- On 13 Nov | '2020
Greetings Loyal Airmen, this week Airship 27 Production has released it’s latest new book and it is one we’ve all had lots of fun with. R.A. Jones’ novel ALICE IN NEVERLAND imagines Alice, from the Lewis Carroll classic visiting Neverland and meeting Peter Pan.
After reading the book, we knew immediately we’d go after Canadian artist Ted Hammond to do the cover and our dear friend Gary Kato to do the interiors. At the same time, we hunted all over the internet for images on how the two principle figures should look and came up with these above, one of a popular actress in costume and the other a classic drawing of the boy who never grew up.
Once we had set, it was time to envision a composition. What exactly did what we want to see on that cover? The Air Chief had this idea of Alice seeing Peter for the very first time with him floating a few feet off the ground thus amazing her. Thus one Sat morning we recruited our granddaughter Cora and her friend Daniel to help us out with posing. Daniel jump onto the tailgate of a pick-up truck and fold his arms over his chest. Cora’s was job was to merely look up at him.
The last element required was a woodsy background. Once we had all these images collected, we sent them off to Ted explaining what we wanted. A few short weeks later he sent along his finished artwork and we were blown away. All that remained was for Art Director Rob Davis to add the title, author’s names and our logo.
And voila, our covers, back one designed by Rob as well…and of course the beautiful front cover. It is one of the Air Chief’s favorite thus far. Everyone involved did a great job.
In fact while assembling the book itself, Rob went and did a map of Neverland to add on the title page and to the right above his Gary’s first illustration of the 9 he did for the interiors. As of today, “Alice in Neverland” is available at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. It’s an adventure made for the whole family and we hope you’ll enjoy it. As ever thanks so much for continued support.
Now on a matter where the Air Chief needs your help. Above are the covers to BLACK LION # 1 and # 2. Currently we are in the process of assembling # 3 which we hope to have out by the end of the year. All fingers crossed. Wheres when the Air Chief went back to his files earlier this week to make sure all the pages for # 3 were ready, we found an earlier pencil sketch that had been sent to us many months ago.
This is a beautiful drawing but sadly we simply do not remember who the artist was who drew it and we’d very much like to talk with him. So if any of you Loyal Airmen recognize this piece, please let us know ASAP. Thanks for your help.
And that’s a wrap for this week Loyal Airmen. As ever, thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you back here next Friday.
Ron – Over & Out!