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MORE BONES ARTWORK

  • On 14 Jul | '2017

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we’ve been getting in lots of very cool Brother Bones artwork from many of our artists pals to help promote the in-production movie.

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One such amazing piece was penciled and inked by Barry McClain Jr. and when he was finished with it, he sent it off to Warren Montgomery who added some fantastic colors to the piece.  And here it is completed. We love it and think it’s one of the best Brother Bones drawing ever produced. Thanks, guys.

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We also thought it would be a good time to remind you that the Air Chief and his partner, Chief Engineer Rob Davis are still doing a monthly Airship 27 Podcast and this week Episode # 29 went live in which we talked about new releases from the company plus all our plans for the up and coming Pulp Fest convention being held this year in Pittsburgh, PA from July 27th to 29th. You can listen to the hour long show by going to this link.  (http://comicspodcasts.com/2017/07/13/airship-27-podcast-29-faces-of-fear/)  The show is also posted to you You Tube as well, simply write Airship 27 Podcast and the entire list of previous shows ill pop up. We have fun doing these and hope our Loyal Airmen enjoy listening in.

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And finally, the issue of BEETLE GIRL we wrote for Lucky Comics is now available digitally from their site on-line.  Again script by the Air Chief and art by Stan Holder. We hope you’ll check it out.  And that’s it for this week, Loyal Airmen, as ever, thanks for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out!

ACTOR DONS MASK

  • On 7 Jul | '2017

Greeting Loyal Airmen. Well things are heating up in Seattle as producers Erik Franklin and Daniel Husser assembled a majority of the cast for the Brother Bones movie last Friday for a reading of the script.

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We’re told that no sooner had they sat down then a fire alarm went off in the building causing the obvious confusion one would expect. As it turned out to be a false alarm, the group returned to the room and continued with their reading. According to both Erik and Daniel it went of fabulously as they truly have a group of super talented artists.

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Speaking of such, leading this stellar group is actor David Stoker who will play the Bonello twins and then Brother Bones. Prior to the cast get together, David joined the producers to shoot a special movie teaser in which Brother Bones find his skull mask and dons it for the very first time. Above is a still from that little video that will be posted on the Kickstarter page and throughout the internet once completed. When seeing this image, the Air Chief was simply bowled over. With worries that our character might not translate well to the medium of film, it was a truly gratifying feeling to see this truly frightening image…even with the gruesome skull mask, the energy in David’s eyes is clearly visible. Honestly, Loyal Airmen, with this kind of effort from the team, how can this project possibly fail?

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Earlier in the year, as most of you Loyal Airmen know, the Air Chief met and hooked up with independent publisher John Helmer of Lucky Comics. The end result being asked to write a short 8 pg Beetle Girl story for him.  We did so, submitted the script and waited to see who would be recruited to illustrate it. In the meantime, we began our Brother Bones Free Comic Book Day promotion and Lucky ended up putting out a very special 8 pg Bones comic retelling his origin. While that was happening, John landed artist Stanley Holder to draw our Beetle Girl tale and he did a truly amazing job with both the interior pages and the stunning cover above. The book was released this week and you can find it by Googling Lucky Comics. It was much fun to do, has Beetle Girl battling a new villain, Madame Silk…and yes, John is already wanting a sequel. We’ll see if we can squeeze it into an already overly full schedule. Ha.

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As some of you will recall, last month Moonstone Books released the pulp novella we had written, “Faces of Fear” with illustrations by Rob Davis. It teams up the Black Bat with the Purple Scar. Well we got our copies in the mail the other, but softcover, with a cover by Dennis Calero and the hardcovers with a cover by Rob. Both books can be purchased on Moonstone’s store website. Check it out, we think you’ll enjoy it.

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And finally this week, several more of our artists plans have done their own versions of Brother Bones The Undead Avenger to share with all of us. Above to the left is one by Barry McClain Jr. and the other to the right by Rhian Engel. We loved them both and note, Barry’s will be getting colored by another pal, Warren Montgomery. Soon as it is finished, we’ll be sure to put it up here again. All of this is to continue promoting the Brother Bones Movie Kickstarter campaign which only has a month left to go….and is far from being anywhere near successful. Will be a real tragedy if by the end of the month, the producers pull the plug on the the entire project. But without funding, there really is nothing else they can do. We’ll keep you posted.

Ron – Over & Out!

RICK RUBY RETURNS

  • On 30 Jun | '2017

Greetings Loyal Airmen, here we are fully into the summer season and Airship 27 has just released a new anthology featuring Private Eye Rick Ruby.

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Several years ago writers Bobby Nash and Sean Taylor created a new tough guy character Rick Ruby and brought him to Airship 27 Productions. They each wrote a story and then recruited two more, one from Andrew Salmon and the other by William Maynard. Rob Moran provided the interior illustrations and Mark Wheatley that stunning cover above. We released the book and our mystery fans loved. Then we set about putting together a second volume….which, as we stated above….took a little longer to assemble than we had hoped. But this past week finally saw the release of that second collection.

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The Ruby Files Vol Two is now officially out and available on Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. This second entry features two new stories by Bobby and Sean, who this time are joined by Alan J. Porter and Ye Old Air Chief himself. That’s right, we liked this character so much, we sat down and wrote our own Rick Ruby story which was tons of fun to do. Doing the interior illos in this book was the amazing Nik Powliko and we thrilled that Mark Wheatley came back to do this second cover. Honestly, the four stories in this new book are top notch crime tales pitting Ruby against some slick baddies. We hope you’ll take a look and give it a try. Now to start thinking of a volume three.  Ha.

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On other fronts, many of you Loyal Airmen have been asking where the Brother Bones role-playing-game,  “Ron Fortier’s CAPE NOIRE” is? It was schedule to be out months and months ago. For the answer to that, here is the new Update that was posted on the game’s Kickstarter page a few days ago.

“Thank you all for your continuing support! We have come through all manuscript edits and are at the layout stage. Once this process is complete, we will order a proof and, once it is approved we will order the extended fulfillment.

We could not be happier with this product. The juice has definitely been worth  the squeeze. It took a great deal of work from many people to capture the characters of Ron Fortier’s fiction in our RPG. The product was much bigger than we originally anticipated, not just in page count (close to 400), but also in the wide scope of Ron Fortier’s imagination.

Unfortunately, I suffered a concussion and the long term complications of the condition were really bad migraines when I worked for too long at a shot on the computer. The condition is now under control. It was not my intention to alarm anyone. I was not certain if I was going to share this at first, but I feel that you all deserve to know anything that affects the production of this product. It was you that made this product possible and you whose opinion matters most to me.”

Thank you all,
T. Glenn Bane
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The Air Chief was not aware of Glenn’s medical mishap and upon seeing this contacted him via Facebook to wish him well and a hasty return to complete good health. Glenn is a great guy and it truly sounds like this game is going to something pretty amazing for all of us.

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Finally, the producers of the Brother Bones movie have taped a short two minute interview with actor David Stoker who you see above. David will be playing three crucial parts in the film, first both Bonello twins, Jack & Tommy, then ultimately our hero, Brother Bones. He’s a gifted actor who brings much to the project. You can find his video interview on our Kickstarter page. Simply find Kickstarter via your search engine, then write in the words Brother Bones and that will bring you to the page to view this and the previous interviews, including one by the Air Chief. As of now the campaign is moving at a snail’s pace we really need all your help in making it successful. So once you’ve found our Kickstarter page, please, spread the URL all over the internet, twitter, whatever to reach as many people as we can. Without that, this may not happen. Something the Air Chief doesn’t want to think about.

And there you have it for another week, Loyal Airmen, as ever, thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you back here in seven.

Ron – Over & Out!

ROLLING ALONG!

  • On 23 Jun | '2017

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Greetings Loyal Airmen, last week we happily displayed some new Brother Bones sketches done by fans over on Facebook to help promote our Kickstarter Campaign to help fund the movie.  Well our old pal, model maker Jase Marshall of Marshall Collectibles has been busy as well with putting together a brand new Brother Bones figure that will be the definitive movie version. Above is some preliminary work.

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For those fans who donate at the top $800 tier level on the campaign, they will be receiving one of these limited edition movie version figures of the Undead Avenger and to assure that, they will also get this certificate of authenticity stating that after the campaign is over, Jase will never again do a movie edition of figure of Brother Bones. Ergo, those who the own will have a very real treasure from the film.

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As you’ll also recall we recently showed people the actors who will be appearing in the movie and the roles they would take on using character sketches done up by Airship 27 Productions’ own art director Rob Davis. Thus above, we have actress Paige Henderson who will be playing crime reporter Sally Paige. We also talked about the coincidence dealing with the name. Well, after some thought, we had a neat idea and approached Canadian artist Ted Hammond, showed him the images about and asked if he might draw Ms. Henderson as Sally. He was only to happy to comply.

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And here is that sketch. Ted cut Paige’s hair, and dressed her in the appropriate costume…and voila. We sent copies to Ms. Henderson and the producers. This is just a little tease on how she will eventually appear in the film.

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Speaking of the producers, last Sunday, Father’s Day, the Air Chief, along with writer-director-producer Erik Franklin (above) were both guest on Dr. Art Sippo’s fun podcast show, Art’s Review where we spent a full hour and a half talking about the movie and the Kickstarter Campaign. It was tons of fun and Erik and the Air Chief are starting to line up more such podcast appearances. The Kickstarter Campaing is rolling along and we need to keep that going.

And on more good news for these talented movie producers, their very first feature film, the sci-fi REVENGE OF THE LOST, has been picked up for sale and rent on Amazon Prime. (https://www.amazon.com/Revenge-Lost-Ivey-Bronwen/dp/B072MSTXDB/)  Hope you’ll support their efforts. The success of this first film could have lots of positive affects on the Brother Bones project.

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And finally we’re going to leave you with two really super cool visuals. Actor David Stoker is so excited about playing the twin Bonello brothers and then later Brother Bones, he and his own brother, a photographer, did up the composite image above, showing him as the deadly twin assassins. He posted it in a message to the Air Chief about a week ago.

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We were so taken with it, we thought it might be fun to get Rob Davis on board to do a drawing giving David the needed look, i.e. hair and clean shaven face, plus the proper 30s attire to make it all gel according to the description of Jack and Tommy in that first origin story. He turned in this absolutely great piece and there you have actor David Stoker as the Bone Brothers. Now how cool is that? In the end, we hope all you Loyal Airmen will continue to spread the word about our Kickstarter campaign. The more people we can reach, the better our chances of making our goal and funded the movie.

That’s it for another week, as ever, thanks for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out!

 

PROMOTION CONTINUES

  • On 16 Jun | '2017

Greetings Loyal Airmen, we’ll we’re coming up on two weeks since the producers of the Brother Bones the Undead Avenger launched their Kickstarter Campaign to raise the fund to make the production possible. If you’ve been visiting it on a regular basis (you have, right?) then you’ll see we’ve only made a little progress. Nowhere as much as we need for this to be successful. In lieu of this ongoing appeal, several of the Air Chief’s artist friends have begun doing their own sketches of the Brother Bones for us to use int he promotion campaign.

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The first to do so with the sweet image above was our friend Andrew Law who hails from Australia.  What a wonderful drawing.

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The very next day Mike W. Belcher sent in the beauty above. We’ve seen lots of Mike’s work on Facebook in the past and love his straight up cartoony styling. This is an awesome piece.

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Next our old buddy from the Black Bat comics, Michael Dorman sent this one with Bones leaping into gun-blazing action.  Again, another winner. Honestly hope we see lots more of these. They help pump us all up that are part of this process.

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This creepy Brother Bones is from the fertile imagination of artist Geoff Mosse.

Not much more to add this week, Loyal Airmen. Save we are indeed writing brand new Brother Bones stories for a hopefully new collection to have out by year’s end. Till next week, thanks for dropping by.

Ron – Over & Out!

LET’S PROMOTE OUR CAST!!

  • On 9 Jun | '2017

Greeting Loyal Airmen, we’ve some exciting news for you this week. And all of it in some way deals with promoting, a subject the Air Chief learned a great deal of while earning our degree in Business Management.

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As much as having a talent for writing or editing is vital, those elements focus on the creative aspects of our endeavors. Whereas there is also a practical side, a business approach to one’s career whether it be as a writer or artist. This past Sunday we were only delighted to be a guest once again on Richard Keller’s radio program about local authors over on station KRFC here in Fort Collins. That’s the Air Chief above wax poetically about new projects while fellow guest, author Joe Siple looks on. It was a fun hour and we’re told the show is syndicated across the web to over 50,000 listeners. So if even one tenth of that audience now goes out and buys just one of our books, we’ll be very, very happy indeed.

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Last week we mentioned the fact that the producers of the Brother Bones movie had cast all the major roles. Above is actor Paige Henderson who will be playing Cape Noire crime reporter, Sally Paige. That the name Paige pops up like this was pretty much serendipity to all of us. Paige is truly an amazing talent and very eager to take on the role.

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Happily Paige is joining a truly stellar cast, and director Erik Franklin just composited two collages with the entire speaking cast. There is half of them above, to include Paige and David Stoker, who will be both the Bonello Brothers and Brother Bones.

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And there’s the second half with such amazing actors who will be bringing the Air Chief’s characters to life. Sometimes we need to pinch ourselves.

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And if all that wasn’t enough, we met earlier in the week with artist pal Jeff Herndon to discuss his painting the Brother Bones movie. Jeff is excited as he’s never been commissioned to do an old fashion movie poster and is as enthusiastic about this project as the Air Chief.

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As if all that wasn’t enough, producers Erik Franklin & Daniel Husser launched the Kickstarter Campaign to fund the movie. They are looking to get $100,000. Oh yeah, not a small sum by any means, Loyal Airmen, and we’ve only got two months to raise it in. Thing is, in today’s movie making game, it really isn’t a lot when one considers the price of everything, from actors to costuming and a classical music score. None of these items is cheap. If you would like to help us, the Air Chief is posting the link to that Kickstarter Paige and up front, anything you can do to help us achieve this dream will be appreciated beyond mere words.

(https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/333395674/brother-bones-the-undead-avenger)

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And less you think everything we are doing is about Brother Bones, trust us, we are still involved with all our other projects, both pulps and comics. To that effect, the new issue of Mr. Jigsaw Man of a Thousand Parts was just published this week. It features two stories by the Air Chief and Gary Kato and sports a neat cover by artist Darren Goodhard and colors by Mort Todd. We love it and hope you will as well. Copies can be had as ever from (www.Indyplanet.com).  And there you have it for another Flight Log, Loyal Airmen, a rather packed one for sure.  And honestly we don’t see things slowing down for a while.  Thanks for stopping by.

Ron – Over & Out!

BROTHER BONES AUDITIONS

  • On 2 Jun | '2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ron – Over & Out!

 

THE GHOSTS OF VIETNAM

  • On 26 May | '2017

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

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

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

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

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

Ron – Over & Out!

CHEYENNE WAS A BLAST

  • On 19 May | '2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ron – Over & Out!

OFF TO CHEYENNE

  • On 12 May | '2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ron – Over & Out!!