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NEW MR. JIGSAW IN WORKS

  • On 29 May | '2020

Greetings Loyal Airmen, with Memorial Day behind us, looks like all of us are wondering what this Covid 19 summer is going to look like and what we’ll be able to do…and not do. Still, despite even the most stringent restrictions, creative people find a way to stay positive and keep doing what they do best.

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People like our good friend, artist Gary Kato who just wrapped up his work on the newest issuse # 16. Above is the start of the cover before Art Director Rob Davis adds the logo and other text. Seen here are Jiggy behind the wheel and his pal, Portland Police Detective Lt. Boltz…and we won’t say too much more, only that this issue features an 8 pg back story starring two of Jiggy’s pals, Blimp & Turtle. It was written and illustrated by our pal Jon Bonjour and lettered by the amazing Elisa St. John. We think all our Jiggy fans are going to get a big kick out of this issue. We’ll keep you posted.

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Another comic project we’ve been talking about for the past three years is all the Black Bat comic stories we penned for Moonstone Books. Well, the published 3 issue mini-series GUNS OF THE BLACK BAT, which was released, is now being collected, along with a yet unpublished 4 issue mini and all 7 comics will appear between the covers of this mega collected entitled BLACK BAT – DOMINO LADY – Danger: Coast to Coast. Not only do these stories start these two classic pulp heroes, but joining them at various points in the action are the Phantom Detective, Jim Anthony Super Detective, the Laughing Man, Airboy, I.V Frost, Nighthawk and Ki-Gor the Jungle Lord. If that isn’t a classic pulp heroes mash up, we don’t know what is. The cover for this treasure collection is by the Pulp Factory Award winning Douglas Klauba. As of now, we don’t know when this will be out. Diamond Distributors only recently started shipping to comic shops again. Out best guest is the end of summer. As ever we’ll keep you posted Loyal Airmen as we really don’t want you to miss this one.

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Finally we’ve spent the past few days working on the next Bay Phantom book by Chuck Miller. With fingers crossed will have it for you in a few weeks. Above is an interior illustration by artist Kevin Paul Shaw Broden and next to that a custom Pay Phantom figure done by our pal Jase Marshal. Both look fantastic. Stay tuned.

Ron – Over & Out!

MOM’S LIFE

  • On 22 May | '2020

Greeting Loyal Airmen, last week we shared the sad news of our mother’s passing. One of the duties asked of me by my siblings was to write Mom’s obituary. You will find it below.

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GABRIELLE MARIE FORTIER

Born Nov 1s, 1924 to Donat and Dorilla Richer of Sanford, Me.  The second oldest of ten children, she attended St. Ignatius grade school and excelled. She always loved learning new things. She was unable to go to high school because she was needed to help the family during this period known as the Great Depression. It was a regret she would never forget.

In 1942, while at a local dance, she met George Fortier of Somersworth and they began dating. While he was 25 at the time and she only 17, it was most likely their courtship would have been short-lived had not World War II begun and George was drafted. During the next three years they would write to each other often and would eventually fall in love through their letters. By his last year in the South Pacific, they were writing to each other every single day. Upon his return to civilian in Nov. of 1945, they became engaged and were married the next month, Dec. 1th, at St. Ignatius Church.

The story of their romance was chronicled in the play, “Where Love Takes You,” written by their oldest son, Ron Fortier and premiered at the Sanford Stage Company in Aug. of 2011. George and Gaby would have four children. After Ron there was George Jr, followed by Paul and then Ann Marie. They had thirty years together before George passed away, Aug 24th, 1975. After his death, Gaby found interest in traveling and along with her dear friend and neighbor, Mrs. Julie Daigle, traveled to such countries as Peru, Spain, Guatemala and Columbia.

Never having lost her passion for learning, Gaby made it a goal, which she achieved, of reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in its entirety. So devoted was she to education that she inspired her children and all four went on to graduate from college. As a young girl, she had discovered she had a talent for drawing. Then somewhere in her 60s this love art resurfaced and she taught herself how to paint. For the rest of her life, she would never be without an easel and paints. Many of her paintings were sold to friends and relatives and today can be found in the offices of local professionals such as dentists and lawyers.

In 1979 she met Ludwig Goscinski, a retired divorcee with five children. Ski, as he was lovingly known, loved to dance and on their first meeting he swept Gaby off her feet.  Gaby came to love his children and they returned that affection. She and Ski would go on to share life’s adventures together for the next thirty-two years, until his passing in 2011.

She is survived by two sisters, Hortense Tanguay and Rose Goodrich and one brother, Henry Richer. She leaves behind a legacy of four children and their partners, nine grand children, Scott, Kevin, Heather, Michelle, Alan, Justin, Emily, Jason and Mathew, and eight great grandchildren, Kristie, Chelsea, Taryn, Logan, Kylie, Brenna, Colbie and Chase.

The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at the Wentworth Home for their compassion and exceptional care. A private gravesite service will be held at a later time.

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As we shared this news of her passing over on Facebook, so many of our friends there sent condolences over the past week. So many, it was truly heartwarming, and many, both family and dear friends, sent beautiful sympathy cards, an old tradition we don’t see much any more. Those cards were particularly touching to us and we will be forever grateful for them. Our daughter Heather sent along the plants you see pictured above. They are indoor plants and there were four of them who will, when the time is right, each be replanted in a separate pot and then placed around the house. Caring for them and watching them grow daily will be a beautiful reminder of Mom and the love she shared with all of us.

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Finally we want to close out this week’s entry on a wonderful piece of news. One of our oldest friends in the New Pulp community, is Tommy Hancock, a talented writer, editor and publisher. Shortly after working with us at Airship 27, Tommy went a built his own publishing house, Pro Se Productions and in the past decade has published so many great pulp novels and anthologies that have help make New Pulp as vibrant as it is today. Sure, we’re competitors, but we’re also buddies and the Air Chief is proud to have minute quite a few stories for Pro Se in the past and am still doing so today. Okay, where we? Last week Tommy queried the Air Chief wanting to know if we’d be interested in publishing a new series for him starring a rather unique private eye, P.D. STREET – Private Detective of the Forgotten. The concept was so original, we jumped on it immediately. Then, based on Tommy’s own idea for the look of this new character, we had Rob Davis do up a quick sketch and promotional logo which he of course did a truly magnificent job on. The above and an accompanying Press Release went out all over the internet two days ago. It’s Tommy’s hope to have the first PD Street book out by the end of the year and Airship 27 is so proud to bringing it to you Loyal Airmen. More news as things developed. Stay tuned.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

NEW ILLUSTRATORS

  • On 15 May | '2020

Greetings Loyal Airmen, as most of you know, one of the hardest challenges facing us at Airship 27 Productions is finding new illustrators for our new pulp novels and anthologies. As it turns out, we have several top-notch cover artists who work with us on a regular basis, but it is recruiting artists to do the black and white interior illos that is really difficult.

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Which is why we were stunned these past few weeks by finding four new super talented artists willing to join the Airship 27 team and work with us. We showcased one of these, Jeff Cram, a few weeks ago and now we want to introduce you to another talented fellow, Jason Wren. Jason has taken on JENNA COYNE MYSTERIES, a new title by writer Robert Ricci and the gorgeous piece above is one of his illos for that project. We absolutely love it and are thrilled to having this project now in production thanks to Jason. Stay tuned, Loyal Airmen, in the weeks to come we’ll be giving you more such peeks our new Artist Airmen.

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Another artist who has recently begun working with us at Airship 27 is Chris Nye. His work on THE WRAITH anthology was stellar and we hit it off immediately. Chris let us know he’d been wanting to get back into comics and the Air Chief mentioned the 130 pg Brother Bones graphic novel script we had in our files collecting dust. As some of you may recall, another artist had agreed to take this on, only to quite a few months later for personal reasons. And once again we were left high draw. Whereas this time things are going to happen, as Chris is committed to completing the project. Once he begins, he will be penciling and inking the pages and Rob Studio will letter and ink and ultimately publish at Amazon via his Redbud Studio imprint. The script is derived from the aborted screenplay that was done several years ago, based on the two stories, “The Bone Brothers” & “Shield & Fang.” It will be the first time ever that Bone’s origin is told in comic form. What with the work entailed, we hoped to have the book out some time in 2021. Stay tuned.

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Finally it is with a heavy heart that had to say good-bye to our mother yesterday, May 12. Gabrielle Marie Fortier, Mom, passed away in the afternoon suddenly. She was 95 and her passing was peaceful and pain free. Her heart just stopped. Obviously we knew this day would come, but that knowledge in no way can ever prepare you when it actually happens. She was a wonderful mother and we owe her so much. Now she’s in that better place, reunited at long last with our Dad. Rest in peace, Mom, no one deserves that rest more than you. Give Dad a big hug from me. I will miss you always till the day I see you again.

Ron – Over & Out!

DOING RADIO INTERVIEW

  • On 8 May | '2020

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Greeting Loyal Airmen, over last weekend the Air Chief was invited to be a guest on a Savannah, Georgia, community radio program, the Adam Messer Show. Adam is an avid comics fan and pulp writer. We spoke on those subjects for two hours and it was a blast you. You can find part one of that show here –  (http://adammesser.libsyn.com/47-ron-fortier-part-one) and the second half here – (http://adammesser.libsyn.com/47-ron-fortier-part-two)

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As of this writing, we’ve received over 80 entries for our WHO’S WHO in NEW PULP project being produced by Airship 27 Productions. Since most of the pages will be text data and some photos of the individual writers and artists listed, we thought we would solicit some fun art work to spice up the book. Several truly generous artists have answered the call, including Chris Nye who did this marvelous pirate drawing for us. Thanks Chris. And rest assured Loyal Airmen, we’ll continue to update you on the books’ progress. With any luck, it should be finished and in print by mid-July.

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Now for something truly special. Last year, Oklahoma writer R.A. Jones came to us with an interesting question. R.A. is a veteran comics and pulp writer and we’ve published both his fantastic adventures and his straight up westerns. The man is super talented. In his letter, he reported having just finished a new novel unlike anything else he had ever written. He made it quite clear this was not an action-adventure pulp. Rather it was tender fantasy about a man, who on reaching his 6oth birthday, realizes he had lived a truly awful life. All of which was brought about the poor choices he’d made along the way. He’s divorced, childless and alone in the world. All in a rather miserable soul. At which point a strange little fellow shows up and offers him the chance to go back and live his life over a second time. Only this time, with the opportunity to make good choices instead of bad ones. And that’s the basic plot of THE ROAD TWICE TRAVELED. It is one of the most beautiful, profound novels, the Air Chief has ever had the joy of reading. In fact in several places, it brought tears to my eyes. Now, the book is in production and our very own Art Director, Rob Davis will be providing both the cover and interior illustrations. Unlike his previous illustration work, Rob is doing these in pencils only…to add to the overall atmosphere of tenderness this story demands. Above is Rob’s first illo we had to share with you. Hopefully in a few weeks we’ll be announce the release. Stay tuned, Loyal Airmen. This one is that special.

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

Ron – Over & Out!

 

STAYING CREATIVE

  • On 1 May | '2020

Greetings Loyal Airmen. Well because of the current virus situation, most of our writers and artists find themselves pretty much locked up in their offices. That being the case, rather than sit around sulking, they’ve opted to keep being creative and pump out more great comics and pulps.

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Airship 27 Production’s newest title is RAVENWOOD – STEPSON OF MYSTERY Vol 4  – In this anthology we have stories of the occult detective by L.R. Stahlberg, DeWayne Dowers, Michael Black and Michael Housel. All of them fantastic. Artist Adam Shaw provided the gorgeous cover above and Pulp Factory Award winner, Ed Catto, the twelve gorgeous interior illos.  As ever it is available now from Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle.

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And within a week we have SHERLOCK HOLMES – Consulting Detective Vol 15. Five brand new stories by Gary Lovisi, Dexter Fabi, Jonathan Casey and two by I.A. Watson. As ever Rob Davis provided the interior illustrations and British painter Graham Hill provided the awesome cover above. As ever available on Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. And we thank all you Loyal Airmen for your continued support.

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Finally artist Howard Simpson proudly shows off his Pulp Factory Award for Best Interior Illustrations for his work on our BULLDOG DRUMMOND – On Poisoned Ground. Well deserved.

And that’s it for this week, Loyal Airmen. Take care and be safe out there.

Ron – Over & Out!

ANOTHER JIGGY PIECE

  • On 24 Apr | '2020

Greetings Loyal Airmen, last week we showed up a brand new Mr. Jigsaw illustration by artist Mike Belcher of Kentucky.  It was awesome and we loved it. Well, Mike did another this past week and this one pays homage to a very special Silver Age Comic.

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Way back when, DC Comics got the idea of putting two of their heroes into one comic series and thus was born Green Lantern – Green Arrow team up written by Denny O’Neil and illustrated by Neal Adams. The idea was to have two heroes (one conservative & one liberal) travel an America quickly becoming divided and deal with those issues that were in fact dividing us. To find common ground, if you will. The series as a whole broke new ground in making comics more relevant to a younger generation. Whether you approved or disapproved, it made comic history. And that was the image Mike found to pay homage to in this wonderful drawing of his own original hero, The Man in the Mask, hooking up with our lovable Mr. Jigsaw. It’s a beautiful drawing and we truly do love it.  Thanks, Mike!

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Because this year’s Windy City Pulp & Paper convention was postponed, the Air Chief and Rob Davis made a short You Tube video announcing this years winners of the Pulp Factory Awards.

For Best Novel – NIGHTVEIL – Crisis at the Crossroads of Infinity by Bobby Nash – Pro Se Productions

For Best Short Story – The Death of Robin Hood by I.A. Watson from “The Legend of Robin Hood” Airship 27

For Best Anthology – Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar – Editor Tommy Hancock – Moonstone Books.

For Best Cover – Artist Douglas Klauba for Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar – Moonstone Books.

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For Best Illustrations – Artist Howard Simpson from the book Bulldog Drummond – On Poisoned Ground, – Airship 27 Productions.  Our congratulations to all our super talented winners.

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

Ron – Over & Out!

 

WINTER HOLDS ON

  • On 17 Apr | '2020

Greeting Loyal Airmen, we truly hope all of you had a wonderful Easter Holiday, despite being isolated from your religious communities due to the Covid-19 virus threat. We watched the Catholic mass via TV as broadcast from the beautiful cathedral in Denver. When all this has past, we hope we can take a trip south and see that magnificent church up close. Of course the isolation would most likely have been the norm without the health threat as Mother Nature opted to give us a White Easter. Yup, snowed all day Easter Sunday and today, Monday, it is still falling out there as the Air Chief looks out his office window.  Am going to be so happy when winter is finally over for good. Spring can’t get here soon enough.

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Last week we gave you a peek at a comic page being illustrated by artist Cesar Feliciano from our project JIN & TONIC. Well, Cesar completed this action packed page and it looks absolutely fantastic. We hope you’ll agree. All that remains to be added now is sound effects and colors. We are still extremely excited about this project and hope we can eventually get it in print. All fingers crossed.

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Despite the social quarantine we find ourselves in, there are always glimmers of hope and sunshine as the picture of our Mom, Gabrielle Fortier, taken last week by Samantha James, the social director at the senior facility where she lives. She’s doing great and we thank God for that every day.

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So it seems our titling this particular Flight Log was most appropriate because today, April 16th we awoke to 8 inches of new white stuff blanketed Northern Colorado. And two days ago it was over 60 degrees. Honestly, it is beginning to get a wee bit tiresome.

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Finally we leave this week with this great illustration Gary Kato did for us a few years ago when we had this idea for a comic character called AMERICAN AMAZON. The concept was she a golden age character published during the 40s and little known today. Then in our story, she is revived in the modern world to take up her battle against injustice. The project never got off the ground for multiple reasons, but recently we were talking to another comic book artist and mentioned this series. He liked the idea a great deal and wants to talk more about it. So we’ll keep our fingers crossed and see what happens. As ever we’ll keep you posted.

Ron – Over & Out.

Happy Easter

  • On 10 Apr | '2020

Greetings Loyal Airmen, as we continue to live through the current health threat, the Air Chief is extremely proud of his family and friends who have all rolled up their sleeves and are determined to follow the guidelines set by health officials and our President to make this awful virus go away quickly as is humanly possible.

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Of course if you are a writer or artist, then this new self-imposed isolation isn’t really anything new, as our work is pretty much done in our inner sanctums. Thus we tend to look at this time as a period where we can be super productive in doing new stories, books and comic strips. One such artist with such a positive attitude is our friend Mike Belcher who a few days ago surprised us with this truly awesome pin-up of our lovable super-hero, Mr. Jigsaw Man of a Thousand Parts. It was a special treat for us and we couldn’t wait to share it with all of you.

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Every now and then, certain projects fall through the cracks and somehow get forgotten along the way. Several years ago, at the behest of Moonstone publishing, the Air Chief wrote a short story featuring a classic pulp detective called I.V. Frost…and three short comic strips with the character. By the time we’d finished the scripts, the intended project fell through. And after artist Jake Minor had actually illustrated one of the comic stories.  So we recruited our pal Gary Kato to draw the other two stories and Redbud Studio put out their first ever full color comic, the I.V. Frost Scientific Investigator comic.  Now a few months go back and we’re notified Moonstone was going to go ahead with an I.V. Frost prose anthology and our story would be in that collection. This would be a soft-cover paperback. Then later they would do a hard-cover edition and offer that Jake Minor completed script as a bonus feature. We loved the idea. The paperback anthology came out and it was great. But for whatever reason, Moonstone changed their plans and never did a hard-back edition. And those 8 wonderful comic pages have yet to be published. Above is page one for your enjoyment. Will it ever see print? We only just recalled it was even out there. We plan on talking with Joe Gentile at Moonstone and see what we can do…after all these years. Jake’s work is stellar and deserves to be seen and appreciated. As ever, we’ll keep you posted.

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And finally we’re going to leave you with pages from two exciting projects the Air Chief is involved with. To the upper left is another page from the new spy thriller JIN & TONIC, that we are working on with artist Cesar Felicano. Soon this should be ready to post on some manner of funding site to solicit your financial aid in getting it launched. Still a ways off set. Then we have super colorist Mort Todd assisting us and artist Gary Kato in getting our old Peter Pan story, RETURN TO NEVER-NEVER LAND back in print. Originally published by Adventure Comics, we’ve taken the original black and white pages, and happily recruited Mort to re-color them for publication. His work is just amazing.  Again, we’ll keep you posted.

And as we sign off, we want to wish you all of you out there both a Happy Passover and Happy Easter. May God, in these hard times, shower all your Loyal Airmen with his love and eternal graces.  See you next week.

Ron – Over & Out!

WORKING FROM HOME

  • On 3 Apr | '2020

Greetings Loyal Airmen, once again we hope and pray all of you are being smart and staying healthy and safe. We truly support our President and the CDC’s advise on social distancing and continual safe hygiene ala washing hands often. One of the amusing aspects of all this is the fact that working at home is really nothing new for the Air Chief. As most of writing and drawing colleagues will tell you, this is pretty much our regular lifestyle. Sure, the going out to find groceries can be a bit challenging, but overall we’re maintaining a positive attitude and suggest you strong do the same.

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In that vein, we’ve been delighted to see two of our current comic book projects starting to move along at a quicker pace now that these two artists are in their offices longer hours.  At upper left in full color is a page from the long awaited BLACK LION # 3 by artist Kevin A. Johnson with colors by Arrick Church. Then we have an outer space scene from the new black and white adventure BULLDOZER being drawn by our dear friend, Jon Bonjour. Jon’s finished ten pages of issue # 1 and at this rate could see both books out by mid-summer. All fingers crossed.

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We are also happy to announce the release of our latest pulp novel, WU DANG – Exile of the Wanderer by Barbara Doran. This is the second book in the series featuring a Chinese martial artist named Yi Xiao now living in Old California during the Gold Rush days. He’s also part magician and his adventures pit him against all manner of weird and bizarre characters. It’s really a fun series. Gary Kato provides the interior illustrations and Art Director did the gorgeous cover above. As ever available in paperback from Amazon and soon on Kindle.

And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen. As ever thanks for stopping by and please, be safe out there.

Ron – Over & Out!

TOGETHER WHEN APART

  • On 27 Mar | '2020

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, and welcome to another new Flight Log. This week the Air Chief wanted to talk a little about the self-imposed social distancing all Americans are having to adapt to because of the threat of the new Corona virus threatening all of us. For some having to stay indoors or away from friends is a real hardship whereas we tend to forget that in this country we have the technology to get close any time we desire. Thus last weekend the Air Chief got to thinking about one of our finest writers at Airship 27 Productions, Mrs. Nancy Hansen of Conn. We’d recently released her sixth novel in her amazing Jezebel Johnston Pirate Queen saga and all of us were thrilled by that. Thing is we, the Air Chief and Nancy, had only ever physically met one time prior and a long-ago pulp convention held in Arkansas along the time the entire New Pulp movement was getting started. Sure we’d exchanged hundreds of e-mails since then, but not even a single phone call. Okay, so we wrote Nancy and suggest we hook up visually via computer Skype connection. Happily she agreed and last Sat evening Nancy and the Air Chief, while actually seeing each other across country, had a wonderful hour long chat. When it was done, both of agreed we should have done it long-long ago and plan to continue hooking up like this at least once a month from now on. Bottom line is, all of you Loyal Airmen can do the exact same thing…any time you want. In the past lots of PC technology has been criticized for making us more distant from each other but in this particular time, it also has the ability to keep us together in a such a great and fun way. Give it some thought, Loyal Airmen. Maybe you’ve a friend or family member you haven’t seen in a long while. So maybe now, when cooped up, might be just the perfect time to reach out via Skype and say Hi.  As Art Director Rob Davis always says, “When life hands you lemons, time to make lemonade.”

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We were hoping to have news of a new title from writer Barbara Doran but unfortunately Barbara ran into problems with her PC program and we’re going to have to wait one more week to release that book. In the meanwhile, we thought we’d let you know one of the books we are currently putting together. Way back when Airship 27 Productions was launched one of the first classic pulp heroes we brought you was Dan Fowler G-Man. He appeared for a long run in the original G-MAN magazine (see above to the left). We thought it would be great to bring this tough guy agent back and solicited our talented crew of new pulp writers to start doing just that. Pretty soon we had Volume # 1 of the new DAN FOWLER – G-MAN title out. It well enough that we didn’t wait too long to put out a second volume.  And now, after, many, many years, we are actively editing new stories for a third volume which we hope to have out by mid-summer. Trust us, Loyal Airmen, these new stories of packed with gun-blasting action and adventure you won’t want to miss.

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Finally we are going to end with some truly sad news we just received yesterday. Pulp enthusiast and collector Mark Halegua passed on March 18 of medical complications. Mark was a friend and wonderful part of our New Pulp community. The Air Chief has so many fond memories of sharing fun times at both Windy City and Pulp Fest with Mark. He will be greatly missed. Mark was a diehard Yankees fan and always chided us about being Red Sox fans. It was all friendly batter and we both looked forward to it every year. Our deepest condolences to his family from all of us at Airship 27 Productions. May God have mercy on his soul and bring him to his eternal home in heaven.  Amen.

Ron – Over & Out!