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BROTHER BONES AUDITIONS

  • On 2 Jun | '2017

Greeting Loyal Airmen, we are happy to report that things are moving ahead as planned for the Brother Bones movie and last week auditions were held in Seattle by producers Erik Franklin & Daniel Husser.

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Dozens of actors showed up and for two long days, Erik & Daniel, directed them through readings for many of the 20 speaking parts that will be required for the film. In the end, they pretty much filled most of their cast, with only a few left to find.  What was also exciting is that the sculpture finished the skull mask and now a seamstress-costumer is working on making Bone’s slouch hat. It was crucial to have the mask finished first so that the hat could be custom sized to work with it when donned by the actor.

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After only a few days deliberation, everyone on the team agreed we’d found our Brother Bones in Seattle based actor, David Stoker.  (See above.) David’s reading was fierce, bringing an intensity to his portrayal of the Bonello twins and ultimately being able to convey the grim presences of the Undead Avenger.  Upon hearing he’d been given the lead, David, himself a comic book/genre fan, was thrilled and has vowed to pour his heart and soul into the role. We’ve no doubt he will be fantastic and the Air Chief personally cannot wait to see him wearing the white skull mask.

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Meanwhile, after a long hiatus, Airship 27 Productions has finally released a new title and it is the third in Nancy Hansen’s amazing pirate saga, JEZEBEL JOHNSTON – SEA WITCH.  The hero continues her adventures living among the buccaneers and freebooters of the Caribbean.  The book features interior illustrations by our Art Director Rob Davis and a stunning cover by Denver’s own Laura Givens as seen above. Book is now available in paperback from Amazon and soon on Kindle. If you love seafaring, classic pirate stories, the Jezebel Johnston books were made for you.

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On other Brother Bones items, our good pal, Todd Jones, will be reprinting the short Bones comic strip, “Needle Justice” in the next issue of his own comic anthology series, “Wicked Awesome Tales,” and to highlight that fact, they adopted Rob Davis’ preview movie poster for their cover. Looks pretty sweet to us. Copies will be available at Todd’s table at this year’s Denver Comic Con next month.

And that’s it for this incredibly exciting week. Thanks for stopping by Loyal Airmen and we’ll see you back here in seven.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

THE GHOSTS OF VIETNAM

  • On 26 May | '2017

Greeting Loyal Airmen, this weekend American celebrate Memorial Day, the day set aside not so much to remember our veterans, as to remember specifically those men and women who gave their all for our great country and never came home.

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What a lot of people don’t know is that two days before leaving Vietman, in late June of 1968, the Air Chief had a vivid dream of being in the jungles and seeing an entire army of GIs all sitting around campfires, smoking, telling jokes and just enjoying each other’s company. Then a bugle sounded and they all stood, got into formation and marched away into the night. As they moved past us, we realized they were all the fallen and their pleas to us we’re simple enough, “Don’t forget us.” We woke up in a cold sweat and right there and then made a vow to never…ever forget them.

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This weekend, in honor of Memorial Day, the replica of the Washington Vietnam Wall, called the Traveling Wall, is in the Veteran’s Plaza here in Fort Collins.  It is as impressive as the actual Wall itself, with all 58,000 plus names on it.

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This is the Veteran’s statue that stands at the entrance to the plaza. A GI with a small child on his shoulders.  Indicative that American fighting men and women have always answered the call to aid the weak and the oppressed in the name of freedom.

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To help memorialize all those lost souls, the Veterans’ organization here in Fort Collins sent out an internet plea for volunteers to help read all the names.  The Air Chief, remembering his pledge, signed up and this afternoon, for thirty minutes, we read through a long..long list of names.  Names of sons, brothers, daughters, husbands and wives who never came home. But we did come home. Thus whenever anyone stops to thank us for our service, our reply is always the same, “You are welcome. It was an honor to serve our country.”  And this afternoon, it was a heartfelt honor to read those names. Rest in peace, my brothers and sisters in arms, we haven’t forgotten…and we never will.

Ron – Over & Out!

CHEYENNE WAS A BLAST

  • On 19 May | '2017

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, here we are with another Flight Log entry and this week we want to share some of the fun we had while up in Wyoming last weekend attending the Cheyenne Comic Con.  Honestly, Valerie and the Air Chief had a blast and met so many wonderful fans, both old and new. Above is a shot of us at our table after setting up Friday night. Once the doors were opened, place filled up really fast.

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Of course what would a comic con be without cos-players and celebrities and C3 had its share.  Above left, Valerie got this great shot of the Guardians of the Galaxy crew, from Rocket Racoon to Star Lord and the most amazing of all, Groot.  Person in that massive costume was simply amazing.  And speaking of both massive and amazing, our friend Calvin Hyland was thrilled to meet his own hero, the Incredible Hulk himself, actor Lou Ferrigno.  Our table was near the celebrity tables and we’re happy to tell you, Mr. Ferrigno was a gracious gentlemen who truly enjoyed meeting and chatting with all his fans.

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Off course the Air Chief wasn’t about having some fun as well as we hooked up with the insidious Marvel villain from Daredevil, the conniving Kingpin in his prison orange suit. This fellow was hoot and pretty much dared us to come out from behind the table to pose with him. Challenge accepted and met.

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Or course another staple of cons are the panels and even though we were not scheduled to do any at this particular show, we ended up filling in when the con promoters learned their guest for an hour panel had failed to arrive. So the Air Chief, along with pals Todd Jones (at middle) and Chad Blakely, volunteered to jump in and fill the hour with some informal banter about our careers etc. And we have to admit, it with those plush sofas and easy chairs on the stage, it was by far the most comfortable panel we’ve ever participated in.  Ha.

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Finally, as we write this log entry, Colorado has been hit with a snowstorm. The latest Spring storm on record.  Started out as rain early this morning (see pix above) and then turned completely to the white stuff. Suppose to go all night into tomorrow (Friday).  Tell me Mother Nature doesn’t have a sense of humor.

And that’s it for this week Loyal Airmen, as ever, thanks for dropping by.

Ron – Over & Out!

OFF TO CHEYENNE

  • On 12 May | '2017

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Greeting Loyal Airmen, and welcome to this week’s Flight Log. As you are reading this post, Valerie and the Air Chief are up north in Cheyenne, Wyoming for the big second annual Cheyenne Comic Con. If you are anywhere in the area this weekend, please, stop on by and join the fun.

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Last weekend, as all of you know was Free Comic Book Day and Valerie and the Air Chief spent the entire day at Fort Collins’ finest comic shop, Gryphon Games and comics, where the Air Chief met this adorable young Wonder Women.

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Many of our colleagues were also on hand like Todd Jones above …and…

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…the one and only Mike Baron of Nexus and Badger Fame. In all the event was so much fun and we guess well over 2,000 local comic fans were on hand to help us celebrate the fun of American Comics.

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Also present at the show was our friend, illustrator/painter, Jeff Herndon. We talked about the forthcoming Brother Bones movie now in production and before the you knew it, Jeff has signed on to do our official movie poster. Above are two samples of his amazing work. We can only imagine what a great Brother Bones poster he is going to whip up for us.

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And if all that wasn’t enough, we also had the above flyer on display announcing the big news that come this fall, the Air Chief will be teaching a class on writing comics and graphic novels as part of the Adult Continuing Education program at the Front Range Community College. This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and at long last is about to become a reality.

Finally, a Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there.  Ours, at 92, is still going strong and is an inspiration to our family.  Praying for God’s bountiful blessings on your Mom and all the Moms out there.

Ron – Over & Out!!

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

  • On 5 May | '2017

Greeting Loyal Airmen, this week’s Flight Log is centering heavily on what the Air Chief has been up to comic-wise, and believe there is quite a lot of fun projects to tell you about. So let’s dig right in.

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For the past few weeks artist Flavio Silva has been drawing an 8 pg Brother Bones primer which tells the origin of the Undead Avenger. This was being done for John Helmer’s Lucky Comics which you will able to download a digital copy for FREE tomorrow, Sat. 6th May by going to (www.luckycomics.com) Flavio’s artwork is amazing and a heads up, there eventually will be a full colored version of this mini-comic, but that’s for something else really, really special. To left about is the mock-up John was plastering all over the internet yesterday using an early sketch Rob Davis had done up. To the right is the finished art, which you’ll see when downloading this really special comic.

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Happily, Lucky Comics got the final cover in from Rob and here it is above.

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Now many of you know my comedy superhero character Mr. Jigsaw Man of a Thousand Parts had his start in the now defunct comic company, Charlton. For the past few years my good friend, Mort Todd, has been producing a wonderful full color giant comic called, “The Charlton Arrow.” In it he has reprinted several of our Mr.Jigsaw stories in full, glorious color. So when we learned Mort was in the process of putting together another issue, we had an idea approached artist Loston Wallace about it. Loston is an awesome artist and like the Air Chief, a Charlton fan so we were able to sell him on our idea of working together on a special 8 pager. Below his Mort’s official press release about that.

“VERY pleased to announce Loston Wallace will be drawing a Winnie the Witch horror tale for a future issue, written by Ron Fortier! The only thing that could be cooler is if Matt Webb colored it… oh, wait! He is! Also, the Charlton Neo editorial board would like to preemptively extend apologies to all who are offended by the following, excellent Colonel Whiteshroud, Monster Hunter illo by Loston.”

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And then there is a brand new project being helmed by James Ludwig and Dave Noe to resurrect the 60s Dell Comic heroes, most of which are now in public domain. In a series of big, fat books, these guys want to publish both strips and prose stories featuring these long forgotten characters. When Dave approached the Air Chief about this, we thought it was a totally fun idea and jumped right in. We done a 2,000 word Owl prose adventure and Rob Davis is providing the illustration to accompany it. The Owl was pretty much a second rate Batman for Dell, but still a weird, likeable character. We’ll keep you posted on when the book is out and available.

In other news, the PulpFest people announce this year’s nominees for their Munsey Award given out at their show annually. The Air Chief is among 17 nominees for this award that recognizes a person’s extra contributions to pulp fandom and the community as a whole. Forgive the faulty memory, but this could be the third time the Air Chief has made this list and we are extremely flattered by that. Our sincere thanks to all those kind souls who put our name up for consideration.

And that’s a wrap for this week, Loyal Airmen. Thanks as ever for stopping by and we’ll hook up again her next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

 

PULP FACTORY AWARD WINNERS

  • On 28 Apr | '2017

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, as you can see by the photo above, the Rob Davis and the Air Chief once again were part of the fun that is the Windy City Pulp & Paper convention that is held every Spring in Chicago. This year was no exception to the great show it was.

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Lots and lots of vendors were on hand to sell their treasures from old time paperbacks to….

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…classic pulps and the New Pulp variety as demonstrated by our pal, Tommy Hancock.  We saw so many of our old friends and as ever made lots of new ones.

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One of the people responsible for this great show every year is Doug Ellis, himself a collector of pulp art.  Here he is checking off a list of new acquired pieces.

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A Friday night Windy City tradition is a bunch of us heading out to a hamburger joint known as Fudruckers and this year six of us were chowing down together. on the left (from to back) is Van Plexico, Gene Moyers, and the Air Chief, while to our right (again front to back) Rob Davis, Wayne Reinagel & Tommy Hancock.)

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Of course one of the highlights of the show is on Friday night with the Air Chief and Rob get to announce this year’s winners of the Pulp Factory Awards and hand out their actual awards.  Winning for Best Pulp Cover was the amazing Michael Kaluta and his cover painting to Airship 27 Production’s “Towers of Metropolis.”

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Best Pulp Novel went to “Sentinels – The Dark Crusade,” by writer Van Allen Plexico and Best Interior Illustrations went to Chris Kohler who actually did the illos for this book.

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The Best Anthology went to “Singularity – Rise of the Post Humans,” from Pro Se Productions, edited by Jaime Ramos.  That’s Jaime to the right above.  And the Best Pulp Short Story went to writer David Michelinie for “Lord Pemberton’s Adjustment Service” which appeared in that very book.  David is on the left above, and of course standing proudly between them is Pro Se publisher, Tommy Hancock. Our heartfelt congratulations to all this year’s winners, they were all well deserved.

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With the con behind us, it is time to get back to work and Airship 27 Productions hits the ground running with our latest volume (# 9) of SHERLOCK HOLMES – Consulting Detective.  This one features a fantastic cover by the amazing Adam Shaw with stories by Aaron Smith, Erik Franklin, Fred Adams Jr. & Ian Watson. Our bestselling series to date, now available from Amazon and soon on Kindle.

And there you have it, Loyal Airmen.  Thanks again for stopping by and we’ll see you all back here next week.

Ron – Over & Out!

FAREWELL TO A FRIEND

  • On 21 Apr | '2017

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, by the time you read this, the Air Chief and his partner, Rob Davis, will be in Chicago attending the annual Windy City Pulp & Paper convention, which is one of the highlights of pulp fandom every year. We hope to see many of our Loyal Airmen on hand, as we’ve tons of great new titles to showcase.  So if you are attending the show, please do stop by and say hi.

On a sadder note, today, April 15th, we just learned of the passing of a really wonderful guy, a friend who was instrumental in helping the Air Chief attain his dream of becoming a comic book writer. When we came home from the army in 1968, we wanted to get back into comic collecting with the idea of learning the business.  We found several fanzines, amateur magazines made by young writers and artists with similar goals as ours.  The best of these was called THE COMIC CRUSADER and it was published by Massachusetts native, Martin Greim.  We sent away for it and became enthusiastic fans.  We soon were corresponding with Martin on a regular basis and he ended up publishing our interview with the then new pro artist Joe Staton. It was our first published comic related piece. A few years later, with Martin’s support, we attend a Boston comic con, met personally and cemented our friendship. Martin’s passing saddens us greatly. Rest in peace, old friend. God bless you for your kindness, friendship and encouragement along the way. Our deepest condolences to your family and legion of friends.  The photo above was taken long ago, about the time we knew each other.

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As a comic book writer, the Air Chief has had the pleasure of working with some of the best graphic artists in the world, including our Airship 27 Productions Art Director Rob Davis.  At present, Rob’s been working on a new, one shot comic project we put together a few years ago.  At the time we had another artist on board, but he had to bow out and Rob graciously opted to take on the drawing chores. The Air Chief couldn’t have been happier.  Of course with all his other responsibilities, Rob is chipping away at the project whenever he can and this past weekend turned in as yet another stellar completed page.  Thought showing it to you wouldn’t be giving away too much.  We will say its an action packed adventure featuring a classic pulp hero from the 30s.  When finished we will publish it via Rob’s Redbud Studio.  Enjoy the sneak peek.

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For all of you who stop by every week, you know we’ve been doing our best to keep you updated on the Brother Bones movie now in pre-production from Franklin & Husser Entertainment LLC.  Several weeks ago we displayed several pencil sketches turned in by movie sculpture Josh Tavena of Beardless Props.  Josh took his inspiration from the various pieces of published Brother Bones artwork including the above beauty by artist Pat Carbajal.  Well, as you can see via the image beside the drawing, Josh has completed work on the mask sculpture and all of us are terribly excited. He totally captured the true essence of Brother Bones. Next he will be molding the actual mask and painting it. This will be the mask worn by the yet cast actor who will portray our Undead Avenger in the film. We will continue to keep you all posted.

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Finally, in the hustle and bustle of the past few weeks, we totally forgot to tell you about this fantastic book that was just released two weeks ago. Last year writer Billie Rae Bates contacted the Air Chief to tell us she was writing what would be the most definitive book about the 1960s Green Hornet television. Her book would contain the history of the character from his radio start back at WXYZ in Detroit, to the two Universal Serials and then ultimately the TV show. Then the remainder of the book would deal with the affects that one season series had on fans, thus reaching out to creation of the 1990s Green Hornet comic series from Now Comics which we wrote. Billie and the Air Chief spoke on the phone for nearly two hours at the end of which, she promised that once the book was finished, we’d be getting a copy as thanks for our assistance. Well that book is now out, called, “LET’S ROLL, KATO, A Guide to TV’s The Green Hornet,” it is a whopping 481 pages and does everything Billie said it would. There is absolutely no facet of this wonderful television series left untouched, from the plots each episode, the bios of the producers and actors, it’s all here, in this truly amazing tome. Along with almost all our two hour conversation, whereas the Air Chief’s thoughts are scattered throughout the second half of the book.  Honestly, Loyal Airmen, if you are a real fan of the Green Hornet and Kato, we recommend you go out and buy a copy. It is something you will pick up time and time again.

And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen.  Hopefully once back from Chicago, we’ll have pix fro the con. Take care and as ever thanks for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out!

BROTHER BONES NEWS

  • On 14 Apr | '2017

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, by the time this new entry post, there hopefully will have been several new announcements concerning Brother Bones; one dealing with the movie in production and the other concerning as yet a new Brother Bones comic project.  The comic project refers to the agreement the Air Chief has made with Lucky Comics publisher John Helmer.  We’ve written an 8 pg origin primer John was to have finished and available for Free Comic Book Day, the first Sat of May. The artist for the series will be Argentinian artist Flavio Silva and there will be two different covers. Flavio will do one and Rob Davis the other. Above are two of Rob’s latest sketches featuring the Undead Avenger. Most likely one of these will be finalized as his cover. Stay tuned, we’ll be sure to keep you all posted.

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Airship 27 Productions’ latest title was released this past week as well. It is Volume 4 of MYSTERY MEN ( & Women) the anthology series which focuses on brand new pulp heroes created by today’s best writers. In this issue we four tales by B.C. Bell, Thomas Deja, Joel Jenkins and C. William Russette. Rob provides the interior illustrations while Zach Brunner’s spooky cover features Deja’s hero, the Ferryman.  Now available at Amazon in paperback and soon on Kindle. We hope you’ll check it out.

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Although we haven’t mentioned it lately, we’d like to remind all you Loyal Airmen that the good folks at Radio Archives continue to adapt all our fine Airship 27 novels and anthology books into audio books and make them available via Amazon through (www.Audible.com).  This past week alone they released, The Phantom Detective Vol One and Lance Star – Sky Ranger Vol 3.  Radio Archives voice actor readers are the best in the business and if you enjoy audio books on those long road trips or daily commutes, we’d hope you might check them out.  Again, simply got to (www.Audible.com) and write the words AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS and see what pops up.  You just might be pleasantly surprised.  This far all three Brother Bones have been done, with voice actor Scott Bennett and the first Captain Hazzard novel concerning the Air Chief’s own titles.

And that’s it for this week, Loyal Airmen.  Before signing off we’d like to wish all of you and your loved ones a wonderful and blessed HAPPY EASTER!!  As ever thanks for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out!

BASEBALL IS BACK!!

  • On 7 Apr | '2017

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Greeting Loyal Airmen, we’re thrilled this week as the 2017 Baseball season got under way this past Monday and our beloved Red Sox won their Fenway opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 – 3.  The Sox have a solid team this year and with the addition of pitcher Chris Sales to the rotation, joining David Price and last year’s Cy Young Award Winner Rick Porcello, it’s looking good from the pitchers mound. The team has a nice balance of super talented young players and some tested veterans to help guide them along. Anyway, hearing the cry of “Play ball!” always puts a smile on the Air Chief’s face. Summer is just around the corner now.  Bring it on.

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The one of the many comic projects the Air Chief is currently involved with is an 8 pg anthropomorphic fantasy adventure called “The Wooden Sword” and features a sword wielding ram named Raizee. The art is by a talented young lady named Oliva DeGaine, a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Graphics Arts.  She and her husband, Zane, met at the school and he also is an amazing artist. Was our good fortune that they moved here to Fort Collins last year and we finally crossed paths. Now they are both involved with our involved comics community and in one of those meetings, Olivia and the Air Chief started talking about working together. The result of that was “The Wooden Sword” and believe me, we are thrilled with how beautiful she is bring it to life. We’ll keep you posted as to when it is completed and where it will see print.

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And here’s some more wonderful comics news. In the past couple of years. the Air Chief and his pal, Bill Gladman, have written three comic books featuring Detroit private eye, Simon Pryce under the series title, “Price For The Asking.” The plan all along was to do the three individual titles and then collect them all. Well Redbud Studio owner/managing editor Rob Davis has finally brought that about as you can see by the gorgeous cover above, which he did by the way.  We opted to change the title for the collection and with fingers crossed the book will be available at Amazon by the end of this weekend.  Besides having been written by Bill and yours truly, the artist involved were Brian Latimer, Rob and Barry McClain and the book also contains two prose short stories. If you are a fan of private eye mysteries, we hope you’ll give this a look-see.

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Finally we’re in the final stages of completing issue # 15 of our Mr. Jigsaw Man of a Thousand Parts comic series. This issue will be feature a great cover by artist Darren Goodhart and here’s a sneak-peek at his early pencils. Hopefully the finished book will be available in just another couple of weeks. Stay tuned.  And as ever, thanks for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out!

THE PEOPLE YOU MEET

  • On 31 Mar | '2017

Greetings Loyal Airmen, and welcome back to our last Flight Log of March. Amazing just how fast time is flying by, isn’t it?  We want to kick off this week’s entry with something truly special.

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Last the world of pulp fandom lost one of its most affable and loving souls, writer-editor Robert Weinberg. A few months back, Doug Ellis, a good friend of Bob’s had the idea of putting together a tribute book which would include many of Bob’s past essays on collecting authentic pulp artwork. At the same time Doug invited folks with personal memoirs of Bob to write them up and send them along for inclusion. The Air Chief hasn’t often spoken about exactly how we found ourselves involved with pulps. That story indeed revolves around Bob Weinberg and so we sat down and wrote a small two page report on how it was Bob got us involved with pulp fandom, introduced us to a fantastic new world of literature which in the end resulted in the birth of Airship 27 Productions. We are proud to say that little essay is a part of this new book. And isn’t that cover by Douglas Klauba fantastic. That’s Bob and his wife Phillis in a Weird Tales homage. The book will be on sale at this year’s Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention and you can bet the Air Chief will be the first in line to buy a copy.

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Whereas things have been slow the past few weeks on both the pulp and comics front, one thing the Air Chief is truly excited about this start of the new baseball season in just a few more days. And our beloved Red Sox look to be fielding a really talented squad this year, building on their rookie position players and having added a quality pitcher like Chris Sale to an already solid rotation.  So it was kind of fun to see the above photo plastered up on Facebook this week…and we just had to share it with you as how to wear a proper cap has been a pet peeve of ours for a long-long time. And that illustration above nails it perfectly, all bills should be rounded comfortably in this manner…whereas the flat bill looks stupid, as if the wearer has no clue as to what he is doing.  And you’ll note it is very much ONLY young pitchers who go the flat bill route as if it is some kind of rebel statement they are making to the world at large. Sorry youngsters, again, all you are doing is showing a real lack of cool.  Nuff said.

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Finally we wanted to leave you with a really awesome drawing of all the classic Universal Monsters done by our good buddy artist Jeff Butler.  Jeff is such an amazing talent and it was the Air Chief’s joy to work with him for several years on Now Comics Green Hornet series.  Jeff now teaches art a college in the midwest and he’s obviously still has creative as ever.

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

Ron – Over & Out.