I was struck by how many smaller publishers were exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con. Maybe “smaller” is the wrong word. It diminishes the efforts and passion that’s behind all these efforts. Maybe I should instead call them up-and-coming publishers.
And I’m drawing a line between this idea – the hopes and dreams of small publishers – and the fascinating book I’m reading, Double Ace by Robert Coram. It’s the story of one of the most celebrated World War II pilots, Robert Lee Scott, Jr. He was a war hero who shot down an astounding number of enemy pilots during WWII.
Comic fans used to love aviation heroes. There were titles like Wings, Flying Aces and Air Fighters. There were heroes like Airboy, Blackhawk, Flying Jenny, Black Venus ( a couple of them, in fact) and Sky Wolf.
Guys of a certain age, like me, graduated from the TV steam punk of the Wild, Wild, West to Baa Baa Black Sheep, a (mostly) fictionalized TV series about another real life war pilot, Pappy Boyington. Continue reading “With Further Ado #004: (Not) Afraid of Flying”