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  • On 30 Sep | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen. We’ve got some excellent news for you to kick off this flight Log. For those of you who were unable to support our Kickstarter Campaign for issue # 1 of our sci-fi series, BEYOND THE STARS, we are thrilled to announce it can now be bought on-line.

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The book is now available from Indy Planet at this link. Including the alternate covers. So you that’s where you go. (https://www.indyplanet.com/beyond-the-stars-1) Meanwhile artist Andrea Bormida is hard work on completing issue # 2.  We’ll keep you posed with it is finished and published.

SHERLOCK HOLMES – Consulting Detective.

As most of you Local Airmen are well aware, Airship 27 Production’s best selling book series, is our Sherlock Holmes anthology series, “Sherlock Holmes – Consulting Detective.” We are currently working on Vol 18 with Art Director Rob Davis doing the interior illustrations.

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And this time we recruited artist Warren Montgomery to do our cover, as seen above in various stages. Warren had done a Bass Reeves – Frontier Marshal cover us last year that impressed both Rob and the Air Chief. He’s a terrific artist and we own, thanks to his generosity and kindness, several of his amazing prints to include one of the movie Frankenstein and the other of the Green Hornet and Kato from the 60s TV show.  Above left to right are 1) early pencils, 2) finished inks and 3) fully colored. The next time you Loyal Airmen will see this is when the book is finished and then it will sport the title logo etc. Something really great to look forward to.

ZEPPELINS OVER AFRIKA

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After almost two and a half years, Airship 27 Production proudly announces the release of its newest title, “Zeppelins Over Afrika” by writer Gene Moyers. This is an alternate world adventure wherein World War One is chiefly fought in the air via might Zeppelins. Of course all you Loyal Airmen know the Air Chief loves airships and this book is a real treat. Artist Brian McCulloch provided the beautiful cover (above left) while Army Vet Mike Harris the nine stunning black and white interiors. (One such above right.) The book is now up at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. We hope you aviation buffs will pick up a copy and as ever, thanks for your continued support.

BEYOND THE STARS # 2

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Artist Andrea Bormida wraps up the inks on Pg # 13 of book # 2 of our six issue sci-fi mini-series, BEYOND THE STARS. Next comes colors and on to the next page. Past the half-way mark now.

OUR NEW WHEELS

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After a year of debating, Valerie and the Air Chief bit the bullet and we’ve bought a brand new car. It is a 2022 Suburu Forester. We ordered it several months ago and it just came in this past week. We’ve still paperwork to sign and won’t be officially picking it up until we return from our forthcoming trip back to New England to visit family and friends. Still nothing was going to stop us from going to the dealership to see and the salesmen snapped the photo above for us. See how wide Valerie’s smile is. Our old Suburu Outback has been super good to us. We bought it ages again while still living in New Hampshire and it was a great car. But it was time to change and get something newer. Hope this one brings us as much good fortune.

And that’s it for this week, Loyal Airmen. As mentioned above, next Friday the Air Chief will be in New England. Be well, stay safe and God Bless. See you in two weeks.

Ron – Over & Out!

THE GORILLA’S SWEETHEART

  • On 23 Sep | '2022

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Greetings Loyal Airmen.  We kick off this week’s Flight Log with the gorgeous art above by Jamie Chase. As most of your Loyal Airmen know, the original King Kong is our favorite movie of all times. Chase’s depiction of the beautiful Fay Wray as Ann Darrow in Kong’s grasped appeared over on Facebook last week and it truly bowled us over. We had to share it with all of you.

SHERLOCK HOLMES – CONSULTING DETECTIVE Vol 18

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Airship 27 Art Director Rob Davis continues to turn new illustrations for “Sherlock Holmes – Consulting Detective Vol 18″ now in the works. (Above left.) This continues to be our best selling series and all previous 17 volumes are available in both paperback and on Kindle at Amazon. Including # 1 (above right) with the gorgeous Mark Maddox cover. If you’re a true Holmes & Watson fan, you really should check them out.

BEYOND THE STARS # 2

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Artist Andrea Bormida turns in his roughs for page # 13 of the second issue of our sci-fi mini-series, BEYOND THE STARS. Meanwhile, we recently wrapped up the script for issue # 3 and Andrea loved it. Always good sign when you make your artists excited.

MR. JIGSAW – Man of a Thousand Parts.

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A quick reminder that all Mr. Jigsaw comics (1 – 17) are available at (https://www.indyplanet.com/) as are other Redbud Studio Titles. With the release of # 17 a few weeks ago, lots of you Loyal Airmen have been inquiring where to go to buy the regular issues. We are currently scripting # 18. Gay Kato and the Air Chief created the break-apart hero over 40 years ago. Amazing.

And that’s it for this week’s Flight Log, Loyal Airmen. As always thanks for stopping by and stay safe.

Ron – Over & Out!

BOMBERS Vol 2

  • On 16 Sep | '2022

Greeting Loyal Airmen, well after almost two months of blistering summer heat, Mother Nature has finally agree to turn the page and lower some of those temps to a more Fall like normal. Most welcome relief for many of us.

BOSTON BOMBERS #1 Vol 2

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Artist Rob Davis continues his amazingly beautiful work on the new Boston Bombers series. He’s working on issue # 1 of Vol 2 and we love his work. He just turned in Pg # 12 (above left). If you are at all intrigued by this pulpish alternate world adventure, we’d happily remind that volume one is very much available at Amazon (cover above right) and the perfect introduction to this world and its fantastic female leads.

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Matt Webb continues to add his brilliant coloring to issue # 1 of JIN & TONIK. Art by Cesar Felicano, story by the Air chief. Going to be truly beautiful comic when completed.

NEW OFFICE ART

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Last week our good pal, artist Mike Belcher did up several pin-up sketches of the various incarnations of the Green Hornet & Kato based on our Now Comics Green Hornet series. Imagine the our surprise when the mailed showed up this week with truly beautiful prints of those pieces. We wasted no time affixing them to the bookshelf right behind our chair, where we now see them every morning upon entering the office. Thanks so much, Mike, you are truly awesome friend.

PULP SNEAK PEEK

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Barbara Doran is one of our regular writers at Airship 27  and in the past has given us several great adventure fantasy novels centered around Chinese magic and mythology. She now working on a new series dealing with special magicians known as the Book Hunters and volume # 1 “Apprentice” is currently being assembled. Artist Gary Kato has done the nine black and white interior illustrations (see above right) and Colorado based artist Guy Davis will finish the color cover. Keep an eye on future Flight Logs Loyal Airmen as we’ll announce when the book is up and available. This one is really different.

And that’s our entry for this week. As ever, thanks for stopping by, be good and God bless,

Ron – Over & Out!!

BACK TO SCHOOL

  • On 9 Sep | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen, with September finally here and Labor Day now in the rear-view mirror, it’s time we say so-long to summer (though by our continued 90s weather that’s sounds silly) and hello to Fall and the opening of schools across the country.

THE GREEN HORNET

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We received so many wonderful comments on last week’s Flight Log showcasing artist Mike Belcher’s tribute to our old Now Comics run on the Green Hornet which we did with artist Jeff Butler. Well Mike turned in a final piece, after we’d posted that entry and of course we wanted all of you to see it. Above, it features (left to right on top – Britt Reid and Ikano Kato, Britt Reid II and Hiyahsi Kato, Alan Reid (the short lived GH) and finally the major stars of that particular series, Paul Reid & Mishi Kato. Seeing these pieces by Mike was certainly a trip down memory lane for the Air Chief.

BEYOND THE STARS # 2

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Artist Andrea Bormida wraps up Pg # 11 of issue two of Beyond the Stars. We love this page. The composition and design of the ships stellar.

HERE COMES THE SUN

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Every morning the Air Chief and Valerie, after having our first cup of Coffee, set off on a mile and a half walk around the neighborhood. If time permits, we’ll do a second one later in the day to maintain our three miles a day goal. Well yesterday, we got out there just as the sun, in all its wonderful splendor was rising over the tree tops. We were delighted and Val whipped out cell-phone and snapped the pix above. We’re reminded of how Saint Francis had names for all of God’s majestic creations, calling this beautiful orb in the heavens his Brother Sun. And of course, by night we have the splendor of Sister Moon. He was truly a blessed and wise soul. Today Brother Sun was magnificent.

CONSULTING DETECTIVE Vol 18

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Finally we end this week’s Flight Log with a great illustration of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson from Rob Davis which is part of Airship 27 Production’s newest volume of “Sherlock Holmes – Consulting Detective Vol 18.” This one features two short stories and one novella. Now in production. We’ll keep you posted as it comes along.

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

Ron – Over & Out!

 

 

 

FUN AT FOCO

  • On 2 Sep | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen. Well this past weekend the Air Chief and Valerie had the fun of attending the local Fort Collins Comic Con. Val managed to snap a few pictures and we met so many wonderful people while there.

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Saturday morning after setting up. One table had all our comics and the second all our pulp novels and anthologies. The crowds were great and lots of amazing costume players.

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The folks at Faraway Creations were there with their animated Bantha from Star Wars. We couldn’t wait to get a picture standing along side of it. Once the doors opened and the fans starting coming, it was time for the Air Chief to “meet and greet” and show off some fun issues of Mr. Jigsaw to this nice family.

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Two good friends popped over with some truly nice surprises for the Air Chief.  Above left we’re standing along artist Kevin Johnson, with who we did the Black Lion graphic novel. Kevin also did a painting for our Jezebel Johnston pirate series from Airship 27 Production and really surprised us by gifting us with the original painting. Later one of our biggest Green Hornet pals, Frank Bruso (above right) came over to give the Air Chief a classic Corgi metal Black Beauty toy car. Again, these are classics and having this now in our collection is fantastic. We can’t thank Frank enough.

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And finally, we were thrilled on Sunday when Godzilla made an appearance at the show. Valerie immediately snapped the picture above as he passed our tables. One can only imagine how hot it must have been for the poor soul in that heavy get-up. All total it was a great two days. One of the most positive aspects was our chance to hype our new comics-writing course which begins in two weeks, Wed 9th Sept at the Front Range Community College here in Fort Collins. It will be the fifth time we do the course and we talked with several attendees at the show who may be signing up for the class. Again, to all involved with Foco from Nick Armstrong to Todd Jones, great job. It was a fun time.

BOSTON BOMBERS Vol 2

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And while the Air Chief was at the Con, artist Rob Davis was busy whipping up Pg # 10 of “The Boston Bombers” Vol 2 Issue # 1. He’s doings such an amazing job and every page gets us more and more wound up to see this project wrapped. Going to take a while, but it will happen.

THE GREEN HORNET

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One of the biggest fans of our Green Hornet series from Now Comics. Above is a new pin-up Mike recently posted on both Facebook & Link-In. Here’s what he had to say “Now Comics published Green Hornet #1 in October of 1989. Within it’s pages, writer Ronald Fortier and artist Jeff Butler brought the Green Hornet and Kato to a new generation. I was one of those lucky guys.Here’s the original pair of Ron’s story Britt Reid and trusted friend Ikano Kato (Ron was the first writer to give the Kato family first names).Judging by some of the reaction by my recent Green Hornet pinup, I’m not alone in my appreciation of what Ron and Jeff did. Because of that, let me put this out there. Isn’t it a puzzling that other than one hardback Now Comics put out during the publication years, no one has reprinted the series since? I’d argue that Ron most definitely brought the spotlight back to the Hornet, enough for the license to be appreciated again at least.Wouldn’t it be nice to see a re-release of his original run? Just to have a nice package for those of us that grew up with it or to introduce a whole new generation to Ron’s generational approach that got so much of our interest. Or, am I in the only one?”

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And then Mike goes on to talk about GREEN HORNET and KATO II – “Continuing my tribute to Ron Fortier and Jeff Butler’s GREEN HORNET series of the early 90s. Also, I’m wanting to show the fine folks who currently publish Green Hornet comics, Dynamite there’s interest in seeing the much beloved series reprinted. The approach Ron and Jeff took in their series was treating the original radio/serial Green Hornet and the short lived 60s series as one universe. Going as far as actually using the likeness of stars Van Williams and Bruce Lee as Britt Reid II and Hayashi Kato. The Hornet identity is established here as being passed on by uncle to nephew. Britt II asks his uncle to continue the legacy. While Hayashi is the eldest son of the original Kato, Ikano.  We get some fun adventures establishing the duo in both action and family life. The very personal nature of the comic’s family dynamic is what I’ve always thought made it a must read for me. I invested in the characters and Ron led me through their lives. Side note: To my understanding, Van Williams was a great fan of the series and appreciated being thought of.”

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Mike continues – “GREEN HORNET III – Alan Reid -The heir apparent to the Green Hornet legacy, Alan Reid would train with Hayashi Kato from a young age to one day inherit the mask. Taking over from his Uncle Britt, Alan would meet tragedy on his very first case. Leading up to his taking on the Green Hornet we’re given a few issues to get to know Alan and his younger brother Paul, as they would come to live with their Uncle Britt after the death of their parents. I remember being quite shocked and touched by what happened to Alan as Ron’s story rolled out.Alan’s costume was designed by Steve Erwin, who was supposed to work on the series with Ron. But other work prevented him from doing so.Again, please help me spread the good word about this series in the hope that Dynamite might reprint the first series.”

Wow, thanks so much, Mike. Personally the Air Chief has often wondered why no one at Dynamite ever thought to reprint the run we did with artist Jeff Butler. Especially the highly critically acclaimed four issue mini-series, “Sting of the Green Hornet.” Who knows, maybe if enough folks respond to Mike’s urging, someone at Dynamite will take notice.

BEYOND THE STARS Book # 2
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Meanwhile artist Andrea Bormida turns in roughs of Pg # 12 of “Beyond the Stars” # 2. The team is assembling from different parts the empire. The Air Chief so loves this page.
And that’s it for this week, Loyal Airmen. As ever thanks for stopping by and see you next week.
Ron Over & Out!

NEW SAM DUNNE MYSTERY

  • On 26 Aug | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen, last week Airship 27 Production released its third Sam Dunne mystery by writer, Fred Adams Jr. In the series, Sam is a guitar playing musician who seems to get into trouble no matter how hard he tries to avoid it.

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In assembling the book, the Air Chief was challenged by putting together a photo-real cover, as we had done for the first two Sam Dunne mysteries, “Dead Man’s Melody” and “Blood is the New Black.” Until that is we realized our own son, Kevin, is a gifted guitar playing musician himself. We immediately dug into our digital albums, found a good shot of Kevin with one of his new guitars, handed it all off to Art Director Rob Davis and voila we had our cover; with son Kevin posing as our hero, Sam Dunne. As ever you can find a copy in both paperback and on Kindle at Amazon. Thanks for your continued to support and of course a tip of the pulp fedora Kevin for being such a good sport. Guess we call this keeping it in the family.

JIM & TONIK

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Colorist Matt Webb turns his brilliant work to Pg # 4 of JIN & TONIK Book # 1 – featuring the amazing art of Cesar Feliciano and script by yours truly. This is going to be such a beautiful book when finished.

BOSTON BOMBERS Vol 2

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Rob Davis does another great job with Pg # 9 of Issue # 1 of “The Boston Bombers” Vol 2. We particularly love the handling of the flashback sequence in this page. Great visuals and composition.

FORT COLLINS COMIC CON

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This coming weekend, Aug 27th & 28th, the Air Chief will be a guest at the Fort Collins Comic Con, here in our hometown of Fort Collins, CO. On Sunday morning at 10:10 a.m. we’ll be giving a 50 minute presentation on the history of the Green Hornet from radio to comics. Looking forward to talking about this great character with other fans. Hope to see you there, Colorado Loyal Airmen.

THE WOODEN BLADE # 2

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Finally, our copies of “The Wooden Blade # 2 ” have arrived, and we’ll have them on our table at this week’s Fort Collins Comic Con. Artist Olivia DeGaine did such a great job with the art. We love working with her.

And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen. Thanks for stopping by and see you back here next Friday morning. God bless.

Ron – Over & Out!

FOCO IS BACK!!

  • On 19 Aug | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen, well after last week’s rollicking Flight Log, we’re happy to settle back into a more relaxed outing this week. Chief of which is our return to the Fort Collins Comic Con in another two weeks.

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Sadly the show was canceled the year of the Covid outbreak. But now it’s back and the Air Chief has a bunch of new comics and pulps to show our fans. Never mind the hour long presentation we’ll be giving on Sunday morning regarding the history of the Green Hornet From Radio to Comics. Should be a fun time.

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Artist Andrea Bormida wraps up Pg # 10 with colors (above left) and turns in both the roughs for Pg # 11 and finally the colors. Hoping to start writing Script # 3 some time next week. Like issue # 1, this book is looking fantastic. Andrea is such a great artist.

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTION

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We are thrilled to announce our second omnibus edition from the Jezebel Johnston Pirate Queen saga by Award Winning writer Nancy Hansen. This second omnibus contains books 5-6-7-8 in her ongoing series. Upper left is the cover by Rob Davis, whereas to the right is the actual back cover showcasing the individual covers. The omnibus edition, along with all the individual books, are available at Amazon. As ever thanks for your continued to support and keep an eye out for Vol 9 coming soon.

And that’s a wrap for this week, Loyal Airmen. Going to be a busy week packing up comics and pulps to bring to FoCo. Again hope to see you there.

Ron – Over & Out!

SURVIVING TRAVEL

  • On 12 Aug | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen, well, this year’s Pulp Fest has come and gone. The Air Chief and Chief Engineer were delighted to fly the old Airship 27 back to this show for the first time in four years. And getting to see lots of old friends was the best fun of the entire weekend. Whereas the trip to and from was a modern day travel nightmare we don’t ever want to repeat again. So here’s some pix of the good times.

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After Rob’s two day drive on the road from Missouri to Pittsburgh, he arrived in Steel City midday with plenty of time to set our tables at the con and then ride to the airport to pick yours truly up. Southwest got me there only an hour late, which was no big deal. We had a late dinner and then called it a day. The picture above to the right is the Air Chief talking with talented New Pulp writer Joab Steilglitz.

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So Friday got things rolling fast and we were thrilled to have writer Wayne Carey and his lovely wife Brenda across the aisle from us. Wayne is one of the most talented writers in the New Pulp field and Brenda is so lively and vivacious. They were also our dinner partners both Friday and Sat evening.

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One of the first dear friend to greet us was Kim Turk. The last time we’d seen Kim, was at the first year Pulp Fest was done in Pittsburgh, along with her wonderful husband Scott. Both were familiar faces at this cone and would attend the Air Chief’s panels on New Pulp Writers. Shortly after that show, Scott passed away, a shock to all of us. For obvious reasons, Kim, didn’t return to the show until this past weekend and seeing her smiling and having fun again. Touched our hearts. The two amigos to the right are Frank Schildiner (in black) and Greg Gick. Both veteran Airship 27 writers who, during the weekend, assured us we’ll soon be seeing lots more of their work.

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Another face we never see any more at Windy City was Bill Maynard (top left) and as ever he was jovial and fun to talk with. He was also kind enough to let the Air Chief tag along with him Sunday morning to a local Catholic church for mass. Michael Brown (to right with Air Chief) is a long time New Pulp fan and reviewer. He’s reviewed so many of our Airship 27 titles, plus does from Pro Se, White Rocket Books and all the other New Publishers. He’s very good at it. Getting finally to meet him in person was a pleasure.

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More old friend included John Bruening (top left standing) and Jim Beard (seated) of Flinch Book. Both are great pals and terrific writers. Top left almost needs no introduction as he’s a well respected historian of pulps and damn fine writer, Mr. Will Murray. Will and the Air Chief have known each other for ages.

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Another familiar face was Mr. Bob Deis, expert on MAMs (Men’s Adventure Mags) whose blog Mens Pulp Mags is extremely popular (at top left) and his publishing partner for # new texture books, Mr. Wyatt Doyle. To right is the latest paperback cover painting Bob acquired at the show from the artist’s widow was there lots of great pieces.

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Of course the second the Air Chief stopped by, Bob had Wyatt snapped a pix of us together, wherein Bob tells everyone he’s saluting the Captain. Chuckle. To the right is another super talented duo. On the right is none other than Fred Adams Jr., one of Airship 27’s most popular and prolific writes. Fred has so many great novels and short stories, we can’t remember them all. Whereas he showed up at the show not only to see us again, but to introduce to his pal, Jo speh Ferret, a fellow musician and song writer (at left). He and Fred co-creator a little horror community cable program called Terror Night Theater where they play host to old, black and white horror movies. What with Fred’s constant lecturing him about Airship 27, Joe is looking at contributing stories to us. We can’t wait to see what he submits.

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Finally we’re going to wrap up this section with the wonderful news that not only was our deal amigo Rick Lai at the show, from which he’d been absent for a long while due to a progressive health condition, but on Saturday the Pulp Fest committee awarded Rick with the Munsey Award for his Lifelong Contributions to Pulp Fandom. Shortly thereafter, as Rick entered the hotel lobby holding on to his walker which he now requires, pulp attendees rose to his feet and gave him a long, boisterous standing ovation. It was a scene we will never forget. And another reason why we love this amazing community.

Okay, then came nightmarish trip home. The only direct flight back to Denver from Pittsburgh Valerie could book for us was one leaving at 8 p.m. on Sunday night. Whereas Rob had a long two day drive back to his home in Missouri, we told him to drop us off at the Pittsburgh airport and go on his way. That was 2 p.m. We’d have six hours to wait. No problem to us, as we had several books in our pack. Time went by then around 6 p.m. the board announced the flight had been delayed by a half hour. No problem we thought. Along about 7 p.m. they announced another delay. So we wouldn’t be leaving till 9 p.m. Again no sweat, we thought. Then at 7:30 p.m with 188 passengers waiting, Southwest CANCELED the flight. The place erupted, as totally angry people rushed to the counter demanding what would happen next? And were told the airline would do its best to get them out at the next available flight to Denver. Which just happened to be TWO FULL DAYS LATER ON TUES MORNING.

The Air Chief left the area, found a quite spot and called home. Valerie had seen the cancellation on-line and we both knew the Air Chief was stuck. We suppose we could have left the airport, found a taxi and gone to a nearby hotel, but we were not inclined to do so. We decided to spent an all-nighter at the airport. Meanwhile Val, and our daughter-in-law Nicole, were scrambling on their PCs to find me a way out of Pittsburgh. They called me an hour later having booked me on a Delta flight leaving at 7 a.m. the next morning for Minneapolis with a three hour layover and then a connecting flight to Denver. Thank heaven. The night in the empty terminal was long, difficult, but we survived. Thank you Lord. The next morning, tired and achy, we happily boarded that Delta flight and started our journey west. We got into Denver at 2 p.m. where Nicole and Val were awaiting me. The Air Chief was home by 3 p.m. Immediately took a long hot shower and took it easy. At 75, these little adventures have lost their luster. Am starting to look at Amtrack a lot more closer in the future.

BEYOND THE STARS # 1 & 2

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The really good news after that awful night was finally getting home Monday afternoon to see my copies from the Silverline Comics Kickstarter had arrived in the mail. In which was Beyond the Stars # 1. It is always a rush to hold one’s completed comic. Artist Andrea Bormida and penciler Mike Belcher did such beautiful work. The Air Chief will have copies at our next two con appearances. The Fort Collins Con at the end of this month and the Rocky Mountain Con in early Nov. Oh yeah.

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Meanwhile Andrea continues to work on issue # 2 and finished his roughs and inks for page # 10 seen above. Going to certainly be another wonderful issue.

DRACULA UNFANGED

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Finally, “Dracula Unfanged” is here. Envisioned and devised by Christopher Sequeira with a short story by yours truly and many other great writers. Now available at Amazon. If you love vampire tales, you don’t want to miss this one.

Phew, and there you have our Flight Log for this week, Loyal Airmen.  As if it wasn’t enough. Chuckle. Things never slow down here at Hangar 27. As ever thanks always for stopping by and your support. God bless and see you next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

PULP FEST & ZORRO

  • On 3 Aug | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we are dispatching this Flight Log Entry a day early because tomorrow the Air Chief and artist partner Rob Davis will be in Pittsburgh attending this year’s annual Pulp Fest convention. Hoping to see lots of our old pals that we haven’t seen in a few years. We love this con and are glad to be going back to it. Meanwhile are a few things that have come to fruition since last week’s entry.

ZORRO’S EXPLOITS

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Meanwhile we finally got our own copies of the new Zorro anthology, “Zorro’s Exploits” from Bold Venture Press. The Air Chief has a story in it, and Rob Davis illustrated one of the 17 stories as well. It is a really great collection and is available now at Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. Check it out.

THE WOODEN BLADE # 2

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We are excited to show you the first few completed pages of “The Wooden Blade” #2 continuing the sword and sorcery adventures of Raizee the Ram. Script by yours truly with truly wonderful art by Olivia De Gaine. Olivia hopes to have the issue finished, printed and available to the world at this year’s Rocky Mountain Con in Denver come the start of of Nov.  Wahooo!

MR. JIGSAW RETURNS

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After too long a time, we’re delighted to announce the 17th issue of Mr. Jigsaw Man of a Thousand Parts is nearing completion. Artist Gary Kato has finished all 24 interior pages plus this nifty new cover (above at left). All that remains now is for Rob Davis to add the logo etc. and then scan the pages and send it off to Ka-Blam in Florida for printing. Once done, it will also be available from (www.Indy Planet.com) like all previous issues. The real fun of this story was our getting to bring back Winnie the Witch, who for several years was a comic host for many of Charlton Comics horror titles. Seeing Jiggy got his start at Charlton, we thought it only fitting that we bring her back in this tale. If you fans like what we’ve done with her, you can expect us to keep around. Soon as the issue is finished and available, you’ll know about right here.

BOOKS BEING SHIPPED NOW!

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Issues “Beyond the Stars” #1 are going out. To all of you that supported our Kickstarter Campaign, thank you so much. One such friend posted this picture of getting his copy today. Wahooo. Please, when you get your copy, give us some feedback after you’ve read it.

Ask and you will receive. Comic Fan Billy Henning writes. “I was able to contribute a little bit to one of my writing hero’s new projects and I finally got my issue yesterday! I read it last night and it’s FANTASTIC. Ronald Fortier, you’ve still got it, my friend. And that ending! Got to love surprise twist endings. Can’t wait to see what their marriage was like! Keep writing, Ron, I’ll keep reading!!!”

BOSTON BOMBERS Vol 2

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Rob Davis delivers page # 8 of issue # 1 of “The Boston Bombers” Vol 2. As ever his art is gorgeous and attention to detail amazing.

And there you have this week’s Flight Log, Loyal Airmen, coming to you early. The Air Chief is off to Pulp Fest early tomorrow morning. Then we’ll be right back here next week as always. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

 

RAIZEE THE RAM

  • On 29 Jul | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen, this week we’re delighted to announce the publication of the second issue of “The Wooden Blade” as created by the Air Chief and his dear friend, artist/writer Olivia DeGaine.

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A quick recap. A year or so after having moved to Fort Collins, CO, Valerie and the Air Chief met Zane and Olivia DeGaine at the annual Fort Collins – FoCo Con. As they are both super talented comics writers and artists, we all hit it off and became good friends. At point point the Air Chief mentioned a short 8 page fantasy script we’d written entitled “The Wooden Blade.” It has been intended for another artist who wanted to so a series featuring anthropomorphic animals as the characters. Sadly, though he liked my script, he was unwilling to share ownership of the concept and bowed out. When Olivia asked what kind of animal the hero was, the Air Chief told her she could make him whatever she wanted, if he joined me in the project. Considering Fort Collins is the home of Colorado State University and their sports mascot is a ram, it was only fitting Olivia made Raizee and sword wielding ram. And so issue # 1 was completed much to all our delight. Now, after several years, she has wrapped up work on issue # 2 (see cover above at far right) and it features two stories, one by the Air Chief, the other by Olivia…with her handling all the art chores from pencils to inks, letters and that awesome cover. Ergo, the issue will make its public debut at the end of Aug at this year’s FoCo. The Air Chief can’t wait to get his hands on a copy. Oh, yeah.

BEYOND THE STARS # 2

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Artist Andrea Bormida continues his wonderful work on our “Beyond the Stars” issue # 2. Above is his completed Pg # 9. Two more pages and we’ll have reached the half way mark of the issue. Moving right along, Loyal Airmen.

THE NEW TIN MAN

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Every now and then someone will post a picture on Facebook that makes us laugh aloud. Such as the photo-shopped pix above. Our good friend James Gaubatz saw it and posted it to his page. Upon seeing it we knew we had to share it with all you Loyal Airmen. We’d imagine if this had actually been the Tin Man of OZ, the story might just have ended in a totally different way.  Ha, ha.

THE TOWERS OF METROPOLIS Vol 2

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As most of you Loyal Airmen know, the Air Chief is a huge fan of the silent sci-fi classic film, “Metropolis” by German filmmaker Fritz Lang. Several years ago Airship 27 published a new anthology featuring stories that took place in that fictional setting. It was a huge success and we are now in the process of assembling “The Towers of Metropolis” Vol 2. Hard at work on the interior illustrations is artist James Lyle. Above right is his latest illustrations submitted earlier in the work. The volume will also feature a cover by Lyle. Stay tuned. More as the project develops.

CAPTAIN JAIN MARLEE

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Artist Ariel Aguire wraps his inks on Pg 10 of “Ghost World” our newest story featuring space smuggler Captain Jain Marlee. Only two more to go. We love how it is all coming out.

HISTORY OF THE GREEN HORNET

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Finally for all our Loyal Airmen here in Fort Collins, the Air Chief will not only be a guest at this year’s Fort Collins Con, we will also be doing a 45 minute presentation on the history of the Green Hornet from radio to comics. Hope you’ll be able to join us. Above to left is Martin Grams’ amazing history of the character which all GH fans should have. It’s available from Amazon. And of course the comic cover on the right is by Jim Steranko which launched the Now Comics series we wrote and Jeff Butler illustrated.

And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen. As ever thanks for stopping by and God Bless.

Ron – Over & Out!