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Monday, August 15, 2016

Talking Pulpsploitation: Nicholas Ahlhelm on Airboy

All three of these characters will play a
part in future Airboy stories.
Why Airboy?

He certainly isn’t a character that went without a revival in the 1980s. Chuck Dixon and Tim Truman created a rather amazing series at Eclipse (now being collected by IDW) with art by the likes of Stan Woch, Ben Dunn, Ron Randall and Tom Lyle.

Flying Dutchman will be the first other Air Fighter to
make an appearance in the new book.
But that series didn’t tell the story of the original Airboy. Instead it focused on Davy Nelson Jr., the son of the original character and his interaction with a mix of the original Air Fighters and new “ripped from the headlines” adventures. Despite being written by well known Republican writer Chuck Dixon, it was even famous for being the anti-Reagan comic. But while it offered great stories, it wasn’t the take on Airboy I wanted to see.

I wanted to go back to the original, I wanted to make him a fish out of water and I wanted to update the Air Fighters in a very different way.

In my initial short story, Misery and the Airtomb play their part in the first story, but they are really a subplot as Airboy finds himself young and alive again in the early 1980s. He’s immediately thrust into a plot to stop the massive super-weapon that nearly killed him once before.

The tale will hopefully kickoff a new series of adventures starring the high-flying adventurer beginning in 2017.

Pulpsploitation is now available in print and ebook at Amazon.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Lightweight: Beyond now available!

The third book in Nicholas Ahlhelm's super powered fiction series Lightweight takes our hero Kevin Mathis to an alien world. No longer in familiar territory, he must find a way to survive in a desert wasteland even as he meets new allies and enemies that threaten not just him but the stability of the entire galaxy!
Cover art by Brent Sprecher. Logo design by Cynthia Celeste Miller.

After his previous adventures collected in Lightweight: Senior Year and Lightweight: Black Death, this is the most drastic twist in Kevin's life yet!

Millie isn't left by the wayside in this book though. As she sets out to find Kevin, she stumbles upon a new danger: the plots of the awakened Carolyn Bates! Bates is a far larger threat than ever before, but even with the help of two mysterious figures that also use the name Lightweight, she might not survive to see Kevin again!

Lightweight: Beyond continues the series of annual super-adventures of the Quadrant Universe's premiere hero. Copies are now available in paperback format and Kindle editions from Amazon. Or readers can special order a copy wherever books are sold.