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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!

CAPTAIN HAZZARD # 5

  • On 2 Dec | '2016

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Dear Loyal Airmen, you cannot possibly how happy the Air Chief is these days.  After three long years, we finally completed our fifth Captain Hazzard pulp novel, “Custer’s Ghost” and it is now on sale at Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. It’s rousing action-adventure where the Champion of Justice teams up with another classic pulp hero, Jim Anthony, Super Detective.  Pal and Airship 27 Art Director Rob Davis provided the great interior illustrations and the truly talented Pat Carbajal contributed that stunning cover seen above here. And so it is out and we really hope all you Loyal Airmen will pick up a copy and give it a read. Then write and tell us it was worth the wait. As ever, thanks so much for your continued support.

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Years ago when we first started Airship 27 Productions, we thought it would be cool to open up a Cafe Press shop and offer items some of you Loyal Airmen might want to have, ala coffee cups, tee-shirts or the super cool baseball cap above.  The Air Chief had one of these it wore it until it pretty much fell apart.  We were reminded the shop is still up and active a few days ago when one of our Loyal Airmen wrote to say he had just ordered one.  Too cool. And as we are getting into the Christmas season we thought it only appropriate to post the link to that shop here.  (http://www.cafepress.com/airship27.642113448)  Trust the Air Chief, you’ll look super cool in this cap announcing to the world you are a Loyal Airmen.

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The third and final issue of Moonstone Comics GUNS OF THE BLACK BAT hits the comic shop shelves next week, 7th Dec. Features art by the amazing Sivestre Szlagyi with script by the Air Chief.  We hope you’ll check it out. Cover by Michael Stribling.

As many of you will recall, last month the Air Chief celebrated his 70th birthday while being a guest at the Rocky Mountain Con.  While there a video outfit stopped by our table to do an interview which has now been posted to You Tube.  You can find it here. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8xYkomdS98)

And that’s it for our first Dec. Flight Log, Loyal Airmen, as ever, thanks for stopping by and we’ll be back next week.

Ron – Over & Out!

ENJOYING POST TURKEY DAY

  • On 25 Nov | '2016

Greetings Loyal Airmen, as you are reading this, we’re now fully in the Holiday Season what with Thanksgiving yesterday.  We truly hope all of you had the opportunity to spend time with your family and loved ones. In that regards this is one of the Air Chief’s favorite holidays.  And we were also very happy to see that many retail chains actually closed their doors yesterday in deference to the holiday allowing their employees to spend the day at home.  Now that’s just great.  Of course, we’re going to guess lots of you also stayed up all night to fight the Black Friday crowds.  The less said about that phenomenon, the better.  Just be safe out there, please.  No sale is worth your health or sanity.

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As you’d probably guess, the Air Chief loves action figures…especially those inspired by characters we’ve created.  Recently our BLACK LION artist partner, Kevin Johnson, was given this truly amazing Black Lion custom made action figure by one Ricky Para. Ricky, you did a fantastic job. It is truly an awesome likeness.

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For the fifth week in a row, Airship 27 Productions has released as yet another new pulp title. This one is DOMINO LADY Vol 2 – and feature brand new adventures starring pulpdom’s sexiest avenger as written by Brad Mengel, Gene Moyers, Paul Findley and Robert Ricci. Features 12 amazing interior illustrations by James Lyle and another stunning cover by the one and only Ted Hammond.  If you liked volume one, you are going to love this one, Loyal Airmen. Now available at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle.

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The other really big news of the past week was our recruiting popular, New Pulp writer Barry Reese to join the Captain Action team. In the past two years, we, in conjunction with Captain Action Enterprises LLC have published two Captain Action full length novels, “Riddle of the Glowing Men” and “Hearts of the Rising Sun,” both by Jim Beard.  It was Jim’s plan all along to do three books but in the past year is own career has skyrocketed and what time he had available began to shrink. Which is when he had the idea of reaching out to Reese, his friend and colleague.  Barry is know for his fast paced action series, Lazarus Gray, the Peregrine and Gravedigger all published by Pro Se Productions. The plan is for Jim to do the outline and detail chapter breakdowns and Barry to then write the actual prose. This will be the first team-up of this talented writing duo ever and we at Airship 27 are thrilled to be publishing.  Fingers crossed, the yet untitled book three in the Captain Action series will be out early in 2017.

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

Ron – Over & Out!

 

GUNS OF THE BLACK BAT # 3

  • On 18 Nov | '2016

Greetings Loyal Airmen, what with the big 70th birthday bash behind us, it was time for the Air Chief to roll up his sleeves and get back to work in Hangar 27.  Lots of great pulp and comic projects still to get out before the end of the year.

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Happily the mail flight dropped off a big box the other day containing our copies of THE GUNS OF THE BLACK BAT # 3 from Moonstone Comics.  This is the third and final issue of this mini featuring the Black Bat and lots of guest pulp heroes. Script by the Air Chief with amazing art by Sylvestre Szilagyi of Argentina. Fingers crossed you Loyal Airmen should see this in your comic shops in another few weeks.

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Another fun happening, Airship 27 Productions has just released its third Kindle-Only project, “The Adventures of Lance Star – Sky Ranger,” by Bobby Nash. Over the past ten years, Bobby has had a story in each of the four Lance Star anthologies we’ve published (all still available at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle).  Now Bobby is putting the finishing touches  on the first ever full length Lance Star novel we hope to have out early in 2017.  To help promote that title, we thought it would be fun to collect all of Bobby’s four stories in one digital collection and thus this Kindle Only title.  Note, our two previous Kindle Only books were Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, Vol 1 collecting I.A. Watson’s tales and Vol 2 bringing together many of Aaron Smith’s stories.  If you’re a Kindle reader, we hope you’ll give this high flying collection a try.

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A few years ago the Air Chief met writer Shawn Gustafson at a local convention. Shawn is a talented comic writer who does a webstrip called THE SPECIALISTS with his artist partner, Al Kukalek.  After that initial meeting, Shawn was decent enough to give us copies of the early issues and we were hooked immediately. The Specialists takes place during World War II and deals with American super powered heroes battling super powered Nazi agents. It is tons of fun. So when Shawn and Al, after five years worth of weekly strips, opted to collect them all into one huge ominbus, they came to the Air Chief asking if we’d write an introduction. We were only too honored to do so. This wonderful hardback is now out and on sale at their website (www.TheSpecialistsComic.com) and we truly can’t recommend it enough. This is what good comics look like today. Please, take a look and give these talented guys your support. They truly deserve it.

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Finally, the big news of the past week was that veteran action director, Gavin O’Connor and his production partner have acquired the rights, through Paramount Studios, to the Green Hornet and plan on making a much darker and more realistic film.  O’Connor’s latest effort was the well received “The Accountant,” with Ben Afflect.  A huge fan of the Green Hornet all his life, O’Connor was upset, like most of us, with the recent Seth Rogen comedy version and when Universal allowed their rights to expire, jump at the chance to procure them.  Although not officially announced, some of the Air Chief’s sources say O’Connor has plans for three films as a series.  His version of the character will be a modern one centering around the hero’s journey of self discovery.  What with our noticeable connection to this character, the Air Chief has no idea if O’Connor ever read our Now Comics run on the Green Hornet.  But we are certainly happy with the idea of a “serious” movie on the character.  All fingers are crossed.

Thanks for stopping by as ever,

Ron – Over & Out!

 

BIRTHDAY AT THE CON

  • On 11 Nov | '2016

Greetings Loyal Airmen and get ready for some really cool pictures, as the Air Chief does his best to recount the events of the last weekend whereupon we turned 70 at the fourth annual Rocky Mountain Con in Denver and had the best time ever what with a surprise birthday party and our getting to actually autograph a car.  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, as we do not want to forget any little detail of the past amazing three days.

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We drove down to Denver late Friday afternoon with our pal, Todd Jones, to both set up and then register at the hotel where the convention center is located. As it was the Air Chief’s birthday the following day, Valerie had decided we should make a special weekend of it and so tagged along.  After setting up our booth in the main hall and saying hi to con promoter Tim Moret and his assistant Bob Mask, Val and the Air Chief proceeded to the hotel main lobby to register and get settled into our room.  So upon reaching there we find another our pal, Rio Herrera assisting a little gray haired lady get signed in. When he saw us, he immediately introduced us to actress Margot Kidder!!  Yup, THE LOIS LANE from the classic Richard Donner movie with the late Christopher Reeves.  As they were going to get her squared away, we all rode up to our individual floors in the elevator together.  Once in our room, the Air Chief and Valerie were simply overwhelmed. We’d actually met Lois Lane!!

The following morning, Nov 5th, the Air Chief’s big day, we got down to the con and discovered that our con neighbor at this show we be none other than comics legend, Mike Grell.  Mike is known primarily for three truly amazing series. The first being Sable from First Comic, where he first made his mark in the business and then he went to DC and not only created Warlord for them, but also revamped the Green Arrow in his minis-series, The Longbow Hunters.” The Air Chief has been a fan of his for years.

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One of the biggest surprises for Mike was when a cos-player showed up on Sunday afternoon in the guise of The Warlord. The guy was fantastic and looked exactly like Mike’s creation. Valerie rushed over and quickly snapped a shot of them together. You can see the Air Chief in the background enjoying the moment to the max.

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Believe me, Loyal Airmen, getting to meet your heroes is often a very anxious time. But Mike was so gracious and friendly. When we told him our favorite of all his works was Sable, he dropped everything he was doing and shook our hands enthusiastically. From that point on we chatted throughout the weekend and Valerie took the above pix of us back to back. Honestly one of our happiest moments at a con ever. Always great when your heroes turn out to be such great people. Mike Grell is totally one of those.

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Another super star guest at the con, and one of the Air Chief’s buddies, was artist Chad Hardin who is currently drawing DC Comics popular Harlequin series. Over the years Chad has done several covers for Airship 27 Productions, the first of which was for our very first Jim Anthony Super Detective.  He’s currently putting the finishes touches on the Holmes & Houdini cover for the novel by Ian Watson. Should be out in just another week or so.

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And of course we need to give out a Shout Out to all of the Air Chief’s amazing friends and colleagues who helped make the weekend so special. First up, at the left, the talented writer we call our Official Protege, Todd Jones. Todd was instrumental in assisting Valerie in putting the surprise party given to me at the end of the day. On the right is the Air Chief holding a bottle of Star Trek 50th Anniv. ale brewed and bottled back in 1997, a truly amazing gift from our good friend, Brett Smith. We run into Brett at every local show we do and it is always a pleasure to see him.

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There would be no Rocky Mountain Con if not for Mr. Tim Moret and his lovely wife, Nicole. Tim is the salt of the earth, one of the nicest people the Air Chief has ever known. Tim came up with the idea of the show to get money to help the survivors of the Aurora Theater shootings and each year part of the con’s proceeds go to them.  And one of Tim’s many assistants is the always energized Rio Herrera, a former Army veteran, Rio brings so much fun and enthusiasm to whatever he does, the Air Chief is in awe of him most of the time.

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Sincerely, it sure felt like every time the Air Chief turned around he was bumping into another good friend.  Of course that exactly what Black Lion artist Kevin Johnson is. We actually met at this show four years ago and that meeting resulted in the creation of this comic series. Kevin tells us he is almost done the pencils for issue # 2.  Now that put a huge smile on the Air Chief’s face for sure.

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Then as Saturday started to come to an end, Valerie said we had to go up to the auction stage at the other end of the hall, as they needed the Air Chief’s signature on a Green Hornet book. Well that soon proved to be a bogus ploy to get us on stage where Tim and the rest of the gang started singing Happy Birthday to the Air Chief in front of the entire con.  Then they whipped out these two giant sheet cakes with the Green Hornet comic logo on each.  At which point Valerie and our daughter-in-law, Nicky, began cutting up lots and lots of cake pieces, which we started handing out to all the attendees. It was just totally wild.

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Then as we were having a blast handing out cake, Todd comes over and gives the Air Chief a very special and unique piece of artwork. It seems during the course of the previous week, Todd had visited many of my artists pals here in Colorado and got them to draw one of the many characters we’ve had the joy of working on during our careers. Each artist contributed one character, while Jeff Herndon did that on of the Air Chief.  On the top level going to left to right we have – Mr. Jigsaw, Man of a Thousand Parts, the Black Lion, and Bass Reeves.  The middle row features the Terminator, the Air Chief, the Black Bat and Brother Bones…while anchoring the bottom level are the Green Hornet, Captain Jain Marlee and Kato.  This is by far one of the most unique gifts we’ve ever been given and plan on getting it mounted and put up in our office. It is truly something we will always cherish.

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Of course all our Loyal Airmen know nothing in this world is more important to the Air Chief than family and as stated above, none of this wonderful celebration could have happened without our son Alan’s help, along with his wife Nicky, grand daughter Cora and grandson Alex. The shot above was taken right after the big birthday bash and just before we headed out to have dinner together.  Then it was back to hotel for a the night.  By then we were pretty sure most of the major excitement had come and gone.  We could not have been more wrong with no clue what Sunday, the last day of the con would have in store for us.

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Most of Sunday morning was more of the same typical convention fun and activity. By mid afternoon, Val and the Air Chief thought the show was begin to come to a close and we started talking about packing up.  It was then this fellow wearing a very neat Green Hornet tee-shirt came charging up to our table asking if I was the Ron Fortier who had written the Green Hornet comic series.  The Air Chief replied in the affirmative and this gentlemen, one Frank Bruso, asked if we’d go with him to the far end of the hall where he had his custom built Black Beauty; the special tricked out automobile used by the Green Hornet and his sidekick Kato.  Val and the Air Chief couldn’t believe this gorgeous vehicle had been at the show all weekend and we’d not known of its presence.  Poor Frank felt the same way in reverse, wishing he’d known we were there lots earlier.

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The car itself is a gem, what with its green headlights etc.  But the biggest shock of all happened as we were standing there taking pictures with it when Frank asked we’d be willing to autograph the dashboard!  Valerie about had a melt down, being the car she is. But Frank would not be dissuaded and in the end he produced a silver magic marker and the Air Chief signed his dashboard…and then his home made Green Hornet gas gun. Wow. Note, a few days after the show, we shared the above pictures with our old amigo, Green Hornet artist, Jeff Butler.  He was blown away by them.

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Finally, a few minutes after leaving Frank and his family, they came back to our table wanting to know if the Air Chief would take a picture with his two lovely daughters, the oldest as the Green Hornet and the little as Kato. Here it is. Now, Loyal Airmen, can you see why the Air Chief considers this best damn birthday we ever had.  This 70 years life journey has been an incredible adventure and we thank God for it every single day.

We hope you enjoyed this extra long Flight Log.  Maybe we’ll do another after the next 70 years. Ha. Till then, take care and as ever, thanks for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

LIFE IMITATES ART

  • On 4 Nov | '2016

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we’re of course hoping all of you survived those goblins and spooks and other tiny trick-or-treaters as Halloween came and went this year.  Now it’s time for us all to hunker down for winter and of course the holiday season with Thanksgiving and Christmas now just around the corner.  Right now, we’ve a few fun things to share with you on this posting; the first being how life at times can imitate art.

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Over the weekend, our beautiful granddaughter, Cora, and her lucky guy, were invited to a Halloween party.  Prior to going out that evening, Cora made a point of showing Val and the Air Chief her costume for the evening. Of course she looked lovely in that vibrant red outfit and mask. But when the Air Chief first saw her in this outfit, our memory kicked into high gear and we ushered Cora and Val into our office where we proceeded to pick up our huge copy of LEGENDS OF NEW PULP FICTION. In there was a story by our good pal, Kevin Noel Olson, called “The Masked Flapper” with an illustration by Morgan Fitzsimons.  Check the pictures above, Cora to the left and Morgan’s drawing to the right.  Wow.  When Cora saw the drawing, she was both surprised and delighted. Although not completely identical, it was close enough for her to assume that on this night, she was the Masked Flapper.  Now how cool is that?

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Another reason the Air Chief loves this time of year, this past Tuesday our Mom, Gabrielle Fortier turned 92!!  Almost 70 years ago, at the age of 22, Gaby, as her friends and family called her was about to give birth to her first child and celebrating her 22nd birthday, she had hoped the baby might arrive on her birthday…but he was a stubborn little cuss and would wait till the 5th. Yup, that’s when the Air Chief arrived on the scene.  So Happy Birthday Mom, we love you more than words can say and in just another 24 hours, we’ll be blowing out our own candles as we turn 70.  Wow, just how the hell did that happen. Chuckle.

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On to the publishing stuff.  For the second week in a row, Airship 27 Productions has a brand new title to announce; The Phantom Detective Vol 1.  Here are five brand new stories based on the classic pulp hero from the past.  Curtis Van Loan, the wealthy, man about town, is in reality the masked avenger who fights crime. A long, running, popular series, we are thrilled to be bringing him back into action via stories by Gene Moyers, Gary Lovisi (who actually wrote two in this premier) volume, Robert Ricci and Whit Howland.  Interior illustrations were by Andrew Ritchie with a stunning cover (that pays homage to the classic pulp “big head” covers of the past) by the amazing Pat Carbajal.  Available now in paperback from Amazon and soon to be out on Kindle.

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Finally, the Air Chief will be one of the many guests at the 4th Annual Rocky Mountain Con, tomorrow and Sunday.  Nov 5th – 6th. So if you are in the Denver area, google the location and come on over.  Going to be a great time and we’d love to see you there. And that pretty much wraps up this week’s Flight Log. As ever, thanks so much for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out!