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CAPTAIN JAIN MARLEE

  • On 22 Oct | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, today we want to share with you the evolution of a character we created long ago, space smuggler Captain Jain Marlee.  We created her for a short comic strip and the first artist to draw her was Brian Level, who at the time was only doing tattoos.

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Above you have the first page to the very first Captain Jain Marlee story “Smuggler’s Lament.” Center is one of Brian’s early sketches of our gal. Shortly after this was published, we wrote a second story called “Cold Demise” and a Scottish artist, whose name we don’t recall now, did the sketch above at the right. He even did several pages…then for whatever reasons quite the project.

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So up stepped artist Luis Rivera and he did a bang up job with the strip, he even drew yours truly as Constable Glick.  AND…managed to get a fully colored version out there. It seemed like Captain Jain was getting more popular with each passing year.

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The third Captain Jain tale was called “The Prince” and this time the artist taking on our feisty space smuggler was Richard Jun, who gave her a more punkish look. Here are the two first pages of “The Prince.” Currently it is going to be reprinted in an issue of our friend Toddy Jones’ black and white comic anthology called WICKED AWESOME TALES. Thing is Todd has gotten artist Jolyon Yates to do a color cover featuring our gal.

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And we love it. There is a fourth Captain Jain Marlee completed script called “The Lost World” but it has yet to be drawn. Stay tuned. We’ll keep you posted.

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Last weekend the Air Chief returned to Scott’s Bluff Nebraska for the 4th Annual High Plains Mini-Mall comic day. Hosted and put on by my friend Mathew Rhys.  That’s us (0n the left) chatting about comics with Matt during the show.  Pix on the right is me at my table during a quiet moment. As ever it was a really fun day and thanks to all the great folks of Scott’s Bluff who stop by to say hi and picked up a few comics and pulps.

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While out in a Chicago area bookstore two of Airship 27’s finest pulp writers shared a store signing event. Upper left is new first time novelist George Tackes and upper right is veteran pulp scribe and co-creator of the hero Doc Atlas, Michael Black. We’re told the event was a huge success. Way go to new pulp writers!

And that’s all for this week, Loyal Airmen. As ever thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you back here next week.

Ron – Over & Out!!

NEW HARDBACK IN PRODUCTION

  • On 15 Oct | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, a few weeks ago we learned that Amazon would be making hardback editions available to publishers like Airship 27 Production. Deciding to give this a try, Art Director Rob Davis suggested we combine the first two Brother Bones anthologies.

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“Brother Bones – The Undead Avenger” & “Brother Bones – Tapestry of Blood,” and combined them into a large size omnibus that will include a total of 12 stories, each illustrated by Rob. He then strongly suggested we approach artist Adam Shaw to do the cover. Adam signed on and this past week turned in his wrap-around cover which is amazing and we can’t wait to show it to you. Stay tuned Loyal Airmen this is going to be one terrific package.

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And now we’re happy to announce the release of our latest Airship 27 title – MYSTERY MEN (  & Women ) Vol 7 – This one features stories by Teel James Glenn, Curtis Fernlund, Harding McFadden with  Eleanor Hawkins and Greg Hatcher. Greg’s Dr. Fixit character nabbing the cover spot by artist Adam Shaw with our own Rob Davis providing the interior illustrations. As always it is available now at Amazon in paperback and soon on Kindle. As ever, Loyal Airmen, thanks for your continued support.

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And lastly we have to end this week’s Flight Log on a sad note. This past week we lost another one of our pulp colleagues, Patrick Cranford.  Patrick and his brother Scott were regular fixtures in the pulp community and among the first to welcome the Air Chief, Rob & Airship 27. He’d been ill recently and hospitalized but none of us realized how serious matters were. Patrick was a fun loving, good natured soul and he will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, my friend. Our deepest condolences to Scott and all the Cranford family.

Ron – Over & out!

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, this week the Air Chief has a rather pathetic piece of news to share with all of you. Last Sat morning we discovered someone had gone and hacked our Facebook account. Meaning they’d gotten into it and took it down. Thus when the Air Chief tried to log on, we were told that our account simply did not exist. Thing is the page is STILL there for all the world to see, with its over three thousand friends list, but we cannot access it at all. And if you know anything at all about giant outfits like Facebook, it is pretty impossible to contact a living person in their so-called Customer Service Dept. So, after hours of attempting the impossible, we gave up and began the arduous task of creating a new page. Thanks to help of several of our pulp colleagues like Nancy Hansen, Tommy Hancock and of course our partner Rob Davis, we used our full name and the new page is now up and we are slowly beginning to reconnect with our pages. If you are one of those Facebooks friends, please do reconnect with us. As to the Hacker, we are truly sorry your life is so miserable that the only joy you can find in it is attacking other people. God forgive you and open your eyes to something better.

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On a much more positive note, we recently picked up “The James Bond Lexicon” and truly amazing book containing all facts pertaining to Ian Fleming’s famous fictional British spy.  Compiled and written by Alan and Gillian Porter and published by White Rocket Books. If, like us, you’re a Bond fan, you will truly appreciate this marvelous book.

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Finally for the longest time the Air Chief is been looking to have a new custom sweatshirt done up with our Airship 27 logo. We love wearing comfortable sweatshirts in the Fall and Winter and last week, on-line we find Rush Order Tees on the internet. Set up an order and had them do up a sweatshirt on a gray colored shirt. It arrived today. Valerie had us order an X-tra Large, fully expecting it will shrink with multiple washings. We love it. We still have a white tee-shirt with the logo that many of your con fans will recognize. Now we can add this sweatshirt.  Hmm, all we need now is a coffee mug.

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In what has to be the weirdest Flight Log we’ve ever posted, it now appears, thanks to the help of several really smart friends, we were finally able to change our FB password via our cellphones and get back to our original count. Which means, per the report at the start of this entry, we now have TWO FB pages…and will keep them both. Not a bad idea to always have a back up. Ha.

Ron – Over & Out!

RETURN OF LANCE STAR

  • On 1 Oct | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, many years ago when starting up Airship 27 Production, we created a new aviation hero molded after the classic flying heroes of the old classic pulps.

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That hero was Lance Sky Sky Ranger and after releasing a few anthologies, it became clear to us that writer Bobby Nash had a particular affinity to the character and so we gave him ownership of the character and he wasted no time in running with it. To include writing a Lance Star comic and

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we collected all Bobby’s Lance Star stories to date in a Kindle only edition.  After all this Bobby promised to one day do a full length Lance Star novel. We’re happy to announce that day has come. Below is a press release we and Bobby put together and recently released.

LANCE STAR – SKY RANGER IS BACK!!

Airship 27 Production is thrilled to announce the return one of New Pulp’s great flying hero, Lance Star – Sky Ranger. Writer Bobby Nash has big fans for this aviation ace.

Get ready on the flight line! A new serialized novel launches in October on Patreon! Lance Star: Sky Ranger returns in an all-new novel-length thriller from Author Bobby Nash at www.patreon.com/bobbynash with new chapters releasing each week. Tiers begin as low as $1 a month and helps keep our favorite New Pulp aviators alive and flying.

Lance Star: Sky Ranger “Cold Snap!” will debut in print and ebook from Airship 27 Productions in 2022.

Learn more about Lance Star: Sky Ranger at http://lancestar.blogspot.com

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That novel is called “Cold Snap” and will first be serialized on Bobby’s Patreon site before becoming a new Airship 27 title. At the same time Airship 27 is going to do a hard-copy of the Kindle-only collection as big one-two promotion punch for this great new Lance Star novel. Stay tuned Loyal Airmen, this is going to be big.

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After a long hiatus, Airship 27 is proud to announce the release of our latest title – The Great Chicago Fire Conspiracy by writer George Tackes. Tells the tale of the Great Chicago Fire and reveals who actually started the blaze. This one is pure pulp Loyal Airmen. Chris Rawding provides the cover and Gary Kato the interior illustrations. As always available from Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. As ever thanks for your continued support.

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Finally the Air Chief ran into an “old friend” at a pizza parlor here in Fort Collins the other day. The comic series that launched our comics writing career. Valerie grabbed her cel-phone to take a pick of that really cool figure and yours truly. Never know what you’re going to run into in this town. Ha.

And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen. As ever thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you back here next Fri morning.

Ron Over & Out!

ROB’S MODEL MAKING

  • On 24 Sep | '2021

Greetings, Loyal Airmen. In last week’s Flight Log report of this year’s Windy City Pulp & Paper con, we posted a picture of the wonderful diorama Art Director Rob David made of the two of us along with his pick up truck. The reaction to it was so awesome from our friends, Rob wrote up a little essay on how it all came together and offered a few more pictures. So take it away Rob.

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“It’s time to share my latest modeling project. Terry Beatty’s posts on his figure models inspired me to start building model cars again. The first of the new projects was a fanciful scene based on Ron Fortier and I making convention trips as Airship 27. The AMT reissue of their 1934 Ford pickup was the basis painted yellow creame with gloss black running boards/fenders. I printed up the door decal with the A-27 logo on my printer. I built and wired up the engine based on photos I found on the internet (tedious and time consuming!). The unpainted figures were ordered from 3D print service Shapeways and done up to look like Ron and myself.
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The pushcart is a bit oversized but is a reasonable replica of the one I use at conventions. I scratch built it with styrene rods and tubes with an aluminum tube handle. The tires are cribbed from a cheap eBay hot wheels purchase that yielded pretty close approximations with a bit of engenuity and paint. The Amazon boxes on top were swiped images from the internet manipulated in Photoshop printed on card stock. The most difficult part was the truck’s chassis and fine parts. These old eyes and thick fingers made for a few expletive filled sessions.
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Most fun was scratch building the cart, mostly by eyeballing it ( hence it not being exact to scale- but I’m happy with it!). Lastly I put together the black backdrop bag in the back of the truck using sprues from the kit draped with facial tissue coated with a water/white glue mixture and painted black. Next up may be the Polar Lights 1/25 1966 Batmobile if I can get over the nasty allergic reaction from last week. That one has some etched metal parts, something I’ve never dealt with before. FUN!”
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On other fronts Rob has finished assembling our Airship 27 Podcast Episode # 78 which we recorded at the Con. You can find it on You Tube here. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8ebS7pBvA0) He adds lots of images at the end from the con floor. Don’t miss this one, Loyal Airmen.
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Now for something special. It’s been almost two years since our good friend Mark Halegua passed away. Mark was an enthusiastic pulp fan, collector and seller. He was a regular at both Windy City and Pulp Fest and one of the first of the old gang to welcome the Air Chief and Airship 27 Productions into that community. He was also a diehard Yankees fan, but we forgave him for that. Mark also had aspirations of writing and before he died, he shared some of his ideas and concepts with two well established pulp scribes; Nancy Hansen and Lee Houston Jr.
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After Mark’s passing, the two of them contacted the Air Chief informing us that they wanted to take Mark’s notes and write the book he never got a chance to write. And so this past eight months or so, both of them diligently worked together and last week submitted their finished novel. With fingers crossed some time early next year, Airship 27 will release MARK HALEGUA’S THE BLUE LIGHT by Nancy Hansen & Lee Houston Jr.  And that Loyal Airmen, is why we love this community so much. Because these are people who truly love each other. Amen.
Ron – Over & Out.

WINDY CITY 2021

  • On 17 Sep | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, well we made it to Lombard, Illinois, for this year’s Windy City Pulp & Paper Con and it was arguably one of the best shows ever. Rob and the Air Chief were so thrilled to reconnect with so many of our old friends and made lots of new ones. Which was the best fun of all. We took a bunch of photos and now want to share them with you.

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Windy City happens because of two amazing fellows and their loving, supportive wives. To upper left is Doug Ellis and Deb and to the right we have John Gunnison & Maureen. These four souls work tirelessly to make this great show happen and we owe them big time.

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We arrived Friday afternoon, checked into the Westin Hotel and later came down to the hall to start setting up. Which is primarily Rob’s task. He’s got a system and the Air Chief does his best to stay out of his way. It was really humbling to have so many of our colleagues come over to inquire as to how we were feeling and tell us they had prayed for us during our recent surgery. This is the best community in the world.

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There were so many vendors at this show, as always, selling everything from original pulp paintings to books, magazines, comics etc. Above is our pal David White with his tons of old magazines and comics and to his right a shot of the Airship 27 tables. Both of which were overflowing with two years worth of titles.

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As we said, we met up with lots of old friends such as Dexter Fabi to left above and Gordon Dymowski with the Air Chief on the right.

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Fellow publisher Rich Harvey to the right and writer Greg Gick with the Air Chief.

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To upper left, writer Bill Maynard and to right Martin Gram above in checkered shirt with his Green Hornet mask, and a buddy.  Martin had copies of his giant History of the Lone Ranger on Radio book at the show and the Air Chief picked up a copy.

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And then we had old friends who have since become writers ala Jay Sweet upper left and George Tackes with the Air Chief showing off the Sherlock Holmes with his story in it.

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Writer Matthew Bieniek had his own table for the first time and was joined by his lovely wife Stephanie.

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New writer Mark Vander Zander joined us, along with his girlfriend Robin.

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Happily our pals from Pro-Se Press were set up across the aisle from us, manned by Tommy Hancock, the head honcho (in orange shirt) and is pal Texan Aubrey Stephens. We always have great time with them. On the Sat night of the con Tommy hosted an Irish Wake in the hotel bar in the memory of our dear pal writer Derrick Ferguson who passed away in March. It was a really great time, all of us reliving memories and sharing them. Derrick would have loved it.

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Our pal Derrick Ferguson and one of his latest Dillon titles.

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Another shot of Pro-Se table and the biggest surprise to the Air Chief, the model diorama Rob made up of us with his old truck and stack of Amazon boxes ready to go to the show. That’s the Air Chief on the right in his baseball cap and Rob with arms folded in blue shirt. This wowed all our friends when they came to our tables and saw it.

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And we’re happy to report the Sunday New Pulp Panels were on. Upper left features moderator Gordon Dymowski with Mike Black, Jay Sweet, Doug Klauba & George Tackes. The second panel, upper right, featured moderator Andy Fix, Brian Morris, Dale Cozort, Mark Vander Zanden & Matthew Bieniek. Again a really great mix of old and new guard in New Pulp.

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A tradition for New Pulp creators is to hit up a greasy burger joint on Friday after the show. And a bunch of us did just that, allowing Air Chief to snap two selfies. At upper left (going clock-wise) Air Chief up front then Matthew Bieniek, Rob Davis, Jay Sweet & Andy Fix. Second (clock-wise) George Tackes, Aubrey Stephens, Gordon Dymowski, Tommy Hancock, David white and the Air Chief. To say a good time was had by all would be an understatement for sure. So happy to have the newbies join us this year.

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Another first was the fact that the Air Chief and Chief Engineer Rog actually recorded the Airship 27 Podcast # 78 while at the hotel. The major portion was done in our hotel room Sat. morning, and then Rob took lots of small video clips later throughout the main hall to cut and splice into the main part. Once all put together we’ll be up at You Tube. Hopefully by next week. Trust us, you won’t want to miss this show.

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Of course you know the Air Chief wasn’t going to come home empty handed. Above is a shot of a few of the new books we picked up at the show. The biggest by far was that Lone Ranger monster assembled by Martin Gram and his partner Terry Salomonson. There’s the new Dillon, and other great reads we can’t wait to dig into. As ever, it was such a great show. Can’t wait till next year and who knows, maybe we’ll see you there, Loyal Airmen.

Ron – Over & Out!

BACK IN CHICAGO

  • On 9 Sep | '2021

Greeting Loyal Airmen.  As you read this week’s Flight Log, the Air Chief is in Lombart, Il, at the Windy City Pulp & Paper Con. Keeping our fingers crossed many of you will also be in there. For those of you who couldn’t make it, we wanted to leave you with some very neat sneak peeks at up and coming projects we’ve been involved with.

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One of our most popular book series in the past few years has been MYSTERY MEN (& Women) in which writers debut their own original heroes…or villains. In Vol 6 of this series which we released last year, writer Greg Hatcher gave us Dr. Fix-It, a genius mechanic who makes gadgets for the super villains. The story was much fun and as he always does, Art Director Rob Davis not only illustrated it, he also did up a pin-up sketch of the character. Dr. Fix-It is one Ernie Voskovec and he’s a really terrific character with lots of tales to tell.

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So when Greg turned in a second Dr. Fix-It story for Volume #7, the Air Chief began thinking we should feature Ernie on the cover of this book. And our idea was to recruit artist Adam Shaw to bring it to life. Adam has done some stunning covers for us and never disappoints. His work is beautiful. But at the same time he wasn’t familiar with the character, so as we’ve done in the past, Art Director Rob Davis did up a quick pencil sketch of what we’re looking for in the finished cover and sent it off to Adam. (See above.) We thought you Loyal Airmen would love seeing this preliminary work. Adam won’t copy Rob’s piece, but use it to inspire his own interpretation. Which of course all of you will see when the book is completed and published.

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Years ago the Air Chief has the privilege with Pablo Marcos, one of the finest graphic artists in the world today. Over his long career Pablo has worked with ever major comic company and done some of the most popular characters known to fandom. In our association together, we did a short strip that appeared in a Frazetta’s Sword & Sorcery magazine. Later, Pablo had the idea for a series to be called The Immigrant for which the Air Chief wrote a few script pages to test out the concept. Sadly we couldn’t find any publisher will to take it on. After living in the states for many years, Pablo has returned to Columbia and is now building his own web-site where he will be available for commission. You can find it at (www.PABLOMARCOS.com) Tell the Air Chief sent you.

And that Loyal Airmen is a wrap. Next week we hope to have a bunch of pictures from Windy City and some great stories to related. Till then be well and stay safe.

Ron – Over & Out!

WINDY CITY ALMOST HERE

  • On 3 Sep | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, well this year’s Windy City Pulp & Paper Con is coming up next week and the Air Chief couldn’t be happier. We sorely missed attending this show last year. It is always one of our favorites for Airship 27 Productions. And this year will be special, as Art Director Rob Davis and the Air Chief have discounted all our new title to only $12 each in the hopes of moving lots of our back inventory from 2019 and to give all our con followers a huge bargain. Hope to see you there.

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Of course the fun of the show is seeing what’s new from all the New Pulp publishers such as one of our favorites, Moonstone Books. We’ve written for editor/publisher Joe Gentile more times than we can count. Above is a new promo Moonstone just release and included works by the Air Chief’s colleagues and friends such a Tommy Hancock, James Chambers and Mike Bullock. You can find these titles today at their on-line website. Tell them the Air Chief sent you.

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On the pulp front, artist Chris Nye wrapped up his nine black and white illustrations for Teel James Glenn’s sword and planet novel, “Dragonthroat.” See above left. Now comes the task of recruiting someone to do the cover. The idea will be two riders atop the alien horses of this world. To help whoever takes on the task, Art Director drew up a sketch of one such animal based on Glenn’s descriptions.

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Finally, we rarely post cartoons here, but one of Valerie’s pet peeves is shopping carts with broken wheels that don’t turn. She seems to get one every time we go grocery shopping. So when the Air Chief saw the one above on-line earlier this week, we knew she’d get a big laugh out of it. So Val, this one is for you.

And that’s it for this week Loyal Airmen. Thanks ever for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out!

SATIN WEI RETURNS

  • On 27 Aug | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, if you’ve been following this page for a while, you are already familiar with the Chinese cat-burglar we created years ago named Satin Wei. She was to be start of her own comic series to be titles SATIN’S WAYS.  And now, that first 48 pg adventure will be going into production for Roland Mann’s Silverline Comics with artist Richard Jun handling the art chores.

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In the past we’d displayed some of Richard’s early sketches of Satin and the supporting cast. Well before he could even begin work on page one, Roland came up with the idea of doing a Silverline Christmas Comic Special and asked all of us if we’d do a 6 pg Christmas themed story featuring our character. Well Richard was willing to give it a go.

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So then it was up to the Air Chief to come up with an appropriate story to make it all work. And happily we did giving Richard plenty of time to visualize and draw the six pages. Which he is now finishing and above is one of these. Once done, our good pal, artist Mike Belcher, will do the lettering. The strips will be colored and then go on to be a part of the Christmas Comic.

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Meanwhile Richard is now turning his attention to the 48 pg story which Silverline plans to start promoting in October via a Kickstarter campaign. Above is the new logo for the project created by our own Rob Davis.

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Finally on a fun personal note, our son Kevin and his wife Melanie are on vacation and visited Cape Cod. While there they stopped at a restaurant on the beach for authentic New England fried clam. He then sent us the pictures above. The Air Chief’s mouth was drooling. We don’t have any beaches here in Northern Colorado.  Ha. Take Loyal Airmen and we’ll see you back here next week.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

A FEW COMIC PROJECTS

  • On 20 Aug | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen. Before anything else, the Air Chief wants to thank all our friends here in Fort Collins who turned out in the hundreds to visit us at Gryphon’s Games & Comics. It was the biggest, splashiest Free Comic Book Day we’ve ever experienced. We sold tons of comics and met so many great people. It was a blast. Among folks we saw was our artist pal, Brian Loner, who dropped off a copy of the DEATH DERBY comic he finally finished and put together. Which is our first topic of the week.

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Several  years ago we our pal Todd Jones was hoping to do an issue of his comic anthology series WICKED AWESOME TALES devote to manga-style strip. To that end, we wrote a short story called DEATH DERBY in which this crazy, wild auto-race was held in the public streets of a giant metropolis with absolutely no rules. It was our version of all the crazy Japanese anime series we’d seen. Our two lead character would be two really tough ladies, Bad Betty and Kathy Kadaver. Shortly after finishing the strip, artist Barry McClain offered to draw it for us and put together not only a nice pin-up sketch of the gals, but actually finished page # 1. See above. And then, for various reasons, sadly had to drop out of the project. More time passes and then one day, artist Brian Loner asked if we might have a script for him to play with.

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Brian loved the strips and didn’t waste any time whipping up his version of the characters.

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The thing is Brian wanted to expand on the visuals. He wanted to make the story longer by using less panels per page and adding others, so that ultimate the story had the potential to fill an entire comic issue. Above is his version of page # 1.

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Above is the completed DEATH DERBY comic as created by the Air Chief and artist Brian Loner. The book is black and white with two different covers, each on the flip side of the other as seen above here. At the back of the story itself, Brian has included at least six pages of his early sketches which are way cool to see. If you’d like to pick up a copy go to (www.brianlonerart.com) That’s where you’ll find it. Meanwhile we’re going to talk a bit about the possibility about sequels. Stay tuned.

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So next up Loyal Airmen is progress on the fourth and final issue of BLACK LION. Warren Montgomery had been doing our lettering and cover coloring. About a month ago, having seen some of Warren’s new artwork on Facebook, we suggested he do the cover to issue # 4. He jumped at the chance and began sending in some roughs and pencils.

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First he did a loose rough and then did up a mock-up like cover. This was the beginning.

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One he worked out the composition he wanted, he did full tight pencils. Then came the inks and finally the covers, as seen in the three pieces above. We love it and think once the logo is added, it will make a great cover to wrap up the series. Note, as of now half the book is finished and artist Kevin Johnson is hard at work on the last half. We hope to have the issue out within a few months. Then some time in 2022 we’ll collect them all in a big old graphic novel. Stay tuned, Loyal Airmen.

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Now to pulp stuff. Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to announce the release of our 241st title, “Flatrion Death Grip” by writer Peggy Chambers. A New York beautician becomes a vigilante by night and battles werewolves and vampires. This pulpish fun adventure is a romp with interior illustrations by Gabriella Saenz and a great new cover (see above) by Ted Hammond. Now available at Amazon in paperback and soon on Kindle. As always, thanks so much for your support.

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Finally, if you happen to be anywhere near Kansas City this weekend, you might want to go and enjoy Planet Comic Con, a great comic con with tons of guests, including our very own Art Director Rob Davis. This is Rob’s “home con” and he has attended it every year since its inception. So stop by  his table, tell him hello and get him to draw a sketch for you. You’ll be glad you did.

And there you have this week’s Flight Log Loyal Airmen, be well and we’ll see you here next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!