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A LOOK BACK

  • On 29 Nov | '2019

Greeting Loyal Airmen, yesterday was Thanksgiving and we truly hope all of you were able to celebrate the holiday with your friends and loved ones. Our prayer is also that all our brave men and women serving overseas away from their own families had a good day and were lifted up in prayer by all Americans for their service.

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On Monday afternoon cold weather from Canada came rolling down the Rockies and started dumping lots and lots…and LOTS of snow on Colorado.  By Monday evening we were kissing the 15 inches mark. See photo of ruler above. Tuesday morning the Air Chief awoke with this view out his office window. That’s our Suburu to the right under its own blanket of white. Oh yeah, Mother Nature’s Thanksgiving gift to all of here in Colorado. Nothing to do but hunker down and enjoy the view.

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The big event of the past week was the release of our latest writing project, a book containing our Memoirs of our almost fifty years in the writing comic books. Our dear friend, fellow writer Todd Jones, had been urging us to do such a project ever since we moved here to Fort Collins. Todd is a great guy and loves hearing the Air Chief spin his stories about some of the many experiences we’ve had along the way. Finally, Valerie, our better half, decided to chime in supporting Todd’s arguments that we write such a book. Eventually giving in, we sat down four months ago and began doing a chronological outline from the time we first discovered comics to today. Then our pal artist Rob Davis was gracious enough to take on the assignment of designing, illustrating and editing the project. He did a truly fantastic job. It looks great.

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Above left, Air Chief and Rob Davis, to right a sample page from the book itself, as designed and illustrated by Rob. It really is a beautiful package. Today the book is available at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. We truly hope you Loyal Airmen will check it out. Hey, it certainly makes for a Christmas gift to any of your friends who love comics like we do. Thanks ever.

Finally, today is the notoriously dubbed Black Friday wherein merchants go hog-wild in trying to sell us everything under the sun for what they claim are fantastic deals we simply can’t afford to miss.  Well, Loyal Airmen, the Air Chief doesn’t wonder in all this hoopla to buy-buy-buy we aren’t actually missing what the season is really all about. We’ve just celebrated the day on which we give thanks for the intangible things in our lives, our friends, family, good health etc. etc. The precious things money can never buy. And that is just a lead in to Christmas, a Christian time of reflection when we should think of what happened over two thousand years ago in the town of Bethlehem. To us was born a Savior, come to free us from sin and teach us how much our creator, God the Father, truly loves each and everyone of us. We are his children. As this holiday season opens, our prayer is that all our Loyal Airmen will receive it with the joy of open hearts with peace and good will to all.  Amen.

Ron – Over & Out!

A NEW HAT

  • On 22 Nov | '2019

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, we are sure most of you will recall that early this past summer we found a company in North Carolina that did wonderful, inexpensive embroidery. So the Air Chief had a bunch of red baseball caps made with our Airship 27 logo. Well with winter coming on, we thought it might be wise to order a knit cap, this time in blue, with our high-flying symbol. It arrived the other day and we couldn’t be more delighted. The quality is top notch and will keep our old nogging nice and warm on those snappy cold days ahead.

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The big news this week is after a full year of production, we’ve finally assembled the third issue of FRONT RANGE TALES, as written by the seven students in my Fall of 2018 course in How To Write Comics & Graphic Novels. We tip our hats to the seven generous pro artists who gave of their time and talents to illustrate these scripts. They are Zane DeGain, Mike Belcher, Luis Rivera, Sam Salas, Gary Kato, Dario Carrasco and our pal Rob Davis who also is the publisher via his Redbud Studio. This issue was printed at Amazon and is available there should any of you Loyal Airmen be interested in picking up a copy. Meanwhile the Air Chief has one session left with his current class and we’re pretty sure they are going to want to do a comic too. We’ll keep you posted.

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On Thursday afternoon, we posted an old Mr. Jigsaw sketch done by our pal Rob Davis.  Not ten minutes later, Jiggy super fan, Nicholas Roberts shared the above pin-up with us. He commissioned it from artist Wyatt Aguirre and we absolutely love it. Thanks so much Nicholas.

And that wraps up this week’s Flight Log Loyal Airmen. We want to leave by wishing all of you a great Happy Thanksgiving.  Be sure to be back here next Friday as we’ll have some really exciting news about a new book release that is near and dear to the Air Chief. Till then, take care.

Ron – Over & Out!

ANOTHER GREAT RMC

  • On 15 Nov | '2019

Well Loyal Airmen, another Rocky Mountain Con is now in the rearview mirror. This past weekend, the Air Chief and Val, along with tons of fellow Colorado comic creators headed down to Denver and Tim Moret’s amazing little con.

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We love this show so much, we always refer to it as our Home Con.

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Our neighbors to the left of us including the always fun Shelby Sowerby, Arnie Davila-Toro and writer Mike Baron.

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Artist and Army Veteran Kevin Smith took a few minutes to stop drawing amazing artwork and help the Air Chief pitch our comics action adventure series BLACK LION.  Issues 1 & 2 are now available with # 3 in production.

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Muc to our delight, comics letterer Mike Rickabee stopped the show to say hi. Mike had lettered a short horror story we’d written years ago. It was great to finally meet him. Note at up left, taking a picture of us together is another pro letterer, our pal James Gaubatz.

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Though you can barely see him in the picture above, Fort Collins artist and pal, Zane DeGaine was there with his Pulp Fission comics. His lovely wife Olivia was with him Sat but couldn’t join us on Sunday. Above is a page of doodles Zane did of their dog Morty between talking with fans.

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Other friends attending the show were, from left to right, writer/publisher Todd Jones of Wicked Awesome Tales, artist Felipe Echevaria and artist Tom Webster.

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Of course what’s a con without some silly cos-playing. Valerie snapped the shot of this ALF early Sat. morning. He gave us all a good laugh. One of the show’s highlights was our dinner Sat where friend joined helped wish the Air Chief a belated Happy 73rd Birthday. From left to right going around the table, we have Matt, James, Olivia & Zen, the Air Chief (at head of the table) Valerie, veteran artist Bob Hall hamming it up, Todd and the host and promoter of Rocky Mountain Con, Mr. Tim Moret, our dear, dear friend.  Thanks ever Tim for another super fantastic con.

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We are always fascinated after the end of any convention appearance to see what particular titles of ours did well the show. For this Rocky Mountain Con the two top sellers on our table were as far apart thematically as possible. For the kids and their parents, we had the MR. JIGSAW SPECIAL – How To Make A Comic.  Since publishing this fun comic a few years back, we are constantly selling out of them. Young creators love the idea of using the actual script in the book to try and draw their own versions of the story and compare them later with artist Gary Kato’s renditions. As for the more adventuresome adults at the con, our ever popular erotic horror romance, DAUGHTER OF DRACULA was again a big seller. Years ago comics writer and reviewer Tony Isabella bemoaned the fact that there is no longer a Hammer Film Studio because upon reading this graphic novel, Tony swore it would have made a perfect Hammer movie. Who are we to argue. Maybe some day another film company will see what he, and hundreds of fans have as well.

And that’s this week’s Flight Log, Loyal Airmen. As ever thanks for stopping by and see you next week.

Ron – Over & Out!

VETERAN’S DAY SALUTE

  • On 8 Nov | '2019

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we are starting this Flight Log on Tuesday, 5 Nov. (We sincerely hope you all went out and voted.) This happens to be the Air Chief’s 73rd birthday and as expected Facebook has been flooded by so many well wishes, we believe the count is reaching 300 such postings so far. It is really a fun time and a humbling one to know we somehow manage to connect with so many people in a positive way while tripping through this thing called life.  We’ve always enjoyed our birthdays and we thought we’d share some cool things here regarding Nov. 5th.

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Nov 5th is also the birthday of Roy Rogers, born Leonard Sly, he went to Republic Studios taking bit parts in westerns. When Gene Autry, their number one star, went into the Army, they turned their promotion machine on Roy and he was soon known world-wide as the King of the Cowboys. The Air Chief warmly recalls watching his TV series as a child. Next up is British actress Diana Rigg, know primarily for her role of Mrs. Emma Peel on the action spy series, The Avengers. She also was Tracy, James Bond’ wife in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service co-starring with George Lazenby. Finally one of Marvel’s most popular graphic artist of all time, Jim Steranko. His work on Nick Fury Agent of Shield solidified his ranking as one of the most innovative artist in the comics game.

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Remember, remember, the 5th of November is a jingle British children sing to celebrate their version of Halloween if you will. Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in the United Kingdom. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605 O.S., when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London; and months later, the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure. Later comics writer Alan Moore used the traditional Guy Fawkes mask for his anarchist hero in his graphic novel, “V for Vendetta.”

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After too long a hiatus, Airship 27 Productions finally has a new title out and one that is very dear to the Air Chief. Later this year, we are going to collect all four of writer Ian Watson’s great Robin Hood books into a giant size omnibus edition. While planning this all out, Ian said he had one more short he needed to pen, “The Death of Robin Hood” which would be the actual finale to the saga he began nearly ten years ago.  Whereas it would be too short to print by itself, Art Director Rob Davis suggested we do it as a Kindle Only offering and that is what we’ve done. Rob provided both the cover you see above and three black and white interiors for this truly amazing tale. Note, it will be included in the giant omnibus. But now you can read for only a few dollars at Kindle. It is more than worth it. As the Air Chief was reading it, he had to keep wiping the tears from his eyes. It is that good.

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We recently learned that Chuck Dixon, a pal and fellow writer, had written a comic honoring four Medal of Honor recipients. Chuck is a fellow patriot and when we inquired as to where we could purchase a copy of this book, he turned around and sent us an autographed copy. Produced for General Dynamics, this one shot special written by Chuck and illustrated beautifully by Rick Magyar tells the stories of Alvin York, Audie Murphy, Roy Benavidez and Sal Guinta, four Americas who, while in the heat of combat, put aside thoughts of their own safety to save the lives of their fellow warriors. Each tale is powerfully told and is a testimony to the courage of all our men and women in uniform who every day put their lives on the line for our great country. Peter Pantazis provided the coloring and Tory Peteri the lettering with Joseph Craig the Producer/Editor and Kevin Irwin the book designer. Receiving those on Veteran’s Day weekend could not have been more appropriate. This Vietnam Vet salutes the creators MEDAL OF HONOR.  Well done, gentlemen, and God Bless the USA.

Ron – Over & Out!

HAPPY ALL SAINTS DAY

  • On 1 Nov | '2019

Greetings Loyal Airmen, looks like October decided to exit like a lion.

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Early Monday morning of this week, snow came whipping down out of the mountains and covered Fort Collins in a blanket of snow.  (Photo top left.) The sun came out in the afternoon and cleaned things up a bit, but then early this morning (Tues) the second front moved in (Photo top right.) and is going to be with us until sometime tomorrow morning. Thus forcing us to cancel our Comics Writing Class this evening. The Air Chief doesn’t want any of his students on those slick roads tonight.

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It was Halloween last night and so last week Valerie and the Air Chief went to see the new animated comedy THE ADDAMS FAMILY based on the famous New Yorker cartoons by Charles Adams. We loved the old 60s TV series and subsequent live-action movies. The studio was smart to release this now. It is a fun movie and we’re told a sequel has already been approved.

We spent last Sat at the third annual High Plains Mini-Con at the Monument Mall in Scottsbluff Nebraska and had a great time. Sadly we didn’t get the chance to take a pictures but want to thank Barry Tetz and Mathew Rhys for inviting us again…and all the great folks who came out. It was a super fun day.

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And before we forget, the latest Airship 27 Podcast # 56 is now live at You Tube wherein the Air Chief and our Chief Engineer Rob Davis talk all things pulp, including news about a great new book from #new texture books called “EVA- Men’s Adventure Supermodel” and big news concerning next year’s Pulp Fest. So go on over to YOU TUBE and check it out. As ever thanks for your support. Each of our episodes logs in between 90 and 100 views.

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On the comic front we’ve a couple of really great projects to report on. First, our third Class Comic created from my writing class, Front Range Tales # 3 is nearly completed. Up at left is pg # 1 of a story by student Terry Crawley and drawn and lettered by artist Zane DeGaine, while to the left is a page from Black Lion # 3 as drawn by Kevin Johnson and colored by Arrick Church. The class comic should be out in a few weeks.  Whereas Black Lion by the end of the year, fingers crossed.

And there you have this week’s Flight Log on Nov 1st, All Saints Day, and our Mom’s 95th Birthday. Happy Birthday Gabrielle Fortier, with so much love.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

NEW PULP WRITERS

  • On 25 Oct | '2019

Greetings Loyal Airmen, over the past ten years, Airship 27 Productions and other publishers have been spreading the word about New Pulp fiction. In that process we’ve also been recruiting wonderful new writers and artists.

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One of the earliest friends we made was writer John Simcoe. This past weekend, John was one of several guest at small writers show in Northern Pennsylvania. There he is above with his table full of amazing works, including our LEGENDS OF NEW PULP FICTION of which John was a contributor. So while setting up at the show, John comes across a table on which is displayed our latest Domino Lady anthology.

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Behind that desk was one of Airship 27’s newest writers, Ms. Samantha Linehard. John introduced himself and then snapped the photo above and sent it along to us. We were thrilled to see it and very happy to know Samantha is out there promoting her Domino Lady story in that volume. Samantha was finishing her College Master’s program in Fiction Writing a year ago when she had the pleasure of hearing super New Pulp writer Fred Adams Jr. give a lecture on New Pulp at her school. After the talk, Samantha approached him and expressed her interest in this new pulp stuff. God Bless Fred, he encouraged her to contact the Air Chief and happily she did.

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Since moving to Colorado over ten years ago, the Air Chief has made quite a few friend but none more so than Todd Jones and James Gaubatz. In fact we three meet one a week at a local bistro for coffee. Well actually the Air Chief has coffee, James is a tea-guy and Todd usually has an energy. You see we’re all into comics. A few years back Todd and James created WICKED AWESOME TALES and began publishing their own comics. They’ve even been gracious enough to publish several we wrote. So this past week as we were heading for the parking lot, they had me follow them to James’ Datsun. Knowing our birthday, 5th of Nov, is just around the corner, they went out and bought me a surprise gift. About a year ago the Air Chief had bought a POP Green Hornet figure on-line. Sadly we just couldn’t find one of Kato and honestly thought we never would. Well, as it turned out, James happened to be in our Fort Collins Barnes & Noble book store and he saw a POP 2-Set with both of them. He immediately called Todd and Todd told him to buy and they would split cost…then surprise me. Which is what they did in such a big way. And here’s a photo of that set. We’ll take out of the box eventually when we decide where in the office we want to showcase.

Meanwhile, thank you Todd & James. You are dear, dear friends and the Air Chief is so blessed to have you both in his life.

And that wraps up this week’s Flight Log, Loyal Airmen, as ever thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you next week. Ron Over & Out!

 

TRIP WAS FUN

  • On 18 Oct | '2019

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Greeting Loyal Airmen, well we are back from our ten trip to New Hampshire. We got to see our Mom, Valerie attended her 50th High School Reunion (it was much fun) and we spent four days and night at this beautiful lake house on Webster Lake in Franklin N.H. Foliage had just started to turn and the colors were spectacular. October is when the Air Chief misses New England the most. We also got lots of great seafood while there.

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Valerie stands in front a quilt of nature’s colors. And to the right, a glorious sunset on Webster Lake.

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One of the big highlights of the trip was getting together with our daughter Michelle and her two girls, Kristi and Chelsea. In the picture above, going around table from left to right is Kristi (our oldest granddaughter) then her sister Chelsea. Both work at the University of New Hampshire as directors of various student halls. Then you the smiling Air Chief loving every bit of this. Across from us is our youngest granddaughter, son Scott’s daughter, Taryn, who just happens to be a freshmen this year at UNH. How about that? And she’s loving every bit of it. Doesn’t hurt that she has two older cousins on hand to help her along with her college career. Then there is Valerie and daughter Michelle. It was a truly awesome get together.

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While we were gone, a very special event kicked off. Radio Archives is having a huge Anniversary Celebration. Right now 13 of the 15 Airship 27 Audio CD versions are discounted 50%.  Don’t miss this price cutting sale. (https://www.radioarchives.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=285) The sale runs to Dec 31st.

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Finally, in regards to Airship 27 Productions, our next title, now in the final stages of production will be the 14th volume of our Sherlock Holmes – Consulting Detective series. Above is a sneak peek at one of the 12 black and white interior illustrations by Art Director Rob Davis. This volume features writers David Friend, Ray Lovato and I.A. Watson. Fingers crossed you’ll be seeing it in a week or two.  And that wraps up this week’s Flight Log, Loyal Airmen, thanks ever for stopping by and we’ll see you next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!

STILL OUT OF TOWN

  • On 11 Oct | '2019

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, Valerie and the Air Chief are still out of town, visiting friends and family back East. Never worry, we will return next Friday as always.

Take care,

Ron – Over & Out!

THE CAPS ARE COOL

  • On 4 Oct | '2019

Greetings Loyal Airmen, about a month ago we announced we would be getting baseball caps with the Airship 27 logo embroidered on them. Twelve of you immediately chimed in saying you wanted one and so we put in an order for fifteen and are happy to report most have been sold.

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So here are several Loyal Airmen ( two with the Air Chief) all wearing their spiffy Airship 27 baseball caps and we think they all look fantastic in them. If any of you Loyal Airmen out there would like to get one, please give us a holler. E-mail the Air Chief or contact us on Facebook.

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Finally, as you are reading this week’s Flight Log, Valerie and the Air Chief will be back in New Hampshire visiting with friends and family. We rarely get back there at this time of year and are very excited about the prospect. New Hampshire (and the other New England states) is never more beautiful than in October at the height of Fall Foliage when Mother Nature changes her green gown to that of multiple hues from yellow, to orange and red. It is a quilt of unbelievable beauty and we can’t wait to see it all again.

See you all back at Hangar 27 in two weeks.

Ron – Over & Out!

MY NEW WRITING CLASS

  • On 27 Sep | '2019

Greetings Loyal Airmen. We’re excited to introduce you all to the Air Chief’s newest class of comics writing students.

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Here we have Vincent Vidaurri and the two characters he created for his idea proposal. The Brit barbarian general was drawn by our own Rob Davis and the Roman Emperor by pal Cesar Feliciano.

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And here we have Vincent’s son, Nathanael Vidaurri with his characters. Hero flier is by Rob and the enemy flier to right is by Mike Belcher. This is the first time we’ve ever had a father and son in the same class. Both are extremely talented but in totally different ways.

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Writing student Stephen Beer is creating a horror concept with his leading lady battling a vengeful ghost throughout multiple lifetimes. The art on both illustrations by Kevin Wiggins, a friend who has never said no to us.

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Taking her inspiration from the old Muppet show gag, “Pigs in Space,” student Donna Braginetz has created “When Pigs Can Fly,” a comedy sci-fi series. Above her hero Captain and to the right one of the space pirates. Art by a dear friend and former student, Olivia DeGaine.

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And much to everyone’s delight, Olivia made a surprise visit to the class Tuesday and we snapped this picture of her and Donna together, holding up Olivia’s illustrations of Donna’s character. Then Olivia was gracious enough to take our official class photo, with Ye Old Air Chair joining his really talented quartet of writers.  We love teaching this class and hope to continue doing it for a long-long time.

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When our children reached school age, they didn’t waste a second telling their teachers that their Dad made comic books and just like that we found myself giving little presentations at their schools. Later it was my grand kids who got us hooked into these informal school appearances. And honestly, we had a great time doing them. In our home here in Fort Collins, we happen to be neighbors with the wonderful Good Samaritan senior living facility and without elaborating on how, let’s just say they learned of our writing comics and invited us to come and talk to their residents about our career yesterday afternoon. We began my talk with letting them know they were by far the oldest “kids” I’d ever addressed. Valerie and the Air Chief were there for an hour and it was a blast meeting these amazing folks.

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A little footnote to this. Valerie took the above to photos, note the elderly gentlemen in the foreground listening to the Air Chief. BOTH of them were veterans of World War II. It was a real honor for us to meet them.

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

Ron – Over & Out!