Greetings Loyal Airmen, here we are, one week away from Halloween and the past week has been a mixed bag of good and bad events. We'll kick off with what we consider the bad and then move into the good stuff.
As of six short months ago, the Cartoon Network, an outfit owned by Warner Brothers, was running two extremely well crafted superhero animated series, YOUNG JUSTICE and THE GREEN LANTERN. We were a fan of both and did our best to catch them every single week. Then, as if out of the blue, Cartoon Network announced they were canceling both series and would be replaced them with a new, edgy Batman series to be called BEWARE THE BATMAN and a silly, goofy, kid-aimed show called GO TEEN TITANS. We were really upset, as were thousands of other comic fans by this news, but there was really nothing we could about it, the network wasn't about to listen to us, their audience. So we bid farewell to two really great shows.
Eventually the new shows premiered and we made it a point of watching BEWARE THE BATMAN and came away enjoyed it tremendously. They were employing the same kind of modern CGI animation that had been used in THE GREEN LANTERN series and were offering up a new, tougher version of both the Dark Knight and his faithful butler Alfred. Never mind Katana, an Asian martial artist, joined the show as a young protege to Batman. We instantly became fans. What about GO TEEN TITANS? We watched five minutes of an episode ....and wanted to cry. Again, its intended solely for the five and six year old crowd.
So after only a few months, guess what Cartoon Network went and canceled today? Yup...BEWARE THE BATMAN is kaput, just like that. Whereas they are keeping GO TEEN TITANS. Really? Well, that pretty much our days watching Cartoon Network. Over the past few years the shows have declined horribly in quality, originality and are just silly affairs, again, directed at those viewers just out of diapers. Truly a sad state of affairs. We have to wonder why the folks at Warners Animation have stood by and let this all happened. None of it makes any sense at all.
Now for the truly good stuff. We'd been hearing tons of good things about the new sci-fi movie GRAVITY and this past week, Valerie and the Air Chief finally got to see it. WOW. It just blew us both away and now, days after viewing it, some of its images still haunt us. Thanks to a brilliant script, directing and outstanding special effects, this is one of those movies you HAVE to see at least once on the big giant silver screen. It is about as close to being in outer space as the Air Chief will ever get, though we would jump at the chance, even after seeing the film of the ultimate battle for survival. Over the past thirty years it seems Hollywood has forgotten how to make "real" science fiction movies that revolve around the conquest of space and mankind's quest to explore the mysterious universe in which we abide. Ever since ALIEN, all space themed movies have been monster-movies of one kind or another until we've become totally sick to death of all of them. GRAVITY harkens back to the early 1950s movies that focused on that quest for the starts and inspired young movie goers. GRAVITY does that beautifully, despite its honest depiction of the true hostile environment of space. There is still beauty and wonder among the starts and we were meant to explore it. Finally, Sandra Bulloch deserves another Oscar for her gutsy portrayal here. It is magnificent. If you haven't seen GRAVITY yet, don't wait.
And finally this past week Marvel Studios released the first official trailer for the second CAPTAIN AMERICA movie coming in 2014. Sub-titled WINTER SOLDIER, it picks up on Steve Rogers' life after the events of THE AVENGERS movie and how he must adapt to this new modern world he finds himself in . The first CAPTAIN AMERICA movie remains one of the Air Chief's all time favorites and Chris Evans perfectly captured the every-man essence of the character. Now, via this trailer, it looks like the action gets amped up to the max, as Cap must deal with new threats to America while at the same time confronting an old ally turned enemy. This looks to be another solid winner, comic fans. We can't wait.
And finally, the World Series kicked off this week and our beloved Red Sox, playing in Fenway Park, took game one from the Saint Louis Cardinals. This looks to be a grand, equally matched battle and a great way to end the 2013 baseball series. Hope you are enjoying it as well.
Greetings Loyal Airmen, we hope you are all enjoying the Fall season and getting ready for the big Halloween party just around the corner. The Air Chief totally loves this time of year. Oh, yeah. Another thing we have always been huge fans of were the old movie cliffhanger serials produced by such companies as Republic Studio, who did the best serials ever. So it is with much pleasure we are announcing our newest pulp title.
Months ago, writer Curtis Ferlund submitted his manuscript for a novel called THE QUEEN OF ESCAPES and it was his homage to those classic cliffhanger serials. The book deals with a Hollywood film crew going into the wilds of the Amazon jungles of Brazil to shoot a serial, unaware they have crossed into a forbidden area inhabited by a tribe of deadly Amazons. Soon it is up to the hero of the book, the stuntwoman, to warn her friends and save the day. Written like those old melodramas, each chapter leaves our heroine in danger and has the readers wondering how she is ever going to survive all these death traps. Sincerely, its a great book and we at Airship 27 Productions were only too happy to pick it up. Then we assigned the ever talented James Lyle to do nine gorgeous interior illustrations and the cover painting, inspired by one of those illos was done by the amazing Andy Fish. This is Andy's first ever work for Airship 27 but we guarantee you, it won't be his last. THE QUEEN OF ESCAPES is now on sale at Amazon in both hard copy and on their Kindle. We hope you'll give it a try.
One of the many books we now have in production is our first PURPLE SCAR anthology. The Purple Scar was a little known classic pulp hero from the golden age of the pulps. He was a doctor whose police officer brother had been gunned by criminals, then they threw acid in his face and dumped him the river. By the time the poor man's body had been recovered, his face as a thing of horror. Our hero, being a plastic surgeon, made a death-masks of it...then putting it on, became the avenging angel known as the Purple Scar. What is unique about the character is that he combines elements both from the pulps and horror mags into one gruesome characters. Luckily while on-line, we discovered the art of Canadian Richard Serrao and knew immediately he was the one artist to capture what we envisioned for this kind of book. Happily Richard signed on and has been hard at work doing the illustrations for the first two Purple Scar stories of the four that will be part of volume one. Meanwhile, Richard has become so fond of the character, between doing the actual story illos, he has started whipping up what he calls "bonus" pieces and has been so kind as to share them with us....like the great piece above. Our plans are to include these extra illustrations as a special bonus feature in the back of the book when it goes to press. Stay tuned.
On other fronts, the Air Chief has been extremely busy with new writing chores. We currently almost done writing the comic script to MR. JIGSAW # 12 and have just started work on a new pulp story, The Lady in Red, which will appear in our second collection of BROTHER BONES stories, that you can expect to see early next year. Before that we'll be putting an original Brother Bones novel, THE SIX DAYS OF THE DRAGON, by writer Roman Leary. Believe the Air Chief, its special.
At the same time we have begun assembling new pulp comic strips for a third issue of AIRSHIP 27 presents ALL STAR PULP COMICS which we hope to have out early next year. One of the strips to be included will be a brand new Ki-Gor Jungle Lord by artist Sam Salas and writer Dave Beers. Looks to be a fun strip by their pin-up above.
Appearance wise, we will be guest at the Rocky Mountain Comic Con takes place Nov. 13 - 14, at a hotel just outside the Denver International Airport. Proceeds from the con are all going to the Aurora Fund to help those victims who survived the tragic movie house shooting over a year ago. It looks to be fun show and we'll post more about it as it draw near.
And there you have it for this week, Loyal Airmen. Thanks as ever for stopping by and for your continued support of all our humble efforts. Ron - Over & Out!
Greetings Loyal Airmen. It looks like the month of October had started off on some really good notes for us here at Airship 27 Productions. As you may recall, last year we debut our first Captain Action novel, "Riddle of the Glowing Men" by Jim Beard. Well a few weeks ago Dynamite Comics, one of the fastest, most popular comic companies out there rolled out the first issue of their new Captain Action comic series titled - CODENAME - ACTION. And thanks to our good friends at Captain Action Enterprises, the comic featured a full page ad in the back for our pulp book.
Considering the thousands of comic fans who picked up this premier issue, we are thrilled that this may be introducing Airship 27 Productions to whole new audiences of possible readers. All fingers crossed. Oh, and for the record, we thought the first issue of the comic was terrific. Great story and art both. You really should pick up a copy. Tell them the Air Chief sent you.
Another of well received titles of the past few years was the first Challenger Storm novel, "Isle of Blood," by Don Gates with art by the legendary Michael Kaluta. For his efforts, Kaluta picked up both the Best Pulp Cover and Best Interior Illustration wins from the Pulp Factory Awards; the first artist to ever do so. Well, both he and Gates have been very busy working on the sequel, "Curse of Poseidon," and above is one of the nine new spot illustrations Kaluta is doing for this second Challenger Storm. Stay tuned for more news as it moves up the production line.
What with the Fall here, so arrives the new season of TV shows, both old and new. We've already ranted about how much we are enjoying Marvel's AGENTS OF SHIELD. Well this past week a returning favorite, ARROW, launched its second season and it was fantastic. Appearing for an all too brief cameo in episode one was one of DC's most popular female heroes, Black Canary. We only got a glimpse of her kicking bad-guy butt, yet it was still enough to have us applauding and cheering. Looking like ARROW is truly off to a grand start this year.
And so that you don't think October only means comics and TV to us here, at Hangar 27, don't forget we are baseball fans rooting for our beloved Red Sox.....who this week, after winning the Division title, went on to beat the tenacious Tampa Rays (3 games to 1) for the right to battle this coming week-end for the American League Championship Pennant against the Detroit Tigers. The winner of course going on to face the National League Champs in the World Series. After last years abysmal failure, the miraculous rebound of the Red Sox has electrified the sports world and we couldn't be happier. This is a tough, gritty team that never quits and we've come to admire them greatly. GO SOX!!
And there you have it for another week, Loyal Airmen, as ever thanks for stopping by. Ron - Over & Out!
Greetings Loyal Airmen, well here we are into the month of October and one of my favorite holidays is just around the corner, Halloween. Always love planning what treats we're going to have ready for all the little ghost and goblins who come around. Have so many fond memories of walking around my home town of Somersworth, NH, dressed up in a crude home-made costume with a huge pillow case as our carry bag and we'd usually get home with it at least half filled with candy. Yum.
Okay, still plenty of time before it gets here, in the meantime we've gotten a new pulp book out.
This past week saw the release of our fourth anthology starring the classic pulp hero, JIM ANTHONY - Super Detective. Since starting Airship 27 Productions, one of our primary goals was to shine the spotlight on some of the lesser known pulp heroes and Jim Anthony falls into that category. This volume contains four brand new stories of the hero who was half-Irish, half-Comanche and All American, as written by Frank Byrns, Erwin K.Roberts, Joel Jenkins and Mark Justice. It has interior illustrations by Michael Neno and a beautiful cover by Eric Meador. This is Eric's first work for Airship 27 and we truly hope it won't be his last. The book is available now at Amazon.com as both a hard copy and e-book for their Kindle. We hope you'll check it out.
A week from today thousands of comic fans from all over the country will be converging on New York city for the big annual New York Comic Con. And no, the Air Chief will not be one of them. Ha. We did the show several years ago and had a blast. But we do have two really good Colorado amigos who will be there and premiering the release of the first issue of their new vampire horror comic, STAKES. See that wicked cool cover above. Written by Todd Jones with art by Felipe Echevarria, STAKES is an old fashion vampire thriller and not one of these new modern day wimpy, sparkly vampires. This is raw, tough, savage stuff that is a real adrenalin rush. The guys will be at the big NYCC and have a limited number of this preview special edition (100 total) sell and sign for you lucky enough to be there. You can find Todd and Felipe at table M-8 in Artist Alley. So if you are going to the con, do stop by and tell them the Air Chief sent you.
And that's it for this week, Loyal Airmen. As ever, thanks for stopping by. We hope you are enjoying the Fall. It truly is a beautiful time of year. Ron - Over and Out!
Greetings Loyal Airmen, well this past week saw the return of Marvel Comics to network television, something not seen since the days of the old Spiderman and Hulk weekly shows. But before we get that amazing event, we've a new comic to announce.
The fourth issue of RON FORTIER'S TALES OF THE MACABRE is finally out with a really wonderful covre by our friend, Olivier Raymond. This one features four brand new stories by the Air Chief joined with four amazing artists. There's a vampire, a werewolf, a femme fatale and robot hero. A cool kind of comics fun mix we hope you'll enjoy. It's now on sale at (www.IndyPlanet.com) Give it a go and as ever thanks for your support. Issue #5 is now in the works.
The cast of ABC's new AGENTS OF SHIELD, the super secret government police agency run by Colonel Nick Fury in the blockbuster Marvel Movies. In the TV series, which takes place after the events that occurred in the Avengers movie, Agent Phil Coulson, wonderfully played by actor Greg Clarke is assigned to recruit a brand new special operations team to deal with new threats involved "super" beings, good or bad. The premier episode this past Monday night was the biggest audience winner on network television on four years. Needless to day the Disney company and ABC are thrilled. Written and directed by Josh Whedon, the Air Chief absolutely loved it and can't wait to see what comes next.
One of the major points in the premier of this series was the fact that Agent Coulson was killed by the vengeful God Loki in the Avengers movie and fans having been waiting a long time to see how Whedon and company would explain his so called resurrection. In the show he tells us he died but they brought him back. Considering the wound he suffered in the movie, the Air Chief doesn't buy that for a second. In fact we believe the real Agent Coulson did die, but that Shield had his entire memories/psyche imprinted on either a clone or android and it was awakened believing it is really Coulson. Obviously there were some vague clues dished out in the premier and we fully expect to see more of this mystery explored as the series goes on.
Now in a stroke of pure marketing genius, Disney also released their new IRON MAN 3 movie on Blu-ray and DVD on the same day as the Agents of Shield premiered. On that disc is a special short film starring actress Haley Atwell reprising her role as Agent Peggy Carter, the wonderful young lady who was in love with Steve Rogers; Captain America. The story shows her working in the US after World War II and how she ends up giving the assignment to head the new top secret group called, Shield. There have been lots of rumors floating around that ABC and Marvel want to look at a possible Agent Carter TV series. Well, after seeing and totally loving this short film, we couldn't agree more. To have a series wherein Peggy Carter (and a few other recognizable supporting characters from the Captain America flim) build up Shield from the ground up would be a perfect book-end series for the new Agents of Shield series. Let's keep our fingers crossed this comes to pass.
Finally we want to direct your attention to a new digital anthology called LEZ-VAMPS created by super artist Mark Wheatley. Several months ago Mark posted a stunning picture he'd done a while back and challenged writers to do a story based on the image. Well so many started sending in scripts, Mark went to a group of his friends, the Air Chief included, and asked them to help judge the entries. The best would be collected into a digital and voila, after all the judging etc, the mag is finished as you can see above. And it is going to be given away for free during the entire month of October, sort of Mark's Halloween treat to all his fans. So, if any of you Loyal Airmen would like a free PDF of this truly outstanding horror collection, simply me drop me a line and the Air Chief will be only too happy to send one along. Oh, and be fore we forget, our dear friend and fellow host of the ZONE 4 podcast, Gordon Dymowski, was one of the writers whose story was accepted and it is his first ever published prose work. And no, the Air Chief did not judge Gordon's story, so there was absolutely no favoritism here. But we did read it..after it was accepted and loved it. Way to go, Gordon.
And there you have it for another week, Loyal Airmen. As ever thanks for stopping by. Ron Over & Out!