• On 20 Oct | '2023

Greetings Loyal Airmen, well Val and the Air Chief has a great time during our trip back home east to visit friends and family and believe you are going to see quite a few pictures we took while there. We love our family and hate being half a country away from them. That’s why these annual trips are so important to them and us always.


Upper left is Air Chief with sons Scott (to my right) and Kevin (to my left). Then a shot of the shore of Wells Beach Maine were we stayed during our trip. Had lots of awesome seafood while there.


Our daughter Michelle with Val and Val and the Air Chief with beach in background.


A covered bridge in Saco, Maine.


Michelle and husband Chris on Bridge. All of us with New Hampshire’s Mount Chocorua in the back.


Val use to go hiking up Chocorua as a teenager. Air Chief and Michelle, it was a cool day up north.


Final pix with our grand-daughters, left to right, Kristi, Air Chief, Val & Chelsea. Finally on our last day in New Hampshire, we had lunch with Valerie’s sister Sandy and her husband Andy. They were kind enough to have us as house guest our first night there. In all we had a great time and it came and went way too fast. We so love our family.



So happy to announce the release of our new volume in the SHERLOCK HOLMES – Consulting Detective series. This one features stories by I.A. Watson, Ray Lovato & Jonathan Casey. Art Director Rob Davis provided the interior illustrations and artist Howard Simpson painted the beautiful cover above. It is now available at Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle. As always, Loyal Airmen, thanks so much for your continued support.


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Sister Blood is a character we created for my Brother Bones series several years ago. When writer/editor Adam Messer, invited us to write a vampire story for his newest anthology, it was the perfect opportunity for us to pen a new Sister Blood tale and open another chapter in the Brother Bones saga. Now it’s out and we need our help in making this amazing collection a reality. Please support us and do share this posting with all your internet contacts. Thanks for your continued support.




And while the Air Chief was on vacation, artist Andrea Bormida whipped up several more pencils pages from BEYOND THE STARS # 3. At this rate, he is not far from completing it.

And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen. As always thanks for stopping by and checking out what’s up at Hangar 27. Until next Friday, be well and God bless.

Ron – Over & Out!!

Greetings Loyal Airmen, as you read this, Valerie and the Air Chief are winding down our last few days in Maine on vacation. We’ll be home next Tuesday 17th. Meanwhile, today, Oct 13th, the new vampire book we are a part of has officially launched its Kickstarter program.


Above is the finalized cover by Jeffrey Hayes. We think it’s a knock-out. And we’re reposting the other ad to allow you to better see the names of all the writers who have contributed. The book is being published by Adam Messer’s Valhalla Press and was edited by Winfield Strock III. The list of writers participating is stellar and we are thrilled to be a part of this project. Below is the link to the Kickstarter page. Simply just copy and past it to your search engine. The hope is to have the finished book out next Spring; with your help and support of course.


So there you have it Loyal Airmen. Take care and thanks, we’ll be back next week with the usual shenanigans.

Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 6 Oct | '2023

Greetings Loyal Airmen, and welcome to October, better known around here as Halloween time.


As most of you Loyal Airmen know, the Air Chief has had a fascination with vampire stories ever since seeing those old Universal Dracula movies. To the point of writing the graphic novel, “Daughter of Dracula” which was beautiful rendered by my pal, artist Rob Davis. Then later, when writing the on-going Brother Bones series, we decided to add a sexy vampire to the supporting cast and thus Sister Blood was born.


Earlier this year, our pal, fellow writer/editor Adam Messer, invited us to contribute to his new vampire anthology book. “The Blood Runs Deep” and we were happy to sign on. Initially we had a difficult time coming up with a new twist on the theme until we remembered Sister Blood. A quick message to Adam asking if we could do a Sister Blood tale for the collection and he happily agreed. Now the book is nearly assembled (see official add above) and on Oct 13th. (Yes, it is a Friday the 13th) the Kickstarter will launch and we will debut the gorgeous cover by Jeffrey Hayes. Stay tuned, Loyal Airmen, this is going to be wild. IMPORTANT NOTE – do check out the Flight Log next week to see the official cover to this book. It’s stunning.



Last year Sherif & Randa Hassan, a married couple from France, visited Fort Collins. Randa’s mother lives here and they traveled here to see her. At the same time, Sherif is a comic book writer/artist and wanted to meet local comic fans, so someone at our local comic shop gave them our e-mail and they contacted me. Two days later, myself, James Gaubatz and Todd Jones met them at the comic shop and we had a great time. Now, a year later, and Randa has come back this time alone because Sherif is back in France not only because of his day job but he is also putting the finishing the touches on their first ever book, “Rock ‘N Roll Bedtime Stories.” This afternoon she met with the Air Chief and James (photo above) (Todd was unavailable) and showed us a black and white mock up of that book. It is simply fantastic, beautiful, everything a book like this should be. It seems Sherif’s second love after comics is rock and roll and he merges his two loves in this amazing project. Once completed, they hope to crowdfund at the link below. ( Note the book is in English and truly worth your support Loyal Airmen. Thanks ever.



The Air Chief is thrilled to announce, for the third week in a row we have a new title release from Airship 27 Production.  “The Return of the Crimson Howl” is a dark superhero novel by first time writers Paul Landi & Jason Clark. Sam Salas provides the interior illustrations and Ted Hammond the cover. Despite the brightly colored image, this one we would suggest for adults only. It is grim. Thus making it another release appropriate for October and Halloween. As always, it is currently available at Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. Thanks always for your support, Loyal Airmen.



Last week we showed off artist Andrea Bormida’s new pages for issue # 3 of “Beyond the Stars.” Now we get to see them in full color. Oh yeah.



Next week Valerie and the Air Chief are flying back to New England for our annual Fall visit with friends and family. And in the previous two years, we’ll be staying at a motel in Wells Beach, along the beautiful coast of Maine. It is one of our favorite places and we’ll get to see a lot of family, friends. The head of that list being our daughter Michelle and her family and our boys Scott & Kevin will be driving up from Conn. and Massachusetts to join us as well.  Anyways, the Air Chief won’t be sending out notices for next Friday’s Flight Log, but IT WILL POST…as we are scheduling a post to show off the cover to the new vampire anthology we’re a part of. So we hope you’ll check it out.

And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen. As ever thanks for stopping. We’ll be back in Colorado on the 17th and back to writing pulps and comics. Take care,

Ron – Over & Out!!


  • On 29 Sep | '2023

Greetings Loyal Airmen, well we’ve another great Airship 27 anthology to show off this week. But before we do that, here’s a final pix from last week’s beautiful wedding of our granddaughter, Cora and her now husband Calvin.


Believe us when we say hundreds of photos and videos were taking during that truly wonderful day. But the Air Chief had to share the one above upon seeing it. The latest member of our family, Boomer, was not excluded from the festivities and was with us all day long. In the reception hall he became a huge star with all the little children there, never mind lots of the adults as well. He was so loving and well behaved we are extremely proud of him. And this shot of him with Cora and Calvin is precious. Again, we had to share it with you.



With the release of last week’s “The Challenger Chronicles Vol 1″ and now we have “Mars McCoy – Space Ranger Vol 3″ out as well, it seems the log jam has finally broken at Airship 27. Fingers crossed you’ll be seeing two more very shortly. Meanwhile this great collection featuring our space opera hero Mars McCoy features five fantastic stories. One each from writers Russ Anderson, Robert J. Mendenhall, Wayne Carey and two by John Bear Ross. Artist Daniele Danbrenus Spezzani provides the black and white interior illustrations (ala above right) and Michael Youngblood the gorgeous color cover (above left). If you’re a fan of Star Wars, Star Trek, Flash Gordon etc. we think you’ll really enjoy the adventures of Mars McCoy.  Again available at Amazon in paperback and soon on Kindle. As ever Loyal Airmen, thanks for your support.



The biggest challenge to both writers and artists of comics, are the “talking-head” scenes. Obviously we’d all like every page of a comic to be filled with tons of visual action. But alas, in telling a “complete” story, there are required scenes to carry the narrative along. What we called “spear carriers” during a play. Our blessing is working with gifted artist like Rob Davis who are skillful enough to make even a “talking-head” scene look both dramatic and beautiful. Thanks, pal.



After a brief hiatus working on other comic projects, artist Andrea Bormida is back doing roughs for Pages 13 & 14 of our BEYOND THE STARS # 3 for Silverline Press. Keep in mind, each issue of this six part mini-series is 22 pages long. Meaning after he finishes these two, he only has 8 page to go before wrapping it up and reaching the half-way mark in our saga. Stay tuned. Lots more great sci-fi action is coming your way.

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

Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 22 Sep | '2023

Greetings Loyal Airmen, this week’s Flight Log is a truly special one for the Air Chief. You see, just a few days ago, as you read this, our granddaughter, Cora, married her best friend, Calvin Hyland in a beautiful ceremony at a local vineyard.


Cora and Calvin met in high school and began their love story as simply good friends. Then as time went by, that genuine friendship evolved into something more; something truly precious. And so love grew and this Wednesday, they tied the knot pledging their loyalty and devotion to one another forever.


Members of Valerie’s family flew in at the start of the week and Tuesday night, after rehearsals were finished, we took them to a local restaurant for dinner. Going around the table, left to right, we have Adeline, Desiree, Ronnie, Barbara, Cora (bride), Kailen, Rory, the Air Chief, Val, Calvin (groom) Gus, Annette and Chris. To say all of us had a fun time would be totally obvious. Everyone was thrilled and excited that night, knowing the following Wed afternoon would be a day we’d all remember.


And so the BIG DAY arrived Wed afternoon and Cora Horne became Mrs. Calvin Hyland. Calvin is a member of the National Guard and looked handsome in his uniform while Cora was a dazzling bride. In the photo about, in the foreground are her parents, Nicole & Alan Horne, and way in right background in the blue shirt with white hair, is Roger Bagiga, Nicole’s dad. Oh, the smiling dude in the black robe in the left is one happy Air Chief who had the singular honor of officiating. It was a day all of us will remember forever. Thank you Lord Jesus. Amen.



And while the Air Chief was busy with family fun, Airship 27 Art Director was busy getting our latest title ready for release. THE CHALLENGER CHRONICLES is our first in a new anthology series featuring the adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle’s “other” famous hero, Prof. George Challenger, first appearing in Doyle’s classic “The Lost World.” In this new collection, writers Gordon Dymowski, Barbara Doran, Michale Panush and Samantha Lienhart send the good professor on a quartet of fast paced pulp adventures. Artist Clayton Hinkle turned in all interior illustrations along with this exciting color cover. We hope you Loyal Airmen will give it a look. Available now at Amazon in paperback and shortly on Kindle. As ever, thanks for your continued support.

And there you have it for this wild and crazy week, Loyal Airmen. As ever, thanks so much for stopping by. Take care and stay well.

Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 15 Sep | '2023

Greetings Loyal Airmen. As most of you dog owners already know, puppies grow super fast and such as been the case with our golden lab, Boomer.


As you can see from the photo above, he’s getting to be a big boy. And of course as you’d imagined, he’s really spoiled around here. Ha.



Much to my surprise and delight, artist Jesse Thomas sent me the roughs to the last 13 pages of The Crimson Nun #1. The Air Chief has looked at all of these closely and they are simply fantastic, totally the scenes as we envisioned while writing the script. Hang in there Loyal Airmen and fans of Antarctic Press we’ve got a winner coming your way.



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As most of you Loyal Airmen are already aware, Bass Reeves was the greatest lawman ever to operate out of the west during the post-Civil War era. He captured over 3,000 outlaws in a 30 yr career, was never wounded once, and survived several major gunfights. All of this took place in the badlands of what we now call Oklahoma. In a few months Bass’s story is coming to television in the form of a an 8 week series created and written by Taylor Sheridan, the fellow behind the popular series Yellowstone. So we thought to get you Loyal Airmen ready for looks to be a terrific western saga, we’d remind you that Airship 27 has been one of the biggest Bass Reeves boosters for over a decade and already in our catalog,we have five “Bass Reeves – Frontier Marshal” anthologies all still available at Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. And oh yeah, we are currently assembling Vol 6. Giddy up, cowboys..and cowgirls! Oh, and for the record, Bass Reeves was never the inspiration for the Lone Ranger. That was a lie put forth by a biographer of Reeves to sell more copies of his book.



Whereas we really didn’t have all that much new stuff to report on this week, we thought it might be fun to share with you Loyal Airmen to of the original covers for Volume One when printed by the late Caliber Press. Art by my Green Hornet pal Jeff Butler. As for Vol Two now in production, Rob Davis is drawing issue # 2 and the Air Chief is writing the script for issue # 3.  How long will the series be? Honestly don’t have an answer save, as long as it tells us to tell the entire story. Stay tuned.

Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 8 Sep | '2023

Greetings Loyal Airmen, starting this week, the Air Chief wants to point you to a truly great graphic novel written by a good friend of ours.


SPACE CORPS by writer Bryan Richmond and artist Gannon Beck is one of the best graphic novel we’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. It is a science fiction war book that is both exciting and thriller while at the same thoughtful and sensitive to the portrayal of the soldiers caught in bloody combat. As a veteran, we found the scenes of Alien Boot Camp so vivid and re-mindful of the Basic Training 8 weeks of hell we  endured at Fort Dix, New Jersey back in 1065. Bryan Richmond is a terrific writer. At the same time Gannon Beck’s pages are simply beautiful and powerful. Wisely using limited panels, he explodes the figures off the page in the same dramatic vein of an early Jack Kirby. Honestly, if you like good comics, you need to pick those one up. Available at Amazon.



Pal Brian K. Morris brought this to our attention. One of his pals, Matthew MadCelt Jackson is a whiz a making Forge figures and he went and did one inspired by the cover of our latest volume of “Mystery Men (& Women” which features Mark Vander Zanden’s Killdevil. We we were blown away by it and had to share it with all of you Loyal Airmen.



Artist Jesse Thomas continues to turn in new pages for our CRIMSON NUN # 1 and they are so beautiful. Each new one blows me away. Series like this and JIN & TONIK are why the Air Chief continues to love writing comics.



Speaking of JIN & TONIK, here’s a really awesome piece artist Cesar Feliciano whipped up a while ago that we really loved. Don’t recall if we shared it before, but even we did, it’s worth showing off again.

And that’s it for this week, Loyal Airmen. A short Flight Log, but trust me lots of projects are coming down the road and we’ll soon be promoting them right here. As ever, thanks for stopping by.

Ron (Over & Out!)




  • On 1 Sep | '2023

Greetings Loyal Airmen, as discussed last Flight Log, Valerie and the Air Chief attended this year’s FoCo, i.e. the Fort Collins Comic Con and we had a blast. Here are few shots we took while there.



At the top tier are several pix we took from the second floor landing. In the photo (top left) you can just see Valerie by herself at our tables. So only fitting the bottom tier has a better close up of the two of us. We were in row E and happily alongside lots of our friends. To our immediate left was our dear friend, and one of my former writing students, artist Gabriella Saenz. She is a truly gifted young lady now in her first year of college and her booth was swamped with art fans the entire con. Way to go, Gaby!!


To Gaby’s left was writer (and another former student) Aaron Powers.  Aaron’s a great guy and awesome writer. He even did some work for Airship 27. To his left were the team of Byran Richardson (at left) a comics writer, and Jesse Bonafazi, (to right with Bird) of Blind Dog Custom Action Figures.  Jesse is also an artist and teaches cartooning. Seated between and he Byran is one of Jessi’s talented students.


Another guest at the show was artist Joe Arnold, who has done some amazing work in recent years including illustration Mike Baron’s terrific graphic novel, “Thin Blue Line.” Joe is already at work on a sequel to it…while at the same time doing preliminary art for a 130 pg Brother Bones graphic novel, which has the Air Chief wound for sound. As it turns out, our copies of the very first Brother Bones title (above right..and still available at Amazon Loyal Airmen) was our biggest seller at this show.


On Sunday afternoon comic creator Guy Davis, stopped by the table to show off his latest treasure presented to him by a fan. Guy writes a science fiction comic series which is fantastic, very much in the Star Trek vein, of which he is a huge fan. So in his comic, there are lots of space ships including the one flown by his characters and early on Guy actually drew up a schematic of the ship and published it in one of his issues. Lo and behold, a fan came to his table yesterday and handed him that very schematic etches on piece of aluminum. Guy was overjoyed, as any creator would be, and brought it over to show Valerie and the Air Chief. This photo doesn’t do the piece justice. Naturally Guy’s plan are have it carefully framed and put up in his office. You got to love fans.  And speaking of such, for the first time ever, we had a cos-player show up as the one and only Popeye. Having written that character way at the start of our career, we had to take a pix with this enthusiastic young fellow. You’ll note he was carrying a can of spinach in his hands…Popeye is already ready for action.

As you can see the show was another hit and we want to thank Todd Jones & Nick Armstrong for the hard work they put in all year to make this such a wonderful event for our town.



Our two youngest grand kids are both entering the last year of a specific chapter in their lives. Above left is grandson Logan, who in now in his senior year of high school. Logan’s ambition is to some day be a music teacher. While his older sister Taryn (above right) is seen in this pix set up her room ready to begin her senior year of studies at the University of New Hampshire. Though not set in stone, Taryn has talked about psychology as a future career path. Valerie and the Air Chief think of them daily and wish them all the best as they launch into this new school year.


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Another good seller at the show was the first issue of The Boston Bombers Vol 2 – While Valerie and the Air Chief was there, artist Rob Davis back in Missouri was busy at work on the next page for issue # 2. We were blown away when we saw it. Rob’s truly knocking this one out of the park. And the Air Chief had better hustling to write issue # 3. Ha.



Happy to announce the third volume of MARS McCOY – Space Ranger Vol 3 is nearing completion at Airship 27 Production. Vol 3 will feature stories by John Bear Ross, Wayne Carey, Robert J. Mendenhall and Russ Anderson. Meanwhile you can still grab volumes one and two (seen above) at Amazon.



Finally artist Cesar Feliciano did up this great new Jin & Tonik piece that he says will be an alternate cover for book # 1 one when it is completed. We can’t wait. Colorist Matt Webb is still hard a work finishing the colors to that volume. It’s going to look amazing!

And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen. As ever, thanks so much for stopping by. Be well, stay safe and God Bless.

Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 25 Aug | '2023


Greetings Loyal Airmen, later this afternoon Valerie and the Air Chief will be in Old Town, Fort Collins, at the Northsiade Aslan Community Center to set up our tables for this year’s Fort Collins, Comic Con. As you can see from the media ad above (left).  We hope to see many of our Loyal Airmen from both Colorado and neighboring Wyoming there. We will be found at Tables E-6 and E-7 with lots of goodies both pulps and comics.  Here’s a sample.

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And those are just some of the comics. We’ll also have quite a few pulps as well.


So as you can see, Loyal Airmen, lots of good stuff. Again hope to see you there.

MYSTERY MEN (& Women) Vol 9


A few weeks ago we told you our latest volume of “Mystery Men (& Women)” was nearing completion and voila, it is now on sale at Amazon. Once again our wonderful showcase series features four tales of four brand new pulp heroes. First we have Jaime Ramos’ Steelgrave, then Jonathan Sweet’s Black Wraith, followed by Mark Allen Van’s new Killdevil tale. Wrapping it all up is Jarrett Mazza’s first work for Airship 27 and the creation of his character The Zig-Zag Man. Art Director Rob Davis provides all the interior illustrations and that great colorful Killdevil cover above. The book is now available at Amazon in paperback and soon on Kindle. As ever Loyal Airmen, thanks so much for your continued support.


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The Air Chief was just thinking the other on how good actor Henry Cavill was in playing Sherlock Holmes in the two made for Netflix Enola Holmes movies. Makes one wonder why no smart producer hasn’t approached him about doing an actual Sherlock Holmes series for the streaming outfit? Mentioned this on FB and the response from friends and colleagues was overwhelmingly in support of the concept. So come on, Netflix. Make it happen.

And that’s it for this week, Loyal Airmen. Tomorrow and Sunday will find Valerie and the Air Chief having fun at the annual Fort Collins Comic Con. Hope to see many of your Loyal Airmen there.

Ron – Over & Out!


  • On 18 Aug | '2023

Greetings Loyal Airmen and welcome to this week’s Flight Log.  Right out of the gate we’ve some truly wonderful comic artwork to share with you.



Are three completed pages by artist Jesse Thomas who is doing pencils, inks and colors. When the first book, which will contain 22 pgs, has been completed then it will be handed off to artist/Mike Belcher who will letter the issue. Then it’s off to Ben Dunn for publication via his Antarctic Press. Saying the Air Chief is excited by seeing these beautiful pages would be a gross understatement.



Wanted to also show our latest family member, Boomer, is doing well. The little guy is growing wicked fast, with all the love and care we are heaping on him. All of us here think he’s the best and he truly brightens our days.


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Finally super colorist Matt Webb continues to add his magnificent colors to the pages of JIN & TONIK # 1, truly enhancing artist Cesar Feliciano’s beautiful artwork.  Can’t wait to see this issue finished and in your hands, Loyal Airmen.

And that’s it for this week, Loyal Airmen. Yeah, a short Flight Log, but the Air Chief is bus getting his comics and pulps ready for the Fort Collins Comic Con which happens next weekend, Sat Aug 26th and Sunday Aug 27th.  Looks to be another fun show. But more on that next Friday morning. For now, thanks for stopping by. Stay well and be good.

Ron – Over & Out!