• On 29 Sep | '2017


Greetings Loyal Airmen, well this past week has been a really hectic one for the Air Chief. First it began with a few days of jury duty, which in the end we were dismissed. Not a fun subject, so let’s move on to the better stuff. A while back you told you how the old Alpha Comics gang out of Maine had discovered long lost artwork concerning an abortive team title called Task Force Alpha.  Above to the left is an old Paul Pelletier drawing of what was to be the cover. Well, after all those years and having worked for both Marvel & Paul and become a well respected professional, Paul has returned and drawn the cover to the book which is going to the printer next week. Above are those pencils and you can see just how much his amazing talent has grown over the years. This giant one shot, being edited by old friend, Bob Cram Jr. will feature several stories and an interview with the Air Chief about those wild and crazy days with a group of New Englanders thought it would be fun to create their own comics line. Stay tuned, more as it develops.


Moving on to other really fun news, two nights ago the Air Chief began teaching his first ever college course in how to write comics and graphic novels at the Front Range Community College here in Fort Collins. Four very bright and eager young people signed up for the course and we Wed night for the very first 90 minute session. Obviously the Air Chief was a wee bit nervous but Jon, Bran, Adam & Melissa immediately put us at ease with their own love of comics and eagerness to learn how to create them. The session went super fast and we sent them off with their first assignment to write a 3 pg script detailing a short story about them personally. We are going to be really excited to see what they submit and now, more than ever, are looking forward to working with them over the next seven weeks. Doing this has been a dream of ours for a long time, finally making it come true is just fantastic.


Shifting gears back to pulpdom, one of the coolest new pulp heroes created in the past decade has to be Steve Bryant’s battling aviatrix, Athena Voltaire. A comic book hero, Athena appeared in her own webstrip before graduating to several comic incarnations. Several years ago, Steve approached a group of new pulp writers inviting them to write actual prose short stories featuring his lovely globe-trotting, Nazis fighting gal. The Air Chief was one of those lucky scribes invited aboard and penned something called, “The Austrian Prisoner.” Now that book has finally been assembled and will soon be published by Action Labs. The image on the right above is the cover and the book is still be solicited in the current Diamond catalog for a Nov. release. If you like tough, fast paced pulp thrills and spills, don’t let this one pass you by. Order a copy today.


And finally, the fifth annual Rocky Mountain Con takes place this weekend and once again, the Air Chief is a guest at what is easily the best, most exciting and family friend comic con in the entire state of Colorado. We had a blast there last year and can’t wait to get back again. Hope to see many of you there.  Show opens Friday night and runs to Sunday after noon. Tell them the Air Chief sent you.

Ron – Over & Out!

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