ammassa copy does have a small spot on the page ends, so the first winner selects which copy. Each winner chooses if they would prefer to have early numbers of the 30th Anniversary editions, or have the numbering for their sets of the norshahani-leather-bound editions of Wild Stars I: The Book of Circles -- Recalibrated and Wild Stars II: Force Majeure match with the numbering of their copy of Under the Wild Stars. Because they are bound by hand, delivery may take up to 2 months. Also included is the 1977 Multiversal Scribe Magazine, the 1978 Across the Distance Portfolio, the 1986 Wild Stars Portfolio, the 2002 Force Majeure comic and the Wild Stars Volume 1 #1 (1984) and Volume 2 #1 (1988) comics. Also includes the entire set of the Wild Stars Volume 3 comics. For multiplications of the goal, something else rare (not even listed here) will be included.


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REVIEWS:


Wild Stars Volume 3
2001-2002 comics

Review excerpt from
The Comic Shop News
by Cliff Biggers:

"This time traveling saga delves into the briny deep and the seas of space with equal aplomb."

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Review excerpt from
Comic Book Resources:

"Absolutely beautiful stuff"

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Review excerpt from
Comic Book Electronic Magazine:

"Real treasure"


Wild Stars: The Book of Circles
2004 Graphic Novel

Review excerpt by
Don D'Ammassa
of dondammassa.com:

"...it's quite good. The story is a bit --
dare I say comic bookish? -- for most sf fans, but the story is more complex and even intelligent than in most similar materials I've seen. If you like this kind of material at all, you should find this one a satisfying buy."


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Review by
R.J. Carter
of The Trades:

"Michael Tierney's Wild Stars is a graphic novel that has been twenty years in the making, drawing upon it's earlier incarnations as first a text novel and then as three separate comic book series. Visually it shows as, rearranged by the author into a more chronological telling than the comics presented, the reader can notice sharply contrasting changes in art style as the various pencillers came on board and the series evolved.

"But what is Wild Stars about, specifically?

"It's a science fiction story involving spaceships and time-travel. It's a historical adventure about ancient Native American tribes. It's a ghost story about a Civil War soldier and his namesake descendant. It's a crime drama revolving around drug runners and the search for Adolf Hitler. It's a mystery surrounding a cosmic case of mistaken identity.

"And it's probably a dozen other things, beside.

"Wild Stars is a story that is very demanding of the reader, filled to bursting with subplots and hidden storylines that aren't always apparent on first blush. This isn't your basic "Introduce the bad guy and his evil plot, here comes the hero to stop him, battle battle battle, victory and the end." You can't casually read through this book; it requires you to think. But for readers making the commitment, the payoff is worth the investment.

"Upon reading the first chapter, the reader will be inclined to ask himself exactly what is happening. Upon reaching the middle of the book, the reader will be no closer to catching up with the plot that he is now certain is a literary runaway freight train with track continually being laid out in front of it as it progresses forward. Not until the climax of the story are the seemingly disparate threads brought together for an elegantly simple ending, leaving the reader feeling much like a stupefied Watson at the end of a Sherlock Holmes adventure. Of course, if you pay attention, there is a sequence near the center of it all that serves to put the reader on the proper trail, as the Artomique soldier, Georgian Raveling, is captured and questioned by a South American drug smuggler--and tells a tale that defies belief:

Georgian: You want to hear a truth that you'll never believe? Fine! We were attached to the Supreme Commander of the Western Crusade.

Mendez: What?

Georgian: Our original goal was to recover a lost nuclear bomb. Instead we discovered a weapon so powerful that it destroyed the world.

Max: The world looks like it's in pretty good shape to me.

Georgian: My reality was destroyed. Our history was different. The United States never existed. Fascism conquered a world where rotor technology was developed instead of propellers. We're chasing a man with a time travel device that he used to change history. That scuba diver might be the destroyer of worlds!

"So climb aboard, keep your eye on the shell games that go on with Carlton MacKanaly and his clone, Carlton MacKanaly (yes, really) as Tierney takes you from the travelling space city of Magoria to the sunken treasures off Bad Juju Reef to the burning marijuana fields outside of Argenta and ultimately to New Atlantis. It's a long ride with a lot of sights to see. Settle in and have your tickets ready, because once it starts there's nowhere to get off until the last page."

R.J. Carter

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Review excerpt by
Guy Lancaster
April, 2008
Arkansas' Free Press Newspaper:

"The story of Wild Stars stretches ambitiously across space and time, from small-town murders to the destruction of planets, with every event given multiple layers of meaning. Truth be told, I was lost more than once, but even then it still proved a strangely compelling read, as if the damned thing just wouldn't leave my hands until I got to the end.

"It's the equivelent of a long line of dominoes being set to fall -- events happen one after another in such rapid succession that we barely have time to absorb the significance of what's going on before moving ever onward."

"...no one can fault the earnest vision of the creator in tying together in one book stories of backwoods dirty dealings with horrors of genocide on a galactic scale."

Guy Lancaster


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