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ONE WEEK LATER

  • On 9 Jul | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, well the Air Chief is back though minus a pesky organ. Just one week ago we were admitted into the Medical Center of the Rockies, one of the finest hospitals in Colorado, where surgeon Dr. Lee removed my cancerous prostate gland.

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All of this was on Thursday. Valerie and our beautiful granddaughter were with me at the hospital and Cora snapped these pictures of us only a few hours after the surgery had been successfully concluded. Everything went like clockwork, we were told and that the Air Chief would most likely be on his way home the very next morning.

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Sure enough, the following morning Dr. Lee met with us for an hour explaining what recovery would be like in the weeks and months ahead. He cautioned us to take things slow, ala no quick four miles walk but go back to building up our strength gradually. Our body has to get used to a whole new plumbing system and that too is going to take some hard work, but we are committed to doing all of it. With that the Doc gave us the green light to get the hell out of there and within two hours look was back home sitting behind the desk in his office ready to get rocking and rolling again.

Right now, we want to thank all you wonderful, Loyal Airmen, who kept us in your prayers during this entire matter. Those prayers sustained every single day, lifting us up to Our Loving Creator. We will be forever grateful to each and every one of you the rest of of our lives.

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And since we didn’t want this Flight Log to be simply an Air Chief medical report, we wanted to leave you with this latest on the proposed Brother Bones series. After several unsuccessful attempts to sell the concept to a TV streaming service, the producers handling Bones this past week managed to get original book in the hands of a very well known and successful Hollywood writer/director who may be interested in producing a “pilot” episode. So not great news we’d hoped for by now, but the project is still active and moving in a positive direction. Rest assured we will keep all of you Loyal Airmen posted on any changes in that status. Till then, we keep all fingers crossed.

And there you have this week’s Flight Log. Thanks ever for stopping by,

Ron – Over & Out!

BYE-BYE PROSTATE

  • On 1 Jul | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, by the time you read this, the Air Chief will be home from the hospital. Yesterday, we entered the Medical Center of the Rockies where our cancerous prostate was surgically removed. And if all went as planned, the Air Chief should be on his way home today to begin a six week recovery course. Happily the cancer was caught very early and the prognosis after its removal is really great. Still, any and all prayers to aid us in the weeks of recovery would be greatly appreciated. Okay, now let’s get back to some serious FUN stuff.

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Recently artist Chris Nye has begun doing the illustrations for writer Teel James Glenn’s new fantasy adventure novel entitled DRAGONTHROAT and above is his second of nine piece. Chris is such a gifted artist and we are thrilled to have him aboard the Airship 27 team. And let’s not forget Teel’s tremendous talent. He’s won many awards including the Pulp Factory Award for last year’s novel, “A Cowboy in Carpathia.” It’s obvious he and Chris make a great team on this project. Can’t wait to show you more.

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Finally, and very happily, we managed to get out our latest Airship 27 Pulp novel on Wednesday. WU DANG – Return of the Wanderer is the third book in writer Barbara Doran’s excellent fantasy adeventure filled with lots of Chinese magic and martial arts. Gary Kato provided interior illustrations and Rob Davis the cover. As ever available now at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. Always thanks for you continually support.

As ever, thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you back here (minus a prostate) this time next week.

Ron – Over & Out!

Greeting Loyal Airmen, below is Press Release from Pulp Fest that came out on Monday.

he PulpFest Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that eleven individuals and one organization have been nominated by their peers for the 2021 Munsey Award. This annual award is named after Frank A. Munsey — the man who published the first pulp magazine. It recognizes an individual or organization that has bettered the pulp community, be it through disseminating knowledge about the pulps or through publishing or other efforts to preserve and foster interest in the pulp magazines we all love and enjoy. Congratulations to all of the nominees for this prestigious award presented annually at PulpFest.

The nominees listed below — who received multiple nominations — will be forwarded to a committee made up of all the living LamontMunsey, and Rusty Award winners who will select the recipient of this year’s Munsey Award.

The fellow names and their respective credit works were listed in alphabetical order.  John Bentancourt, Richard Bleiler,Gene Christie,William Contento,Rich Harvey,Chris Kalb,Gary Phillips,Sheila Vanderbeek, Howard Wright & Dan Zimmer. Topping the list was the one organization – Airship 27 Productions.

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The image above is only a portion of the framed print given out to the winner. Honestly, the Air Chief and Art Director Rob Davis are thrilled in the fact that the nomination did not single out an individual but the actual Airship 27 Productions, which is a testament to all our writers and artists who over the years have made the Airship 27 fly so high. This is YOUR nomination Loyal Airmen can’t thank you enough for that.

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Making it official, Loyal Airmen, THE ADVENTURES OF RADIO RITA is happening and Teel James Glenn, Gene Moyers, Mel Odom & Samantha Lienhard have signed on. Each will write an adventure on the very brief little physical outline the Air Chief wrote up for her. Meaning, they have nothing but her weight, height, color of eyes and hair and the one fact that she is a pilot. The rest, as they say, will be up to them…and we can’t wait to see what they deliver, each putting their own unique stamp on our gal.

Consulting16-4And finally we are currently in production of Volume 17 of our bestselling series – Sherlock Holmes : Consulting Detective. This one will feature 5 new stories with Art Director Rob Davis as always doing all the interior illustrations. Above is a sneak-peek at one of these, this one from a story by R.A. Jones we found particular touching. Scene has Doctor Watson assisting a young boy in the burying of his pet dog. Trust us, Loyal Airmen, this is one Sherlock Holmes story you won’t want to miss.

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

Ron – Over & Out!

FAMILY & PETER PAN RETURNS

  • On 18 Jun | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, well summer has hit with a sledgehammer these past weeks across the country with temperatures rising to 100 everywhere. Time to stay indoors and hydrate Loyal Airmen. Watch all outdoor activities and be smart. Now to some fun stuff.

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Perhaps the greatest treasures all of us have in this world is our families. The Air Chief is well aware he’s been blessed with the most amazing family ever. Above is our middle son Kevin who recently sent along this photo of him with his new electric guitar. Whereas we’re the writing dude, Kevin’s God given gift is music and he does it extremely well. While his older brother Scott is a train enthusiast and has made more model train sets than we can remember. Again, all wonderful talents that we share with the world.

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Whereas the Air Chief has two younger brothers, George (above) who resides in Massachusetts and Paul. who makes his home in Vermont. In the past year or so, George and his wife Anne have become huge pickle-ball players in their town. So what with Father’s Day coming this weekend, George’s grandkids gifted him with this shirt that read – PAPA IS MY NAME – PICKLE BALL IS MY GAME!!!  Ha, ha, ha. We love it…as much as his four wonderful grandkids love him.

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Many, many moons ago, artist Gary Kato and the Air Chief produced a two-part comic book for Malibu Comics then subsidiary line called Adventure Comics. It was called PETER PAN – Return to Neverland and after they had published both issues (in full color mind you) they then later collected them both in one comic package. Gary and the Air Chief were always very proud of this little gem and over the years gave away all of our own copies, while happily holding on to the original black and white pages. Over the past few years, attending more and more comic shows here in Colorado, we began to wonder if it might be possible to republish that Peter Pan comic via our own on-demand printing as we did with our Mr. Jigsaw comics, again through Rob Davis’ Redbud Studio imprint. So we reached out to Mort Todd who had in the past colored Jiggy stories for us and asked if he might be interested in joining us on the project. Mort agreed, but after the lost year of covid, he found himself backed up with so many of his own projects, he finally had to admit there was just no way he could possible find time to color 51 pages of comics for us. So it seemed that the Peter Pan book would never again see the light of publication. Then, a few weeks ago, while talking with artist Mike Belcher about our new Black Bat graphic novel, it suddenly hit the Air Chief that Mike’s son, who has always colored his books and is now doing a great job on the Black Bat pages would do a great job with Peter Pan. We put the offer to Aiden over a Skype chat one afternoon and much to our delight, he agreed to join our team and color those pages. We were back on track.

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Above are the first two pages Aiden has completed. Upon receiving them digitally, we immediately shared them with Gary and he, as expected, flipped out. They are beautiful. Aiden is doing a super job with his colors and now it looks like, after almost thirty years, PETER PAN – Return to Neverland is about to get a second life in a brand new Redbud Studio edition we will be publishing via Amazon. Stay tuned, Loyal Airmen, we’ll certainly keep you all posted.  Wahoooo!

And there you have this week’s Flight Log Loyal Airmen. As ever thanks for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out!

ME & THE BIG GORILLA

  • On 11 Jun | '2021

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, in this week’s Flight Log we want to talk a wee bit about our favorite movie of all time, the original 1933 KING KONG from RKO. The film was a huge hit when it had a duel premier on both coast of the country, one at RKO Radio Music Hall in New York and the other at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. It was the first movie ever to earn a million dollars. As was done in those days, films were released, shown and then put back in the vaults for a few years before they would be re-released to a hopefully new audiences. That’s what happened in 1955 and our father decided to take his son, 9 yr old Ronnie, to see it. The film imprinted itself on our psyche so much, we would never forget it or that experience of viewing for the very first time. The story of a gigantic wild beast torn from his home to be displayed and humiliated by a world of sophisticated cruelty bothered us greatly so that at the film’s powerful climax, as the bi-planes swoop out of the sky to attack the Mighty Kong making his last stand on the top of the Empire State Building, little Ronnie was actually rooting for the Big Gorilla and it broke our hearts when he was finally shot down.

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This incredible story was the created by two World War One veterans, Major Merian C. Cooper, a highly decorated Annapolis graduate and aviation ace and his pal, film photographer Ernest B. Shoedstack.  Cooper had been brought to RKO because the company was failing and it was his job to save it. After trashing several dozen scripts he found pathetic, he went to the studio’s special effects guru with his idea about a giant gorilla.

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That guru was the amazing Willis O’Brien and his team of Mario Larrinaga and Byron Crabbe. These were the pioneers who invented stop-motion animation, the magic by which inanimate options move on film. Cooper had seen their work on the previous silent classic, “The Lost World” and knew O’Brien was his Merlin to work his big monkey comes to cinematic. Once a script was set, and Shoedstack was on board to direct, they hired Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot and the beautiful Faye Ray as the three characters whose lives are forever changed by their encounter with King Kong.

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And though we’ve seen the movie hundreds of times (no exaggeration there) the film still to this day moves us emotionally. Enough so that over the years we’ve continue to buy various versions of the novelized script. In fact it is still one of our biggest dreams to one day write a graphic novel detailing the making of this classic movie and reveal the events and characters that made it possible.

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Meanwhile whenever new Kong toys appear on the market, we have to have them, relishing the memory of that 9 year old boy mesmerized by movie magic. Above our two of our biggest pieces, the one on the right was a gift from a friend, Michael Housel.

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Above left is a tiny Kong figure sent to us from Emily Janke as she picked it up during her trip to the Empire State building and was so kind to gift it to us. To the right is our tin-poster displayed on the Air Chief’s office wall.

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And finally our latest toy acquisition picked up earlier this week at Target. Seems someone got the rights to the 1933 figure and has produce three different variations. This one was the one we chose to add to our Kong collection. King Kong will always remain our favorite movie of all times.

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And now for something totally different. Way back in the Fall of 2019, artist Jeff Slemons asked if we’d be interested in writing a few short strips centered around automobiles. Jeff had been working as an illustrator for CARtoons magazine for a while and his editor was asking him for more short strips. The Air Chief had never done anything like this and that was all the incentive we needed. In the following weeks we wrote two five pages scripts and sent them off to Jeff. Before he could draw single panel, 2020 and Covid was upon us and lots of things got put aside, including these scripts. Then about a month ago, out of the blue, Jeff sends along a PDF containing the finished strip for “Yellow Whizzer.” Only now it is merely called “Whizzer” and is featured in issue # 33 of CARtoons currently on newsstands everywhere. We found out copy at Barnes and Nobles. When reporting this great news, Jeff confessed to having embellished my skinny script and we had absolutely no problems with that. It is still the story we cooked up, only now with much more characterization and dialog and we love it. It appears on pg # 20, with Jeff’s credit. Don’t let my name being absent concern you. We did this for fun, and that’s exactly what we received in the end. Can’t ask for anything more. Who knows, hopefully Jeff will soon get around to do the second script we sent him. We sure hope so.

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

Ron – Over & Out!

WE’RE HOME

  • On 4 Jun | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, well Valerie and the Air Chief are back in Colorado from our 8 day trip back home to see family. We said we take some photos, so without further ado, some of our wonderful memories.

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Upon arriving in Manchester N.H. early evening, we then went to a really nice restaurant with all of Valerie’s wonderful family. Going around the table starting at left is Gus, his wife Barbara (Val’s older sister) then Val, the Air Chief with hat on, across the table Andy with wife Sandy (Val’s younger sister) then Addy, Desiree and Val’s brother, the baby of the clan, Ronnie. To say a good time was had by all would be an understatement.

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Leaving Manchester the next morning, we drove to the beautiful Maine seacoast town of Wells Beach. It was one of the last few sunny days we’d see during out trip. After checking into our resort cabin, we walked down to the beach and snapped this selfie.

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Next up daughter Michelle and her husband Chris joined us at the beach for dinner of delicious seafood, clams, scallops, haddock, shrimp. Need we go on. After our meal we walked out on to the pier where Michelle snapped the pix of the Air Chief & Val against colorful maker-buoys and then set her cel phone down to snap the group shot. We had so much fun together.

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The next afternoon it was the Fortier clans time to gather. Brother George and his wife Anne joined us along with our sons Kevin and Scott. We ended up at Billy’s Chowder House for even more seafood. From left to right above we have brother George, son Kevin with the beard, oldest son Scott, the Air Chief, Val and sister-in-law Anne. Again such a great time enjoying each other’s company after so long a time of not being able to travel.

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After George and Anne left, Val snapped this pix of the Air Chief and his boys. Sad to believe that it had been seven years since we’d seen Kevin. He’s doing super and managed a supermarket in Massachusetts, while Scott works for an on-line retail fashion boutique headquartered in San Francisco from his home in Conn. As we live with son Alan, the only one of our children we didn’t see was youngest daughter Heather, who lives in Chicago. But the Air Chief plans on seeing her in Sept after the Windy City Pulp & Paper Con. Was really rough saying good-bye to the boys. Hopefully won’t be so long till we see them both again.

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The next day Valerie went off with daughter Heather to have a girls’ day, while the Air Chief did some writing on the new Brother Bones novel in the works.

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Sadly by then the weather along the New England Coast had turned foul and by Sat, when we went to Michelle and Chris’ lake home in Acton, it was cold and rainy. But that never stopped us from gathering indoors. Chris had the grill going outside and we had a wild and woolly Memorial Day gathering. So once again Michelle set up her camera to grab this group shot. Left to right, oldest granddaughter Kristi, behind her is Kristin and her youngest Natalie, behind her is her husband Steve, next to Steve is second granddaughter Chelsea holding Steve & Kristin’s Nathan on her lap. Michelle, the mother hen down front, Valerie behind her, the Air Chief peeking in and finally Chris.

Look the weather may not have been what we wanted but in those 8 days we saw our family. The Air Chief and Val even had breakfast with our cousin Elaine and her husband Dennis, who, as it turned out, we’re staying only a mile down the road. We hadn’t seen Elaine in almost forty years. If live has taught the Air Chief anything at all it is that family is by far the greatest blessing God gives us. Whereas with Valerie and yours truly, he gave us the best families in the world. AMEN.

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We also want to thank our Airship 27 Production partner, artist Rob Davis for holding down the fort while we were gone. Rob fully assembled and released writer Fred Adam Junior’s fourth C.O. Jones thriller, “Hometown U.S.A.”  See cover above. Rob did that cover and all the black and white interior illustrations. Jones is a World War II veteran trying to get by as a private eye in the late 40s, who seems to trip over supernatural things when on a case. This one, like all previous three books, is now available at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. As ever, Loyal Airmen, thanks so much for your continued support.

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We’ve also mentioned this new book from Moonstone in the past few months. Well we’re happy to tell you it is now available for sale at their store on-line. The Green Hornet by Mel Odom is great and of course we contributed the back-up I.V. Frost yarn. We do hope you’ll check it out.

And there you have it, Loyal Airmen. We’re home and it’s back to the routine of creating and producing quality pulp titles. Thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you back here next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!

BACK IN NEW ENGLAND

  • On 28 May | '2021

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Greeting Loyal Airmen, as you read this Flight Log, Valerie and the Air Chief are in Wells Beach, Maine enjoying a week back east visiting friends and family.  This beach is one both of us often visited as children growing up in nearby southern New Hampshire. So obviously very little has been going on projects wise, but as you were kind enough to drop by we decided to give you a sneak peek at two pages from the forthcoming Black Bat graphic novel currently being illustrated by Mike Belcher.

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In the above page, District Attorney Tony Quinn is back home from the hospital after having been blinded by acid thrown in his face.  The attacker worked for a crimeboss Quinn was trying to send to prison. In this page, his assistant Silk Kirby is trying to make him comfortable and Quinn is deciding what his future will be like now that he is blind.

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In this page we see that very crime boss, Oliver Snate, in his office locating in the boxing gym he owns. He is delighted to read that Quinn has resigned and feels like he’s one a major battle. Little does he know what the fates have in store for him.

And there you have it Loyal Airmen. No one has seen these pages but you. Next week we’ll be back in the office and have other things to share with you. Until then be well

Ron – Over & Out!

RADIO RITA

  • On 21 May | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, whereas this past week Rob and the Air Chief recorded our 75th episode of the Airship 27 Podcast, we thought it might be fun to detail the creation of another Airship 27 crew member, the lovely Radio Rita.

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After Rob and the Air Chief had launched the once a month podcast show, it became the Air Chief’s job to notify folks via Facebook and the internet when we would be doing another episode and at the same time ask folks to send in questions if they had any. Wanting to have fun with these notices, one month we began the post by saying we’d just received a call from Hangar 27 (the place where our beloved Airship 27 is kept when not in the air) and in doing so we envisioned this beautiful woman in charge there as our chief radio operator…and we simply called her Radio Rita. Knowing visuals are a key element in getting people’s attention, the Air Chief scoured the internet in searching of an image in which a beautiful woman was talking on a radio set-up. Lo and behold we found the above old school pin-up and it was perfect. Thus Radio Rita was. Best guess, the artist was the legendary Gil Elvgren.

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After using the pin-up for several months, we thought it might find another similar image and change things up a bit, not wanting our Loyal Airmen to simply get used to seeing the pin-up piece. So back to the surfing the web until we landed on this one above of an actual young model on a wireless set. Well alright, now we had a “real” Radio Rita and our FB pals loved her. Some believe she’s a young Renee Russo, and they might be right. Anyway from that point onward we would swap back and forth between the pin-up Rita and the live Rita.

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After a while the Air Chief began thinking it would be awesome if Rob would see his way into drawing a brand new old school type pin-up of our gal. The Air Chief thought it might be fun to see Radio Rita riding through the skies on a mini-airship. Rob was hesitant at first, not having done this kind of cheesecake and admitted be uncomfortable about the idea. So we let it drop. Then two weeks ago the Air Chief found the above pix of a lovely female aviatrix thought, “So Rita is our radio gal, but whose to say she isn’t a pilot as well?” So this new version was added to our files of the lovely Rita. And lo and behold something in it clearly sparked Rob’s wonderful imagination because less that a week letter he sat down and delivered….

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Loyal Airmen we give you Airship 27’s own Radio Rita, Queen of the Airwaves. Rob outdid himself and the Air Chief loves this new pin-up of our gal. In fact we’re giving some thought to maybe doing a t-shirt with this picture. What do you think?

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Moving right along. Another character the Air Chief created long-long ago, was Chinese cat-burglar, Satin Wei for a comic book series to be called SATIN’S WAYS.  Sadly the original artist who worked on the project, G. Martinez was unable to do more thank sketches and an 8 pg strip, which invariably was published in several black and white comic anthologies.  (His is Satin at upper left.) Then a few other artist took a go at the strip (ala the version in upper center) but they too moved on. Finally, after all these years, we’ve partnered with artist Richard Jun (upper right) and will be doing a SATIN’S WAYS comic for SILVERLINE COMICS hopefully by years end. To that end we turned to our pal Rob Davis to whip up a brand new logo for us and he delivered in style.

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Looks like our lovely little thief is at long last going to make her comics debut in 2021. All fingers crossed.  And that’s our Flight Log for this week, Loyal Airmen. As ever, thanks so much for dropping by. Next week the Air Chief and Valerie will be in New England on vacation. But we’ll see if we can post a few things for you before we leave.

Ron – Over & Out!

THE SILVER PENTACLE

  • On 14 May | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen. Nancy Hansen is one of the finest writers we know and a dear friend. So it is with much joy we kick off this week’s Flight Log announcing her latest Airship 27 book.

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“The Silver Pentacle” is the first in a new series set in the distant future after the Earth has been ravaged by nuclear wars. What remains among humanity have gathered into various tribes trying to survive in this devastated world. Then along come super beings from another dimension bringing with them an eternal struggle between good and evil. This tale is a wonderful mix of both science fiction and fantasy as only Nancy can do. And we are also thrilled to have artist Guy Davis on board doing both the interior illustrations and that beautiful cover above here. Guy is a fellow Coloradoan and a good friend. This is his first work for Airship 27 Production and he has already signed on to be a part of the second book in the series. All in all another terrific title we hope you’ll check at Amazon. It’s there in both paperback and on Kindle. As ever, thanks so much for your continued support.

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Aside from writing, editing and publishing, many of your Loyal Airmen know the Air Chief also writes a review blog called Pulp Fiction Reviews. We’ve been doing this over twenty years and in that time have written hundreds of book review, most of them connected in some way pulp literature. But also in that time we’ve managed to write reviews of non-fiction titles and let those slip in there. Recently the urge to read more non-fiction has prompted us to consider creating a second Google platform blog dedicated solely to non-fiction titles. And as it will be the cousin to Pulp Fiction Reviews, we’re going to label it Pulp Fact Reviews. We hope to launch in the coming week. If that happens we’ll post the link here next week.  Wish us luck.

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Finally this year’s winners of the Pulp Factory Awards have started receiving their awards in the mail over the past week. Three were kind enough to snap pictures and share them with the rest of the New Pulp community. The top close up pix belongs writer Teel James Glenn who won for Best Novel. Then we have John French’s for his Best Short Story and finally Publisher Charles Millhouse posted his for Best Anthology. Only two missing were our artists amigos; Dan Aviles who won Best Cover and Ed Catto who won Best Interior Illustrations. Hopefully these two talented gentlemen will be getting their awards soon. And once again, a heart felt congratulations to all our winners.

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

Ron – Over & Out!

OLD STORY IN PRINT

  • On 7 May | '2021

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we hope all of you are enjoying Spring, that you’ve gotten your vaccine shots and looking forward to all of us once again getting back to familiar, fun events with family and friends.

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Last year publisher Storm Gate Press won the Pulp Factory Award for their first issue of Pulp Reality. Now they have just released the second issue and above is the cover, featuring a truly beautiful illustration by artist Clayton Murwin. If you’ll look closely at the list of creators, you’ll see the Air Chief’s name smack dab in the middle. When publisher Charles Millhouse put out a request for submissions, we remembered our little weird western story, “The Wind Kid,” which we had written a few years ago and made available only on Kindle.  (Yes, it is still there Loyal Airmen.)  Whereas it has never been taken to print, we queried Charles, telling him of its history and inquiring if he could use it for this issue. He replied affirmatively and even went and got permission from artist Rob Davis to use the wonderful illustration that covers the Kindle version. Aside from the Air Chief, the list of contributors to this volume is really awesome and we hope you’ll check it out. It is available right now at Amazon. As ever thanks for your support.

Last week we had the fun of  introducing to you to Chef Pierre, the Pulp Factory Master of the Kitchens. This week, Airship 27’s own Chief Engineer Rob Davis wanted to present to you his number assistant at Hangar 27.

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GLORIA “GADGETS” BERNHAM

A 16 year old student at the Crest Valley Vocational Academy.  Father is a NASA Engineer her mother an Emergency Room nurse.  Gloria is youngest of three girls; older sisters Ruth and Grace are both away from home in college. Fascinated with all things aviation, she was introduced to Chief Engineer Rob Davis when he was a guest speaker at the school. Impressed by her uncanny skills and inventive abilities to make machines from spare parts, Rob offered her an Apprentice Scholarship and she now works as his assistant at the Airship 27 Hangar when not in classes at school and on the weekend. Aside from building things, she has a fondness for Cheery Cokes, stray animals and an obsession with airships. It’s rare to see her cute face without several blotches of grease on it. Nothing makes her happier than fixing something broken. Rob has become her mentor and she jokingly calls him “Pops” teasing him about his age.

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Finally, after wrapping up that 108 pg Black Bat graphic novel, the Air Chief turned his attention to his next prose writing project. From the start of our Brother Bones series, one of the most radical and fan favorite characters in that world has always been Harry Beest, the mobster who crossed his boss, Topper Wyld, and for it suffered a horrid face. His brain was removed from his body and put in that of a Silver Back Gorilla. Thus Beest became a true Beast. Well all of that was hastily stated in a just a few paragraph before diving full into the story with him. What we never did was give the complete story of why and how this fate befell Harry. That is the core plot of the prequel novel we are now writing and hope to have completed by the start of July. Tentative title will be – CAPE NOIRE : A Beest & Beauty Tale. We think our Brother Bones fans are going to enjoy this filling out of the back story, not only of Harry, but other familiar players in the series. Stay tune and wish us luck.

That’s it for this week Loyal Airmen, thanks as always for stopping by and we’ll see you back her next week.

Ron – Over & Out!