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JIN & TONIK

  • On 24 Jun | '2022

Greeting Loyal Airmen, looks like summer is racing onward at breakneck speed and the Air Chief is doing his best to keep up.

JIN & TONIK –

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Artist Cesare Feliciano turned in Pg # 36 of this comic project. Only two more pages and issue number one, in regards to the art, is completed. That leaves lettering and coloring. We’re still on the hunt for a talented colorist, so if any of you Loyal Airmen know of such, send them our way. Please.

RAIZEE THE RAM –

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Artist Olivia DeGaine is moving at warp-speed to wrap Raizee’s latest adventures for issue # 2 of our Wooden Blade series. Will be really anxious to see these pages completed and what she whips up for a cover. She’s doing such a great job with this series.

BEYOND THE STARS Issue # 2

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From rough layouts to colors, artist Andrea Bormida delivers Pg # 7 of the second issue of “Beyond the Stars.” We so love his work.

A SNEAK PEEK –

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As this week’s log isn’t as loaded as previous entries, we thought we’d end it with giving all you Loyal Airmen a sneak peek at two of Art Director Rob Davis’ new illustrations for the current “Bass Reeves – Frontier Marshal Vol 5″ now in production. This, as the previous four volumes in the series, has four new adventures featuring the greatest western lawman who ever lived. Rob, like the air chief, is a western buff and especially enjoys illustrating this series. As we’ve mentioned before there is at along last going to be an actual Bass Reeves mini-series for television created by writer/director Taylor Sheridan and coming from Paramount. Let’s hope the get it right.

And that’s a wrap for this week Loyal Airmen, as ever, thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Ron – Over & Out!

A TRADING CARD

  • On 17 Jun | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen, as we move closer to the month of July and the mailing out of the Silverline sci-fi giant comic, of which our “Beyond the Stars” was a part, we’re excited as to the several Stretch Goal items that became available. None more so than the BTS trading card.

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Artist Andrea Bormida and our letterer, artist Mike Belcher worked together to design this special card that all who donated to the campaign will receive with their comics. It features three of the Science-Warriors from the story, Aa-Naal, Kal and Is-Brt. Gonna be a great collectible.

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Meanwhile BTS artist Andrea Bormida continues work on issue two. Above is his early pencil roughs for pg # 8. Once again, he captures the Air Chief’s script beautifully, bringing all the action and drama to magnificent visual live.

THE BOSTON BOMBERS Vol 2 –

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Airship 27 Art Director and supreme artist, Rob Davis turns in pg # 5 of Boston Bombers Vol 2. After several pages of detailing the Roman Legion exploring Africa, he turns his artistic eye to a wall of Masai warriors. Things are heating up, Loyal Airmen.  Oh yeah.

YOKAI –

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Airship 27 Production is thrilled to announce the release of “Yokai.” Continuing the further adventures of  Space hauler, Captain Tony Michaels and his alien co-pilot/partner, Jiin of Tz-en. Ted Hammond delivers the stunnng cover above and artist Don Simpson, the creator of the comedy super-hero Megaton Man does the wonderful interior illustrations.With this series, Carey has recaptured that old world space opera magic made popular by writers like E.C. Tubb, Andre Norton and Jack Vance. Available now from Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. As ever Loyal Airmen, thanks for your continued support.

RAIZEE THE RAM –

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Artist Olivia DeGaine continues to work on completing our THE WOODEN BLADE # 3 featuring our sword wielding hero, Raizee the Ram. Her hope is to have the issue completed by the Fort Collins Comic Con which happens in Aug. All fingers crossed.

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So look what showed up in the mail; my copies of my latest graphic novel, BLACK LION. A full color book available at Amazon, Loyal Airmen.

PODCAST # 85 –

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As many of you Loyal Airmen are aware, the Air Chief and Art Director Rob Davis do a regular video podcast on You Tube. We’ve been doing it for several years now telling folks what we are up to with Airship 27 Production. This past week we recorded episode # 85. Check it out, it’s less than an hour of madcap fun and two really crazy jokes.  Go to link. (https://www.youtube.com/feed/library)

And that’s it for this week Loyal Airmen, thanks ever for stopping by and we’ll see you back here next Friday. Till then, take care and God bless.

Ron (Over & Out)

 

BLACK LION GRAPHIC NOVEL

  • On 10 Jun | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we kick of this week with something truly special and a long time coming.

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As many of you already know from past entries, long ago the Air Chief was involved with writing a Rambo comic series for an outfit called Blackthorn Comics. Sadly it failed after only one issue, all of which we relate in detail in our memoirs book. Ultimately several decades later we were able to alter those four scripts and created a new hero, Jamal Lyons, a former Navy Seal codename Black Lion. Then about three years ago we hooked up with former Army Sergeant Kevin Johnson and began producing the this four issue mini series via Rob Davis’ Redbud Studio. Last fall we released the 4th and final issue.

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And now the Air Chief is proud to announce the release of the series as a collected graphic novel from Amazon. See covers above. Aiding Kevin and the Air Chief in putting this all together were colorist Arrick Church and letterer Warren Montgomery. Artist Shannon Hall did the cover. The book is over a hundred full color pages of action and adventure. And we’ve added a bonus section in the back, being the actual chapter from our memoirs which recounts how and why the Rambo book failed and eventually rose again to become Black Lion. We hope all you Loyal Airmen head over to Amazon and check it out. As ever thanks for your support and patience. Right now the Air Chief is wound for sound.

JIN & TONIK –

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Artist Cesar Feliciano continues the birth of Darya Tonikova with Pg 35 of issue # 1 of our new spy action thriller. The book itself will be a total 0f 38 pgs when completed. We are still on the hunt for a top notch colorist to complete our production team. Keep in mind, there is no up front money for this project as it is Cesar’s plans to fund the comic via some kind of on-line funding program. Still, these pages beg for colors and the Air Chief is keeping all fingers crossed we’ll find someone soon.

GRADUATION TIME –

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In the past months schools at all levels have been conducting graduation ceremonies to honor their students’ achievement. Here, the Valerie & the Air Chief were thrilled to congratulated our granddaughter Cora on receiving her Associate Degree in Business Administration from the local community college. She was an honor student and all of us are so proud of her. Left to right above, Val, Cora, Cora’s mom Nicole and the Air Chief. Son Alan snapped the pix. Cora hopes to eventually enter Colorado State University to complete her four year studies.

HE CREATED TRIBBLES –

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Arguably one of the best, and funniest, episodes of the original Star Trek TV series was “The Trouble with Tribbles” written by sci-fi author David Gerrold. We remember reading about Gerrold and his career in the pages of the then new genre monthly, “Starlog.” Beside working on ST, Gerrold also wrote for such sci-fi series as “Sliders” and “Babylon 5.”  Last week, while at the local comic shop with pal Todd Jones, we learned that Gerrold would be coming through Fort Collins on Wed the 8th and stopping to visit a friend who lives here. Todd worked quickly to set up a store-signing and it all happened today. He invited the Air Chief to tag along and we were only too happy to do so. David Gerrold showed up right on time at 11 a.m. and for the next three hours regaled us with dozens of great stories from his amazing career. He is one of the most personable souls we have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

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Among all the books on his table, was the one above (left) with the behind the story of that famous Star Trek episode # 44. We had him autograph it, which he gladly did. Then later, before he had to leave, we had this shot taken together. Sincerely, David Gerrold is a truly wonderful human being and blessing upon blessing, today the Air Chief made a new friend.

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As if meeting one of the finest sci-fi writers in the world wasn’t enough fun for one day, the Air Chief returned home later that day to discover for the second year in a row Airship 27 Production was nominated for the PulpFest Munsey Award. This is the award given out every year at PulpFest and named after pulp pioneering publisher Frank Munsey. The award is given to folks who’ve made positive contributions to pulp history and fandom. In the nomination both yours truly and Airship 27 Art Director Rob Davis are named for our efforts with New Pulp to keep pulp literature and its fandom alive. We are flattered and extremely honored by this recognition and want to thank those people who nominated us and wish all the nominees congratulations. They are John Betancourt, Richard Bleier, Henry G.Franke III, Chris Kalb, Rick Lai, William Patrick Murray, Gary Phillips, Sheila Vanderbeek, Howard Wright and Dan Zimmer.

And that’s it for this week, Loyal Airmen. As can see it was a very eventful one at that. Thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you all here next Friday. God bless.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

 

JIN & TONIK HEATS UP

  • On 3 Jun | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen, and welcome to June. A couple of our current comic projects are moving along nicely and we’ve another great drawing from artist Andrea Bormida featurning cast of Beyond the Stars. But first, a certain sword wielding Ram deserves our attention.

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At the same time, our dear friend and awesome artist, Olivia DeGaine continues work on wrapping up issue # 2 of our Raizee the Ram series, The Wooden Blade.  Above to left is the now familiar cover to issue # 1, and to the right is her progress on Pg 7 of the second issue. She’s as always doing a fantasic job and we can’t wait to see the final book.

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And super draftsman Cesar Feliciano just completed Pg # 34 of our JIN  & TONIC\K first issue. This one dramatically presenting for the first time ever, Russian super soldier, Darya Tonikova…in her embryonic artificial womb.  Talk about a money-shot. While to the right is an old sketch Cesar had done up way back in 2018 when this project was also in its infancy. We are still on the hunt for a super talented colorist to join out team. Stay tuned, Loyal Airmen.

BEYOND THE STARS –

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Those of you who were so generous to support the Kickstarter campaign for this comic, will know that one of the very first Stretch Goals to be met was that a Beyond the Stars trading card would be produce and go out to everyone who pitched in.  Above is the finished image for the card, which is now in its final stages of production. It features Master Scientist Ar-Nall with Cyborg Science Warrior IS-Brt (0n left) and Chief Science Warrior Kal (on the right). There will be added logo on this front and text on the back. Gonna be a nice collectible when finished. Oh, yeah.

A PUZZLE OF SORTS

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So we are digging through the image files on very old CD disc this past week when the Air Chief stumbles upon the cover above…and started wondering what it was? Obviously it has our name on the cover, but boy are the memories vague. Seems like ages ago, the late publisher of Caliber Comics, Gary Reed, approached us about writing a series of Cavewoman issues. Cavewoman was/is the brainchild of comic creator Bud Root and at the time, very, very popular. So we said,”Sure, why not.” We established a correspondence with Bud which led to the both of us agreeing to go to a Monster Convention in Baltimore that year. We shared a room and got to know each other. The other thing we remember about that show was finally getting to shake hands with the great Forrest Ackerman of Famous Monsters of Filmland.  Then some time after our return home to New Hampshire we apparently did write a script which Gary then had an artist named Rick Burcham illustrate it and that’s it above. Dang, but we have absolutely no recollection of the script itself or if we even have any copies of this comic. All too weird. Guess we’ll have to go digging into the boxes one of these days. It’s what happen when you’ve written as many scripts as we have.  Hmm, we wonder. Any of your Loyal Airmen remember this one at all?

That’s it for this week, as ever, thanks for stopping by and God Bless.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

SPRING SNOW

  • On 27 May | '2022

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, as the Air Chief begins this log entry, it is Sat morning May 21st and yesterday we had snow descend on the Rocky Mountain State. This morning, the view of the white covered foothills behind our home in Fort Collins is truly beautiful. Still, let’s hope Mother Nature has finally said THE END to this cold stuff. Three days ago it was 86 degrees here. Please, let’s get back to that again.

KICKSTARTER OVER!!!

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Those of you who follow this Flight Log know last we reached our Kickstarter Goal for our new comic BEYOND THE STARS # 1 being published by Silverline Comics. It was so amazing to see just how love and support we received for this project and on behalf of the entire BTS team, yours truly and artists Andrea Bormida and Mike Belcher, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts and God bless you all. As planned, published comics will beginning shipping to people in July. No worries, we’ll totally keep you all posted.

WE GET BOOKS –

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As many of your Loyal Airmen already know, we write an internet review column. Look up at top of this page and find the link to Pulp Fiction Reviews.  Been doing it for almost twenty years now. So obviously we get lots…and lots of books from publishers big and small. Imagine our surprise when a box showed up in the mail last week with five ARCs. That stands for Advance Reading Copy, which generally means it has been mailed out before it was proof-read to reviewers in hopes of getting early review responses. These five were courtesy of the British publisher Titan Books and although it is impossible for us to review every single book we get (not enough hours in a day..Loyal Airmen) in looking at these, for sure two will be popping up in my blog, possibly even three. Stay tuned, and please, do stop by my Pulp Fiction Review blog. You may find a treasure or two there.

THE BOSTON BOMBERS –

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Partner and amigo, Rob Davis wrapped up Pg 4 of The Boston Bombers Vol 2 the other day and send it along. We love Rob’s artwork and are thrilled to see this project coming along. Likewise –

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Above is Pg # 33 of issue # 1 of this modern day action thriller with art by the gifted Cesar Feliciano. Ever memory serves us correctly, Cesar has only three more pages to wrap up this premier issue. Then we will be discussing publishing options…and hopefully looking for a colorist to join our team.

AIRSHIP 27 NEWS

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Just over a year ago we published a sci-fi adventure novel by Wayne Carey entitles “El’Aris” which was to be the first in a years starting freight captain Tony Michaels and his alien co-pilot, Jiin of Tz-en. See cover above to left. Now Carey’s second in the series, called “Yokai” is in the final stages of production and this one features interior illustrations by the very popular cartoonist and creator of Megaton, Don Simpson. That’s one above at right. Happily, Ted Hammond, who did the cover to “El’Aris” is returning to do the cover on this new book.

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Finally over the past four to five years, the Air Chief and artist Kevin Johnson have been publishing the adventures of Jamal Lyon, an ex-Navy Seal whose code name is Black Lion. We’ve finished the story with book # 4 and are now in the process of collecting them all in one volume which will be published via Amazon. Soon as it is available there, we’ll give you the link. Thanks ever to all you Loyal Airmen who have supported the series.

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

Ron – Over & Out

 

KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN ENDS

  • On 20 May | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we are beginning this new Flight Log on May 14, nine days before the BEYOND THE STARS Kickstarter Campaigns ends. As of this writing, we are still $1,500 short. Will we make it? Whereas we don’t have a crystal ball to see into the future, let’s check out other things going on in the Air Chief’s projects and we’ll get back to this agenda as the week progresses.

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The amazing artist Cesar Feliciano has turned in Pg # 32 of our spy thriller. Basically what’s happening the page here is a shotgun wedding Soviet style. Believe us, Loyal Airmen, his final pages for issue # 1 will blow you away.

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A few weeks back we listed several short stories that were on their way from various anthologies. One of those moving quickly into production is Bold Venture Press’ “Zorro’s Exploit” edited by Audrey Parente. It features a stunning cover by Francisco Silva and has 17 brand new stories, including one by ye Old Air Chief called “The Road to Penance.” We’ll certainly let you know when the book is available.

THE ADVENTURES OF DOC ATLAS

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Airship 27 Production is really thrilled to announce our newest title, “The Adventures of Doc Atlas” by Mike Black & Ray Lovato. Mike and Ray have been writing the adventures of the pulp hero for more than a decade and now, thanks to their partnership with us at Airship 27, all his past tales will be included in brand new editions which will eventually lead to newer stories. Above the painted cover to Vol 1 by artist Ed Catto. This is his first cover for us, whereas Ed previously earned a coveted Pulp Factory Award for his interior illustrations. Ed will be the artist for all Doc Atlas volumes. As ever you can find this book at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. Thanks always for your support Loyal Airmen.

BEYOND THE STARS UPDATE –

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It is now Wednesday and all we need to wrap up our goal for the BEYOND THE STARS Kickstarter Campaign is $791 before this coming Sunday, the 22nd. Will we make it? Who knows. Meanwhile, Mike Belcher, our good friend, and the amazing letterer on the project just turned in the above sketch of the series’ protagonist, Science Warrior Kal. Here’s hoping all of us get to see her adventures in print.

MR. JIGSAW – Man of a Thousand Parts.

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And here’s what we hope is some exciting news for all you Mr. Jigsaw fans out there. Our last issue, # 16 came well over a year ago. (Above left.) Sorry it has been so long, but caught up with all our zillion other pulp projects for Airship 27 and the rash of new comic book projects, poor Jiggy got left on the back burner. Well no more. Today, we wrapped up the 24 pg script for issue # 17 titled – “Broken Hearts & Misfits” and it is on its way to artist Gary Kato. A hint, Misfits refers to the team of zany super-heroes first introduced in issue # 6, who then banded together to become Mr. Jigsaw’s Misfits. It will probably take Gary at least three months to get her all drawn up. We’ll keep posted. Anyway, really happy to have this one in the pipeline at long last.

THREE DAYS LEFT

It is now Thursday, 19th. With only three days left on our Kickstarter Campaign, we are only $249 short of reaching our goal. Will we make it before Sunday the 22nd?  This is where the Air Chief needs to sign out and schedule the post. Hopefully next week we’ll have some great news to share with all of you. Until then, to all you contributed, heartfelt thanks…and God Bless.

BREAKING NEWS – 8:20 P.M. Thursday…THE GOAL WAS MET!!!!

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Greeting Loyal Airmen, well we seemed to have survived another great Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention.  Weather was a bit raining when Chief Engineer Rob Davis and the Air Chief arrived but that soon changed to nice sunny weather and the show was fantastic. So many of our colleagues were present and as ever we made tons of new friends. So without further ado, let’s check out some pix.

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The central aisle in the hustler’s room is quickly becoming the New Pulp Aisle. Directly across from our Airship 27 tables were Tommy Hancock with Pro Se press and his pal/writer Aubrey. Next to them was writer Matthew Bieniek having a table for the second year in a row.

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Jonathan Sweet writer/publisher was there with a big smile on his face and of course there’s Rob and the Air Chief and our stack of titles.

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Pulp writer Mark Vander Zanden and his fiancee Robyn next to guys behind Flinch Books, Rich Bruening and Jim Beard. Both old pals, this being their first trip to Windy City.

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To the left of Airship 27 was White Rocket Book’s very own Van Plexico along with writer Andy Fix, and browse through their awesome books writer Gene Moyers. Even the Air Chief stopped by later in the day.

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On Friday night, as ever, the Pulp Factory Awards were handed out and we were delighted to have winning short story writer Brian K. Morris on hand to accept the remaining four awards for those creators unable to attend. Brian was terrific and had the audience in stitches. That’s him with his own personal award. Here’s a list of all the winners.

Best Novel  – Captain Hawklin and the Invisible Enemy by Charles F. Millhouse

Best Short Story – Snow Ambition from Snow Shorts by Brian K. Morris

Best Anthology – Pulp Reality # 2 from Stormgate Press

Best Cover – Clayton Murwin for Pulp Reality # 2 from Stormgate Press

Best Interior Illustrations – Stephen Burks for Pulp Reality # 3 from Stormgate Press.

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Along with these annual awards, the Pulp Factory Awards committee awarded Connecticut based writer Nancy Hansen their Grand Master Award. This is only the second time it has been presented. Unable to attend, a friend of Mrs. Hansen, writer Lee Houston Jr. video tape her receiving the award and you can find that video on You Tube here – (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vAfSrMASCA)

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The Air Chief was also surprised while at the Con to discover our latest short story “The Last Trail – A Bass Reeves Story” had been published. It is part of the anthology “STANDOFF – Cops and Robbers” produced by Pro-Se press and edited by our pal, Tommy Hancock. The cover above is by the always amazing Adam Shaw. And as you’d expect, you can pick it up at Amazon right now. Had fun writing this one, Loyal Airmen.

BEYOND THE STARS KICKSTARTER UPDATE

On the same day the Air Chief flew off to Chicago for the con, the official Kickstarter Campaign for our new comic series, BEYOND THE STARS was launched. Within the first day, support was fantastic but then by the end of the week-end things had started to stall out and though we had passed the half-way point of the $5,000 money goal, we still have a ways to go yet.

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Meanwhile undaunted by any of this, BTS artist Andrea Bormida continued his beautiful work on issue number two. Above is the completed page # 4 without lettering.

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And here is the finished page # 5. As you can all see, his enthusiasm hasn’t let up at all. So please, if you haven’t signed on to support us, do so now. And if you simply can’t do so, then share our link with all your friends and family. It will help us so much. (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/silverlinecomics/scifi1?fbclid=IwAR1YkNaGgmd2GAKdif_3SacsbzwEs7uSKfgWR0lB1YkcSfJnjUO-ktCJD2c)

And earlier this week artist Andrea Bormida and letterer Mike Belcher did a You Tube podcast promoting the project. You can find it here. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVJGTl35X6E)

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And finally here’s Steven Butler’s alternate cover to BTS # 1 as beautifully colored by Mickey Clausen. The Kickstarter Campaing only has ten days left.  Again, we can’t do this without you.

Ron – Over & Out!!

KICKSTARTER LAUNCHES TODAY

  • On 5 May | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we are posting a day earlier than usual, as tomorrow we will be in Chicago for the Windy City Pulp & Paper Con and wanted to be sure you remembered what happens today, May 5th. It’s LAUNCH DAY!!!!

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Pg  from Beyond the Stars Book # 2 by artist Andrea Bormida. A comic you will never see completed…unless you help fund Book # 1. (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/silverlinecomics/scifi1?fbclid=IwAR0n_zftfcb8PuZajeVodygLJnfY49c65UT7U4IFUQjqZ1qWhJ6vivDCAKc)

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And here is Pg 5 of that issue. Again, for the hundredth time, without our support and funding, this project will never be finished. Please, the Kickstarter launches today. Use the link above, go check it out and if you can, help us make BEYOND THE STARS a huge success. Thanks so much, the Air Chief.

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTION –

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Airship 27 is thrilled to announce the release of our latest book in the Barry Baskerville Boy Detective children’s series, “Barry Baskerville’s Fishing Adventure.” Once again, the smart and mischievous boy who wants to grow up to be Sherlock Holmes finds himself on an outdoor adventure with friends and of course, as he always does, stumbles upon a puzzling mystery. Story by creator Richard Kellogg and art by the uber talented Gary Kato. This is the 8th Barry Baskerville book and as always available now at Amazon. If you’ve young children or grandchildren, they will love this series. As ever, thanks so much for your support.

RAIZEE THE RAM

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As many of you Loyal Airmen are aware, several years ago, the Air Chief created a fantasy adventure character with artist Olivia DeGaine called Raizee the Ram in a story titled “The Wooden Blade.” After Olivia had finished drawing the story, we had it published in our friend Todd Jones’ comic anthology, “Wicked Tales.” Then later that year, the Air Chief penned two more Raizee tales, Olivia drew them and she and her husband, artist Zane DeGaine published all three stories in Raizee’s own title, appropriately “The Wooden Blade” from their own publishing imprint, Pulp Fusion.  Since that time the Air Chief finished another adventure of our traveling swordsman and Olivia is currently busy at work bringing it to visual life. At upper right, is her latest finished page (pencils & inks). The two of us are hoping she can have it all wrapped by Nov. so we can have issue # 2 of “The Wooden Blade” available for the Rocky Mountain Con in Denver. All fingers crossed.

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Since moving to Fort Collins, Olivia and Zane have become our dearest friends and we often like to go out to local restaurants. Well, early this year, Olivia’s mom, Barbara, made the big move from the East Coast and is now living with them. She’s a real sweetheart and both Val and the Air Chief have had the great pleasure of getting to know her as well. So last weekend, Olivia invited us to join them at a local eatery celebrate Barbara’s birthday. We were thrilled to join them. Above, left to right are, Barbara, Olivia, Zane, Val and the Air Chief. We are so blessed with such people in our lives.

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And happy to show off the latest on this project. Artist Crisanto Moreno is a very busy man with a full time job that keeps him very busy. Part of being a professional, is maintaining one’s responsibilities to your loved ones. That means paying the bills, providing food and a home. All of which cost money. Something the life of a freelance artist can never truly depend on. So Crisanto fulfills his responsibilities and whatever few hours a week that leaves him, he draws.  And he draws beautifully.  Above left is his starting roughs of page 8.  You can see he’s started to place the word balloons so as to see what space he has left to compose his images. Pretty much what most pros do. It’s a long process, but in the end so worth the time and effort. Thank you, Crisanto.

BEYOND THE STARS PROMOTION

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We want to give a shout out to two of the finest comics writers in the world, who took time to read issue #1 of Beyond the Stars and provide their thoughts on it for us. Thank you Chuck Dixon and Mike Baron, you guys rock!!!

And that’s it for this week, Loyal Airmen.  Our bags are back and Chicago here we come. Meanwhile, please go support BEYOND THE STARS and we’ll see you back here next Friday, at our regular posting time. God bless.

Ron – Over & Out!

WINDY CITY PULP CON

  • On 29 Apr | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we’ll by the calendar we’re only a week away from this year’s Windy City Pulp and Paper Con in Chicago. You can bet the Air Chief and Art Director Rob Davis of Airship 27 will be there holding down the fort at our two tables. Not only are we looking forward to seeing lots of old friends, but the fun of presenting this year’s Pulp Factory Awards on Friday night. Hopefully we’ll have photos to share with you when we come home. For now, onto all our other projects.

BEYOND THE STARS

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At the same time we are in Chicago, May 5th will have arrived and the official launch of the Silverline Comics’ Kickstarter Campaign to fund our new sci-fi series BEYOND THE STARS. Above to the left are the finish pencils to artist Steven Butler’s alternate cover. We’ve known Steven for many years. He was a familiar artist at Marvel Comics for many years drawing their Black Cat character from the Spiderman series. Having him doing a cover for us is just amazing. To upper left is a yet another promotional piece from series creator/artist Andrea Bormida.

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And above is Pg 3 of Book # 2, where the bar room brawl continues. Hoping we can get this published, Loyal Airmen.

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You should also be aware, Beyond the Stars is one third of this campaign. Silverline’s plans are to put together a mega comic that will feature it and two other premier sci-fi titles, Obsoletes and Krey. Above is the image from the Kickstarter Campaign. So folks helping back the project will actually be getting three number one issues in one volume. As indicated before, you can go to the page now and sign up to be notified of the launch at this link. (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/silverlinecomics/scifi1?fbclid=IwAR23Zv0gfdYIV6un1NrRbff4ibgSjThKoN6vcM9OfD7gfKZTmabNtsTGjZ0)

SHORT STORIES AWAITING PUBLICATION

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One of the things you learn quickly in the small publishing world is it sometimes takes a long-long-long time before a short story you’ve written actually gets published. As we write this, the Air Chief currently has five such shorts out there awaiting their arrivals. Of the five, we feel relatively certain you will see three in print before year’s end. The first of these is our Dracula tale coming from the Australian publisher. Last we looked, it is due out next month in fact. All fingers cross. Then we have Bold Venture Press assembling their second giant Zorro anthology in which we have a tale. With that one, we’re thinking late Summer or early Fall. And finally, the tribute book for our pal Derrick Ferguson (above at right) who passed away last year. Tommy Hancock is putting that one together and we have a story in it starring Derrick. No idea when that will see the light of day. As for stories 3 & 5, one is for another anthology from Tommy and Pro Se press and the other for a new monster anthology from Sean Taylor. Again, no current news on either, but we’ll keep you posted if we learn anything. We like writing shorts, but at present, it sure looks like comics are our main creative path forward.

JIN & TONIK

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Artist Cesar Felciano turns in Pg 31 of our comic thriller “Jin & Tonik.” In that page Russian scientist deal with gene manipulation as we look into the origins of super assassin Darya Tonikova. Meanwhile, Cesar offer this hyper intense study of Sammy Jin, our Chinese martial artist. Stay tuned, Loyal Airmen, things are going to bet wilder.

ACTION FIGURES – STANDING STILL

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Airship 27 Art Director & Chief Engineer, just got home from a fun filled weekend at Kansas City’s Planet ComiCon. And posted the above image on FB. It’s a model he made up of the two of us. Pretty much action figures – standing still. We still love it and wanted to re-share it with all of you. You can expect to see it on our table at Windy City for sure.

PROMOTING – BEYOND THE STARS – Below is a new add from Silverline Comics and the link.

SCIENCE-WARRIORS are called to SAVE mankind!
Support the project by going to this link and signing up for the official notification when it goes LIVE! Don’t be the last one to know.
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Please, Loyal Airmen, feel free to cut and past this ad and write-up anywhere on-line. Even with all our hype and promotion, this Kickstarter Campaign can only succeed with your help spreading the word.
And that’s it for this week, Loyal Airmen. Thanks ever,
Ron – Over & Out!

 

THREE FOR APRIL

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, well up until last week, April had been a bit slow in regards to releasing new Airship 27 titles. And then just before Easter week-end out came two new books and a very special omnibus edition. Wahoo.

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First to arrive was our second Jon Shadows thriller, “Deadly Shadows” by Teel James Glenn. This one has two new Jon Shadows adventures with interior art by Tedd Lehman and a cover by Rob Davis. A few days later we released “Mystery Men (& Women)” the 8th volume in this hugely popular series featuring brand new pulp heroes. This book had stories by Joel Jenkins, Kevin Findley, Mark Allen Vann and the late Greg Hatcher. Greg’s third Dr. Fixit got the cover spot. All art, cover and interiors, again by Rob. And stay tuned, it is our plan to honor our friend Greg later this year by collecting his three Dr. Fixit tales then added a fourth he started before his passing, and we since had completed, into one book devoted to the character. More info as the project develops.

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Over the past two years writer Barbara Doran write an exciting trilogy of a Chinese Martial Artist who comes to American during the California gold rush days. Above the covers to those three amazing books. All are still available separately but we thought we’d collect them for you Loyal Airmen.

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WU DANG Chronicles collects the entire trilogy, to include all 27 of artist Gary Kato’s wonderful interior illustrations. It is now available at Amazon, and of course cheaper in this new, bigger edition. Some really great storytelling between these covers, for sure. Barbara is an amazing writer.

BEYOND THE STARS

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As we near the launch of the Kickstarter Campaign (May 5th) artist Andrea Bormida has graced us with another great sketch of Kal, Chief of the Science-Warriors tasked with stopping the Black Cloud from destroying the universe. To upper right is an alternate cover in production by amazing artist Dean Zachary. We are so excited about this new comic series, but so much depends on the Kickstarter Campaign being successful. If we don’t reach our goal, it will be a real tragedy. Please help us spread the word and go and sign up now.

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As the Beatles sang, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” Every since moving here, to Fort Collins, CO, the Air Chief has been blessed with making so many truly good friends. The first of these being fellow writer Todd Jones. (Above at right.) Todd is a great guy and very much like a fourth son to yours truly. In the middle is James Gaubatz, a comic book letterer and another true friend. In fact, it has been our tradition, for the past twelve years to get together once a week (if possible) at the local comic shop cafe for some coffee, soda and fun conversations about everything under the sun. They, and many others here in this city, have made the past twelve years super for us. God bless all my Colorado peeps.

KICKSTARTER LAUNCHES MAY 5th

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A reminder we are two weeks away from launching our Kickstarter Campaign for BEYOND THE STARS. We truly hope you will spread the word. And you CAN go to the page right now and sign up to be notified when that happens. See link below.

(https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/silverlinecomics/scifi1?fbclid=IwAR0vdlTPmvKjuv_hJ8RQM884YWX_lJmiZgF4EUNU20o923Bgc3Qga32bIVU)

That’s a wrap for this week Loyal Airmen, as ever, thanks so much for stopping by and God Bless.

Ron – Over & Out!