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WINDY CITY RESCHEDULED.

  • On 20 Mar | '2020

Greetings Loyal Airmen. Due to the recent virus pandemic, the promoters of this year’s Windy City Pulp & Paper convention have opted to reschedule the show. Now it will happen between Sept 11 – 13th. This of course due the health restrictions of large gathering. Hopefully by Sept this will be behind us and the show ill go on.

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In lieu of the Windy City Pulp & Paper postponement until Sept., this year’s Pulp Factory Awards Winner will be announced via a special video and Press Release. Once the actual awards have been made and addresses for the winners obtained, the Air Chief and co-host Rob Davis will do a short video announcing the winners of each of the five categories. At that same time, the actual awards will then be mailed out to each recipient. Again our thanks to Van Plexico and Gordon Dymowski for a great job handling the voting.  As soon as the video is up at You Tube, we will circulate the link and Press Release everywhere on line.

And now for some better stuff.

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Our father, George Fortier, loved movies. When we were 5 yrs old he took us to a re-release of the original 1933 monster classic, KING KONG. That was in 1950. Being the first movie we ever saw, it mesmerized us. That story about the giant gorilla taken from his lost island kingdom, brought to New York City in chains only to be shot off the Empire State Building at the end. Even at 5 we actually felt sorry for Kong coming out of the theater. That movie would change our lives forever and to this remains our all time favorite. We’ve since written about it, owned it on video tape, then Blu-Ray DVD. We must watch it at least twice a year. Never ever thought we’d ever get to see it up on the big white screen again. Well, thanks to AMC and Fandango, that happened today as Valerie and the Air Chief attended a special showing of the 1933 KING KONG at our local theater. Honestly, it was as if we’d been transported back into time and we could feel the ghost of our Dad sitting there beside us throughout the filming. It was beautiful and yes, we still, at the end, cheer for the Big Gorilla…though we know he can never win.

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As most of you who listen to our Airship 27 Podcast show, Rob and the Air Chief work hard as hell in finding talented artist like Clayton Murwin, seen here, to work with us. Sadly we are a small publisher and pay is pretty much peanuts. Then we see pictures like this one and the obvious joy and delight on Clayton’s face and real glad we keep at it. Clayton picked up copies of EYE OF THE DAWN, the book that he illustrated for us and was written by Brad Sinor. As we tell all our great creators, writers and artists, we promise then that their work will appear in truly beautiful fashion for all the world to see. We’d like to think that has value. Thanks Clayton, for sharing that belief.

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After ten years of usage, our old convention banner was really starting to show some wear and tear. To that end Valerie suggested we get another one done up. Rob Davis was gracious enough to put together a new collage of comic and novel covers and we took it to the local Signarama here in Fort Collins where they made the gorgeous new banner you see above. We absolutely love it. Now we’re hoping there will be cons to take it to later in the year. Wish us all luck.

That’s it for this week, Loyal Airmen.  We pray all of you are safe and will do what is needed to get past this crisis. America has weathered far greater challenges in the past and we’ll all come through this stronger than ever. God bless you all.

Ron – Over & Out!

THE FRIENDS YOU MAKE

  • On 13 Mar | '2020

Greeting Loyal Airmen, as many of you are aware, social media and things like Facebook aren’t for everyone. There are lots of bad things about such sites and they are well documented. But at the same time, there are positives…such as actually getting to meet really good people who share one’s likes and beliefs.

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Such was the case last Saturday morning. Jim Clay is a fellow the Air Chief met on Facebook about a year ago and we soon realized we had quite a few things in common; never mind that Jim quickly became a fan of our efforts at Airship 27 Productions. Then last Thursday he notified us that he was back in Fort Collins where he and his family had lived years ago before moving to Illinois. Upon hearing this, we suggested we meet for breakfast at a local eatery and that get together transpired in such a wonderful way. Above is a photo taken by our waitress, going around from the left you have Valerie, Chancellor Clay, Mom Tracy, daughters Christiana and Katrina, then Jim and lastly the Air Chief. We spent a couple of hours chatting and getting to know each other. It was a truly awesome meeting. The Clays are truly special people and ones we are so blessed to now call friends. Here’s hoping we can do this again in the future. And Jim, that will be our treat.

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A few days later the mail delivered my audio-book sets from Radio Archives. Reader Mark Finfrock does such an amazing job in capturing the essence and real sense of excitement we wanted to share with our readers when writing this Memoir. We’ve listened to the first two, of five, hours and they are just so much fun. Should any of you Loyal Airmen be interested in pick this up, merely go to (www.RadioArchives.com) Tell them the Air Chief sent you.

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Years ago, the Air Chief co-authored three books with the late Ardath Mayhar, our dear writing mentor. The only one ever published by Airship 27 was WITCHFIRE. Then some nine years ago it went out of print. Something we’d overlooked until recently. Upon realizing that, we contacted Art Director Rob Davis who immediately set about putting together a brand new edition and getting it back up at Amazon where it is now and will hopefully reside for many, many years to come. It’s back available in paperback and on Kindle, as well as an audio version from Audible.com. In looking over the old reviews the book initially received upon it’s first release, we’ve started getting the temptation to revisit these characters again.  Hmm, we’ll see where that goes. Oh, and that painted cover and all the interiors illos were done by Rob.

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And lastly for this week, our latest new Airship 27 Productions’ title has just been released.  “Jezebel Johnston – Sisters of Vengeance” is the sixth volume in writer Nancy Hansen’s wonderful, action packed pirate queen saga. Rob Davis, beside doing the interiors, as he has done for all previous five books, also contributed the beautiful cover you see above. If you like authentic pirate tales of adventure, you will love the Jezebel Johnston books. Available now at Amazon and as ever, thanks so much for your continued support.

Thanks for stopping by and see you back here next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!

TIME TO GET OUT THE VOTE

  • On 6 Mar | '2020

Greetings Loyal Airmen, last week the Awards Committee for the annual Pulp Factory Awards announced the Official Ballot for this year’s nominees. We were thrilled to see so many Airship 27 books and creators made the final ballot. This voting is open to the public at large and below is the link to where one must go to do that. We would so appreciate you Loyal Airmen taking the time from your busy schedules to check it out and then, if you wish, cast your vote for –

Best Pulp Novel of 2019

Best Pulp Short Story of 2019

Best Pulp Cover of 2019

Best Interior Illustrations of 2019

Best Pulp Anthology/Collection of 2019

Believe us, ever single vote does count.  Thanks ever,

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Meanwhile we at Airship 27 Productions continue our job of bringing you Loyal Airmen the best in New Pulp Fiction  such as the just released THE EYE OF DAWN by writer Brad Sinor.  This is a modern fantasy thrilled about immortals who live among us; some good and some not-so good. It’s an exciting adventure featuring a beautiful cover by Ted Hammond (above) and nine fantastic black and white interior illustrations by Clayton Murwin. Available now from Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle.

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Shifting gears. The Air Chief served in Vietnam between 1967 & 68. Two nights before we left, we had a truly powerful and vivid dream that has stayed with us to this day.  Recently we turned that dream into a ten minute radio drama that is going to be produced as a segment of a new British on-line program. Think Twilight Zone in ten minute pieces. Our episode is entitled NIGHT ARMY and it is set to be recorded in London on April 23rd. Will keep you posted.

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Finally, today marks the release of our book as an audio title from Radio Archives. We were delighted when we first learned they were going to do this version and more so when Mark Finfrock was the readers. Like all Radio Archives title, it is available in both streaming download and CD disc sets. Here’s a link to where they are found.  (https://www.radioarchives.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=285)

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

Ron – Over & Out!

WINTER SQUALL & CGI EVOLUTION

  • On 28 Feb | '2020

Greetings Loyal Airmen and as ever thanks for stopping by.  This past Monday we woke up to a really powerful winter squall that came up and over the foothills and hit Fort Collins like a slugger in a home run derby.

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The Air Chief took his camera and took the shot to the left above. It was almost a white out and according to the radio alerts, traffic on I-25 came to a complete shut down and commuters all stopped due to lack of visibility. Thirty minutes later the snow was gone and the sun began to peek out. All that remained were the gust of winds and thirty minutes later they had subsided when we took the second photo to the upper right.  Oh yeah, living at the feet for the Rocky Mountains is always and adventure.

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We went to see the new “Call of the Wild” movie recently. Another adaptation of the classic novel by Jack London. Lots of people we know turned their noses up to it because the studio made no secret that all the dogs and wolves seen in the film would be created via CGI (Computer Generated Images). We were a bit puzzled by that attitude especially since we’ve all been exposed to this film wizardry since the George Lucas’ Jar-Jar Binks in “Star Wars – The Phantom Menace.” Still that was an alien being and audiences were more forgiving. When viewing “Call of the Wild” the CGI is obvious enough, but even so, it works extremely well as do the actors who had to work with the process. Think back on all of the Lord of the Ring movies by Peter Jackson with lots of CGI, never mind his King Kong remake. Movie makers keep pushing the techno envelope and we’ve told it is only a matter of time before we get CGI so flawless, it would become impossible to tell the difference between it and real actor.  A close approximation was again brought forth from Lucas with their younger version of the late Peter Cushing. To say it was a bit eerie would be an understatement. So what happens when the process is perfected? Will studios be tempted to recreate deceased film stars and feature them in new projects? Imagine seeing another Marilyn Monroe or Humphrey Bogart movie? As much as that sound intriguing, is it ethical? All kinds of questions that we’ll need to grapple with as sci-fi gradually evolves into sci-facts.

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The Air Chief has been very busy of late with several new comic projects including a rather unique one that we’re keeping under wraps for a while. The artist we’re working with is the amazing Jeff Slemons and we thought we’d tease you a bit with several of his loose roughs (above). Obviously these are done to give Jeff an idea on how he will compose each page for the maximum effect of the story. Later, when he’s completed them so you can actually recognize stuff, we’ll post them here. Meanwhile the rocket-school bus is a tiny hint as to what the story is about. Oh yeah, really fun stuff.

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In 1964, to help promote Marvel Comics, Managing Editor Stan Lee created the Merry Marvel Marching Society, a fan club for their readers. For the small price of $1, you got a package with a membership card, certificate for framing, a sticker with Ben Grimm on it and most important of all, .45 record with Stan welcoming you and the society’s song. Pretty wild stuff for a young comic reader. Naturally the Air Chief sent in his buck and joined. On, and we forgot to mention, every single one of the thousands of kids who joined had his or her name printed in a Marvel comic book. You have to know all of then were frantic to find the comic with our names. Earlier today, a Facebook friend, Ed Chacyk, sent me the photo (on the right above) taken from a Marvel Comic. The top name on the left side column reads  Ronald Fortier – Somersworth NH.  If you don’t think seeing this page didn’t bring back a flood of fun memories. Thanks, Ed, that was most gracious of you.

And that’s it for our Flight Log this week Loyal Airmen, as ever thanks for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out!

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, we’re going to start this week’s Flight Log with some truly exciting news. After being unable to attend PulpFest the past three years, due strictly to economic issues, Airship 27 Productions is now set to return to that wonderful convention this year. Yup, the Air Chief and his partner, artist Rob Davis will heading to Pittsburgh for the show held Aug 6th to Aug 9th. Having been a regular participants of the con while it was in Columbus, where it was launched, we’d tried stay with them when the show moved to Pittsburgh. Sadly the extra distance and poor attendance that initial year forced us to sit out the following years. Much to our dismay. We truly missed seeing so many of our friends and colleagues. Then last year the show announced a major jump in attendance; enough so that it was time for us to reconsider going back. After some lengthy discussions on how to overcome some of the remaining hurdles, we’re happy to report we came up with a travel plan that will make it feasible for us to be a part of this year’s con. In fact we announced it on our latest Airship 27 Podcast Episode # 60 which aired just a few days ago. You can find it at the You Tube link below. Bottom line here, we are thrilled and excited to be going back to PulpFest and hope you are too. Why not plan on joining us there. We’d love to see you. (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Airship+27+Podcast+%23+60)

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On the comics front, LOTS of great project we’ve penned are moving along very nicely.  Going from left to right above we have. 1) Another page from the wacky DEATH DERBY, a manga inspired racing mayhem tale with art by Brian Loner. When completed, the strip will appear in several different black and white anthologies. 2) Page one a GREATER CALLING as illustrated by the fantastic Michael Belcher which introduces a brand new 40s style pulp hero, Nighshift. And finally 3) a panel from the opening sequence in the JIG & TONIK super-project we’re doing with Florida based artist Cesar Feliciano. This one is long and involved and we’re having a blast creating this truly decades long saga. As ever Loyal Airmen, we’ll keep you posted on all of them.

And that’s it for this week.  Thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!

USING HISTORICAL FIGURES

  • On 14 Feb | '2020

Greetings Loyal Airmen, sometimes many of our pulp writers enjoy using historical figures in their stories. Case in point, Chuck Miller’s latest Bay Phantom thriller is now in production at Airship 27 Productions.

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In the story, famous Federal Agent Elliot Ness comes to Memphis to hunt down the Bay Phantom to ascertain whether he’s really a vigilante working on the side of law and order or an actual crook. Above is a picture of the man himself and next to that illustrator Kevin Paul Shaw Broden’s wonderful sketch of Ness arriving in the city. We’ve said it before and this is just another example, Airship 27 has the best artists in publishing today.

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Ever since we released our first ever full color Mr. Jigsaw Christmas Special, we thought it would be smart go back and look closely at the five issues of THE ADVENTURES OF MR. JIGSAW.  Keep in mind, that each issue contains 3 full issues of the regular 24 pg MR. JIGSAW Man of a Thousand Parts comics series. In doing so, we realized that several volumes were no longer available and some actually had missing pages. At which point Redbud Studio Editor Rob Davis took it upon himself do to all brand new editions of each of the five volumes, insuring that each was complete and that includes adding special pin-ups rarely seen until now. And the Air Chief is delighted to tell all you Loyal Airmen that Rob’s task is complete. You can go to Amazon today and order any of these books with no problems should you wish to complete your Mr. Jigsaw comics collection. And don’t forget, that Full Color Christmas Special that kicked all this off is still there. We think you’ll enjoy any of these and will your kids or grand kids. As ever thanks for your continued support.

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Finally this week we want to leave you with a sneak-peek at one of the nine interior Illustrations Rob is doing for the next Jezebel Johnston Pirate Queen saga by Nancy Hansen. This one is called SISTERS OF VENGEANCE and should be out in another month. We’ll keep you posted. Till then, thanks for dropping by and we’ll see you next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!

BULLDOG DRUMMOND # 2

  • On 7 Feb | '2020

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we kick off this week’s Flight Log with announcing the release of our second Airship 27 Productions pulp title of the year.

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“BULLDOG DRUMMOND – Disaster Zones” offers of three new adventures of our re-imagined classic pulp hero from the 1920s as written by Ian Watson. Artist Howard Simpson provides the interior illustrations and the cover is a team effort between artist Chris Rawding and Art Director Rob Davis. The happy news here is Ian is having fun with the series and has agreed to write a third volume.  For now you can pick this one up, plus the first, both at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle.  As always, thanks so much for your support.

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As most of our Loyal Airmen are aware, all Airship 27 Production titles have interior illustrations by some of the finest artists in the world. We thought you might enjoying samples of one such brilliant creator, British artist Morgan Fitzsimons. All the pieces above are hers. Morgan has an affinity for fantasy and mythology.

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Morgan’s first work for Airship 27 appeared a few years ago when she did all the art for “The Eye of Quang Chi” by writer Fred Adams Jr. We’re thrilled to announce that Morgan is currently illustrating a new book for us and once again it will grace cover and pages of yet another Adams thriller. Stay tuned. We’ll keep you posted as ever. And please, Airship 27 is always in need of talented artists like Morgan. Should you know of any such, send them our way. We’d be eternally grateful.

OUR LATEST PRESS RELEASE!!

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Launches Two Charles Saunders Series

Since his arrival on the fantasy adventure scene back in the 70s, Charles Saunders has been recognized as one of the most successful African American writers in the field today. His action/adventure hero Imaro has been featured in a half dozen novels all of which went on to inspire generations of young black authors.

In 2011 Saunders wrote “Damballa” the first ever black pulp hero for Airship 27 Productions. Operating out of Harlem in the 1930s, Damballa employs unique African magic to battle gangsters and crooked politicians. Two years later Saunders introduced the Jungle Witch Luluma in his short story “Mtimu” which appeared in the Pro Se Production’s bestselling anthology, “Black Pulp.” At the start of the tale, the beautiful Luluma is a servant of a villainous hunter but by the story’s end she realizes his true nature and regains her independence thanks to the hero, Mtimu. Atypical of Saunders talent, she is a powerful character worthy of her own series.

Now Airship 27 Productions is proud to announce their creation of two new on-going book series, “Charles Saunders presents Damballa” and “Charles Saunders presents Luluma.” Managing Editor Ron Fortier elaborates. “In recent years, Charles Saunders has been extremely busy working on a truly unique black fantasy saga. So much so that it became impossible for him to devote any time to his other creations. When we suggested the possibilities of continuing both Damballa and Luluma with other writers, he was very excited about the concept and gave us his approval. Have no fear, he will be overseeing each series as they progress.”

Writing the first ever Lulama novel will be writer/publisher Milton Davis of MVmedia LLC. “I’ve known Charles Saunders for eleven years and had the privilege to work with him on a number of projects. I’m excited to have the opportunity to develop a novel based on one of his characters. It’s a dream come true.”

While Pulp Factory Award winning writer Derrick Ferguson will write the all new Damaballa adventure.  “To say that I am honored to be given the opportunity to write a character created by Charles Saunders with his blessing is truly an understatement. Charles Saunders is one of the reasons I am writing today and to be working with him is an opportunity I never would have dreamed could have taken place. I pray that I do justice to the magnificent character of Damballa.”

At present there is no specific time set for the release of these new books. “Our plan is to move forward with full length novels first,” Fortier continues. “Later, if there is an interest, we may also produce anthologies featuring both Damballa and Lulama. We’ll leave that up to our network of pulp writers and the response of our readers. We see some truly amazing possibilities in the future for both characters and are greatly indebted to Charles and his faith in us.”

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – PULP FICTION FOR A NEW GENERATION!

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Finally above is Nightshift, a 1940s pulp-style avenger we created with artist Michael Belcher. If all goes well he will be making his first appearance in the latest issue of ALL STAR PULP COMICS.  Fingers crossed. And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen.  As ever thanks so much for stopping by and we’ll see you back here next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

COWBOY MOVIES & SONGS

  • On 31 Jan | '2020

Greetings Loyal Airmen, as we get ready to close out January, the Super-Bowl is once again upon us and football fans across the country are going nuts. Hopefully it will be a great game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs.  Enjoy, all you Loyal Airmen.

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Ever since the Air Chief was a little guy, we’ve loved western movies. Our Dad took us to many a Saturday matinee were we saw lots of great John Wayne flicks such as The Searchers, Rio Bravo, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and so-so many others starring Randolf Scott, Joel McCrae etc. etc. The list is endless. Thing is once bitten by the western bug, we were hooked for life. One of our all time favorites was the 1993 Tombstone starring Kurt Russell, Sam Elliot and Bill Paxton as the Earp brothers and Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday. Though George P. Cosmatos is credited as the director, it is widely known that Russell actually did most of the directing throughout the production. The film is considered a classic and we’ve owned it on DVD since it first was released. Over the Christmas holidays we had a chance to pick up a Blu-ray copy and snatched it up quickly. Then just the other day, while surfing the internet we came across a colored drawing of Russell as Wyatt by an artist named Martin. It was so beautiful and faithful to the actor in this role, we knew we had to share it with all you Loyal Airmen. So give, what’s your favorite all time western?

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Segueing from western movies to country western music sounds about right. Growing up in the sixties, the Air Chief remembers loving the music of those times with such singers as Gene Pitney, Bobby Vinton, Neil Sedaka and so many others. The pleasure of the songs they sang were the stories told in those songs. Then there were the Bee Gees, Beatles, Rolling Stones and other great British rockers. Again, it was all about the music. Alas, eventually Heave Metal came along and we thought we’d go deaf. Still don’t like and still think Heave Metal is really just about being loud…period. This was followed by something even worse, rapping. You can argue till you are blue in the face, by talking a song is not singing a song. Ergo, 2 & 3 don’t make 4. Rapping is and will never be real music.

Obviously it looked like the Air Chief was turning into an old soul and good music seemed to be disappearing from our lives altogether. Then we moved to Colorado and rediscovered Country Western music. Now we’d been familiar with it most of your lives back east, starting with hearing and loving Patsy Cline and the there was Johnny Cash and Glenn Campbell. But we weren’t diehard fans at that time. Now, living in the west, it was as if we were surrounded by this style of music and slowly we began to truly appreciate it. We soon realized, like the balladeers of the sixties, Country Western music is ALL ABOUT THE STORIES.  We can actually hear the words and sing along. We soon became fans of lots of great current C&W artists like Blake Shelton (thank you The Voice), Darius Rucker and last year we got hooked on the Grand Old Opree’s latest inductee, Luke Combs. Combs’s songs are both funny and then heart wrenching. At the start of this year he released his latest album, “What You See Is What You Get.” It is simply amazing and covers his range of human topics.  His “Just Because I’m Leaving,” is a father and son homage that the Air Chief recognized immediately via his own memories of our Dad who passed away a long-long time ago. So much so that we rarely hear the song that we aren’t in tears by its end. Oh yeah, living in Colorado has been a blessing to us and this wonderful music known as Country Western is truly the icing on the cake.

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And lastly, more on the comic front. As we reported in the past few weeks Rob Davis, via Redbud Studio, has been doing all new editions of the Amazon series THE ADVENTURES OF MR. JIGSAW.  To date we’ve had the first 12 issues of the regular comic collected in four volumes. Well as of today, Rob is assembling the new Vol 5 which will contain issues 13 – 14- 15 of the regulars. Gary Kato turned in a wonderful cover that features elements from several of the stories reprinted inside to include the team-up with Liberty Bell, Jiggy’s appearance at the Rocky Mountain Con and our beloved Zeke the Super Dog. As you are reading this, the actual book should be up at Amazon within the next few days. Thanks as ever for your continued support Loyal Airmen.

And that’s a wrap for this week.

Ron – Over & Out!

ADV. OF MR. JIGSAW # 1

  • On 24 Jan | '2020

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, some of you may recall we talked about the fact that Redbud Studio was doing new editions of our ADVENTURES OF MR. JIGSAW.  Well the re-done volume # 1 is now officially up at Amazon. It contains the first 3 issues of the regular series.  Fingers crossed volume # 2 will soon be on its way. Stay tuned.

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While on the pulp front, artist Clayton Murwin continues to turn in gorgeous illustrations which will appear in the upcoming novel THE EYE OF DAWN by writer Brad Sinor. This is Clayton’s first work for Airship 27 and we are totally wowed by how great it is. Ala the sneak-peek above. His attention to details is fantastic.  With luck we should have this title within the next month.

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When we were much younger we spent a great deal of time watching old black and white movies on television. We have fond memories of a comedy series based on a character called Tugboat Annie. She first appeared in a Saturday Evening Post story written by Norman Reilly Raine which were supposedly based on the life of Thea Foss of Tacoma, Washington. The story was about a cantankerous female tug skipper and her crew of lovable misfits. In 1933 MGM and director Mervyn LeRoy brought her to cinematic life. The movie starred Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery, on of the studio’s most popular screen team at that time. The film was successful enough to be followed by two sequels, “Tugboat Annie Sails Again,” and “Captain Tugboat Annie.” They were cast with different actors.

We bring this up because the films were so lighthearted and fun, our memory of them resurfaced several years ago when penning CAPTAIN HAZZARD – Cavemen of New York. In it, our plot called for Hazzard and his crew to get into Manhattan via water route and just like that we remember Annie and her tug. And so with very little disguising, we brought her into the story and gave her a cameo. To this date only a very few of our Loyal Airmen recognized the tough and lovable Annie. And that Loyal Airmen is how we have fun writing.

That’s it for this Flight Log, as ever thanks so much for stopping by and we’ll see  you next Friday.

Ron – Over & Out!

DEATH DERBY 2020

  • On 17 Jan | '2020

Greetings Loyal Airmen, a few years ago we wrote a manga inspired comic strip called DEATH DERBY, done as an over-the-top silly story wherein savage racers drive their super-charged cars through a dense, high populated city causing all kinds of mayhem along the way.

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An artist friend agreed to illustrate and produced a character sketch design and actually drew the first page of the script. Then, due to other obligations, had to drop the project and so the script languished in our files. The pieces above were from that first artist. Recently, another local artist came on the scene and decided to take a stab at it.

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Above is artist Brian Loner’s interpretation of our two main characters and we’re happy to say he’s very much committed to actually completing DEATH DERBY. Note, the illustration above is meant to be a promotional piece, whereas the finished strip will only be in black and white. When finished it will be featured in our continuing anthology comics series RON FORTIER’S TALES OF THE MACABRE.  Stay tuned.

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On the pulp front we’ve peeks at artwork from two titles in production. To the upper left is an illustration from Ed Catto that will appear in RAVENWOOD – Stepson of Mystery Vol 4 – The latest anthology featuring this classic Occult Detective with four brand new stories.  To upper right is an illustrations by Clayton Murwin from the novel THE EYE OF DAWN, a suspense thriller by writer Brad Sinor.  Hopefully both titles will be out within a few months, Loyal Airmen.

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And back to comics we go.  A short while after the Air Chief and partner Rob Davis began publishing the Mr. Jigsaw comic book series, we had the idea of doing collected edition. Thus ever three issues of the 24 pg books would be collected. At that time, another outfit named Wild Wolf Entertainment produced what we called THE ADVENTURES OF MR. JIGSAW and sold them at Amazon.  Eventually Rob’s own Redbud Studio comics took over and recently, during our last Airship 27 Podcast, the subject came up about these ADVENTURES titles. We agreed it was time to go over them and correct any mistakes or omissions and eventually do a firth volume containing issues 13 – 14 – 15.  In the past few days Rob has started on this. Above is the new Redbud edition of issue #1.

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And here we have the new edition of ADVENTURES # 2. This one actually had several great new Jiggy pin-ups by various artists added to the book that were never in the original edition.  It also appears that issues 3 & 4 are in good shape and will remain as is.

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All that remains now is for Jiggy artist to do a cover for ADVENTURES # 5. Once in Rob will assembled the collection and have it up at Amazon, at which time we’ll notify all you Loyal Airmen. It is the Air Chief’s plan to have lots of these at our convention tables this year. Meanwhile, you can buy these first four books at Amazon.

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

Ron – Over & Out!