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NEW MR. JIGSAW

  • On 12 Jul | '2019

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we trust you had a great 4th of July holiday. Now it’s back to work at Hangar 27 and let’s start with a look at a special comic project just getting started.

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Artist Gary Kato just turned in the first five pages to the new Mr. Jigsaw story we are doing called, “Miracle on Christmas Island” and as you can see by the page above, it features some of Gary’s best work to date. This when finished will be a full color 25 pg Christmas story to kick off issue # 16. Maine artist Mort Todd will be doing the coloring and drawing the cover. Mort is a coloring genius and has already colored three short Jiggy tales in the past. It is our plan to collect all of them behind this larger new lead story. Ergo we are looking at a whopping BIG issue that will eventually be published at Amazon. Stay tuned, we’ll continue to keep you updated. Fingers crossed we can actually get it out this Winter.

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Talking about Gary had the Air Chief reminiscing about the first time the two of us hooked up on a project. The Air Chief had written a little sci-fi short story called the “Raid on Tauron IV” and asked Gary to do up one or two spot illustrations before submitting to the little fiction mag, “Space and Time” published by Gordon Linzner out of New York. Gave me five interior illos and did the actual over for the issue.  Above is that cover (to left) and one of the interior pieces. All of them were gorgeous. This was in the early 1970s and the beginning of a life-long friendship still going strong to this day. Thanks Gary.

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We’re also happy to report that Radio Archives has begun producing Airship 27 Audio books and to date they’ve done Codename Intrepid by Robert J. Mendenall and the anthology Marty Quade.

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Two weeks ago they released my Nighthawk. and as of this morning, they are releasing Wayne Carey’s novel Company of Shadows. To find these books merely go to the on-line website, click on Audiobooks and the of course Airship 27. Note the first week any new title is released, it is on sale for half-price. A great deal for all you Loyal Airmen and believe us, these books are wonderfully read.

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

Ron – Over & Out!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!!!

  • On 5 Jul | '2019

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Greetings Loyal airmen and patriots, we hope your 4th of July celebrations are going great and that while enjoying this holiday you think long and hard on how blessed we all are living in the greatest country in the world. AMEN.

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About a week ago we were thrilled to show all of you one of the new pages being worked on by graphic artist Jim O’Riley for the Brother Bones graphic novel. It is up on the left…and was done in soft pencils. To the right you see Jim beginning to digitally ink the piece. Upon seeing the original page, the Air Chief suggested Jim have the men lose their hats, as the scene is taking place indoors and it would not have been natural for them to have kept on their fedoras. Jim happily obliged. Note the two gunmen shooting up the place, have just come in through the back door and thus they alone have on their hats. We know, small item, but it in the details that things either work or do not. As for Jim’s art, it is truly amazing. We’ll continued to give you sneak-peeks like this as the project progresses.

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Another show for Airship 27 Productions. As most of you Loyal Airmen know, for several years the Air Chief and Art Director Rob Davis would attend two pulp conventions; the Windy City Pulp & Paper Con in Chicago every Spring and then Pulp Fest in late Summer. This was when the latter was held in Columbus, Ohio. When they moved Pulp Fest to Pittsburgh, it became economically impossible for us to attend. Thus since we’ve only had the Chicago show to look forward to. Well, not this year. Again, as those of you who follow these Flight Logs weekly know, this year Airship 27 Productions is going to be at a second con; the Pikeville Comic & Toy Show in Pikeville, Kentucky. Months ago, artist Mike Belcher hit up the Air Chief about being a guest at this year’s show, which happens on Aug 2nd and 3rd. In our discussions we mentioned Rob and Airship 27 and how their con could get TWO creators for the price of one. Mike and the Committee loved the idea and the invitation was then extended to Rob as well…i.e. we are now both going AS Airship 27 Productions.  So please, Loyal Airmen, if you living anywhere in the vicinity of Pikeville, Kentucky, do mark you calendars and come on down. We’d so love to meet you there.

And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen. We hope you have a truly fun holiday weekend.

Ron – Over & Out!

NEWEST PULP TITLES

  • On 28 Jun | '2019

Greetings Loyal Airmen, looks like it didn’t take long for our vacation mode to be dispelled.  Upon getting back to Hangar 27 the Air Chief found a box full of goodies.

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Our comp copies of the new Moonstone title – Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar had arrived.  Here we are holding up a copy of both the softback (with cover by Doug Klauba) and hardback (with cover by Adam Shaw). Both are fantastic. You can only obtain a copy by going to the Moonstone we-store. Link below.

(http://moonstonebooks.com/shop/search.aspx?sfield=keywords&search=Johnny+Dollar)  It has a some great stories and if you like mysteries, this one is for you, Loyal Airmen.

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Last Friday, Radio Archives released our aviation pulp adventure NIGHTHAWK with the amazing voice actor Nick Santa Maria doing the reading. Nick gives so much life to the Air Chief’s tale, it was for us as if hearing it for the first time ever.  You can either get it via digital download or as a 4 CD disc set. Below is the link to where to find it and other Airship 27 titles Radio Archives will soon be released.

(https://www.radioarchives.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=285)  Tell them the Air Chief sent you.

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As all you Loyal Airmen know, our Airship 27 logo was designed all those years ago by our Art Director Rob Davis and early on we used it on lots of things. One was a baseball cap with the Air Chief actually wore so much, it eventually just fell apart.  Well the other day we finally went and ordered up a new one that just came in. Those of you who will see us at cons this year can expect us to be wearing it proudly.

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On the comics front, we’re happy to report that artist Jim O’Riley is doing some great preliminary work on our Brother Bones graphic novel. Above is a sample page from early in the story. We absolutely love it.

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Finally, look what just arrived in the mail!  Going to sit down and give this a listen over the weekend.  As ever thanks for stopping by Loyal Airmen and we’ll see you back here next week.

Ron – Over & Out!

WE’RE BACK

  • On 21 Jun | '2019

Greetings Loyal Airmen, two nights ago Valerie and the Air Chief returned to our home here in Fort Collins, Colorado, after a whirlwind two weeks vacation back east. In the first half our trip, we visited with our families and took some pictures we want to share with you this week.

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So first up, Val and the Air Chief happy to be back in New Hampshire, were we both grew up. First event on the agenda, get the Fortier clan together. So plans were made for all of us to meet at a well known local seafood eatery. Really, you can’t go to New England without having delicious seafood.  The gathering was so much fun and the first time Mom (Gabrielle Fortier) had all her four children together in 15 long years.  Seated is the baby of the crew, our sister Ann Marie Cormier, then of course Mom at a spry 94. Upper left, Ye Old Air Chief. Then brother Paul Fortier, the youngest brother and lastly second brother, George Fortier Jr. named for our Dad, George Fortier.

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Of course you can’t have a family gathering without the respective significant others. So after the first group moved away, Mom was then surrounded by the Outlaws.  Going left to right, David (Paul’s partner) Anne (George’s wife) Norm (Ann Marie’s husband) and of course Valerie (the Air Chief’s better half.) A nice surprise to this wonderful reunion was having George and Anne’s two grown up children join us, so here’s Mom with niece Emily Robinson and nephew Justin Fortier.  As you can see Mom was in her glory.

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And here’s a great shot of all of us together.  Was a day we won’t soon forget.

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We certainly kept the wait staff busy. The Air Chief chowed down on clams and haddock nuggets.

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We had so much fun being all together again. The next day, Ann Marie and Norm were flying back to Florida, their home, George and Anne to Mass. and Paul and David to Vermont.  Have to wonder when, if ever, we’ll be able to do this again.  Val and the Air Chief then headed off to hook up with her family before the second half of trip.

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After a few more days in New Hampshire we were off to Conn. to attended our granddaughter Taryn’s high school graduation. Happily our daughter Heather, and her mother Donna flew in from Chicago to join the festivities. Above left is the Air Chief with Heather and son Scott.  Sadly our second son, Kevin, was unable to get away from work to join us. To right is the Air Chief, Ms. Taryn Fortier and Val. She’s holding one of four parakeets they have.

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More pix, Taryn and proud Dad, and then Mom Katie joined in. Katie was a such a great hostess to all of us while we were there. She had a great deal to juggle and did it so graciously.  We can’t thank her enough.

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Heather, Taryn and her grandmother, Donna Simard, and Scott.  Begin to feel the old age thing creeping up on us when our little grand kids are suddenly becoming adults.  Taryn will be going to the University of New Hampshire come Sept. We are all so proud of her.

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One of the coolest gifts Taryn received was this amazing quilt her mother had made for her. During her four years at Bethel High, Taryn belonged to the marching band, a talented group that won many awards while she was there. Every year they would do up a new tee-shirt for the members.  So Katie took all of them that she had kept to a local seamstress and had them turned into this magnificent quilt. A special gift Taryn will always cherish.

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When our children were growing up, my ex-wife’s father was still a conductor on the Boston & Maine Railroad. He would retired after 45 years of service. Still the children got to know and love him. He was a really good man. In fact oldest son Scott got the railroading bug from his grandfather. Well, way back when, the Air Chief thought he’d try his hand at painting. As many of you Loyal Airmen know, our mother is a very talented artist. So as a subject, we did a winter station with the old steamer pulling in. When finished and framed, we gave it to Scott’s grandad and he loved it. After he passed away many years ago, the painting was taken down and put away. Recently our daughter Michelle, while cleaning out her attic, uncovered it. She then gave it to us to bring down and give to Scott, knowing their grandfather would have wanted him to have it. As it turned out, he’s recently finished touching up his own office, as he works from home, and was thrilled when we gave it to him.

And you guys thought the Air Chief could only write.

And there you have it, Loyal Airmen. The trip is over, we’re home, exhausted but happy. Family is the greatest gift in the world. We treasure all of them.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

TOY FIGURES

  • On 7 Jun | '2019

Greetings Loyal Airmen, as most of you know the Air Chief meets once a month with a group of comic fans and professionals here in Fort Collins, CO once a month. Many of our group are so talented. One such is custom toy maker Jesse Bonavazi. Earlier today, at our June hook up, he surprised the Air Chief with three figures he’d been secretly working on.

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Here’s one of Brother Bones, the Undead Avenger, with twin .45s.

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And here’s the gorilla mobster, Harry Beest, with his favorite machine gun.

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And not to be left out was our own Mr. Jigsaw, man of a thousand parts.

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And here’s Jesse withe the Air Chief. We have the coolest friends in the whole world. Now to find a special place on my shelves with these amazing new toys.

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In other exciting news, we’ve just released volume # 5 DANSEUSE, in writer Nancy Hansen’s amazing pirate saga Jezebel Johnston. In this one Jez finds herself aboard a French ship raid off the Barbary Coast.  Art Director Rob Davis handles the wonderful interior illustrations, while Pulp Factory Award winning artist Ted Hammond turns in his second cover for this series; which we love. As ever the book is available at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle.

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And for those of you Loyal Airmen who may have come in late, we actually collected the first four Jezebel Johnstone novels into one big omnibus volley called BIRTH OF A BUCCANEER and it too is available at Amazon.  We aim to please.

And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen.  Note there will be no new Flight Log on the 14th of this month as Valerie and the Air Chief will be on vacation back in New England for a visit with friends and family. But rest assured, we’ll see you all back here on the 21st. Till then, be well and enjoy the summer.

Ron – Over & Out!

TRAVELING AGAIN

  • On 31 May | '2019

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, we are writing this the day after Memorial Day. We hope all of you Loyal Airmen not only had a wonderful holiday weekend, but also, in your private ways took time out to thank in prayers, all Americans who fought in died in all wars to keep our great country free. Their sacrifices must never ever be forgotten and all of must strive every day to keep this land free for future generations. We owe them that much.

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And while the long weekend meant time off for many people, some of the amazing artist the Air Chief is working with these days just kept on creating.  Above is a great panel showing Navajo shaman Eddie Nightsky, one of the characters from JIN & TONIK, as developed by the Air Chief and artist creator Cesar Feliciano.

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Meanwhile Jim O’Riley was working on “roughs” from our Brother Bones graphic novel script. Artists do up these roughs so as to see what the strengths and weaknesses are inherent in each page. Then learning that, they adapt the final pages to reflect the best compositions. Jim’s plan is to do “roughs” for ALL 130 pgs before he begins the final artwork. Now that’s dedication to one’s craft.

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Every Wed afternoon the Air Chief gets together with pals Todd Jones and James Gaubatz.  Wel this week, James surprised both Todd and the Air Chief with new hats carrying the Wicked Awesome Tales logo embroidered on them. This is the comic title Todd and James produced together and the Air Chief has contributed to. Thus far they have eleven issues out.  Hats are spiffy and nice addition to our hat collection.

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Finally, a few weeks ago, we showed off an amazing piece of artwork done by our pal Cesar Feliciano of a Pirate Queen. Cesar is such a gifted artist. Well he’s also got a truly generous heart because upon reading my praise of this piece, he went and packaged it up and sent it to us as a gift. Wow. We are going to need to get it matted and put up somewhere in the office. The Air Chief is blessed with such amazing friends.

Ron – Over & Out!!

 

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we have some really good news to share with you this week. So let’s get to it. Below is part of the Official Press Released we put out.

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BROTHER BONES – The Beginning

Redbud Studio’s Managing Editor and Publisher, Rob Davis is thrilled to announce his studio will soon begin production on the first ever Brother Bones graphic novel by New Pulp writer Ron Fortier.

One of the most popular fictional figures in New Pulp, the character debut years ago from Airship 27 Productions in a collection of seven stories by Fortier, “Brother Bones – The Undead Avenger.” It was then followed up with a full length novel by Roman Leary, “Brother Bones – Six Days of the Dragon.” Fortier then completed two additional collections. “Brother Bones – Tapestry of Blood” and “Brother Bones – City of Lost Souls.” In that time several short Brother Bones strips were offered.  “Needle Justice,” was a short 8 pg tale with art by Joe Arnold and has appeared in various black and white comic anthologies.  “Bullets of Jude” was a 24 pg single from Redbud with art by John Polacek.

Whereas the actual origin of the character was only related in the first book collection. Something Fortier had hoped to change and so he wrote a 130 pg graphic novel that does just that. The challenge was finding the right artist to bring that story to visual life. “In the end, I decided to put the word out on Facebook,” Fortier reports. “My hope was if I cast a wide enough net, someone out there would either respond or connect me with an artist.” A few days later, Florida based artist Cesar Feliciano, suggested to Fortier that he contact New York artist Jim O’Riley. After exchanging a few e-mails, O’Riley agreed to take on the project.

O’Riley will pencil and ink the Fortier’s script while Redbud Studio head, Rob Davis will letter and edit. Once done, the studio will print the book via Amazon.

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And there you have it Loyal Airmen. To say we are thrilled and excited about this would be a huge understatement. Finding Jim was nothing less to us than a true blessing from God. Beside the image of the Bones brother twins, Jim also turned in a sketch of some of the cast which appear in the story. We’re showing off that piece here for the very first time. Jim also hopes to do video updates as he works through the script. At 130 pgs, it will be interesting to see how long till completion. As ever we’ll happily keep you Loyal Airmen posted right here.

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On another track, though somewhat related, is the subject of those amazing cos-players who come to our shows dressed up like fiction characters. Some of their costumes are so elaborate and spot-on. Obviously seeing them over the years had made us wonder what it would be like to see someone attired as one of our own creations.

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We would simply flip if we saw someone at a future con dressed up as Mr. Jigsaw, Brother Bones or the Black Lion. Now that would be so cool.  Who knows, maybe some day.

And there you have this week’s Flight Log, Loyal Airmen. As ever thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you back here next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!

COMP COPIES ARE HERE

  • On 17 May | '2019

Greetings Loyal Airmen, this week’s Flight Log covers a wide variety of topics so let’s get started.

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When editor Christopher Sequeira asked how we wished to be paid for my Sherlock Holmes story now in the new anthology, “Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Was Not,” we asked if instead of cash, we be paid in copies. This afternoon two hernia inducing boxes were waiting for us at the post office. Oh yeah!! The Air Chief now has lots of copies and can’t wait to put them out on our table at the rest of the cons we will be appearing at this year. Am so damn proud of this book. Thanks again, Chris.

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One of the things we love to do here is every so often showcase some really wonderful artwork by our comics colleagues. Above are two really wonderful pieces. The dinosaur is by Jeff Slemons, our neighbor here in Fort Collins, who is doing a series of them for a project. If you are on Facebook go to his page and check out a few others. While the other is of a beautiful pirate queen as done by my friend (and partner) Cesar Feliciano of Florida. Cesar is the talented the Air Chief is doing the new graphic novel series, JIN & TONIK with. We thought you’d enjoy seeing these.

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And now for more great news that just arrived yesterday. The new Johnny Dollar anthology edited by Tommy Hancock was just released by Moonstone Books. Johnny Dollar was a radio program during the golden age of radio and Dollar was an investigator who worked for insurance companies. Several (and I do mean several) years ago, Tommy approached us about writing a story for this collection. After listening to several episodes of the actual radio melodrama on the internet, the Air Chief came up with a plot and wrote a story that was ultimately accepted for the book. Then came many years of waiting for all kinds of reasons. Still Tommy and we writers hung in there always having faith the book would eventually see the light of day. And now it has, Loyal Airmen. But you can only purchase it at the Moonstone book site on-line. The link is below.  There are two editions. The softcover (above to the left) features a cover by Doug Klauba, while the more expensive hardcover features a cover by Adam Shaw (above at right) with a bonus Johnny Dollar 48 pg comic strip adventure. Anyway, that now makes two of our short stories appearing within months of each other. Turning out to be a good year.

Moonstone link (http://moonstonebooks.com/shop/category.aspx?catid=98&fbclid=IwAR2qGWm1OTepIXzh-x20rvNvQ5LC1GBdIjihUQKdvHlttiSuvDPSQHlM6_U)

And there you have this week’s Flight Log, Loyal Airmen.  As ever thanks for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out!

FCBD 2019

  • On 10 May | '2019

Greetings Loyal Airmen. So here we were fresh from our great time the Denver Comicfest when the very next Saturday saw us once again joining the fun for Free Comic Book Day at Gryphons Games & Comics here in Fort Collins. The Air Chief has been part of this event at this store since moving here nine years ago. And as ever it was one super fun day.  We took a few pictures and borrowed a few others for you to get a glimpse.

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Events like this requiring lots of hard work and nobody works harder than shop owner Liana Sanders and her husband Sherman. She was right there first thing Sat. greeting all the excited customers, handing out pins and organizing a colorful group of knightly cos-players.

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Once the doors were open, fans entered single file, grabbed some very cool “free” comics and then proceeded into the store’s main rooms to check out all the goodies and meet some of the creators who were on hand to help make the day truly special.

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At upper left is artist Ben Mikklesen, while at right writer James Powell was a first timer at this event, now that his horror title is being published by IDW. Here he’s talking to artist amigo, Abe Akins.

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Around the corner we had artist Tom Webster, at upper left, with one of the staff at the shop. Then the photo to the right shows artist Laurissa Hughes talking to young fans. Laurissa and her partner drove all the way up from Denver to do this show with us.

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And here’s Abe at his own table talking to a local fan and his daughter, while back by the front entrance, artist Lee Oaks and the Air Chief took a second to pose for the camera. Behind us is our colorful banner.

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As ever our table was overflowing with comics like our popular Mr.Jigsaw Man of a Thousand Parts series, and we also had some of our pulp titles to included Brother Bones the Undead Avenger. Here we are signing an issue of Mr. Jigsaw for a young fan while Lee’s son, Jonas, takes a second to look at all the covers on our banner.

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We so love meeting young boys and girls whose parents encourage them to read. It is that kind of guidance and support that will enrich their lives. And we need to acknowledge the one person responsible for coordinating all us writers and artists in appearing at the shop was my Official Protege, writer Todd Jones. Beside all the other activities going on that day, Todd organized a madcap contest called The Draw Off, where every creator, be it writer or artist, had to draw vs another creator….much like pictionary, only on a larger scale. Above, Todd and the Air Chief take suggestions from the audience as to what we should draw…or at least attempt to draw.

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First such challenge was to draw an armor wearing goat…which resulted in a draw by the show of hands. So we went into a second round to draw a merged penguin & ostrich, to which Todd easily won. Leaving the Air Chief laughing to the point of tears.

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As the draw off continued, Todd squared off against Ben.  Then it was Lee’s time to take up the gauntlet.

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In the end the final battle was between Nat Perez and a talented young lady, while Todd continued to orchestrate the contest. Meanwhile, during a rare lull, Lee and the Air Chief had a few minutes to get caught up on what we’ve been up since we last saw each other.

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Now one of the most adorable participants to the event was three month old, Henry Herndon, son of local artist Jeff Herndon and his wife Jamie. Honestly, little Henry was such a good baby all day long, but by mid-afternoon, in his mother’s arms, he was gonzo, learning what all of us have learned, FDBD days are fun…but also exhausting. Still we can’t wait till it rolls around next year. The Air Chief hopes all you Loyal Airmen had similar experiences where ever you enjoyed the day.

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Earlier this year, Canadian artist Ted Hammond won the Pulp Factory Award for Best Pulp Cover of 2018. The cover was to Airship 27 Productions’ “Jezebel Johnston – Vol 4, Mourning Star” by Nancy Hansen. We are now thrilled to announce that Ted has signed on to do the cover to the 5th book in the series, “Jezebel Johnston – Vol 5, Danseuse” currently in production.  Here Ted shows off his award. Once again our congratulations to him and all the PFA winners.

And there you have this week’s Flight Log, Loyal Airmen. As ever thanks for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out!

DENVER COMICFEST 2019

  • On 3 May | '2019

Greetings Loyal Airmen, as we indicated last week, Valerie and the Air Chief spent the past weekend in Denver at this year’s Comicfest and once again we had a great time. Val whipped out her trusty cell-phone and took a whole bunch of pictures. While yours truly also clipped some from Facebook as posted by our friends. So sit back and enjoy this little look back at Comicfest 2019.

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Naturally one of things we can always expect at any comic or sci-fi con these days are the fans dressed up in costumes from various movies and TV series. Known by the slang-term cosplayers.  From the start of the show we met the husband and wife team of Gary and Amy Nelson who showed up as Star Trek Klingons. Their outfits were simply fantastic and we had to snap these pictures. They are a wonderful couple and ended up buying lots of the Air Chief’s books and comics.

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One of the more elaborate costumes was this young lady’s Hela, Goddess of Death from the Thor comics and movies. That head piece alone was simply amazing and you can well imagine she had to be very, very careful as she moved through the rooms and halls.

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Other recognizable characters included Wonder Woman and Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Then there was the madcap couple of the Joker and his beloved wacky Harley Quinn.

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We had the Mad Hatter and the Rabbitt from Alice in Wonderland and via the good starship Enterprise, this two crew members, one a green colored girl.

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The Air Chief was personally delighted with the not so common appearances by such characters at Atomic Robo, one of our favorite independent titles.

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One of our all time favorite movies was the ground breaking “Who Framed Roger Rabbitt.” And when this lovely Jessica Rabbit entered the all, we had to get a picture with her.

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Along side the Air Chief, another guest at the con was veteran comics artist Dave Ross. This was the first time we met this talented Canadian and we enjoyed sitting on two fun panels with him. By the end of the weekend the Air Chief was thrilled with having made a really great new friend.

 

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Of course you can’t go to a con without something unexpected happening.  On the second day of the show a fellow walked past our table and he spotted our Mr. Jigsaw Special – How to Make a Comic Book. He stopped in his track, pointed down at it and asked, “Did you write this?” After replying we were guilty as charged, he came over and began shaking our hand enthusiastically. His name is Mike and for a long time he had wanted to learn how to write comics. A little over a year ago his wife went to a con where the Air Chief was a guest and picked up a copy of this how-to comic for their daughter who loves to draw. Mike was totally unaware of that until one night he saw his daughter with the comic sketching away on a new project. He picked up the comic and flipping through it saw where we actually have a ten page comic script printed with between the strip pages. Realizing this was exactly what he’d been after, something to show him the proper format for writing comic scripts. Using the comic as his guide he then began writing lots and lots of scripts; several of which he has now gotten a local artist to start drawing. Thus Mike, thanks to our little comic, is fulfilling his dream of becoming a comics writer. Which is as good a time as any to remind all you Loyal Airmen, that comic is available at Amazon.

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One of the reasons Comicfest is always so much fun is due to the staff that co-ordinate the event. All of them are such wonderful people. Above is a terrific pix of Iron Man along side our amigo, Arnie-Davila Toro who made sure the con was following the allotted schedules and guests were where they needed to be on time. He always does such a great job and has a blast in the process.

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But of course Arnie can’t do it alone and here is a truly awesome photo of the entire Comicfest staff, now the Air Chief is most likely going to forget somebody’s name here, so please do forgive me. Among this merry band are Shelby, Dave, Nikki, Arnie, Sue, Michael, Terr1 & Brett.  A greater bunch of people you would be hard pressed to find anywhere on the planted. From the Air Chief and Valerie, a heartfelt thanks for another awesome show!

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On the comic front we have the following.  While Val and the Air Chief were in Denver enjoying Comicfest, down in Florida artist Cesar Feliciano was hard at work on pages for our new JIN & TONIK graphic novel project. Above is page two of chapter one which introduces Navajo shaman Eddie Nightsky. He plays a pivotal role in the story. We love Cesar’s attention to detail and are thrilled to see this going into production.

Finally as you are reading this, tomorrow is May 4th, and comic shops around the country will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day. The Air Chief will be spending most of the day at our favorite shop here in Fort Collins, Gryphons Games & Comics and we hope all you Loyal Airmen will be supporting your own local shops. Have a great day and we’ll see you next week.

Ron – Over & Out!