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JEZEBEL JOHNSTON # 2

  • On 10 Feb | '2017

Greeting Loyal Airmen, and welcome to this week’s Flight Log.  We would guess many of you  are football fans and if so you witness perhaps the greatest second half comeback victory in last Sunday’s Super Bowl contest between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots.

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At the end, the Patriots had come overcome a 25 point deficit to tie the contest and force an overtime, a first for the super bowl.  And the Patriots came out on top, winning it all much to delirium of Patriots fans around the country. Tom Brady is easily the greatest quaterback to ever play the game, and the Air Chief will argue that fact with any naysayers.  The numbers don’t lie. Anyway, as you’d imagine the internet was abuzz the day after and among all the cool things we saw posted was the above wonderful image of Captain America wearing Tom’s number twelve. It’s by artist Craig Shepard, who just wrapped up his pencils on the Captain Hazzard graphic novel. We love it and of course had to share it with all of you. Brady now becomes the only quaterback to have won 5 super bowls. Oh, yeah. It was a good day to be a New Englander.

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The the pulp side of things, last week saw Airship 27 Productions release its third title of the year, JEZEBEL JOHNSTON – Queen of Anarchy by writer Nancy Hansen. This is the second in Nancy’s pirate queen saga and believe us, a great swashbuckling actioner. Art Director Rob Davis did double duty on this one. He provided the interior illustrations (as he did on the first book in the series) and then that gorgeous cover you above.  Book is now available at Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. As ever, thanks for your continued support. If you like pirate adventures, this one is for you.

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On the “finally” good news front, some things the Air Chief penned almost three years ago are finally going to see print. I.V. Frost was a scientific detective created for the pulps by the late Donal Wandrai. We were asked to write both new prose stories and comic strip adventures of Frost by our good pal, Joe Gentile, at Moonstone books and we complied. We penned three comic strips and short story. Then, as often happens in the world of publishing, things went awry and those plans were shelves. Eventually the Air Chief Recruited artist Gary Kato and we actually put out a full color comic book featuring two of those three comic strips via Redbud Studio. Now, having regrouped, Moonstone is putting out a full anthology collection of I.V. Frost stories featuring that solo short story we did plus others by such New Pulp stars as Barry Reese, Frank Schildiner, Gene Moyers and many others. Now if you’ve paid attention reading this, you see that this still leaves one comic strip unaccounted for.  Well, as they always do after releasing a paperback edition, Moonstone later does a special, pricier hard cover addition and in this case, the I.V. Frost hardcover edition’s “bonus” feature will be that final comic strip, as written by the Air Chief and drawn by Jake Minor.  Note, the anthology is scheduled for a June release and you can pre-order it from you local comic shop.

And that’s it for this week, Loyal Airmen.  Later today Episode # 24 of the Airship 27 Podcast will go up on You Tube. We hope you’ll check it out. Till next week…

Ron Over & Out!

HOLMES & HOUDINI

  • On 3 Feb | '2017

Greeting Loyal Airmen, the Air Chief is really wound up to get to this week’s Flight Log agenda.  You see, we finally got in Chad Hardin’s amazing cover for the pulp novel “Holmes & Houdini” by I.A. Watson last week and finally have it up at Amazon.

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So you can see why we are excited. Chad Hardin turned in a magnificent cover to what is a great adventure. We hope you’ll check it out, available as ever at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle.

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As many of your Loyal Airmen know, one of the characters that we created a few years ago for comics was space-smuggler Captain Jain Marlee. To date she has appeared in two short strips by various others. Now a third Captain Marlee is in production called “Ghost World.” The penciler on the project is one Shane Aden and the inker is an old dear friend of the Air Chief, Ariel Aguire. Above is a sneak peak the strip in progress with the pencils on the left and full inks on the right. We think Shane and Ariel make a really great art team.

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Last year the good folks at Charlton Arrow released their 5th issue which featured the first half of a Mr.Jigsaw story in full color. We just learned last night that issue # 6 with the second of that tale is soon to be released. See cover above. We’re told it’s 56 pgs thick. Now that’s a lot of great comic fun. Soon as we have a link where copies can be purchased, we’ll post it right here, Loyal Airmen.

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Recently pulp writer/actor, Roman Leary (who penned the Brother Bones novel, “Six Days of the Dragon”) wrote, produced and directed a short 16 min, movie called The Devil Drives. Featuring a cast of three and a budget of only $30, he has whipped up a really wonderful little cinematic treat. You can watch if for free here – (https://vimeo.com/201828354)  The Air Chief thinks its awesome and urges you to check it out. Again, their only reward is your viewership.

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And finally, we finally put up the Kindle Edition to our play, that we released on Amazon a few weeks ago. Below is the link to that Kindle Edition. (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N4UPLEJ/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1486067471&sr=8-7&keywords=Where++Love+Takes+You)

And that wraps up this week’s agenda, Loyal Airmen.  As ever thanks for stopping by, take care …and do good to others. In the end the rewards come back to you ten fold.

Ron – Over & Out!

PLAY IS PUBLISHED

  • On 27 Jan | '2017

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, as you can see by the photo above, the Air Chief is a happy soul this week as we finally received copies of our play book which we recently had published.  It is a three act romantic comedy that we wrote about our parents love story. It is now officially available at Amazon.com so all you actors, directors and other theater types, do check it out.  And thanks ever.

A few days after writing the above, a writer friend, Michael Housel, sent us a review of the play, which caught the Air Chief totally by surprise. Thanks so much Michael for these kind words. (http://bizarrechats.blogspot.com/2017/01/ron-fortiers-where-love-takes-you-play.html)

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A fan on-line recent did an interview with the Air Chief. If you’re interested, you can cut and paste this link below to your search browser.  (http://oldfadedtrails.blogspot.com/2017/01/an-interview-with-ron-fortier.html) And the image above was done of us by pal Gary Kato.

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Finally a while back we reported that we would soon be producing a pulp novel based on the old Eternity/Malibu comic series SCIMIDAR by writer R.A. Jones and our own Art Director, Rob Davis. Well, the novel is finished and Rob is now working on the interior illustrations.  Above is his first concept sketch. Been a while but it’s clear his fondness for the character hasn’t lessened one degree. Look for this one by the middle of Feb, all fingers crossed.

And that Loyal Airmen, is it for this week.  As ever thanks for stopping by,

Ron – Over & Out!

BASS REEVES ON TV

  • On 20 Jan | '2017

Greeting Loyal Airmen, and welcome to this week’s Flight Log. This week we kick off things with news we consider both very good…and somewhat bad. So here goes.

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In the past you Loyal Airmen have heard the Air Chief speak often about the greatest lawman ever to work in the old Wild West; Bass Reeves. In a 30 year career riding the Oklahoma badlands for Judge Issac Parker as a Deputy U.S. Marshal, Reeves brought in over 3,000 outlaws, was in 14 major shoot outs and never wounded once.  And yet, to this day, he’s rarely mentioned in history books because he was black. You see, before becoming a lawman, Reeves was a runaway slave during the Civil War. It was only after war that he took on being a Marshal to help supplement his income. Married to another freed slave, the Reeves went on to have ten children and ran a successful horse ranch. But money was tight and Reeves, as a Deputy Marshal, was allowed to keep a portion of the bounty on the badmen he captured and brought to justice.  Some ten years ago, a college professor named Art Burton wrote a terrific biography of Reeves but at the end of the book, for who knows what reasons, he put forth a ridiculous theory that Reeves’ exploits would later inspire Detroit radio writer Fran Striker and from that inspiration would come the Lone Ranger. Now all of this is pure fabrication and there is absolutely no proof whatsoever that Striker ever even heard of Reeves. But one has to wonder if Burton was purposely putting forth this ludicrous to cause sensationalism and thus bring more attention to his book and with that more sales. In other words, he was motivated to create a fairy tale out of pure greed.

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So why are we spending so much time on this topic?  Well, dear Loyal Airmen, last Fall NBC launched a new time travel adventure series called TIMELESS…and in next week’s Monday night episode, the heroes will travel back into the Wild West where they are going to encounter both Jesse James….and….wait for it….Bass Reeves.  Above is a still from that episode featuring actor Coleman Dominog as Reeves.  Now when the Air Chief watched this little 30 second trailer and immediately identified Reeves by the cross-handle guns on his belt, he was ecstatic with joy.  Why Hollywood has never made a Bass Reeves movie is totally beyond our meager brain capacity. It’s really a crime. Anyway, as the short clip opens, Reeves steps out onto the porch and the black series league suddenly smiles and yes, “Oh my, the Lone Ranger is a black man!”  And we just felt our hearts sinking.  Yup, the stupid writers of this particular segment have opted to ignore the truth and put forth the stupid myth.  Martin Gram, a good friend of the Air Chief, and an authority on old time radio, has researched extensively the history of both Frank Strike, radio station WXYZ and the creation of the Lone Ranger. His research is without reproach and NOWHERES in it is there any mention of Striker having been influenced by hearing the story of Bass Reeves. Earlier in the week, Martin wrote the head of NBC, explaining the fallacy of what they are doing and politely asking them not to perpetuate what is a lie…about a real, authentic, factual great man.  Comparing Bass Reeves to a radio cowboy hero does him and all of us a disservice.  History should be about the truth…always.

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One of our good friends is Christopher Chance of Texas. A few days ago he posted several pictures of men dressed up in classic hero costumes; sort of a Pulp Team Up that we thought was really fun. These guys did a great job on their costumes and we very much wanted to share it with all of you. Starting to left with the Green Hornet (we’re amazed that the mask is an exact double of the one featured in the cliff-hanger serials), then comes the bug-eyed character who the Air Chief can’t identify here. Then comes Lee Falks’ Phantom, Zorro and finally the Shadow. Now imagine a movie blockbuster featuring all these heroes together.

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Finally, we thought you enjoy a few sneak peaks at what’s on the Air Chief desk these days. At present, Airship 27 Productions’ Art Director Rob Davis is doing interior illustrations for writer Nancy Hansen’s second Jezebel Johnston Pirate Queen novel, Queen of Anarchy which we hope to have out soon.  And….

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…Fort Collins, graphic artist, Olivia Degaine has started doing breakdowns for the 8 pg fantasy comic strip we are doing together called “The Wooden Blade.” She is such a gifted artist and watching her bring our story to life is such a joy. We’ll let you know when its finished and in print.

And there you have it for another week, Loyal Airmen.  As ever, thanks for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out

MY PLAY NOW IN PRINT

  • On 13 Jan | '2017

Greetings Loyal Airmen, this week the Air Chief is going to promote a very special project. One that we’ve been sitting on for over a decade.  Way…way back in 2001 we wrote a 3 act play called “Where Love Takes You.” It was the true story of how our parents, George Fortier and Gabrielle Richer met in 1941 just prior to America’s entry into World War II. They has only started dating and the Dad was soon drafted and thus they were separated for four long years until his return home in 1945.  How their brand new romance somehow manage to grow in the interim, never mind survive at all, is the story of that special love.

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The play was produced in Aug by the Sanford Stage Company, a small community theater group in Sprinvale, Me.  They did three performance.  And that was it. Over the following years the Air Chief has always dreamed of seeing it done on stage again but really never got around to doing anything concrete about that.  Until this week, when, with the help of my partner at Airship 27 Productions, Art Director Rob Davis, we had the actual play published…see both cover above. That’s Mom on the front at age 17, the year she met Dad. That’s them on their wedding day four years later. The play is now on sale at Amazon in paperback and soon will also be available for Kindle. Again, Loyal Airmen, the hope is to have theater groups discover and then go on to produce it.  All fingers crossed.

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As for Airship 27 Productions first release of 2017, it’s a terrific new western novel by R.A. Jones called “Comanche Blood.” It’s the story of Civil War veteran turned bounty hunter Jason Mankiller and his adventures along the Texas frontier. Artist Christ Kohler provided the interior illustrations and Adam Shaw did the cover. A truly awesome book now available at Amazon in paperback and on Kindle.

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Brother Bones movie producers Erik Franklin and Daniel Husser are working the opening shot of the film, with an airship flying above Cape Noire. We are so psyched by this image. What a way to start a movie!

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As some of you will recall, a little over a year ago, the Air Chief wrote a Ravenwood Stepson of Mystery story for a new anthology title OCCULT DETECTIVES.  Well we are happy to announce that is now an audio available on-line from (www.Audible.com) The book includes our tale plus those from Joel Jenkins, Jim Beard and Josh Reynolds. The voice actor, Matthew Waldron, does a great job with these. We hope you’ll check it out.

And that’s it for this week, Loyal Airmen, as ever thanks for stopping by and be back next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!

OFF LIKE A ROCKET

  • On 6 Jan | '2017

Welcome Loyal Airmen to our first Flight Log of 2017.  Again, we hope all of you had a fantastic holiday season.  Winter has descended on Fort Collins this past week and the temps keep going up and down, proving how fickle Mother Nature always is.  Okay, on to some fun stuff, which will portent lots of great things coming down the road this year.

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Artist Silvestri Szilagyi, who is working with the Air Chief to do a graphic novel based on the Brother Bones movie screenplay, turned in another six page roughs this past week, above are pages 6 & 7 from that project. Again, these are just roughs.  His plan is to draw out completed the first 20 pages of our 130 page script and we will use those, as well as a few characters sketches, as a presentation package in our attempt to find a publisher willing to take on the project.  Keep your fingers crossed. Of course we are also sharing these roughs with the movie’s producers as they do make excellent storyboards as well.  We will keep you posted.

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Happily, Silvestre sent in more sketches, this time of some of the principle characters that appear in the movie/graphic novel.  All based on Rob Davis’ original drawings.  Those in color are by Rob, Silvestre’s the black and white sketches.  Here is his take on Judy, the prostitute who is murdered by Tommy Bonello, thus setting the entire story in motion.

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And here we have Trey Abelard, the mob informer.

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And of course the twin killers themselves, the Bone brothers, Tommy and Jack. The Air Chief is truly excited about this project but also weary of the challenge to find a publisher for it. Independent comics like this are a hard sell.  But rest assured we’ll give it our best shot.

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Whereas we are on a media theme here, we thought it would be appropriate to look at two other Airship 27 Productions titles that caught the attention of Hollywood last year.  A cable network agent approached author Robert Ricci about his west coast private eye, Rutherford Jones in regards to optioning the character for a possible TV series.  Meanwhile, Fred Adams Jr. met as yet another independent film producer interested in his horror/crime series Hitwolf. Both are of course tentative and these are simply initial feelers, but look at what it portents for the future of New Pulp. In one year, there was actual media interest in three of our titles, with Brother Bones leading the charge as it is moving ahead towards production. Whereas the expressed interest in Rutherford Jones and Hitwolf clearly indicates that Hollywood is discovering New Pulp and the great material it has to offer. What new titles will eventually grab their attention. The Air Chief truly believes the year ahead could be a very exciting one for the entire New Pulp community. Let’s make some dreams come true.

Ron – Over & Out!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  • On 30 Dec | '2016

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we pray all of you had a fantastic Christmas filled with love, friendship and some really cool Santa Surprises.  Last week the Air Chief showed you all the truly cool Black Beauty die-cast model given to us by pal James Gaubatz.  Well, the day before Christmas as yet another surprise Santa package arrived in the mail.

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It contained a beautiful letter bound journal made up like the old notebooks explorers would use on their travels around the globe. Truly a gorgeous item and the sender was our good friend, and super talented graphic artist, Michael Dorman. Michael and the Air Chief did a two part Black Bat – Domino Lady adventure for Moonstone Comics recently and with all fingers crossed, you’ll all be able to see those pages before the end of 2017. Meanwhile, upon seeing the journal, Valerie suggested we use it to keep notes from our conventions travels in the coming year and that was a splendid idea. Thus our first entry above. And Michael, thank you so very, very much.

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Another wonderful surprise popped up on Facebook when our good friend, and huge Brother Bones fan, sculpture Kenneth Stock of Denver, did up a mock Bones cover featuring the bronze statue he had done and given us as a gift earlier in the year. We did he did a truly super bang up job with it.

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With Christmas over, things slowly began to get back to some semblance of the routine and we decided to head to the local cinema to catch a movie.  What with all the hoople on the new Star Wars Rogue One, we opted to find something else to view wherein the theater wouldn’t be packed like a tin of sardines.  We chose Will Smith’s latest drama, Collateral Beauty and it was a truly wise move. This beautiful told story of life, love and death is clearly one of the best films of the year and the Air Chief cannot recommend highly enough. Smith is powerful as a grieving father trying to overcome the death of his six year old daughter. His marriage has fallen apart and he’s about to lose his advertising business and so his three best friends, played brilliantly by Ken Norton, Kate Winslet and Michael Pena, hatch an incredible scheme to rescue him. The cast also includes Helen Miren and Kiera Knightly among others and the story is simply heartfelt. Easily one of the finest movies about life with its many joys and tragedies. Everyone should see this movie and reflect on its simple but true message.

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As we wrap up this eventful year, we look at it as having been a truly good year what with our choice for President, Donal Trump, winning the election, the Chicago Cubs the baseball World Series and our amazing 70th birthday surprise party at the Rocky Mountain Con.  As we said, for the most part a great year. Of course it held its share of sadness as well. Lots has been made of all the celebrities who passed, but honestly those deaths really aren’t personal to us. What hurts is to lose family and real friends such as writer Mark Justice, who died back in Feb of this year.  We miss him terribly and it was an honor for us to republish in his last novel, The Dead Sheriff.

Speaking of publishing, we’re happy to report that Airship 27 Publications put out twenty-four titles in 2016. The record is twenty-six, but honestly, the Air Chief and his pal Rob Davis are thrilled with this output and we hope you Loyal Airmen are as well.  Now it’s time to look to the year ahead and what 2017 will have in store for us.  It looks like our first book of the new year with be R.A. Jones’ western COMANCHE BLOOD, which is a sequel to his earlier GUN GLORY which released back in 2015.  This book features the interior art of Chris Kohler, and super talented New Pulp creator and this marks his first ever work for Airship 27 Productions.  We’ve posted a peek at one of his pieces above.  After the western, our next pulp title should be the second in Nancy Hansen’s pirate queen saga.  Now that’s a book you don’t want to me.

And in that mix of activity, the Air Chief has a very special and personal project he hopes to see in print for the very first time.  We’ll tell you all about it within the first few weeks of 2017.  And there you have it, so long one year and welcome the next…with prayers and hopes.  We wish you all a glorious New Year.

Ron – Over & Out!

MERRY CHRISTMAS ONE AND ALL!

  • On 23 Dec | '2016

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, here we are only a day away from Christmas and the holiday spirit is all around us, what with Christmas cards, trees and all the other iconic symbols of this glorious time of the year.  Months ago, wanting to really get into the holiday festivities, Valerie bought us tickets to attend a new stage production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol being performed at the Lincoln Center here in Fort Collins. Since moving here almost eight years ago, we’ve always wanted to visit this magnificent theater and attend one of its presentation. This was our opportunity to do so in grand fashion, as A Christmas Carol has been one of the Air Chief’s favorite Christmas stories/movies. We knew seeing it live on stage would be something truly special.

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So this past Tuesday off to the Lincoln Center we went.  It was a sold out performance and lots of families with young children in attendance. The show itself was truly amazing.  Easily one of the finest interpretations of Dickens’ classic the Air Chief has ever had the pleasure of seeing. The entire cast was magnificent and the props and settings truly amazing.  The Ghost of Christmas Future was particularly daunting and scary.

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In the starring role of Ebenezer Scrooge was veteran actor Scott Severance. His ability to take the character and mug him broadly for the audience was genius and bordered on slapstick to offset the grimness of this cautionary tale. In fact so good was he at this exaggerated performance, he had the children in audience laughing aloud non-stop by the final act. They truly loved him. It was until the next day when the Air Chief sent Mr. Severance a note of high praise and thanks via the internet that we learned he’s from our home state of New Hampshire, residing in the wonderful seaport town of Portsmouth, only 18 miles from the Air Chief’s home town of Somersworth. It’s truly a small world indeed.  Mr. Severance led us to believe they have been touring the country with this show and should you have the opportunity to see it, we recommend you do not pass it up. This is what the season is truly all about.

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Once a week the Air Chief takes an afternoon break from work in the Hangar 27 offices to go out a get a cup of coffee with pals Todd Jones and James Gaubatz; two of the nicest people in the world.  So this past week, on our way out to he parking lot after our hourly get together talking all things movies, comics and TV shows, James asks us if we had any Black Beauty models at home; that being the name of the Green Hornet’s classic car from the 1960s TV series with Van Williams and Bruce Lee. To which we replied we did in fact have a Corgi die-cast Black Beauty packed away somewhere in our boxes of toys. At this James smiled, rushed over to his car, then back to me whereby he handed me the above Johnny Lightning die-cast Black Beauty he’d found at a toy store the previous week. Upon seeing it he picked it up for me just like that. And so the Air Chief was given as yet another early Christmas gift. What is the most touching about this little incident is the realization of how much a good friend thinks of us. That more than anything else demonstrates how truly blessed the Air Chief is with people James and Todd.  We truly pray all of you Loyal Airmen are thus blessed as well.

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While amid all this holiday running around etc., we actually managed to release as yet another book, the 9th in as many weeks. This one is QUATERMAIN – The New Adventures Vol Two short stories by Erik Franklin and Alan J. Porter with a novella by Thomas Kent Miller.  Clayton Hinkle provides the interior illos and Graham Hill painted that gorgeous cover you see above here. Now available at Amazon in paperback and soon on Kindle.

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Meanwhile Brother Bones movie producers Erik Franklin and Danile Husser have a posted a new video update on their Facebook page.  (https://www.facebook.com/fhentertainmentllc/?pnref=story) This has the Air Chief really excited.  Principle photography on the film will shoot in Seattle next summer. Stay tuned for more as it develops.

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And so we come to the end of this week’s Flight Log, Loyal Airmen, with a wish that despite the hustle and bustle of this fun time of year, come Christmas morning all of you will take a moment to bow your heads in prayer at the true miracle we celebrate; the birth of our dear savior/lord  Jesus Christ. He came to us as a babe in a manger to show us the Father’s immortal love for each and every one of us. He came to serve us in the name of that love as example for all men and women, to cherish the gift of life and to understand our greatest Christmas gifts are the people who surround us each and every day.

God bless each of your and your loved ones, from us here at Hangar 27, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Ron- Over & Out!

WE ARE 8 FOR 8!

  • On 16 Dec | '2016

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we trust you are enjoying the holiday season and hopefully have most of your important Christmas shopping done.  Yes, the stores out there are getting crazier with each passing day. Ha. And we at Airship 27 Productions have totally jumped into high gear as we put out one new book every week for the past eight weeks.  If that isn’t some kind of publishing record, the Air Chief has no idea what would be.

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Now that eight book is WINGS OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON by writer Barbara Doran.  Last year Barbara gave us a book called CLAWS OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON which took place in a small West Coast seaport and was filled with intriguing characters both human and magical. With WINGS, she goes backward in time to offer up a prequel showing us the origins of some of these people. Artist Gary Kato provided the interior illustrations and our ow Art Director Rob Davis the beautiful cover seen above.  As ever this can be found at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle.  So, will we make it 9 for 9 ? Stay tuned to find out.

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Of course one of the things we love is to see our super talented writers doing bookstore signings and this past weekend, prolific penman, Fred Adams Jr. appeared at the Rickert & Beagle Books in Pittsburgh. Check out all his amazing Airship 27 tables on his table.  Take my word for it, Loyal Airmen, Fred’s got tons of new books coming your way in 2017.  The guy is a virtual writing machine.

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The Senior Home where Mom resides, held their annual Christmas party this past week. Whereas Mom had a little cold, we thought she might skip.  Ha. The photo above was sent to us by one of the attendants who said Mom was in total good spirits and even made a point of greeting Santa.  For 92, the Air Chief wishes he had her energy and stamina. Way to go, Mom!!

And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen. Thanks as ever for stopping by and we’ll see you back here in seven days.

Ron – Over & Out!

NEW SHERLOCK HOLMES NOVEL

  • On 9 Dec | '2016

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, here we are full into the Christimas holiday season and if you’ve been to any of the major retail stores in the past week you’ll know just how crazy things are getting out there. Do be careful when out and about and do your best to keep your patience in check.  More than ever this is the season when good manners mean the most.

Okay, so the Airship 27 Productions’ Juggernaut keeps plowing ahead with the released of our seventh book in as many weeks.  You heard the Air Chief correctly, we’ve put out one book a week for the past seven weeks!  It is by far the best production record we’ve ever achieved.  The new book is a full length Sherlock Holmes mystery titled “The Picture of Innocence,” by Chuck Miller. In the tale, Holmes and Watson meet up with both Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde as they attempt to solve a truly bizarre mystery.  As ever, Chuck Miller delivers a really awesome story you won’t want to miss.  As ever it’s available at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle.  Now let’s see if we can make it eight for eight. Ha.

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Meanwhile among the batch of Christmas cards greetings coming into Hangar 27 Headquarters, we also received this wonderful picture of Norma Kay Justice holding up her copy of her late husband’s book.  By now all you Loyal Airmen must know the story of Mark Justice’s sad passing back in February of this year and how, before that horrible event, we had agreed to do a brand new edition of his amazing weird western thriller.  Well, we honored that promise for both Mark and Norma Kay.  We hope you’ll pick up a copy at Amazon. We really want this book to be a huge hit for the obvious reasons.

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On a truly sad note, actor Van Williams died a few days ago at the age of 82. Truly sad news. One of the greatest weekends I ever spent in my life was back in early 1990 when the entire crew of Now Comics Green Hornet comic series were guests at a two day show in Baltimore. But the main attraction was Van. So for two days straight, me, artists Jeff Jeffrey Butler and David Mowry got to hang with the handsome fellow who played Britt Reid, aka the Green Hornet on that classic, short lived ABC television series. Van was outgoing, super friendly and just plain fun to be around. He was a natural born storyteller and kept us all entertained with his tales of Hollywood and particularly his experiences on the Green Hornet series. I left that weekend knowing I’d made a new, special friend. R.I.P. Van, and thanks everything.

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 And here’s the latest on the Brother Bones movie from producers Erik Franklin and Daniel Husser. They now have figured out that the film will likely have a principal photography time of 11 or 12 days, not counting second unit photography and pickups.  They have started to post matte paintings of various locations in the movie. Daniel is working on a gorgeous matte painting of Mt. Serenity and Erik is working on the streets outside the bordello. They’ve posted a work-in-progress shot of one of the monastery hallways on their own website/FB page. (see above image) They have a large list of matte paintings that they will be executing and then showing the fans as they get closer to principal photography. They are almost done pricing the props and interviewing potential crew members to finalize a working budget.
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And lastly, here’s one more locale where the Brother Bones movie will be shot. It stands in for the Sunshine Hotel of Cape Noire…where a major action sequence transpires. Which one?  Now that would be telling.  We might suggest reading the book, especially the second story, “Shield & Claw.”
And that’s it for this week, Loyal Airmen, both the good and the sad. Thanks for stopping by as ever, and in the spirit of the season, go out and do something nice for someone. It will make both of you feel good.
Ron – Over & Out!