- On 28 Jul | '2023
Greetings Loyal Airmen, this week we start off with something near and dear to the Air Chief, carousels. Growing up in Southern New Hampshire, every summer my parents would take us to the resort amusement park along the coast of Maine, Wells Beach. At the time the pier that jutted out several hundred yards into the Atlantic had on it the oldest carousel in the U.S. and we were entranced by it. All those beautiful painted horses, lions etc. It was the one ride we got on immediately upon rushing up to the pier.
Last week someone on Facebook posted the whimsical picture above at left of one of these magical creatures coming to life and escaping. It immediately brought back to mind the plot of the Peter Pan comic we wrote ages ago for the new defunct Malibu Comic. In it, we envisioned that all carousel horses put out of commission for one reason or another ended up on Never Never Land in badly need of repairs and new paint jobs. Thus Peter got the idea of coming to America to find two cowboys who would help him and the Lost Boys find and capture these horses, painted them up good as new and have a blast riding. My Mr. Jigsaw partner, Gary Kato, did the artwork and it is glorious. When the book came out, it did rather well and got some nice reviews. Sadly it has been out of print for almost twenty-five years now. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, artist Mike Belcher’s son, Aiden, who has digital copies of all the pages, has taken on the laborious task of re-color them. Once done, we hope to republish the book via Rob Davis’ Redbud Studio. Stay tuned, Loyal Airmen. As ever, we’ll keep you posted.
THE WOODEN BLADE # 3
Fort Collins artist Olivia DeGaine is hard at work inking issue # 3 of “The Wooden Blade” our saga bout the wandering swordsman, Raizee the Ram. And as ever she’s doing such a bang up job with it. We’re hope the issue might be finished for this year’s Rocky Mountain Con in Nov. All fingers crossed.
AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTION
The Air Chief is thrilled to announce the latest title from Airship 27 Production. “After Sunset” is a terrific western novel by writer Jonathan Casey. It tells the story of a retired lawman who reflects on his long career, both good and bad. Colorado artist Sam Salas provides the interior illustrations and Shannon Hall that terrific cover above. As always, the book is now available at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. As ever Loyal Airmen, thanks so much for your continued support.
THE CRIMSON NUN
Artist Jesse Thomas continues to work on our Crimson Nun project. After penciling the first nine pages, he is now hard on the inks. When these are all done, the next phase will be the coloring. Then on to artist Mike Belcher for lettering. The Air Chief is delighted with Jesse’s work on this comic. Easily some of his finest work ever.
And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen. As always thanks so much for stopping by and we’ll see you all back here next Friday. God bless, one and all.
Ron – Over & Out!