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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!

 

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

  • On 13 Aug | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, well, after the awful Covid Year of 2020, with no cons or events, we’re happy to report that tomorrow, 14th Aug, Gryphons Games & Comics here in Fort Collins will be hosting this year’s Free Comic Book Day. This is an annual event and one we sorely missed last year.

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It’s a chance for local creators to appear and mix with local comic fans all day long. Whereas the Air Chief had commissioned a brand new convention banner at the end of 2019 which once picked up, never had a chance to be opened and displayed. And so all that changes tomorrow. Above is our good friend, Calvin Hyland, who assisted the Air Chief last weekend in taking out the banner and setting it up for the very first time. It’s all good to go and we can’t wait for our friends to see it.

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On other news, the 7 min radio melodrama we wrote, “Night Army” produced by that British internet radio studio is now available for download sale at their website. See link below.

(https://www.evcol.com/store/Night-Army-by-Ron-Fortier-p381967892)

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On the comic book front, artist Mike Belcher continues to work on our Black Bat graphic novel project. This past week, he took a breather from the actual panel pages to knock out this fantastic pin-up piece. As always the coloring is by his also talented son, Aiden.

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Finally the Air Chief has always loved animation and this past week saw the premier of Disney Plus’ MARVEL – What If…? It is a look at familiar Marvel characters as they might have been handled on alternate world. In chapter one, we get a Captain Carter instead of Captain America, whereas Steve Rogers ends up being a WWII version of Iron Man. All in all the writing was great, but it was the stellar animation that blew us away. For years Marvel hired out their animated projects to cheap studios and always came in a distant second to DC’s Warner Bros. animation series and DVD. Now, with first last the SPIDER-VERSE film and now this series, Marvel has boldly announced it is going to do animation right and we couldn’t be happier.

Ron – Over & Out!

JOE COMPUTER – PRIVATE EYE

  • On 6 Aug | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, this week we kick of our Flight Log with something completely different.

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A while back writer Lou Mougin sent us a manuscript containing several stories all of which take place withing inner-world of computers. Think something like Disney’s Tron movies. wherein the characters are actual programs. Whereas Lou’s stories were all mysteries and his main character is a private eye investigation them. Well we loved the stories and accepted the manuscript for publication at which time began a year long hunt for the right artist to do the nine interior illustrations. We knew going in this would be no easy task. And then one day we saw artwork on line by an artist named Fer Calvi.

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Fer has a very unique approach to styling his art, some of is realistic, while other times very, very cartoony. So we contacted him and explained the concept of Joe Computer Private Eye. Fer liked the idea a great deal and signed on, saying he would work on developing a particular style directly for this book. Well, after a few months of trial and error, last evening he sent us the two images you see above. We think they are amazing and perfect for this particular project. And more then ever we are thrilled to get it into production at long last. Stay tuned, Loyal Airmen, as ever we’ll keep you posted.

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Last year Airship 27 published KILLING SHADOWS, the first Jon Shadows adventure writer Teel James Glenn. Artist Tedd Lehman provided the interior illustrations. Well we’re happy to report the second book in the series, DEADLY SHADOWS is now in production and Tedd has joined us on this project as well having just turned in his first two illustrations. He’s a terrific artist and Art Director will provide the cover when the book is finished.

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Our good friend and fellow writer Mark Vander Zanden recently moved and brought all his New Pulp books with him. Above is his new book case, the top three shelves are ALL Airship 27 Production titles. Now that’s a Loyal Airmen. Thanks so much for your continued support, Mark.

And that’s a wrap for this week’s Flight Log, Loyal Airmen. As Ever thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you all here next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!

A NEW WESTERN SHORT STORY

  • On 30 Jul | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen.

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A few years ago I wrote a short western story called “The Quiet Place” for Scaldcrow Games and delighted to announce the book is now available at the link below.

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/359665/Six-Gun-Red–Characters-and-Stories-for-Wild-West-Horse-Opera?src=newest. If you’re into rpgs, you might want to check this out.

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Meanwhile we’re thrilled to announced the released of our latest title, SHERLOCK HOLMES – Conulting Detective Vol 17. We showed you a sneak peek of the cover, and here it is complete with logo etc as drawn by artist Chris Rawding and designed by Art Director Rob Davis, who in turn did all the 12 black and white interior illustrations. Writers I.A. Watson, R.A. Jones, Jon Casey and George Tackes provide the brand new mysteries in this volume. And it is now available at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. As always, thanks so much for your continued support.

SALE

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Prior to the start of 2019, we at Airship 27 Productions had stocked up our inventory to handle the shows we hoped to attend later that year. When the Covid shut-down happened, we were left with those books still in their boxes. Then as the year continued, we went and produced another twenty new titles, none of which ever saw a convention table. All our considerable 2020 sales, for which we thank all our loyal supporters, were done via on-line ordering from Amazon. Now here we are in 2021 and in Sept., after a year and a half absence, Airship 27 will be in attendance at the Windy City Paper & Pulp Convention. This, though a really wonderful thing, presents us with a huge problem.  1) How do we sell all that back inventory? and 2) which of the new books should be bring with us? After examining lots of various options available to us, Airship 27 has decided on turning this challenge into a fantastic sales opportunity for you, our loyal fans.

All new titles on our tables at the con will sell for $12.  That’s a saving of $3 per book off the convention price and $5 off suggested retail. We will also have our Bargain Box containing those titles over three years old which, as always, will sell for $4 each. But we simply cannot bring every single title we’ve released since 2019 and that’s where we need your help in a big way. If you are planning on attending Windy City and plan on taking advantage of this one time only Airship 27 blow-out sale, then you will need to visit our website and there pick those titles you want to buy from us. Then you need to e-mail Art Director Rob Davis (robmdavis@me.com) with your list of those titles.  Rob will order just those books under your name and we will have them at the show specifically for you. Here is the link to our site. (https://robmdavis.com/Airship27Hangar/airship27hangar.html)

Your request should be in to Rob no later than 14th Aug. allowing us three weeks before the con start of 9th Sept.

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

Ron Over & Out!

A NEW AIRSHIP TOY

  • On 23 Jul | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, and welcome to this week’s Flight Log. As you’ll recall, our last entry was relatively short and we left off hoping today’s would have a little more fun stuff to share. Well check out the picture below.

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One of the Air Chief’s good friends here in Fort Collins, is Mike Baron, one of the all time great comic book writers, having won the Eisner Award twice. He’s famous for having created both Nexus, with Steve Rude, and the Badger. Well a day after we got home from the hospital after our prostate surgery, Mike left me a message suggesting we get together and that he had something for me. We in return asked if he and his lovely wife, Ann, would like join the Air Chief and Val for breakfast the following Sat. at a local restaurant. It had been a long while since all four of us had hooked up. Mike happily agreed.

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So last Sat morning Val and the Air Chief arrive at the restaurant to find the Barons awaiting us, and Mike holding this toy airship in his hands. It was something he’d picked up at flea market many years ago, still in the package and all. Knowing of our love of airships, he wanted me to have it. We were bowled over by his thoughtfulness. Having good friends is the real treasure in life. Then we all sat down to eat and share each others company for the next hour. It was a really fun time and one we need to do more often. Meanwhile, thanks again, Mike, we’ve already placed it on a shelf in our office.

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And while ago we reported how Aiden Belcher had joined us and artist Gary Kato in getting “Return to Never Land” back in print. This was a 52 full color comic Gary and the Air Chief had done for Malibu comics ages ago and it has long since been out of print. Whereas Gary and the Air Chief had all the original pages in our possession, all that required in getting a new edition published via Rob Davis’ Redbud Studio comics was finding a super talented colorist. And us good fortune would have it, we find that fellow in artist Mike Belcher’s son, Aiden. As you recall, Mike and the Air Chief, along with Aiden, are currently producing a brand new Black Bat graphic novel. Anyways, here are two more completed Peter Pan pages by Aiden. We love them and know that when completed, this new edition is going to be fantastic.

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And finally, Airship 27 is currently producing author Teel James Glenn terrific sword and sorcery novel called “Dragonthroat” with amazing artist Chris Nye doing the interior illustrations. Above is the most recent we wanted to share with you.  If you enjoy S & S adventures, you won’t want to miss this one.

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

Ron – Over & Out!

A GREAT BOOK

  • On 16 Jul | '2021

Greeting Loyal Airmen, as many of your know the Air Chief writes a regular book review blog on the internet called “Pulp Fiction Reviews Blog.” Simply type that into your browser it will pull it up. We’ve been at that for almost twenty years. Lots of reviews done in that time. Whereas we tend to keep this weekly Flight Log to our other interest. But every now and then a book comes our way we really have to share with all you Loyal Airmen.

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“Five Decembers” by James Kestrel is a murder mystery that takes place during World War II and is a truly powerful, amazing book. The crime happens in Honolulu a week before the attack on Pearl Harbor, 7th Dec 1941 and the detective spend the next five years chasing the killer. It is nothing short of a great book and one we can’t recommend highly enough. Please, if you love great fiction, find this book.

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Finally, whereas there isn’t much new to report on at all this week, the Air Chief still recovering ever so slow from his recent surgery, we thought we’d treat you to some Sherlock Holmes goodies. We are currently assembling Consulting Detective Vol 17 which will feature this stunning dramatic cover by artist Chris Rawding and five amazing new mysteries.  Look for it to come your way in another week or two.  And that’s it from here. Hopefully we’ll have more to relate next week. Till then thanks for stopping by.

Ron  – Over & Out!