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RMC # 5

  • On 6 Oct | '2017

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, we just came home from last weekend’s wild and wonderful Rocky Mountain Con down in Denver. It was the show’s 5th year and we tip our hats to promoter and good friend Tim Moret for putting on another truly awesome comic con. Above the Air Chief is all set up and ready to roll.

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One of our best surprises was learning we’d been set up alongside comics pro artist and all around great guy, Bob Hall. Bob has been a regular at RMC the past few years but we never had the opportunity to meet him until this weekend. Marvel got into the industry only a few years before us and worked at such houses as Marvel, DC and Valiant. Sitting beside him all weekend, we got to share and swap stories. It was a blast.

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Another great reunion was hooking up with again with artist Barry McClain, one of the most talented and hard working artist we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Barry and the Air Chief actually met at the second RMC and from that did the second issue of the private eye series PRICE FOR THE ASKING. He remains as energetic and enthusiastic as ever. Here’s hoping we get to do another project real soon.

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Of course what’s a comic con without cos-players and RMC 5 had its share. We wish we could have taken lots more pictures, but we did manage to break away from our table to get a few like the excellent Two-Face above and of course from Star Wars, Asoka Tano, our personal favorite character from the Clone Wars cartoons.

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On the last day of the show, a lovely vampire popped up in the booth to our left, which was occupied by a group of professional photographers doing photo-shoots.  So for fifteen minutes we watched as she bared her fangs, struck various poses and had a fun time. As she was wrapping it all up, we grabbed a copy of our graphic novel DAUGHTER OF DRACULA and asked if she be kind enough to pose holding the copy.  And there it is. Con people are just really great.

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And finally, as always, lots of the Air Chief’s fans out there often come to the show with copies of some of older works to include either the Terminator books or Green Hornet. Several fans this show actually had copies of Now Comics Green Hornet # 1 written by the Air Chief and drawn by Jeff Butler, with stunning cover by Jim Steranko. We love signing these as they always bring back such great memories.

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On the pulp front, this past week Airship 27 Productions released Fred Adams Jr.’s third book in his weird western series, Six-Gun Terrors, this one is sub-titled The Slithering Terror and for obvious reason when you see Ted Hammond’s creepy cover above here. When thousands of snakes begin attacking people and livestock, General Sherman, the Federal Representative in the west, calls on his former Union Scouts turned cow-punchers, Durkin and McFee to accompany a troop of soldiers in investigating the bizarre goings on. Has nature simply run amuck or is there some sinister, supernatural force behind it all.  Available now at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle, and as always, Loyal Airmen, thanks for your support.

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Finally, tomorrow, Sept 7th, the Air Chief, and a few of his Fort Collins comics pal, will be at the Monument Mall in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, for a one day comic event. So if you live anywhere near there, please stop on by and say hi. And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen, as ever, thanks for stopping by and we’ll be back here next week.

Ron – Over & Out!

BUSY WEEK & RMC WEEKEND

  • On 29 Sep | '2017

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, well this past week has been a really hectic one for the Air Chief. First it began with a few days of jury duty, which in the end we were dismissed. Not a fun subject, so let’s move on to the better stuff. A while back you told you how the old Alpha Comics gang out of Maine had discovered long lost artwork concerning an abortive team title called Task Force Alpha.  Above to the left is an old Paul Pelletier drawing of what was to be the cover. Well, after all those years and having worked for both Marvel & Paul and become a well respected professional, Paul has returned and drawn the cover to the book which is going to the printer next week. Above are those pencils and you can see just how much his amazing talent has grown over the years. This giant one shot, being edited by old friend, Bob Cram Jr. will feature several stories and an interview with the Air Chief about those wild and crazy days with a group of New Englanders thought it would be fun to create their own comics line. Stay tuned, more as it develops.

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Moving on to other really fun news, two nights ago the Air Chief began teaching his first ever college course in how to write comics and graphic novels at the Front Range Community College here in Fort Collins. Four very bright and eager young people signed up for the course and we Wed night for the very first 90 minute session. Obviously the Air Chief was a wee bit nervous but Jon, Bran, Adam & Melissa immediately put us at ease with their own love of comics and eagerness to learn how to create them. The session went super fast and we sent them off with their first assignment to write a 3 pg script detailing a short story about them personally. We are going to be really excited to see what they submit and now, more than ever, are looking forward to working with them over the next seven weeks. Doing this has been a dream of ours for a long time, finally making it come true is just fantastic.

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Shifting gears back to pulpdom, one of the coolest new pulp heroes created in the past decade has to be Steve Bryant’s battling aviatrix, Athena Voltaire. A comic book hero, Athena appeared in her own webstrip before graduating to several comic incarnations. Several years ago, Steve approached a group of new pulp writers inviting them to write actual prose short stories featuring his lovely globe-trotting, Nazis fighting gal. The Air Chief was one of those lucky scribes invited aboard and penned something called, “The Austrian Prisoner.” Now that book has finally been assembled and will soon be published by Action Labs. The image on the right above is the cover and the book is still be solicited in the current Diamond catalog for a Nov. release. If you like tough, fast paced pulp thrills and spills, don’t let this one pass you by. Order a copy today.

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And finally, the fifth annual Rocky Mountain Con takes place this weekend and once again, the Air Chief is a guest at what is easily the best, most exciting and family friend comic con in the entire state of Colorado. We had a blast there last year and can’t wait to get back again. Hope to see many of you there.  Show opens Friday night and runs to Sunday after noon. Tell them the Air Chief sent you.

Ron – Over & Out!

BROTHER BONES RETURNS

  • On 22 Sep | '2017

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, as most of you know by now the attempt at doing a Brother Bones movie failed earlier this year. And as disappointing as that was, it by no means meant the end of the Undead Avengers exploits. Far from it. As time as allowed, the Air Chief has been hard at work on a new collection of Bones stories and am happy to announce one of those, “Then and Now,” will be featured in the new issue of Pulp Adventures # 26. A few years ago they published “The Hideout,” another Brother Bones short and it was an obvious hit with their readers. When we offered them the new tale, they were only to happy to accept.  Note, both “The Hideout” and “Then and Now” will be part of the new, in progress book which we truly hope to have wrapped up by the end of the year. If that happens they you can expect its release early in 2018.  Which us luck and in the meanwhile, go grab a copy of this excellent pulp mag.

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About a month ago, as we do regularly, we put out an ad for artists looking to find talented creators to illustrate our books. It is one of the most challenging parts of our work here at Airship 27 Productions.  As it turned out, three fellows responded to the ad, one of them being our friend Ed Catto.  Ed is one of the three owners of Captain Action Enterprises LLC and we’ve had the good fortune to work with him in the past few years in doing the Captain Action and Lady Action books. He’s a really wonderful person and very easy to work with. So imagine our surprise, and delight, when Ed asked if he could try-out for us.  The Air Chief sent him, and the other recruits, a scene from a new Fred Adams thriller wherein a private eye goes into a seedy hotel and there has a brief discussion with a slimy clerk. Well, of the entries turned in, Ed’s was by far the best of the lot. In fact, it was of such professional quality, both Art Director Rob Davis, and the Air Chief, immediately asked him to sign on and do a book for us.  Happily he has agreed and will soon begin work illustration writer Thomas McNulty’s south seas tale, “The Adventures of Captain Graves.” We couldn’t be more excited. Above is a photo of Ed and the “sample” illustration he turned in to us. It is easy enough to see why we got him signed up fast. Welcome to Airship 27, Ed.

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Finally if all goes as planned our next Airship 27 title should be SHERLOCK HOLMES – CONSULTING DETECTIVE Vol 10 with stories by I.A. Watson, Greg Hatcher & Aaron Smith. Here’s a peek at one of Rob Davis’s wonderful illustration which will appear in that volume.  Fingers crossed it will be coming your way soon. And that’s it for this week, Loyal Airmen, as ever, thanks for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out!

BARRY BASKERVILLE IS BACK!

  • On 15 Sep | '2017

Greetings Loyal Airmen, this week we’re thrilled to announced the return of a super popular character to all our Young Airmen. But hey, let me post the official Press Release beneath the cover.

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THE BOY DETECTIVE RETURNS  -Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to announce the release “Barry Baskerville’s Marvelous Memory,” the fifth in its children’s book series about the young Boy Detective.   In this new tale, Barry, besides his usual games and riddles at school, manages to save his parents from a pair of unscrupulous con artist posing as insurance salesmen. Once again Dr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State College, spins a fun, informative story that young and old will relish while Hawaiian based artist Gary Kato provides the beautifully colored illustrations.  “Barry Baskerville’s Marvelous Memory” shows children how close observations, adequate repetition, and mnemonic techniques can enhance their memorization skills.  The hero of the adventure is a precocious youngster named Barry Baskerville who has dreams of becoming a famous detective just like Sherlock Holmes.  “We have tons of fun with this series,” admits Airship 27 Productions’ Managing Editor Ron Fortier.  “To date we’ve done one book a year and believe the audience for Barry Baskerville is growing in leaps in bounds. This is a perfect series for parents and grandparents wanting to get children hooked on reading.”

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS – PULP FICTION FOR A NEW GENERATION!   Available now in paperback from Amazon and on Kindle. (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946183245/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1505255966&sr=1-2&keywords=Barry+Baskerville%27s+Marvelous+Memory)

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On the comics front, Rob Davis and the Air Chief thought it would be a good idea to do something fun for Halloween this year. So with that in mind, we collected all the stories from the first five issues of RON FORTIER’S TALES OF THE MACABRE, all 20 of them, then added a bonus story to the package. Rob did up a fun new cover (see above) fitting for the holiday and voila the book, all 132 pages is now on sale at Create Space on-line. Below is the link.
(https://www.createspace.com/7564812)  We really think you’ll enjoy it.

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Finally, as the week wraps up, we’re happy to announce the release of our second C.O. JONES adventure, “Skinners” by writer Fred Adams Jr. This one has Jones, a World War II veteran in Los Angeles working as a private eye when he gets called into a blackmailing conspiracy. As ever, with Jones, there’s black magic involved and pretty soon he comes to realize all of Hollywood’s monsters aren’t all up on the big silver screen. Rob Davis provides the cover (see above) and Javier Lugo the black and white interiors. The book is now available at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. As ever, Loyal Airmen, we thank you for your continued support.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

 

 

THE MOVING CONTINUES

  • On 8 Sep | '2017

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, last week we posted a few pictures of our new office being put together. We showed you some very EMPTY shelves being set up. Well here are those same shelves and as you can see they are not empty any longer. And these pictures were taken days ago…so even they aren’t totally accurate in HOW filled up the new office is rapidly becoming.  Oh yeah. We are loving it.

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Speaking of things we love, there’s the Fort Collins Comic Con which happened two weeks ago. Friends and con people are still posting pictures from what was a great weekend, including this new one that just went up to day of the Air Chief holding up a copy of his TALES OF THE MACABRE.  Speaking of that particular series, Redbud Studio is now in the process of putting together all of the first five issues…that’s a total of 20 short tales by the Air Chief and various super talented artists.  Plus we’re adding a 21st that has never appeared in the series before.  This Collection Volume One will sport a new Rob Davis cover and we’re keeping our fingers crossed we can have it out by Halloween.  We’ll keep you posted.

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Meanwhile our friends at Radio Archives are still producing fantastic audio book versions of our Airship 27 titles. Their latest release, which you can find now at (www.audible.com) is the Air Chief’s own CAPTAIN HAZZARD – Custer’s Ghost as read by Stuart Gauffi. We love the job Radio Archives does and hope you’ll check this out.

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Finally, a little while back we told you about reviving our old Alpha Comics character Major Liberty and she finally debut in her own title from Lucky Comics. Well the one-shot Alpha special being assembled editor Bob Cram is still coming along nicely and lots of people have begin doing pin-ups.  One of these is Bob’s younger brother Jeff Cram, who is a graduate of the Kubert School of Illustration. Above is the start of his sketch and we wanted to share it with all of you.  If done by next week, we’ll post the finished illustration as well.

And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen.  Tomorrow Rob and the Air Chief will be recording episode # 31 of the Airship 27 Podcast. If all goes well, we will post the link to it here next week.  Till then, take care,

Ron – Over & Out!

FORT COLLINS COMIC CON 4

  • On 1 Sep | '2017

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Greeting Loyal Airmen, well this past weekend Valerie & the Air Chief had a great time at the fourth annual Fort Collins Comic Con. This is our local show where all the profits from the con go to the local library district in support of a half dozen libraries in the area. We set up our table early Friday afternoon, see pix on left above and then come Sat morning, all the guests had done the same and the doors were opened to the public. Our friend Olivia DeGaine snapped the second picture from the balcony and you can see the Air Chief to the upper left corner and the fellow in the checkered shirt behind us is Olivia’s husband and art partner, Zane.

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Many of our Fort Collins comic colleagues were on hand including Todd Jones to the left, who is one of the staff and does a great deal to make this show a success. Then here’s a better better shot of Zane & Olivia DeGaine.

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Jamie & Jeff Herndon.  Jeff’s one of the premier genre painters in Colorado and his work is stunning. Then we have a shot of high school artist Jon Bonjour and the Air Chief. We’ve known Jon for several years and his talent continues to evolve.

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Finally, here’s a shot of Val and the Air Chief taken the first day of the con, where we got to meet a genuine Hollywood sci-fi star, R2-D2. Never know what you’ll find at cons.

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We are always intrigued by what books sell the most at each show. This time we only sold a very few pulp titles, whereas in the comics on our table, the big sellers were our How To Make A Comic Book which always goes over extremely well with parents who have children wanting to learn how to write and draw comics. And then, to our delight, the graphic novel The Boston Bombers sold extremely well…and as expected, to our female fans. Several mentioned still not being able to find enough comics centered around strong women. We tend to agree and we’re happy to have Bombers here for them.

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On the home front, the carpenter finished building the bookshelves for our new office. Wahoo!!  When we first moved to Colorado from New Hampshire seven years ago, many of the Air Chief’s books, CDs and DVDs were packed away in boxes…which have  yet to be unopened. Now that we have a new house, the carpenter was hired and shortly you will be seeing pictures of these same shelves completely lost from sight under our stuff.  Wahooo!  Our friends at FB started a pool to see how fast they would get filled up. Check back here next Friday, Loyal Airmen.

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And finally, amidst all this activity, we actually managed to release a new Airship 27 Pulp title this past week.  CAPTAIN ACTION 3 – CRY OF THE JUNGLE LORD is our third Captain Action pulp adventure as written by Jim Beard.  Assisting Jim this time around was fellow New Pulp scribe, Barry Reese. And they delivered a knock out tale we know you are going to love. Art Director Rob Davis provided the interior illustrations and the ever amazing Ted Hammond this gorgeous. Look for it at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. And as ever, thanks so much for your support.

Ron – Over & Out!

WE MISSED A WEEK

  • On 25 Aug | '2017

Dear Loyal Airmen, we have to offer you our apologies for no new Flight Log last week. For the first time in over ten years, since we began this weekly blog, we never once missed a weekly Friday morning posting. Sadly that record was broken last week when we were forced off-line by the purchase of a new computer. The old one, bought as a second hand model originally, had been showing serious signs of aging and we felt it was high time to get a new one. So off to Best Buy we went and purchased a faster, better model. At the same time we brought in our PC and told them to transfer all the data from the old to the new.  Now this was on a Wed morning and we honestly thought it wouldn’t take more than 24 hours top to make the data transfer. Ha. Thursday came and went, and then Friday, then Saturday…and finally we got the call on Sunday afternoon that the job was completed. Upon talking with the folks at BB, on picking up the new, ready to go, PC, we were told their trouble had been in pulling the data from the old hard-drive and it was clear to all who worked on the transfer that it was in such bad shape, it was only a matter of weeks before it crashed completed. Wow. So, again, our apologies for the missed Flight Log, but we are so happy to have dodged that bullet. A crash would have severely set us back, considering ALL the stories and artwork we have stored on this to do our Airship 27 titles.  And yes, we do back them up on a portable memory device, but still, a crash wouldn’t have been as easy to get us rolling again as just transferring everything.  Here’s hoping this new PC will last as a long, long time.

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While existing with new computer for almost an entire week, we kept connected to friends and colleagues via our Smart Phone & Kindle Fire. Thus last week saw that our old pal Mort Todd of the Charlton Arrow, had reposted this old but fun illustrations of our Mr. Jigsaw meeting Joe Staton’s E-Man. It originally appeared in an old Alpha Comic from Maine.  Joe did the pencils and Gary Kato the inks. It has always been one of our favorite pieces and we wanted to share it with all of you.

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Back in the  70s after the Air Chief had returned from Vietnam and re-entered civilian life, the paperback market exploded with dozens of pulp-like series. It had all begun with Don Pendleton’s creation of Mack Bolan the Executioner and then Destroyer books. Soon every publishing company out there was publishing these pulp-like actioners. Several dealt with martial arts to include sci-fi’s Piers Anthony Judo Master and Marc Olden’s Black Samurai. Now news comes that the cable channel Starz is developing a weekly Black Samurai show based on those paperback adventures.

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Singer/actor Common has been cast in the lead role. Best know for his work on the cable western series Hell On Wheels, Common was recently seen as an assassin going toe to toe with Keanu Reeves John Wick in John Wick 2. So we saw he has the chops to do the hard core martial arts fighting this role will demand. Personally we’re really excited about this and hope the stories stick to the books. We remember them fondly.

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Also happy to announce the new I.V. FROST anthology from Moonstone Books is now out and available from their on-line shop and we guess Amazon as well. We’ve a story in this collection and hope you’ll check it out.

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And finally it’s time for the third annual Fort Collins Comic Con happening Sat and Sun this weekend at the Atzland Community center here in town. The Air Chief is one of the many guests and it promises to be a great show. If you are in the area, please stop on by and join us.

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

Ron – Over & Out!

OUR FIRST TEACHING GIG

  • On 11 Aug | '2017

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, and welcome to a really special Flight Log. Few of our closest friends and family members know that when the Air Chief graduated from high school, he had some thoughts of becoming a teacher. Alas, Vietnam and our three year stint in the Army sort of knocked that idea of the rails and upon our return to civilian life in 1968, our entire goal was on becoming a profession comic book writer. Little did we know at that time what a wild and amazing ride those dreams would lead us on. And here we are over 50 years after high school, with over six hundred comics written and published, now both a pulp editor & publisher (when not writing them) and we are about to launch our teaching career. Yup, you read that correctly. On Sept. 27th we’ll begin teaching an 8 week course at the Front Range Community College here in Fort Collins CO.

The classes will be on Wed nights between 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM. and the class will run until the 15th of Nov. We will be teaching folks who to write a professional comic script, how to create memorable characters and stories and in the end be able to do a complete Proposal Presentation ready to show perspective editors and publishers. Anyone interested in taking the calls can either go on to FRCC’s on-line site and register there, on they can call the office at 970-204-8686 during normal business hours. The fee will be $149.

To say the Air Chief is excited about this new gig would be a gross understatement. Over the years, we’ve given many, many grade school presentations, adult workshops etc. etc. But now, we’ve finally reached the pinnacle and will be able to share the things we’ve learned…and loved with others. What on earth could be more fun than that? Stay tuned.

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While away at Pulpfest last weekend (hope you all enjoyed those pictures from last week’s Flight Log) we also managed to release our latest pulp title from Airship 27 Productions; TALES FROM THE HANGING MONKEY Vol 2 – It feature four new stories by Don Gates, Bill Craig, J. Walt Layne and Nancy Hansen with Lee Houston Jr. These are all set on the tiny South Sea island of Motugra where a cast of colorful characters all hang out. Interiors on this one are by pro artist Mike Harris and the cover above by our own Rob Davis. The book is now available at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. We hope you’ll check it out.

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And at the start of this new week we put out as yet another title, JIM ANTHONY – SUPER DETECTIVE VS MASTERMIND. It is our fifth Jim Anthony book and is a part novel by writer Adam Mudman Bezecny. Each of the first three stories pits the Super Detective against a different challenge until he deduces all of them were the work of one criminal genius, Mastermind. Jim finally hunts them down in the final story for an all out action adventure climax.  Artist Richard Jun provides the black and white interior illustrations and Adam Shaw that gorgeous cover above. As ever, the book is available at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. It’s tons of fun and proof once again that no one at Hangar 27 ever gets any sleep these days.  Ha.

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Many years ago, the Air Chief wrote a short story plus a bunch of comic strip adventures featuring a classic pulp hero named I.V. Frost. All of these were done for Moonstone Books and pal Joe Gentile. Ultimately, when the release of their pulp titles hit some roadblocks, we took two of the comic strips and published themselves via Rob Davis’ Redbud Studio.  Now, all these years later, the actual prose anthology has been published and is available for sale at the Moonstone website. Here’s the link (http://moonstonebooks.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=1191) Note this is a paperback. Should Moonstone later offer a special hardback edition, which is their plan, then it will feature that last, never before published comic strip we wrote. It was illustrated by artist Jake Minor. Meanwhile among the other writers in the anthology itself you’ll find Gene Moyers, Frank Schildiner and a host of other top notch New Pulp scribes. Will be so happy to have this up on our own library shelves.

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And finally, the Air Chief is very thrilled to announce the release of Lucky Comics’ MAJOR LIBERTY # 1, a character we created long, long ago for a small Maine outfit called Alpha Productions. Sadly that company folded before the character could be published. Now, all these many years later, pencil artist Kevin Wiggins dug up all 16 pages of her first story and send them along to Lucky Comics where inker Jimmy Hachey did a bang up job inking them. Then Lucky’s own Managing Editor John Helmer lettered the project from our re-written script.  Issue one is the first 8 pgs of her origin tale and will wrap up in issue # 2. Only proving why we never – ever throw away our old scripts.

Finally, we end on a bit of a sad note. The Brother Bones Movie Kickstarter Campaign failed, coming nowheres near reaching its goal. So there will be no movie from Franklin – Husser Entertainment LLC. But that doesn’t mean there aren ‘t lots more Brother Bones The Undead Avenger tales coming your way. In fact the Air Chief is almost 60% finished the next story collection will be sub-titled CITY OF LOST SOULS. So stay tuned. And who knows, maybe one day another movie outfit will come along and get the ball rolling again.

All for now, see you back here next week.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

PULPFEST 2017

  • On 1 Aug | '2017

Greeting Loyal Airmen. Last weekend the Air Chief and his Chief Engineer packed up the old Airship 27 and flew off to Pittsburgh, PA for this year’s Pulpfest. As we promised all you Loyal Airmen, we actually did take LOTS of pictures, as did many of our colleagues and now we’re only too happy to share 30 of them with you on this rather special Flight Log. So sit back and enjoy.

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As ever, once we reached the convention hotel, we carefully unpacked all our boxes of books and proceeded to the main hall where Rob began setting up our two tables. As usual, that means it is time for the Air Chief to get out of his way. You would be amazed at just how efficiently he’s gotten in getting everything up in record time.

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Took this shot from across the room, as you can see our two 8 foot tall Airship 27 banners rising up two either side…make it impossible for any con goers to miss us at the show.

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And here we are all set up and ready to rock and roll.  Honestly, Rob and the Air Chief do love doing these shows. They are so much fun.

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And we couldn’t have been any happier to learn that our Con Neighbor (the vendors set up to our right side) were none other than our two pals, Jim Beard & John Bruening with their still new publishing outfit Flinch Books. Really, if you’ve not seen their books, Google that name. They are doing really good pulp titles and it was a blast sharing the weekend with them.

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At one point we took a walk through the hall to get some pictures of just a little of the original artwork from the pulps that we find at these shows. Honestly both in illustrations and cover paintings, these are some of the most beautiful art pieces ever produced in this country. Gorgeous art was the hallmark of the classic pulps.

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You can also find some really beautiful facsimile reprints like those in the rack to the left above produced by John Gunnison and his High Adventure Press. Then as ever we find new and fun things popping up like the folks from Monster Bash, who had all manner of horror DVDs, tee-shirts and toys. Fun stuff for sure.

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And yet more gorgeous original paintings above left. But of course the real treat of going to these pulp shows is to hook up with our friends and colleagues like the ever affable writer/editor/publisher Win Scott Eckert of Meteor House seen above autographing lots of copies of his newest book. Meteor House has been doing a stellar job of keeping alive the works of the late sci-i author, Philip Jose Farmer.

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After having been correspondence buddies for many years, it was a real thrill to finally meet award winning artist Mark Wheatley, here we are above clowning around. Mark was recently voted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame and it was richly deserved.

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Other first timers at the show were teacher/writer Micah Harris above holding the Ravenwood novel he wrote for Airship 27 several years ago. Then we had the pure joy of meeting Brenda & Wayne Carey.  Wayne is another writer to Airship 27 and we’ll soon be publishing his amazing Alan Quatermain novel. He’s a little shy, whereas Brenda was really outgoing and fit right in with our wacky crew.

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And yet more great New Pulp writers with John Simcoe and our own dear Deborah Brown. John bought a copy of Deb’s book and had her sign it for him.

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And here’s the Air Chief and writer Fred Adams Jr. really hamming it up with the official poster for this year’s con. Fred was instrumental in organizing two book store signings in the Pittsburgh area during the weekend to help drum up support for the con and let the local citizens know it was in fact in town. He’s such a great writer.

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Two new faces at the show this year were horror writer Joab Styieglitz (to the left) and his pal Mike. Rob and the Air Chief spent an hour with them one night in the courtesy room talking old movies and TV. We hope to have Joab do some work for Airship 27 in the future. He was also kind enough to leave us with one of his novels before leaving.

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Chet Reams is gracious, likeable young fan we’ve been Facebook pals with for a while now and it was great to finally meet him in person. His personal treasure during the weekend was getting Bela Lugosi’s horror flick WHITE ZOMBIE on Blu-Ray.

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The Air Chief, Wayne Carey & Deborah Brown, who somehow managed to get another fellow writer to buy one of her books. Go Deb!!

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The Air Chief with writer/martial arts expert Frank Schildiner, who has written lots of things for Airship 27 and has a new Secret Agent X tale in the works.

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On the second day of the show three of pals stopped by to check out what was new on the Airship 27 tables. Left to right you have Jay Sweet, Mark Halegua and Steven Hager. Jay is one of our proof readers and Mark a diehard Yankees fan from New York who never misses a chance to dis our beloved Red Sox.

TWENTY-THREE

Now if you think the Air Chief simply sits around and has fun at these shows, you’d be only partly correct. You see, all of us love to pitch in and help with the programs. On Thursday night, we did a ten minute reading from our Domino Lady story, “Claws of the Cat,” that appeared in an anthology from Moonstone Books. William Lampkin snapped this pix of the Air Chief setting up his audience for the scene he was about to read.

TWENTY-FIVE

On Saturday afternoon, as he has done since the con began, the Air Chief moderated the New Pulp Panel. This year’s five panelist from left to right were Michael Maynard, Charles Millhouse, Fred Adams Jr, John Bruening and Wayne Carey. The gentlemen to the front on the right is our dear friend Dr. Art Sippo and of course that’s the Air Chief on the left getting his writers ready to start the show. We had, as ever a nice audience who truly appreciated the panel.

TWENTY-SIX

At 18, Michael Maynard is the youngest writer we’ve ever had on a New Pulp Panel. His father is veteran writer William Maynard, and he was in the audience and naturally very, very proud of his son.

TWENTY-SEVEN

Writer Charles Millhouse lives near Columbus and all the years he was writing his Captain Hawkins adventures, he never knew there was a pulp convention nearby. So the year we move to Pittsburgh, he finally discovers Pulpfest. It was a joy to have him join us at last and be a part of this panel.

TWENTY-EIGHT

This was also Wayne Carey’s first panel and he was a great addition to the cast.

TWENTY-NINE

After the panel, a fan in the audience came up to get Charles’ autograph. Another fun part of these conventions, meeting our fans.

TWENTY-FOURTWENTY

Final pictures in our album, the Air Chief introducing the New Pulp Panel and he and Wayne Care standing before the Auction Banner in the lobby.

THIRTY

As ever the show came and went too fast. But like previous years, we’ve so many new wonderful memories.  And we did miss those of our pulp family were unable to attend this year. We hope this little report and these pictures inspire many of you Loyal Airmen to one day come and join us. You’ll be truly glad you did.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

 

 

WE’RE IN PITTSBURGH

  • On 28 Jul | '2017

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, as you are reading this week’s Flight Log, the Air Chief is enjoying this year’s Pulpfest in Pittsburgh, PA along with partner, Chief Engineer Rob Davis. But that certainly doesn’t mean we’ve slacked off on getting out new and exciting pulp titles.

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Our latest release is THE EYE OF QUANG CHI by the prolific Fred Adams, Jr. It is the first in a mystery series starring the co-joined Chinese-American Smith brothers in San Francisco at the turn of the century. And believe us, it is easily one of the most unique and original mysteries you’ll ever have the fun of reading. The art and cover were all handled by the super talented of Morgan Fitzsimons from England. She is a treasure and we certainly hope to have her do lots more for Airship 27 Productions in the future. As ever the book is now available at Amazon on paperback and on Kindle. As ever, thanks for your continued support.

silver5_finalFinally before heading out, we thought we’d share a sneak peek illustrations with all you Loyal Airmen. The above illustration is by Chris Kohler, winner of last year’s Pulp Factory Award for Best Interior Illustrations and it is for a new weird western novel by writer Greg Hatcher called, THE SILVER RIDERS. We hope to have this out in a month or so. Enjoy.

And that wraps up this week’s log entry. Hopefully next week we’ll have lots of pictures from Pulpfest 2017 to share with all you Loyal Airmen. As ever, thanks for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out!