Greeting Loyal Airmen and a sincere thanks for your stopping by here on the day after Thanksgiving, er as it has been distastefully called in our materially obsessed world, Black Friday. But before ranting on that particular tag, which always leaves a bad taste in the Air Chief's mouth, let's remunerate about our wonderful Thanksgiving.
This is one of those special days when we focus out attention on the real things that do matter in our lives, our family and friends. After all it is the people in your life that actual enrich it and make it worthwhile, not the cars, the multiple iPads, or other such foolish toys we use today to dull our senses. People, real people. Here at Hangar 27 we were thinking about each and every one of you and how there would be no Airship 27 Productions without you. That's not just a throw away phrase, it's the truth. We could produce all the books in the world but without you to buy them, read and enjoy them, what would be the point? Zip. Nada. So believe me from the bottom of my heart with the Air Chief says THANK YOU.
Valerie wasted no time yesterday locking down the kitchen and starting work on this year's turkey dinner. All too quickly the house was filled with such insane wonderful smells, everyone's stomach were soon anticipating another sumptuous meal. Meanwhile son Alan and daughter-in-law Nicole were on the road to pick up our one guest, Matt. He's a soldier and our granddaughter's boyfriend. He was scheduled to have duty and at the last minute was told he didn't have to report in for the entire day. Which left him alone and no way to get home. When Alan learned this, he smiled, grabbed the car keys and headed for the door. No one in our circle gets left alone on Thanksgiving. Cora, our granddaughter works in a bakery at a local supermarket and had no idea that when she got home yesterday, Matt would be here waiting for her.
Having been politely thrown out of the kitchen for "being in the way," the Air Chief retreated to another room to while away few hours with a movie. From our vast DVD collection, we opted for THE PERFECT GAME, a sports film released in 2008 that tells the true story of the Mexican Little League from the poor town of Monterey that won the Little League Championship in 1957 and the young boy who threw the only no-hitter (a perfect game) in the history of that series. This is a story of faith, hard work and determination, of the ultimate underdogs proving any dream can come true if you want it with all your heart and soul. The Air Chief loves positive spots movie, they inspire us to be better people and this is one of the best. It was an excellent choice to get us in the right Thanksgiving spirit.
Towards the second half of the movie, we set it on pause, as Valerie took a break from cooking and together we made a few phone calls back east; the first to our mother in New Hampshire. Gabrielle Fortier is now a spry 89 and doing just fine. She is a resident at a wonderful senior home and had just come back to her room after enjoying a huge turkey dinner. Mom is a joy and was as ever happy to hear from us. God did bless us with such an amazing family, that phone call meant the world to all of us.
Finally the afternoon wore on, Alan and Nicole returned with Matt, Cora ended her work shift and grandson Alex appeared from his own room ready to chow down. Our dinner was simply fantastic as Valerie once again outdid herself. All of us left the table a few pounds heavier. Ha. We aren't kidding.
That was our Thanksgiving. Later in the evening, unable to complete avoid the Black Friday temptations, Valerie and the kids headed out to see if it were possible to find some early Christmas gifts, leaving the Air Chief to hold down the fort. They are too familiar with our thoughts on post-Thanksgiving shopping and we were more than happy to simply kick back, have a cup of coffee and find yet a second movie to wrap up the day. This one we found on cable.
WORDS is a recent release about a struggling young writer played by Bradley Cooper who by accident finds a fifty year old lost manuscript with no name on it. Touched by what he reads, he becomes haunted by the book because he realizes it is far superior than anything he himself could ever write. Thus he falls to temptation and plagiarizes the book, selling to a publisher as his own. When the novel becomes an overnight success, his entire life changes for he believe is the better. But of course it is all based on a lie and those have a way of eventually being exposed. Cooper's denouement happens when an old man, deftly played by Jeremy Irons, confronts him one day in the park and reveals himself as the true author of the manuscript.
WORDS captivated us completely as being a writer, the Air Chief understands the value, the power and ultimately the beauty of words. Over a lifetime we've written lots of them in one form or another, be it comics scripts, articles, short stories or a few novels here and there. We write because the ability to do so is a gift from God and not to use would be a sin. Yet, at the same time, we are constantly aware of our limitations and the cold hard truths that our talents only reach a certain level. We've no illusions we will ever be Stephen King or John Grisham on many of those amazing writers we admire and are in awe of. And yet we do plod on, even with our own meager skills hoping always that with each new story we do in fact get just a little better than the last time. It's all any creative soul can aspire to and leave the rest to God.
Which is why, on this Thanksgiving, we were moved by this brief self-reflection and once again reminded how much we do have and should never ever take for granted. We pray all of you had a great day and wish you all a truly great holiday season ahead.
Greetings Loyal Airmen, on a frigid Colorado morning. We've finally gotten our first snowfall of the year and this morning temps fell way-way below freezing. Ouch. Work at Hangar 27 continues at a frantic rate so that we can shout down operations for Thanksgiving coming up next week and all enjoy this holiday of gratitude. But before that, we have a really awesome announcement this week.
Several years ago the Air Chief had an idea for a new comic book based on the exploits of former Navy Seal Jamal Lyon, codename BLACK LION. We discussed it with artist amigo Brian Level and he was kind enough to do up sketches of the character, including the one above. Unfortunately Brian just couldn't commit to do the actual graphic novel having other commitments. So our search began to find the right artist to bring this character to graphic life.
SGT KEVIN A. JOHNSON & THE AIR CHIEF
As you'll recall from our entry of a few week's back, the Air Chief has the recent pleasure of meeting a former Army Sgt. with 20 years of service to his country, Kevin A. Johnson. Kevin is now attending art college in Denver and during that momentous meeting, Kevin showed us his portfolio of comics work he had done many, many years ago. We were blown away with his level of talent and brought up the subject of BLACK LION. Kevin signed on immediately and in now in the process of drawing the first chapter.
After he did up a pencil sketch of the character, we enlisted super inker Mark Stegbauer to join the team and letterer extraordinary, Warren Montgomery. This morning Kevin sent along the thumbnails for the first three pages and the Air Chief couldn't be more excited.
The plan is to produce the book and post it as a webstrip at the popular COMIC RELATED website on a weekly basis until completed. Then we will be self-publishing the entire graphic novel. Stay tuned, this is a project near and dear to the Air Chief.
And that wraps up this week's Flight Log, Loyal Airmen. We want to take this opportunity to thank eavh and everyone one of you stopping by every week and your loyal support of our endeavors. All of you are special to us here at Hangar 27. God bless and HAPPY THANKSGIVING.
Greetings Loyal Airmen, this past week has been one amazing roller coaster ride for the Air Chief, in mostly good ways with one major speed bump along the way. We've tons of good stuff to share with you, so let's get with it.
Last weekend we were guest at the first ever Rocky Mountain Con in Denver and we had a blast. Met so many wonderful fans and some colleagues for the very first time. One, artist Kevin Johnson, painted our second SINBAD The New Voyages anthology and meeting him was a blast. Enough so that we've cooked up a very special comic book project we are going to be working on. More as that develops. As ever there were so many costume players on hand, including the Ghostbusters above who stopped by my table. The dude on the far right is my pal Alex Eggleston.
Now remember that bump in the road we talked about earlier? Well a few days after con we were working in the office on another pulp title when our 15 years old computer up and died on us. The big fear of any production outfit like ours. Happily the hard-drive survived, maintaining all our files both text and photos. We had to be shut down for a few days while we bought a new PC and had the data transferred but now all is well, we're up and running again on a much faster and more efficient machine.
If you'll recall, a few months ago we announced that Dark Horse Comics would soon be releasing a brand new edition of our old TERMINATOR BURNING EARTH mini-series for the defunct Now Comics. Well that beautiful book collected as a graphic novel hit the comic shelves this past week and we are thrilled. It features the first ever comic works of super-start Alex Ross. Above is my good buddy, fellow writer, Todd Jones and the Air Chief, at the local comic shop here in Fort Collins showing off a copy of the book. Word I'm getting is they are flying off the shelves, so make sure you grab one before they are all gone. So many of our fans have told us over the years how much they wanted this book. Now is your chance.
At the start of the week Airship 27 Productions released our newest pulp title, the first ever Brother Bones full length novel, SIX DAYS OF THE DRAGON, and no, we didn't write it. This is a character we created almost a decade ago and he's appeared in a half-dozen short stories that we published in a collection which won over many pulp fans. Among them was writer Roman Leary who over the years became one of the characters biggest fans. Enough so that he proposed this idea of writing a Brother Bones novel for us. After reading his detailed plot, the Air Chief was thrilled by the story and gave him the green light to proceed. Award winning artist Rob Moran signed on to do the book's 9 black and white interior illustrations and the amazing cover seen above, which was colored by artist Shannon Hall. The book is quickly becoming the best selling Airship 27 Productions title ever released. It is now available at Amazon both as a hard copy and in Kindle. We hope you'll check it out. Roman tells an awesome pulp tale you don't want to miss.
And our final news of the week is that we've been recruited by Moonstone books out of Chicago to write a brand new black and white pulp comic book series. It is called THE SPIDER - DOMINO LADY and teams these two classic pulp heroes. The book will be 22 pages and appear bi-monthly. Our run begins with issue # 3 which should be out early next year. The artist is twenty year veteran, Michael Dorman who extremely talented and having a blast working our our first script which we turned in a week ago. Stay tuned Loyal Airmen, as we'll let you know more as the official release date becomes available to us. We've written prose stories of both these great characters but this is the very first time we'll get to do comic adventures and we couldn't be more thrilled.
And there you have it Loyal Airmen, a ton of cool stuff as we work our way towards Thanksgiving. Thanks for stopping by as ever and hopefully one of these days we'll be guest at a con near you.
Greeting Loyal Airmen, been on heck of a busy week for the Air Chief. This Flight Log is a few days late because of what happened.
First of all the Air Chief turned 67 this past Tuesday, Nov 5th. A heartfelt thanks to all who sent such wonderful Happy Birthday Wishes.
The two days later our PC crashed. Yup, after nearly 12 years of faithful service, it just crashed. So we were left scrambling to get a new one and back on line again. Happily none of our working files were lost and as you can see we are back on-line better than ever.
During this chaos, we actually launched our newest pulp anthology, ZEPPELIN TALES Vol One. See the gorgeous cover above by artist Mike Fyles. It features a short story by Jim Beard and a long novella by Ian Watson, with interior illustrations by Pedro Cruz. The book is available at our regular website as well as Amazon.com in both hard copy and on Kindle. We hope you'll check it out as ever.
And finally, today, Sat. 9th the Air Chief was a guest at the Rocky Mountain Con in Denver, its a two day show and we had a blast meeting lots of great fans today. Tomorrow we are up early to drive back down and do it all over again. Meaning we hope to see you many of you there and now its time we called it a day. Thanks as ever for stopping by.
Greetings Loyal Airmen, most of you will be reading this Flight Log on Nov 1st, All Saints Day, the day after HALLOWEEN, still, we hope you all had a great time at one of our favorite holidays of the year. Today is Mom's birthday, she turns 89 and is doing really well, for which we thank God. The Air Chief will be turning 67 next Tuesday, Nov 5th, Guy Fawkes day in England. Perhaps that explains some of our quirkiness. Ha. Okay, let's get this week's Flight Log rolling along.
Joy, of joys, our beloved Red Sox last night won the 2012 Baseball World Series. The first time this victory took place in their home stadium of Fenway Park in front of 38,000 fans. We were watching on TV and couldn't contain our excitement at their taking the championship again, that is three times in ten years. Our baseball caps also get tipped to the marvelous Saint Louis Cardinals who were great competitors and deserved to be the National League champs. Their a class act.
Now when the Red Sox ended their 2012 season at the bottom of the American League East, no one in the world would have ever predicted they would come back the very following year and win the World Series. But somehow General Manager Ben Cherington has a plan to recruit veteran old players who knew how to play the game right, who had a positive attitude, who were good teammates. To make this plan work he and Red Sox management brought former pitching coach John Farrell to lead the charge. And that dream began on the first day of Spring Training down in Ft. Myers, Florida. These Dirt-Dogs, old and new, came together, they bonded and became a team, not a collective of super stars, but a real team, a group of like-minded players to supported each through through and long and grueling season, all with a common goal, to win the World Series. And they did it!! Nuff said!
On the creative front, Airship 27 Productions has released its newest pulp anthology featuring another little know classic pulp hero, THE CRIMSON MASK. He's featured in four brand new stories in this volume beautifully covered by artist Andy Fish. You can pick up a copy at Amazon.com or if you prefer, get it on Kindle. As ever, we thank you so much for your continued support. It looks like we'll be setting a new production record by the end of the year. Last year we put out 16 books. THE CRIMSON MASK is number 14 and we've still got two full months ahead of us. Stay tuned, Loyal Airmen.
Over the last few years many of the Air Chief's fans have suggested we should be writing new Green Hornet stories for Dynamite Comics, the outfit who now has the rights. People fondly remember the old GH series we did for Now Comics (a cover is spotlighted above). Now there is a program out there called Kickstarter that was launched a few years ago in which people wanted to publish their comic projects would go on line and ask people to contribute money to help them achieve their goals. It became extremely popular and many comics have been produced via this route. The Air Chief isn't a big fan of such "begging" and that's why we've gone the self-publishing route with most of our own titles over the past few years with Redbud Studio. Still fans kept pushing the idea of our working on the Green Hornet for Dynamite.
Which was when the light bulb went off in our old noodle. Why didn't we start our own version of a Kickstarter program, but one in which we didn't ask anyone for a single penny but rather their support in starting a letter writing campaign to Dynamite directly asking them to recruit the Air Chief to write the Green Hornet for them. We got this going on our Facebook page at the start of the week and have been humbled by the overwhelming support the idea picked up almost immediately. In fact there has been several on-line podcast that have mentioned this campaign and urged their listeners to sign on. If you Loyal Airmen out there would like to join in, again, all we ask is that you write Dynamite Comics, either at their Faebook page or their own website and ask them sign up RON FORTIER TO WRITE THE GREEN HORNET.
Will they listen? Who knows? But we'd like to think if the numbers of letters that arrived in their boxes climbed to the hundreds, they would at least take notice. Chuckle. One just never knows.
And there you have it for another Fall Week at Hangar 27, Loyal Airmen. As ever, thanks for stopping by and we'll see you back here next week. Ron - Over and Out!