Welcome to Airship 27,
My name is Ron Fortier, and I have been a professional writer for over
thirty-five years. I have worked on comic book projects such as The Hulk,
Popeye, Rambo and Peter Pan. With my two most popular comic series being
The Green Hornet and The Terminator (with Alex Ross). With Ardath Mayhar
I penned two TSR fantasy novels, and in 2001 I had my first play, a World
War II romantic comedy, produced.
This site serves as a portfolio of the work I've done to date, as a showcase
for projects in the works, and as home for my online Journal
(below), which will be updated frequently.
I am currently writing and producing pulp novels and short stories
for various publishers and have several movie scripts floating around
Hollywood looking for a home, and if that isn't enough, I also have a review column at the
Get the latest news, post your comments, questions, or just say hi at my online forum.
A devoted grandfather of six, at 67, I am thrilled to be part of
the new web-comic evolution. Part of this joy is in the realization of a life long dream,
that of becoming a pulp writer.
Thanks for visiting, and enjoy your stay.
Latest Flight Log
||THE AIRSHIP ART TEAM
|| Greeting Loyal Airmen, we trust you are all enjoying this wonderful Fall season. Baseball play-offs kick off next week and although our beloved Red Sox had a losing year, we are still anxious to see who does go on to win this year's classic World Series Championship. As for the Sox, hey, as we say in baseball, "Wait till next year!" Ha.
In trying to come up with this week's topic, the Air Chief got to thinking about the various facets of Airship 27 Productions. When we and Rob Davis began this New Pulp Fiction venture nearly ten years ago now, both of us agreed artwork would be a crucial element in the process. We wanted to be sure our books clearly followed the tradition of the classic pulps with both gorgeous cover art and beautiful interior illustrations. Of course when we got the ball rolling ten years ago, we were one of a small handful of publishers. All too soon that changed as more and New Pulp publishers entered the arena.
Both the Air Chief and Rob enjoy good, healthy competition from these other outfits as most of them are owned and operated by some of our dearest friends and colleagues. In fact, we liked these men and women so much, we make it a point to not get upset when some of the more flamboyant souls dish out their marketing spiels as to being "...the leading company..." "..the most innovative publisher.." etc. etc. etc. Its all hype intended to convince the readers they are the best at what they do. We get it and again, for the most part, we simply laugh it off. Rob and the Air Chief never started Airship 27 Productions to compete with anyone...but ourselves. That means we are constantly challenging each other to find the best writers and artists out there and to assemble the best, quality products we can offer you, our loyal readers. It is never about "beating" the other guy.
But there is one particular element in our books that is superior to all others and that is the amazing professional excellence of the artwork we showcase with each and every title we release. In that department we don't take a back seat to anyone. Period. And honestly, our past 97 titles are proof enough to that claim. Has every book we've put out been perfect? Hell no. There have been missteps along the way, but those only spur us to get better all the time. Thus this week the Air Chief wanted to show off some of that fantastic artwork we're been bragging about. What follows are three sneak peeks by three totally awesome artists.
One of our most successful series of the past few years has been our SINBAD - The New Voyages. Thus far we've released two anthologies and one full length novel. At present we are putting together another anthology and it features a brand new artist to Airship 27, one Phil Cho. A mutual friend recommended us to Phil, he sent us some of his art samples and both Rob and the Airship were mightily impressed with his drawing skills. Above is one of the 12 pieces that will be featured in this volume. Phil is a true find and we're thrilled to have him on board.
Two years ago we published an anthology featuring a 1930s private eye called Rick Ruby, created by writers Bobby Nash and Sean Taylor. Now we are putting together the second anthology in this series and were thrilled to have been able to recruit professional graphic artist Nik Poliwko to do the interior illos. Nik is an artist we've long admired and when he agreed to join us on this project we were delighted. Above is one of three pieces that will go with a tale called, "The Long Kill," by none other that Ye Old Air Chief. Trust me, we couldn't be more excited.
Whereas we've been teasing with images from our interior illustrators, we thought you'd like to see the preliminary sketches for a new cover coming very, very soon from Airship 27 Productions. Writer Chuck Miller has written a gripping pulp thriller called, "BAY PHANTOM - Confederacy of Devils," which has a Shadow like hero operating in the Deep South during the 1930s. It is one of the finest pulp adventures we've ever had the pleasure of reading. So to do it justice, we recruited the phenomenal Zachary Brunner to supply both the interior illustrations and the fully painted cover. Above is Zachary's preliminary sketch for that cover and as you can see it is PURE PULP DYNAMIC. This is Zachary's fourth book for Airship 27 and believe us, working with him is a joy for both Rob and the Air Chief.
And these are only three of the two dozen superb artists who work with us on a regular basis, both established pros and talented newcomers. We are always on the look-out for new artists as we feel you, our Loyal Airmen, deserve nothing but the best and that's always our goal. So far it seems to have worked extremely well. Thanks for stopping by.
Ron - Over & Out!