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A CORRECTION

  • On 22 Jul | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen, in our enthusiasm to share the news of colorist Matt Webb joining me and artist Cesar Feliciano on our “Jin & Tonik” comic project, we posted an old Gargoyle poster we thought Matt had colored for pal Dario Carrasco. As it turned out, he had not.

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Matt graciously corrected us. The cover with the logo is not his work. His work is on brilliant display on the alternate cover to the right above. As to who it was colored the one on the Wicked Awesome Tales cover, we do not know. If you’ve that info, do send it along.  And Matt, sorry for the goof. We are still psyched to have you on board, amigo.

JIN & TONIK

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Over two years ago, artist Cesar Felciano wrote us saying he had this idea for a series about two assassins; one Chinese and the other Russian. He called it “Jin & Tonik.” We signed on, read his outline and then after a lengthy phone conversation wrote the first issue. It ran 39 pages long. Cesar merely shrugged and said, “Tell the story you way it needs to be told.” And here, at long last is that final page of issue # 1. Now Cesar takes a deep breath as both of us wait to see what magic colorist Matt Webb is about to do to this pages.

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And here we go. Pg 1 now completely colored. From Cesar’s amazing artwork to depth of mood and atmosphere that Matt’s brilliant colors convey. This is why we love comic books.  Oh, yeah.

BEYOND THE STARS Issue # 2.

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Artist Andrea Bormida continues to plow through issue # 2 of our sci-fi series, “Beyond the Stars.” Above are his pencils and inks for Pg # 9.

BOSTON BOMBERS Vol 2

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Artist Rob Davis turns in Pg # 7 of “Boston Bombers” Vol 2 Issue # 1. This page ends the African prequel and segues into the 1970s in this alternate world adventure. Rob’s detailing is priceless as always.

GETTING READ FOR PULP FEST!

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Under the direction of Chief Engineer Rob Davis, the ground crew at Hangar 27 has been really busy getting Airship 27 ready for our flight to Pittsburgh and Pulp Fest at the start of Aug. We’re loading tons of books and hope to see lots of your pulp pals there. Only two weeks left.  Wow.  And that wraps this week’s Flight Log Loyal Airmen, as ever thanks for stopping by, stay cool, and God bless.

Ron – Over & Out!

WE HAVE A COLORIST!!

  • On 15 Jul | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen, lots of great news to share with all of you this week, so let’s get to it.

JIN & TONIK –

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With issue # 1 of JIN & TONIK reaching completion by artist Cesar Feliciano, a few weeks ago the Air Chief began a hunt to find a top notch comic colorist to join our creative team and turn what had started out to be a black and white project into one that would be done in full color. Cesar’s pages were all but demanding color, they were so beautiful. And yet this quest seemed harder than we’d imagined and we kept hitting dead ends. It was as if there was no one out there willing to take a chance on our spy thriller. Then, out of the blue, our good friend, fellow writer Todd Jones asked if he could reprint the Gargoyle story we’d written for artist Dario Carrasco in his latest addition of his black and white anthology title, Wicked Awesome Tales # 13.

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Both the Air Chief and Dario agreed and Todd went ahead with his plans. At the same time he got to use Dario’s old color cover. Upon seeing that cover, the Air Chief recalled it had been colored by Matt Webb; one of the best colorist in comics. Matt has been coloring comics for more than twenty-five years, and has worked for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and just about every publisher in the first half of the monthly Diamond Comics catalog, Previews. Influenced by greats like Jack Kirby and Jim Starlin, Matt’s colors have graced hundreds and hundreds of issues since he began working in the field. A great fan of classic monster films and comics, he often works with artist Neil Vokes, and has recently been providing colors for the very cool retro publisher Atomic Comics.

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So we took a chance, messaged Matt via Facebook and asked if he might be willing to sign on to join the JIN & TONIK team…and much to our delight, he said yes. Above are two samples of his first work on our characters, Sammy Jin and Darya Tonikova from early pin-ups Cesar had done long ago and recently retouched. To say were thrilled to have Matt aboard would be an understatement. His brilliant colors are so going to elevated Cesar’s magnificent artwork. Stay tuned, Loyal Airmen, things are heating up fast on this one.

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And to give proof to that last statement, Cesar this week turned Pg # 38.  He’s only one page left and issue # 1 is complete artwise. Now it’s up to Matt to do his magic and then we get it all lettered up. This is going to be one great comic when finished.

THE GREEN HORNET & KATO

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One of the joys of writing the adventures of the “new” Green Hornet and Kato was that artist Jeff Butler and the Air Chief got to invent the characters of Paul Reid and Mishi Kato. The idea of a female Kato had first been suggested to me by another comic artist, Steve Erwin. Originally we wrote our proposal for the new Hornet with Steve on board as our partner. By the time Now Comics took the idea and sold it to the then Licensor, Steve had started working for DC comic and was unable to do GH. So we tagged Jeff Butler who we knew was a huge GH fan and the rest, as they say, was history. Imagine our surprise last week when we open our e-mail one day to find a sketch of these characters by our pal, artist Mike Belcher. See above here. Mike not only did a fantastic drawing of Paul & Mishi, when posting it to Facebook pages, he wrote a intro detailing his love of the series from when he was a teenager. In looking at the piece, the we were once again reminded of a crazy notion we’ve been kicking around for the past several years; that of writing a prose novel bringing back these two beloved characters. Re-uniting them, if you well, and picking up where the Now series ended so abruptly. We even spoke with Moonstone Managing Editor Joe Gentile about the idea and back then he’d expressed an interest. What do you think, Loyal Airmen, should we being back Paul & Mishi…or not? Let us know what you think. And Mike, thanks a million.

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Things have been super busy at Hangar 27 as we’ve released three new titles in the past five days. Last Friday saw the release of our 5th volume “Bass Reeves – Frontier Marshal” with stories by Michael Panush, Thomas McNulty, Gary Phillips and Mel Odom. Art Director Rob Davis provided the interior illustrations and the cover was done by artist Warren Montgomery. Then on Sunday morning we released the horror novel, “The Last Days of Poe” by writer R.A. Jones. Artist Chuck Bordell did interior illustrations with Adam Shaw turning in that amazing cover. Finally Monday morning saw the release of yet another R.A. Jones’ novel, “Caged Fury.” This is the third in his Jason Mankiller bounty huntre series. Artist Chris Rawding provided the cover and Neil T. Foster the interior illustrations. All three books are now at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. We hope you’ll check them out and as ever, Loyal Airmen, heartfelt thanks for your continued support.

And that’s it for this week Loyal Airmen. As ever thanks for stopping by, stay cool and God Bless.

Ron – Over & Out!

ENGAGE…ENGAGEMENT!!

  • On 8 Jul | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen, the big news this week concerns our beloved Family. Read on.

BOSTON BOMBERS Vol 2

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Artist Rob Davis just delivered Pg # 6 of Issue # 1 of this second volume…and as ever it is simply gorgeous. A friend over on Facebook, upon seeing it, asked where he could purchase the comic. We replied that we are still a long ways from wrapping up this issue #1. When we do, it will most likely be published via Rob’s own Redbud Studio at which time we’ll let everyone know it is available and how to order a copy. Meanwhile, do keep in mind, if you are at all interested in the project via the pages we’ve been posting, you really do need to read Volume One…for the story to make any sense. And that (as seen above to the right) is available from Amazon. Reading Volume Two cold doesn’t work.

Zorro’s Exploits Now Out!

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As we are sure many of your remember from a week’s ago, we announced we’d written a story for the new Zorro anthology from Bold Venture Press – “Zorro’s Exploits.” Ours in one of 17 stories in this great book. We’ll we are happy to announce the book has been published and is now available from Amazon in both paperback and hardback. We hope you’ll check it out. We were so thrilled to be able to write a story of this classic pulp hero.

BEYOND THE STARS # 2 –

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Above is artist Andrea Bormida’s completed Pg # 8 from the second issue of Beyond the Stars. First is the roughs and then final inks and colors. For all of you who helped support and make our Kickstarter Campaign a success, keep in mind comics (including issue # 1) will ship this month.

LANCE STAR – SKY RANGER

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Only a few weeks ago we announced that Pulp Factory Award winning artist Clayton Murwin had signed on to do the illustrations and cover for writer Bobby Nash’s (himself a PF Award winner) first ever Lance Star Sky Ranger novel called “Cold Snap.” Not only has Clayton begun work on the interior pieces, he took a moment to do up a terrific new Lance Star piece. (Above left.) Though not the official cover, we loved it so much and had to share it with all of you. Stay tuned for more updates, and thanks Clayton. That piece would make a great print/poster. Hint – hint. Oh, and a reminder, there are already 4 Lance Star Sky Ranger anthologies still available at Amazon. Above Right is the cover to Vol one.

GREAT FAMILY NEWS –

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And as we said at the start of this entry, here is the best news ever!!! Cora our grand daughter and her boy friend of eight years, Calvin became engaged over the weekend. He proposed, after asking her father for his permission and gave Cora his late grandmother’s ring. God bless them. No concrete wedding plans yet. Will most likely be scheduled for some time in 2023. Valerie and the Air Chief, and all family members, are so happy for them.

And that’s a wrap for this week, Loyal Airmen. As ever thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Ron – Over & Out!

HAPPY 4th OF JULY

  • On 1 Jul | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen, in a few days our country will celebrate the 4th of July and the Air Chief thought it might be a good way to kick off this Flight Log with our latest Press Release from Airship 27.

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AWARD WINNING ARTIST JOINS LANCE STAR TEAM

Airship 27 Production is happy to announce that one of this year’s Pulp Factory Award winning artists is joining the Lance Star team. Clayton Murwin, winner of the Best Pulp Cover for Pulp Realities Vol 2, will be the solo artist for Airship 27 Production’s first full length Lance Star novel, “Cold Snap” as written by another Pulp Factory Award winner, Bobby Nash. Murwin will do all nine interior illustration and the full color cover. Overall book design will be multi award winner, Art Director Rob Davis.

“As you can see, we’ve assembled an all star team,” reports Airship 27 Managing Editor, Ron Fortier. “Over the years Lance Star has become one of New Pulp most popular hero all thanks to Bobby. Now, at long last, he and his Sky Rangers fly into a full length adventure at the top of the world and we couldn’t have a better artist on board for this thrilling book thank Clayton Murwin.”

“Lance Star – Sky Ranger : Cold Snap” is expected to be released later this year.

JIN & TONIK –

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Meanwhile ace artist Cesar Feliciano turns in Pg # 37 of our new spy thriller JIN & TONIK. Only two more to go and issue one is complete. At least artwise. Next comes letters and then, hopefully with all fingers crossed, we can find someone to color this project. To date the Air Chief has struck out in his attempts to find a talented colorist. If you know anyone with those skills willing to be a part of our team, which means no cash up front, we share profits AFTER the book is published, then by all means have them contact the Air Chief immediately. Thanks.

THE GARGOYLE –

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What seems like ages ago now, my pal, artist Dario Briton Carrasco created a character called The Gargoyle who operated out of Boston in the early 1950s. He asked us to write several comic scripts featuring the characters and we ended up penning three. There was going to be a graphic novel, but it never came to fruition. Over the years, all three of those shorts have been printed in various black and white anthologies, the latest being Wicked Awesome Tales # 13 from by friend Todd Jones. The issue will make its first appearance at this coming weekend’s FanExpo in Denver. be sure to stop by Todd’s table and pick up at copy.

AMK Comics –

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One of the Air Chief’s current favorite independent comics is Mike Belcher’s excellent full color series, “The Man in the Mask.” It has some of the best writing in comics today and the art is classic old school Golden Age graphics. We can’t rave enough about the series. Well this past week the mailman not only delivered the third issue but also a brand new AMK comic, this one done completely by Mike’s son, Aiden Belcher. Aiden,who grew up loving comics learned from his dad how to color and letter and did that task on “The Man in the Mask” books for several years. Now he’s written and completely illustrated four stories, each from various genres, and slap them together as “Timeless Tales.” This is a real fun comic book and we loved it. Should you be at all interested in checking them out and supporting this great father and son team, head on over to their web page. (http://www.amkcomics.com/)

And that’s it for this week, Loyal Airmen, as ever thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!

JIN & TONIK

  • On 24 Jun | '2022

Greeting Loyal Airmen, looks like summer is racing onward at breakneck speed and the Air Chief is doing his best to keep up.

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Artist Cesare Feliciano turned in Pg # 36 of this comic project. Only two more pages and issue number one, in regards to the art, is completed. That leaves lettering and coloring. We’re still on the hunt for a talented colorist, so if any of you Loyal Airmen know of such, send them our way. Please.

RAIZEE THE RAM –

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Artist Olivia DeGaine is moving at warp-speed to wrap Raizee’s latest adventures for issue # 2 of our Wooden Blade series. Will be really anxious to see these pages completed and what she whips up for a cover. She’s doing such a great job with this series.

BEYOND THE STARS Issue # 2

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From rough layouts to colors, artist Andrea Bormida delivers Pg # 7 of the second issue of “Beyond the Stars.” We so love his work.

A SNEAK PEEK –

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As this week’s log isn’t as loaded as previous entries, we thought we’d end it with giving all you Loyal Airmen a sneak peek at two of Art Director Rob Davis’ new illustrations for the current “Bass Reeves – Frontier Marshal Vol 5″ now in production. This, as the previous four volumes in the series, has four new adventures featuring the greatest western lawman who ever lived. Rob, like the air chief, is a western buff and especially enjoys illustrating this series. As we’ve mentioned before there is at along last going to be an actual Bass Reeves mini-series for television created by writer/director Taylor Sheridan and coming from Paramount. Let’s hope the get it right.

And that’s a wrap for this week Loyal Airmen, as ever, thanks for stopping by and God bless.

Ron – Over & Out!

A TRADING CARD

  • On 17 Jun | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen, as we move closer to the month of July and the mailing out of the Silverline sci-fi giant comic, of which our “Beyond the Stars” was a part, we’re excited as to the several Stretch Goal items that became available. None more so than the BTS trading card.

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Artist Andrea Bormida and our letterer, artist Mike Belcher worked together to design this special card that all who donated to the campaign will receive with their comics. It features three of the Science-Warriors from the story, Aa-Naal, Kal and Is-Brt. Gonna be a great collectible.

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Meanwhile BTS artist Andrea Bormida continues work on issue two. Above is his early pencil roughs for pg # 8. Once again, he captures the Air Chief’s script beautifully, bringing all the action and drama to magnificent visual live.

THE BOSTON BOMBERS Vol 2 –

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Airship 27 Art Director and supreme artist, Rob Davis turns in pg # 5 of Boston Bombers Vol 2. After several pages of detailing the Roman Legion exploring Africa, he turns his artistic eye to a wall of Masai warriors. Things are heating up, Loyal Airmen.  Oh yeah.

YOKAI –

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Airship 27 Production is thrilled to announce the release of “Yokai.” Continuing the further adventures of  Space hauler, Captain Tony Michaels and his alien co-pilot/partner, Jiin of Tz-en. Ted Hammond delivers the stunnng cover above and artist Don Simpson, the creator of the comedy super-hero Megaton Man does the wonderful interior illustrations.With this series, Carey has recaptured that old world space opera magic made popular by writers like E.C. Tubb, Andre Norton and Jack Vance. Available now from Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. As ever Loyal Airmen, thanks for your continued support.

RAIZEE THE RAM –

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Artist Olivia DeGaine continues to work on completing our THE WOODEN BLADE # 3 featuring our sword wielding hero, Raizee the Ram. Her hope is to have the issue completed by the Fort Collins Comic Con which happens in Aug. All fingers crossed.

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So look what showed up in the mail; my copies of my latest graphic novel, BLACK LION. A full color book available at Amazon, Loyal Airmen.

PODCAST # 85 –

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As many of you Loyal Airmen are aware, the Air Chief and Art Director Rob Davis do a regular video podcast on You Tube. We’ve been doing it for several years now telling folks what we are up to with Airship 27 Production. This past week we recorded episode # 85. Check it out, it’s less than an hour of madcap fun and two really crazy jokes.  Go to link. (https://www.youtube.com/feed/library)

And that’s it for this week Loyal Airmen, thanks ever for stopping by and we’ll see you back here next Friday. Till then, take care and God bless.

Ron (Over & Out)

 

BLACK LION GRAPHIC NOVEL

  • On 10 Jun | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we kick of this week with something truly special and a long time coming.

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As many of you already know from past entries, long ago the Air Chief was involved with writing a Rambo comic series for an outfit called Blackthorn Comics. Sadly it failed after only one issue, all of which we relate in detail in our memoirs book. Ultimately several decades later we were able to alter those four scripts and created a new hero, Jamal Lyons, a former Navy Seal codename Black Lion. Then about three years ago we hooked up with former Army Sergeant Kevin Johnson and began producing the this four issue mini series via Rob Davis’ Redbud Studio. Last fall we released the 4th and final issue.

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And now the Air Chief is proud to announce the release of the series as a collected graphic novel from Amazon. See covers above. Aiding Kevin and the Air Chief in putting this all together were colorist Arrick Church and letterer Warren Montgomery. Artist Shannon Hall did the cover. The book is over a hundred full color pages of action and adventure. And we’ve added a bonus section in the back, being the actual chapter from our memoirs which recounts how and why the Rambo book failed and eventually rose again to become Black Lion. We hope all you Loyal Airmen head over to Amazon and check it out. As ever thanks for your support and patience. Right now the Air Chief is wound for sound.

JIN & TONIK –

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Artist Cesar Feliciano continues the birth of Darya Tonikova with Pg 35 of issue # 1 of our new spy action thriller. The book itself will be a total 0f 38 pgs when completed. We are still on the hunt for a top notch colorist to complete our production team. Keep in mind, there is no up front money for this project as it is Cesar’s plans to fund the comic via some kind of on-line funding program. Still, these pages beg for colors and the Air Chief is keeping all fingers crossed we’ll find someone soon.

GRADUATION TIME –

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In the past months schools at all levels have been conducting graduation ceremonies to honor their students’ achievement. Here, the Valerie & the Air Chief were thrilled to congratulated our granddaughter Cora on receiving her Associate Degree in Business Administration from the local community college. She was an honor student and all of us are so proud of her. Left to right above, Val, Cora, Cora’s mom Nicole and the Air Chief. Son Alan snapped the pix. Cora hopes to eventually enter Colorado State University to complete her four year studies.

HE CREATED TRIBBLES –

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Arguably one of the best, and funniest, episodes of the original Star Trek TV series was “The Trouble with Tribbles” written by sci-fi author David Gerrold. We remember reading about Gerrold and his career in the pages of the then new genre monthly, “Starlog.” Beside working on ST, Gerrold also wrote for such sci-fi series as “Sliders” and “Babylon 5.”  Last week, while at the local comic shop with pal Todd Jones, we learned that Gerrold would be coming through Fort Collins on Wed the 8th and stopping to visit a friend who lives here. Todd worked quickly to set up a store-signing and it all happened today. He invited the Air Chief to tag along and we were only too happy to do so. David Gerrold showed up right on time at 11 a.m. and for the next three hours regaled us with dozens of great stories from his amazing career. He is one of the most personable souls we have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

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Among all the books on his table, was the one above (left) with the behind the story of that famous Star Trek episode # 44. We had him autograph it, which he gladly did. Then later, before he had to leave, we had this shot taken together. Sincerely, David Gerrold is a truly wonderful human being and blessing upon blessing, today the Air Chief made a new friend.

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As if meeting one of the finest sci-fi writers in the world wasn’t enough fun for one day, the Air Chief returned home later that day to discover for the second year in a row Airship 27 Production was nominated for the PulpFest Munsey Award. This is the award given out every year at PulpFest and named after pulp pioneering publisher Frank Munsey. The award is given to folks who’ve made positive contributions to pulp history and fandom. In the nomination both yours truly and Airship 27 Art Director Rob Davis are named for our efforts with New Pulp to keep pulp literature and its fandom alive. We are flattered and extremely honored by this recognition and want to thank those people who nominated us and wish all the nominees congratulations. They are John Betancourt, Richard Bleier, Henry G.Franke III, Chris Kalb, Rick Lai, William Patrick Murray, Gary Phillips, Sheila Vanderbeek, Howard Wright and Dan Zimmer.

And that’s it for this week, Loyal Airmen. As can see it was a very eventful one at that. Thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you all here next Friday. God bless.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

 

JIN & TONIK HEATS UP

  • On 3 Jun | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen, and welcome to June. A couple of our current comic projects are moving along nicely and we’ve another great drawing from artist Andrea Bormida featurning cast of Beyond the Stars. But first, a certain sword wielding Ram deserves our attention.

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At the same time, our dear friend and awesome artist, Olivia DeGaine continues work on wrapping up issue # 2 of our Raizee the Ram series, The Wooden Blade.  Above to left is the now familiar cover to issue # 1, and to the right is her progress on Pg 7 of the second issue. She’s as always doing a fantasic job and we can’t wait to see the final book.

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And super draftsman Cesar Feliciano just completed Pg # 34 of our JIN  & TONIC\K first issue. This one dramatically presenting for the first time ever, Russian super soldier, Darya Tonikova…in her embryonic artificial womb.  Talk about a money-shot. While to the right is an old sketch Cesar had done up way back in 2018 when this project was also in its infancy. We are still on the hunt for a super talented colorist to join out team. Stay tuned, Loyal Airmen.

BEYOND THE STARS –

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Those of you who were so generous to support the Kickstarter campaign for this comic, will know that one of the very first Stretch Goals to be met was that a Beyond the Stars trading card would be produce and go out to everyone who pitched in.  Above is the finished image for the card, which is now in its final stages of production. It features Master Scientist Ar-Nall with Cyborg Science Warrior IS-Brt (0n left) and Chief Science Warrior Kal (on the right). There will be added logo on this front and text on the back. Gonna be a nice collectible when finished. Oh, yeah.

A PUZZLE OF SORTS

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So we are digging through the image files on very old CD disc this past week when the Air Chief stumbles upon the cover above…and started wondering what it was? Obviously it has our name on the cover, but boy are the memories vague. Seems like ages ago, the late publisher of Caliber Comics, Gary Reed, approached us about writing a series of Cavewoman issues. Cavewoman was/is the brainchild of comic creator Bud Root and at the time, very, very popular. So we said,”Sure, why not.” We established a correspondence with Bud which led to the both of us agreeing to go to a Monster Convention in Baltimore that year. We shared a room and got to know each other. The other thing we remember about that show was finally getting to shake hands with the great Forrest Ackerman of Famous Monsters of Filmland.  Then some time after our return home to New Hampshire we apparently did write a script which Gary then had an artist named Rick Burcham illustrate it and that’s it above. Dang, but we have absolutely no recollection of the script itself or if we even have any copies of this comic. All too weird. Guess we’ll have to go digging into the boxes one of these days. It’s what happen when you’ve written as many scripts as we have.  Hmm, we wonder. Any of your Loyal Airmen remember this one at all?

That’s it for this week, as ever, thanks for stopping by and God Bless.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

SPRING SNOW

  • On 27 May | '2022

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, as the Air Chief begins this log entry, it is Sat morning May 21st and yesterday we had snow descend on the Rocky Mountain State. This morning, the view of the white covered foothills behind our home in Fort Collins is truly beautiful. Still, let’s hope Mother Nature has finally said THE END to this cold stuff. Three days ago it was 86 degrees here. Please, let’s get back to that again.

KICKSTARTER OVER!!!

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Those of you who follow this Flight Log know last we reached our Kickstarter Goal for our new comic BEYOND THE STARS # 1 being published by Silverline Comics. It was so amazing to see just how love and support we received for this project and on behalf of the entire BTS team, yours truly and artists Andrea Bormida and Mike Belcher, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts and God bless you all. As planned, published comics will beginning shipping to people in July. No worries, we’ll totally keep you all posted.

WE GET BOOKS –

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As many of your Loyal Airmen already know, we write an internet review column. Look up at top of this page and find the link to Pulp Fiction Reviews.  Been doing it for almost twenty years now. So obviously we get lots…and lots of books from publishers big and small. Imagine our surprise when a box showed up in the mail last week with five ARCs. That stands for Advance Reading Copy, which generally means it has been mailed out before it was proof-read to reviewers in hopes of getting early review responses. These five were courtesy of the British publisher Titan Books and although it is impossible for us to review every single book we get (not enough hours in a day..Loyal Airmen) in looking at these, for sure two will be popping up in my blog, possibly even three. Stay tuned, and please, do stop by my Pulp Fiction Review blog. You may find a treasure or two there.

THE BOSTON BOMBERS –

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Partner and amigo, Rob Davis wrapped up Pg 4 of The Boston Bombers Vol 2 the other day and send it along. We love Rob’s artwork and are thrilled to see this project coming along. Likewise –

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Above is Pg # 33 of issue # 1 of this modern day action thriller with art by the gifted Cesar Feliciano. Ever memory serves us correctly, Cesar has only three more pages to wrap up this premier issue. Then we will be discussing publishing options…and hopefully looking for a colorist to join our team.

AIRSHIP 27 NEWS

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Just over a year ago we published a sci-fi adventure novel by Wayne Carey entitles “El’Aris” which was to be the first in a years starting freight captain Tony Michaels and his alien co-pilot, Jiin of Tz-en. See cover above to left. Now Carey’s second in the series, called “Yokai” is in the final stages of production and this one features interior illustrations by the very popular cartoonist and creator of Megaton, Don Simpson. That’s one above at right. Happily, Ted Hammond, who did the cover to “El’Aris” is returning to do the cover on this new book.

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Finally over the past four to five years, the Air Chief and artist Kevin Johnson have been publishing the adventures of Jamal Lyon, an ex-Navy Seal whose code name is Black Lion. We’ve finished the story with book # 4 and are now in the process of collecting them all in one volume which will be published via Amazon. Soon as it is available there, we’ll give you the link. Thanks ever to all you Loyal Airmen who have supported the series.

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

Ron – Over & Out

 

KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN ENDS

  • On 20 May | '2022

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we are beginning this new Flight Log on May 14, nine days before the BEYOND THE STARS Kickstarter Campaigns ends. As of this writing, we are still $1,500 short. Will we make it? Whereas we don’t have a crystal ball to see into the future, let’s check out other things going on in the Air Chief’s projects and we’ll get back to this agenda as the week progresses.

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The amazing artist Cesar Feliciano has turned in Pg # 32 of our spy thriller. Basically what’s happening the page here is a shotgun wedding Soviet style. Believe us, Loyal Airmen, his final pages for issue # 1 will blow you away.

ZORRO

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A few weeks back we listed several short stories that were on their way from various anthologies. One of those moving quickly into production is Bold Venture Press’ “Zorro’s Exploit” edited by Audrey Parente. It features a stunning cover by Francisco Silva and has 17 brand new stories, including one by ye Old Air Chief called “The Road to Penance.” We’ll certainly let you know when the book is available.

THE ADVENTURES OF DOC ATLAS

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Airship 27 Production is really thrilled to announce our newest title, “The Adventures of Doc Atlas” by Mike Black & Ray Lovato. Mike and Ray have been writing the adventures of the pulp hero for more than a decade and now, thanks to their partnership with us at Airship 27, all his past tales will be included in brand new editions which will eventually lead to newer stories. Above the painted cover to Vol 1 by artist Ed Catto. This is his first cover for us, whereas Ed previously earned a coveted Pulp Factory Award for his interior illustrations. Ed will be the artist for all Doc Atlas volumes. As ever you can find this book at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. Thanks always for your support Loyal Airmen.

BEYOND THE STARS UPDATE –

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It is now Wednesday and all we need to wrap up our goal for the BEYOND THE STARS Kickstarter Campaign is $791 before this coming Sunday, the 22nd. Will we make it? Who knows. Meanwhile, Mike Belcher, our good friend, and the amazing letterer on the project just turned in the above sketch of the series’ protagonist, Science Warrior Kal. Here’s hoping all of us get to see her adventures in print.

MR. JIGSAW – Man of a Thousand Parts.

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And here’s what we hope is some exciting news for all you Mr. Jigsaw fans out there. Our last issue, # 16 came well over a year ago. (Above left.) Sorry it has been so long, but caught up with all our zillion other pulp projects for Airship 27 and the rash of new comic book projects, poor Jiggy got left on the back burner. Well no more. Today, we wrapped up the 24 pg script for issue # 17 titled – “Broken Hearts & Misfits” and it is on its way to artist Gary Kato. A hint, Misfits refers to the team of zany super-heroes first introduced in issue # 6, who then banded together to become Mr. Jigsaw’s Misfits. It will probably take Gary at least three months to get her all drawn up. We’ll keep posted. Anyway, really happy to have this one in the pipeline at long last.

THREE DAYS LEFT

It is now Thursday, 19th. With only three days left on our Kickstarter Campaign, we are only $249 short of reaching our goal. Will we make it before Sunday the 22nd?  This is where the Air Chief needs to sign out and schedule the post. Hopefully next week we’ll have some great news to share with all of you. Until then, to all you contributed, heartfelt thanks…and God Bless.

BREAKING NEWS – 8:20 P.M. Thursday…THE GOAL WAS MET!!!!

Ron – Over & Out!