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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!

FUN IN CHEYENNE

  • On 20 Sep | '2019

Greetings Loyal Airmen, Valerie and the Air Chief spent last weekend in Cheyenne, Wyoming as guests at the second annual Chey-Fi Comic Expo held at the historic Plains Hotel in downtown Cheyenne.

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We had such a fun time.  Above is the main flier done up for the show, then a shot of Val and the Air Chief at our table once we had it all set up. During the weekend, we made it a point to get outdoors and do a little sight seeing of the city. We took a we pix we thought you’d enjoy seeing.

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The Plains hotel is across the street from the landmark train station with its gorgeous clock tower. There were also lots of these get giant boot sculptures depicting elements of Cheyenne’s western history.

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Not to be outdone the Air Chief found as yet another giant cowboy boot. And then there were these amazing murals painted on the sides of various building like the sleeping baby above.

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One mural hidden away in a back alley was of this guitar playing buffalo. While on the left above, is a long shot of the Plains hotel taken from the Train Station. If any of you Loyal Airmen ever visit this part of the country, do yourselves a favor and visit Cheyenne, it’s a truly beautiful city with great people.

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While back the con things were moving into high gear fast. At upper left is the Air Chief, writer Mike Baron and con director himself, Jon Puls. To right of course is our dear friends from Pulp Fission, Zane & Olivia DeGaine.

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Fort Collins amigo, Todd Jones of Wicked Awesome Tales was on hand and we got to meet the affable Tim Mandese, a reporter for the Cowboy State Daily covered the show and shot a video you can find at the a paper’s website. A great guy and we joked around with this selfie.

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The lovely cos-player holding a copy of our Lady Action is none-other than writer Josh Walker’s wife Macarena. And on the right, the Air Chief was delighted to meet Grace, a very enthusiastic new Mr. Jigsaw fan.

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As you can see by the con picture above, we were kept pretty busy during the entire show. We love to look back and see what the big sellers were at the shows we go to. This time the most popular of our titles were the new Sherlock Holmes anthology from Australia in which the Air Chief has a story. Then the Mr. Jigsaw How to Make a Comic Special went over big. Lots of people, both you and old want to learn the mechanics of comics.

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Likewise our graphic novel Daughter of Dracula and the Script Book for it went over big time. We sold lots of both together, and separately. The biggest surprise of all was how many copies of our play, Where Love Takes You, we sold. Honestly, there appears to be a very large and vibrant theater community in Cheyenne. Finally, to all who come to our table and picked something up, making this another successful endeavors for us, our heartfelt thanks. We truly hope you enjoy our books.

And there you have this week’s Flight Log, Loyal Airmen. Thanks for stopping by and see you next Friday morning.

Ron – Over & Out!

ANOTHER COMICS CLASS UNDER WAY

  • On 13 Sep | '2019

Greetings Loyal Airmen, lots of fun things happening this week. Let’s get to it.

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The Air Chief is always writing new adventures of space Captain Jain Marlee, a rouge and smuggler. The latest called GHOST WORLD, was begun over a year ago by an artist named McShane. Unfortunately for various sound reasons, he had to bow out of the project and we turned to the inker, Ariel Aguire to complete the strip. Ariel and the Air Chief go back a long-long way and he’s a great guy and dependable creator. So last evening, after a long hiatus, we found our in-box filled with all kinds of sketches and page compositions. Above is one of the pages and some designs Ariel did up for Marlee’s space hauler. Everything he sent in was gorgeous and we’re extremely excited this project is finally going to get finished. We’ll keep you all posted.

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As this week’s topic title states, the Air Chief is teaching his ten week course on How To Write Comics & Graphic Novel at the Front Range Community College here in wonderful Fort Collins. Our lovely grand-daughter Cora volunteered to show you the syllabus folder done up for the class by the Director of the Continuing Adult Education program of which our class is a part; Mrs. Laurie Rue. Had our first class this past Tuesday and my students are excited and ready to learn this crazy world of comic creating.

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As of this past week, our 201st Airship 27 Productions title is released. “Behowls The Moon,” is an historical horror novel by Philip McCormac. It deals with the Irish 1918 Easter Rebellion and among the Irish resistant is a werewolf. Really great, pulp tale with interior illustrations by Rob Davis and a truly mind-boggling cover by Steve Otis, as you can see above. As ever available from Amazon in both paperback and soon on Kindle. Thanks so much for your continued support, Loyal Airmen.

And there you have this week’s Flight Log. As you are reading this, Valerie and the Air Chief will be in Cheyenne Wyoming for the all week-end Chey-Fy Comic Expo where we’ll be a guest. Looks to be a great show. Hopefully we’ll have some pictures to show you next week.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

COMICS IN THE WORKS

  • On 6 Sep | '2019

Greetings Loyal Airmen, this week we want to talk about some of the comic projects currently in the works.

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In the past, working with Rob Davis’ Redbud Studio imprint, Airship 27 Productions has delivered comics that features pulp heroes in the series ALL STAR PULP COMICS. To date we’ve done four of these and are currently looking at assembling a fifth.

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Schedule to appear in issue # 5 of ALL STAR PULP COMICS will be the first ever comic strip adventure of the classic golden age pulp hero, The Crimson Mask. Above to the left is the anthology we produced at Airship 27 years ago, while at right is a panel from the Crimson Mask comic strip written by Mark Davis and being illustrated by the super talented Luis Rivera. To say we are excited about this is putting it mildly. We’ll keep you posted as more strips are announced for the comic.

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Meanwhile work continues on the giant sized, full-color issue # 16 of Mr. Jigsaw – Man of a Thousand Parts. This is going hopefully going to be our super-duper Christmas special, as the main story, “Miracle on Christmas Island” finally has our Jiggy coming to the aid of that merry old elf from the North Pole. This 25 story was written by the Air Chief and is now being illustrated by Gary Kato. After which Mort Todd will apply his coloring-magic and…is schedule to draw the cover. The rest of the giant-sized comic will reprint the previously colored Jiggy adventures we’ve put out in the past few years. At present, our guest is when completed, it will be at least 50 pgs long. Sit tight, Loyal Airmen, this one is going to be worth the wait and then some.

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More happy comics news. After two years, we’ve finally collected all three issues of the mini-series PARADISE FALLS. It is a science-fiction murder mystery that takes place in the futuristic city of Paradise Falls. Written by the Air Chief with art by John D. Williams, letters by Warren Montgomery (who also colored the covers) and edits by Redbud Studio head Rob Davis.  PARADISE FALLS, the complete collection is now available at Amazon.com – we hope you’ll enjoy it. John’s artwork is truly something unique.

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Finally, because the Air Chief they are so adorable, here’s the latest pix of our son Kevin’s two bulldogs, Moxie (female) on the left and Zuko (boy) the right. Such truly lovable pets.  And there you have this week’s Flight Log Loyal Airmen, as ever, thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you here next Friday morning.

Ron – Over & Out!