Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays and Free Christmas Tunes!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from one of the Rick Ruby creators!

Here's the gift of free music from Sean's days with the band Nothing Regal. Sure, they're available for free streaming anytime, but for the next few days, he's making them available as free downloads -- just for you.


Christmas Must Be Tonight

So Long Awaited

O Come All You Faithful

We Three Kings

Silent Night

What Child Is This?

Go Tell It On the Mountain

Friday, December 21, 2012


Oh, you better watch out!
Art: Mark Wheatly. Christmas designs: Bobby Nash

See you in 2013!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


New Pulp Publisher, Airship 27 Productions has unveiled their new website, the Airship 27 Hangar. Airship 27 publishes The Ruby Files prose anthology series. Look for Volume Two in 2013.



After months of hard work, Rob Davis, the Art Director has finished work on the new official Airship 27 Productions website. Titled the Airship 27 Hangar, the site features two all important links.

The first brings visitors to the PDF store where all Airship 27 pulp titles are available for $3 dollars as PDF downloads for their PCs or various e-readers.

The second brings readers to the Airship 27 Print-On-Demand shop at Indy Planet. Indy Planet is a division of Ka-Blam, one of the leading print-on-demand operations in the publishing world today.

“Now our fans can find all books with one click of their mouse button,” Airship 27 Managing Editor-in-Chief Ron Fortier announced. “These new internet shops have allowed us to drop the prices of our product while maintaining the high standard of quality our readers have come to expect from Airship 27 Productions. These steps insure our continued growth with dozens of great new titles now in the planning stages.”

“Expect our first title of 2012 to be released within the next week,” Fortier continued. “Both Rob and me are very, very excited about the future of Airship 27 Productions.”

Sunday, December 16, 2012



Nominations for the PULP ARK 2013 Awards are now open and will close at 5 PM CST on January 15th, 2013. The awards are given in conjunction with Pulp Ark, the convention/creators' conference and the official New Pulp Convention to be held in Springdale, AR, April 26-28, 2013!  The Awards are given for excellence in the field of Pulp, including books, stories, comic books, magazines, and characters as well as creators.

To determine if a work or creator qualifies for these awards the definition for works that qualify is as follows-New Pulp is fast-paced, plot-oriented storytelling of a linear nature with clearly defined, larger than life protagonists and antagonists, creative descriptions, clever use of turns of phrase and other aspects of writing that add to the intensity and pacing of the story.

Tommy Hancock, Coordinator of Pulp Ark explains something that has become a tradition of the Pulp Ark Awards-adding categories for which awards are given.  “There will be one additional award this year added to the Pulp Ark Awards roster.  A point that is often debated within fiction circles is just what qualifies as a short story, a novella, and a novel.  Usually this argument centers around word length.   It has become increasingly apparent that stories that are longer than short, but not quite novel length are a primary part of New Pulp.  To that end, Pulp Ark will be adding an award for Best Novella of the Year as of the 2013 awards.”

“For the purposes of the Pulp Ark Awards,” Hancock continued, “A Short Story is any tale consisting of 17,500 words or less.  A Novella is any tale consisting of 17,500 words to 40,000 words.  A Novel is any work of 40,000 + words.  As with all Pulp Ark award categories, these works can be print or in ebook form or both.”

Hancock also states, “We will also give a Lifetime Achievement Award again this year as well.  A Ten Person committee selected from well-known Creators in New Pulp currently will decide the recipient of this award.  This award is given to someone who has contributed to Pulp, not necessarily just New Pulp, but to the continuation of the interest and promotion of Pulp in all its forms.” Last year’s winner of the Pulp Ark Lifetime Achievement Award was Howard Hopkins.

The only works eligible for the Pulp Ark 2013 Awards are those produced between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. Anyone can make a nomination and anyone that makes a nomination will receive a ballot on January 15th, 2013 and voting will be open until 5 PM CST on February 15, 2013. The only people voting in these eleven awards will be those who made a minimum of one nomination. Also, each individual is allowed only ONE NOMINATION PER CATEGORY. A person may nominate someone in all nine categories, but may only nominate once in each category. All nominations are confidential and sources of nominations will not be revealed. All nominations should be mailed to Tommy Hancock at The categories open for nomination are (in no particular order and this can be cut and pasted for your nominations ballot):

1. Best Novel (This includes E-books as well as print books and length must be 40,000 + words)

2. Best Collection/Anthology (This includes single author story collections and multi author anthologies.  This includes E-publications as well as print books)

3. Best short story (this includes stories that appear in short story collections, anthologies, magazines, and e magazines. If from an e-mag, the story must appear on a site identified as an e-magazine, not simply be posted on a site or blog. It includes e-publications as well as traditionally printed works. Length must be 17,500 words or less.)

4.  Best Novella (this includes stories that appear in short story collections, anthologies, magazines, and e magazines. If from an e-mag, the story must appear on a site identified as an e-magazine, not simply be posted on a site or blog. It includes e-publications as well as traditionally printed works.  Length must be 17,500- 40,000 words)

5. Best Cover Art (This is restricted to prose book publications, including e-books)

6. Best Interior Art (This is restricted to prose book publications, including e-books)

7. Best Pulp Related Comic (This refers to a series, complete run, one shot, etc. This award is for art, writing, and all other work associated with the nominated comics and the winner. This includes e-publications as well. )

8. Best Pulp Magazine (This award is for art, writing, and all other work associated with the nominated comics and the winner. This includes e-publications as well, but the e-publication must be identified as an e-magazine on the site supporting it. )

9. Best Pulp Revival (The Revival nominated must be published within the calendar year of 2012 and relates specifically to characters featured in Pulps when they were originally created. This includes epublications as well.)

10.  Best New Character (This must be a character that debuts in a New Pulp work published in 2012.  This included e-publications as well)

11. Best Author (This reward refers to the author and any author with work published in 2012 is eligible, including novels, short stories, etc. This includes e-publications as well).

12. Best New Writer (To be nominated, a writer must have been published for the first time in the pulp field in the calendar year of 2012. This includes e-publications as well).

Send all nominations to Hancock via email at

For More information on how to attend Pulp Ark 2013 as Guest, Vendor, or fan, go to for regular updates!


And now for the politicking…

The Ruby Files Vol. 1 is available for nomination for several of the 2013 Pulp Ark Awards should anyone wish to nominate them as the Pulp Ark Nominations are open to the public. Only those who make nominations can vote so, please, if you have a favorite that fits these categories (even if it's not The Ruby Files) please nominate today.

Best New Character: Rick Ruby
Best Cover Art: Mark Wheatley
Best Interior Art: Rob Moran
Best Short Story: "Wounds" by Andrew Salmon
Best Short Story: "The Case of the Wayward Brother" by Bobby Nash
Best Short Story: "Tulsa Blackie's Last Dive" by William Patrick Maynard
Best Short Story: "Die Giftige lilie" by Sean Taylor
Best Collection/Anthology: The Ruby Files Vol. 1

See you at Pulp Ark!

Friday, December 14, 2012


Artist Nik Poliwko
It was announced on the Airship 27 Productions Facebook page today that artist Nik Poliwko has been tapped to provide interior illustrations for the upcoming 2013 release of The Ruby Files Volume 2.

From the announcement:
Talented artist Nik Poliwko has signed on to do the illustrations for THE RUBY FILES Vol II to be released next year. This series follows the adventures of hard-hitting 1930s New York private eye, Rick Ruby. Volume two will contain new stories by Alan Porter, Ron Fortier & the creators of the series, Bobby Nash and Sean Taylor.

Vol. 1 Cover: Mark Wheatley
The Ruby Files Volume 1 is still available in paperback and ebook editions.
Click here for where to buy.

We here at Belle's are excited to see Nik's take on our pal, Rick Ruby.

Below are a couple of examples of Nik's artwork.
Click on images to enlarge.

Art: Nik Poliwko

Art: Nik Poliwko

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Cover: Mark Wheatley
New Pulp Author Lee Houston, Jr. listed his New Pulp Reader Christmas Recommendations at The Free Choice E-Zine website. The lists includes The Ruby Files as well as several great books by talented creators.

You can read Lee’s complete list of recommended New Pulp reads here.

The crew over at Belle's would like to thank Lee for the kind words about The Ruby Files. Maybe if we sell a few books then ol' Rick Ruby can pay off his bar tab.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Rick Ruby takes your questions #2

 Do you ever plan to settle down and get married? -- Sweet Thing in New York

If you'da asked me that questions even two years ago, I'da told you no way, never. But after the scrapes I've seen in the past few years, it does make a man rethink his choices a bit. 

The trouble is I got too many ladies around who all have a lot -- a helluva lot -- to offer. There's Donna and her... well, let's just say legs and keep it safe for the kids. Then there's Carla, and I'm sure nothing would make her happier than settlin' down, but even knowing her daddy's money could keep me fat and satisfied for a long time, I think I'd miss the action. The danger, I mean. And sweet little Edie, she's more like a kid sister, but damn if she isn't filling out in all the right places. Enough to make a man reconsider his options, if you know what I mean. And of course, and here's where it gets complicated, there's Evelyn. She's got it all, the looks, the figure, the excitement, and I'm damn sure she loves me, but there ain't no way we could ever get away with it. Not in our world. 

In the short run, no. Doesn't look like I'll be able to settle down.

In the long run, who knows.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


The creators and crew behind The Ruby Files congratulates Art Sippo and Ric Croxton on their 200th episode of The Book Cave. The hosts celebrate with shout-outs from past guests and listeners including some familiar names from The Ruby Files.

Listen now at

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Words and Art: Finding the Right Blend in Comic Book Scriptwriting

This week's roundtable at Ruby Files co-creator/writer Sean Taylor’s Bad Girls, Good Guys, and Two-Fisted Action Blog focuses specifically on comic book scriptwriting. Sean posted the top three questions he hears often at conventions or from those wanting to start writing comics or looking to turn an indie movie or small press novel into a graphic novel.

Sean assembled a collection of comic book writers together to find out what they had to say. The writers include:
Jim Beard (Ghostbusters Con-Volution, Star Wars Tales, Hawkman Secret Files)
Mike Bullock (Lions, Tigers, and Bears, The Phantom)
Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters, TMNT Splinter, A-Team)
Percival Constantine (Femforce, Kagemono, All-Star Pulp Comics)
Ron Fortier (The Green Hornet, Popeye, Street Fighter, The Ruby Files)
Dan Jurgens (Superman, Booster Gold, Teen Titans, Captain America)
Roland Mann (Cat and Mouse, Ex-Mutants, Switchblade)
John Jackson Miller (Star Wars Knight Errant, Iron Man, Mass Effect)
Michael Avon Oeming (The Victories, Powers, Thor, Red Sonja)
Bobby Nash (Lance Star: Sky Ranger, Fuzzy Bunnies from Hell, Domino Lady vs. The Mummy, The Ruby Files)
Jenny Reed (Around the World in 80 Days, Charles Darwin)
Janet Stone Wade (Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa)

You can read their answers now at

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Rick Ruby takes your questions #1

Hey, Rick, what's your favorite sidearm? -- Gun Guy in New York

I favor the
Colt Match .38, and I keep two of them on me at all times. But sometimes when I need a bigger punch, I do like the feel of my Sweet Angel, my sawed-off Springfield 315 12-gauge double barrel shotgun. She's really my best girl, in all the ways that count. (Even though I know admitting that will get me in trouble with a few gals I know.)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What have you been up to lately?

The Ruby Files co-creator/writer Bobby Nash wrote a blog post. Want to know what he’s been up to? The answers can be found at

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


UPDATE: Sean Taylor has had to cancel his appearance.
Bobby and Mike will still attend.

Meet The Ruby Files Writers/Creators Bobby Nash and Sean Taylor at a book signing on Saturday, September 8th starting at noon for the grand opening event at
New World Comics
212 E. Kivett Dr
High Point, NC 27260
Learn more about New World Comics at, Twitter, and Facebook
Phone: 336-355-6980

Also in attendance is New Legend Productions’ Michael Gordon, writer of Tiki Zombie as well as local artists and additional guests and surprises.

If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hi.

Tell ‘em Rick Ruby sent ya!

Monday, August 27, 2012


Meet The Ruby Files Writers/Creators Bobby Nash and Sean Taylor at Dragon Con - August 31 - September 3, in Atlanta, GA. Learn more about the convention at

If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hi.

Tell ‘em Rick Ruby sent ya!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Leftover Teaser Scrap...

“Heya, Donna.” 

            Rick Ruby felt the blonde dancer’s weight shift above him. 

            “Heya yourself, Rick.”

            “That was nice.”

            “Always is, Rick.”

            “Think you can do that thing with the—”

            She slapped his chest, then twirled the few scant red hairs there between her fingers. 

            “No time. I’ve got to see Eddie in a hour.” Her smile fell just a little in spite of the way she tried to hide it. “We’ve got an… appointment.”

            Rick propped up on his elbows, pushing them behind him so he could almost reach Donna Dixon’s ruby pout. “You know I don’t like you seeing Eddie. He’s bad news.”

            Donna grinned. “And you know I don’t like you seeing Evelyn.”  She traced her lips with her tongue. “Or little Miss Moneybags. But particularly Evelyn. I don’t like the way she wants to own you.”

            “Yeah, but just knowing Eddie is gonna get you killed one day, most likely.”

            “Sure, but knowing Eddie gets you the kind of information you, ahem, pay me for.”



by Sean Taylor, from a story that may or may not happen...

Monday, August 6, 2012


Meet The Ruby Files writer William Patrick Maynard, Airship 27 publisher Ron Fortier, and Airship 27 designer Rob Davis at PulpFest 2012/FarmerCon VII - August 9 - 12 in Columbus, OH. Learn more about the convention at

If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hi.

Tell ‘em Rick Ruby sent ya!

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Meet The Ruby Files writer/co-creator Bobby Nash at the Charlotte Comic Con on August 5th in Charlotte, NC (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.). Learn more about the convention at

If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hi.

Tell ‘im Rick Ruby sent ya!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Table Talk: Pulp Team-ups and Medium Mixers

Table Talk is Back!

Pull up a seat and strap yourself in for another edition of Table Talk, the (semi) regular column where New Pulp authors Barry Reese, Bobby Nash, and Mike Bullock answer questions and offer their viewpoints on a wide array of topics relating to New Pulp Fiction.

This time out, the guys tackle team ups and mixing mediums. That’s right, it’s a pulp team-up-a-palooza at Find out what classic pulp character Bobby thinks would make a good team up for Rick Ruby.
Direct link:

Join the conversation. Leave us a comment on the blog and let us know your thoughts on this topic. We’d love to hear your thoughts and questions.

Have a question you want the Table Talk Trio to answer? Send it to with "Table Talk Question" in the subject line. Also, let us know if you want attribution for the question, or you'd rather remain anonymous. Please, keep the questions pertinent to the creation of New Pulp and/or writing speculative fiction in general. We'll get the questions worked into future columns.

Follow the Table Talk Trio on Twitter @BarryReesePulp @BobbyNash @MikeABullock and Facebook.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


This week on PULPED!, The New Pulp Podcast, Tommy Hancock is joined by Author Stephen Jared, writer of JACK AND THE JUNGLE LION, its upcoming sequel ELEPHANTS OF SHANGHAI, and his latest release TEN-A-WEEK-STEALE! Listen as they discussed New Pulp, Hollywood, and Hard Boiled!

Also, Tommy is joined by Convention Connoisseur Bobby Nash to discuss why Conventions are important and why Water applied in various ways is a Con-goer's friend!

Listen now at

Thursday, July 19, 2012


There’s a great review of The Ruby Files over at Joe Bonadonna's The Dowser’s Delusions blog.

Check it out here.


Sean Taylor and Bobby Nash, writers and co-creators of the new Airship 27 anthology title, The Ruby Files stopped by The Book Cave podcast to discuss with the world of Rick Ruby, the creation of a pulp P.I., and Rick’s women. Oh, yes, Rick’s ladies.

Join Bobby, Sean, and The Book Cave’s hosts, Ric Croxtin and Dr. Art Sippo for a look at The Ruby Files on The Book Cave. You can listen now at

About The Ruby Files:


Airship 27 Productions dons its tough-guy mantle, as it premiers its newest pulp star in THE RUBY FILES. 

It was the 1930s and America was locked in the grip of the Great Depression.  Gangsters controlled the major cities while outlaws roamed the rural back country.  It was a time of Speak Easy gin-joints, Tommy-guns, fast cars and even faster dames.  This is the world of New York based Private Investigator Rick Ruby, a world he is all too familiar with.  From the back alleys of Gotham to the gold laden boulevards of Hollywood, Ruby is the shamus with a nose for trouble and an insatiable appetite for justice.  So if you’ve got a taste for hot lead and knuckle sandwiches, tug your cuffs, adjust your fedora and light up a Lucky, a brand new pulp detective is coming your way. 

Created by pulp masters, Bobby Nash & Sean Taylor, Rick Ruby echoes the tales of Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe while offering up his own brand of two-fisted action.  Joined by fellow pulp smiths Andrew Salmon & William Patrick Maynard, these modern scribes of purple prose present a quartet of tales to delight any true lover of private eye fiction. This instant classic features a gorgeous Mark Wheatley cover and eight evocative black and white illustrations by Rob Moran.

This is a book that harkens back to the classic black and white Warner Brothers gangster movies that featured James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson to name a few.  The atmosphere is gritty with a no-nonsense hero pulp fans are going to applaud from the first story to the last.  And when that last tale comes to a close, you can bet we haven’t seen the last of Rick Ruby, Private Eye.


You can find The Ruby Files at these fine booksellers:
Paperback - Amazon
Ebook - Airship 27
Paperback - Airship 27
Paperback - Indy Planet

Welcome to Belle’s!

Thursday, July 5, 2012


Meet The Ruby Files writer/co-creators Bobby Nash and Sean Taylor at The Atlanta Comic Convention on Sunday, July 8 in Atlanta, GA (11 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Learn more about the convention at

If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hi.

Tell ‘em Rick Ruby sent ya!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Meet The Ruby Files writer/co-creator Sean Taylor at FandomFest (Mid America Comic Con) on June 29-July 1 in Louisville, KY. Learn more about the convention at

If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hi.

Tell ‘im Rick Ruby sent ya!


How cool is this?

Ruby Files artist Rob Moran shared this photo on Facebook. This photo is from Thailand. The lady reading it is Tanja, a fan of Rob's from from Germany.

That's right, folks, the Ruby Files is going worldwide!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


The Ruby Files writers/co-creators Bobby Nash and Sean Taylor will be signing books at Legends of Rome on Saturday June 9, 2012 in Rome, GA from Noon - 2 p.m. Learn more about Legends at

Bobby Nash will also appear at the Knoxville Comic and Anime Con on Sunday June 10, 2012 in Knoxville, TN (con runs 6/9 - 6/10). Learn more about the convention at

If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hi.

Tell ‘em Rick Ruby sent ya!

Friday, June 1, 2012


Book Talk with Barbara Barth is a place for authors to talk about their books and share some writing tips! And for readers to find some great books and get to know the authors better.

This week, Book Talk spotlights author Bobby Nash.

Check it out at

Thursday, May 31, 2012


Despite my cracky after-convention voice, I was on Dragon Talk tonight, which aired live and is now archived. We talked about Lance Star, Domino Lady, Tales of the Rook, Evil Ways, comic books, Earthstrike Agenda, podcasts, pulp characters, conventions, and Star Trek.

You can listen at or on YouTube at

Or watch it below.

From the DragonTalk site:

#123: A Super-Hero Among Writers–Bobby Nash!

Bobby Nash is one busy personality on the convention circuit! I’m sure he’s got SOME kind of power like supersonic flight, super-speed, or teleportation in order to pull off his travel schedule and one day, I’ll catch him using it!

Bobby is a prolific writer and one of the crew of the “Earth Station One” and “Earth Station Who” podcasts.

Hang out with Bobby, Firebird, and Jon on the next episode of DragonTalk, a show broadcast with Google+ Hangouts on Air.

Watch and listen here at or on YouTube at

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Meet the newest Rick Ruby fan!

Tanja Schumacher is a journalist from Hamburg, Germany, who is a big fan of Rob Moran's artwork. She purchased a copy of THE RUBY FILES not long ago and was kind enough to send us this photo of her with the book.

Thanks, Tanja! You rock!

Monday, May 28, 2012


The Ruby Files writer and co-creator Bobby Nash will be at Con Carolinas on Saturday, June 2nd in Charlotte, NC. Check out the full guest list at

If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hi.

Tell ‘em Rick Ruby sent ya!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Oozing Cool -- Mat Nastos reviews The Ruby Files

"I’m going to be upfront here and say that I am not a big fan of hard-boiled detective fiction – it generally plays a bit cliche and flat for me. With that being said, Sean Taylor won me over with his short, 'Die Giftige Lilie.'"
-Mat Nastos, Super Genius

Monday, May 21, 2012


The Ruby Files writers and co-creators Bobby Nash and Sean Taylor will be a guests at the Alabama Phoenix Festival - May 25 - 27 in Birmingham, AL

If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hi.

Tell ‘em Rick Ruby sent ya!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Meet Sean and Bobby at Legends in Rome, GA

Meet Bobby Nash, Sean Taylor, and Michael Gordon at Legends of Rome on June 9th 12 - 2 p.m.

COMING TO Legends of Rome!
June 9th 12-2 pm!

Bobby Nash, co-creator of The Ruby Files, author of Green Hornet Casefiles, Domino Lady, Yin Yang & more.

Sean Taylor, co-creator of The Ruby Files, author of IDW's Robots vs. Zombies: This Means War, Classics Mutilated, Gene Simmon's House of Horror & more.

Also appearing is Mike Gordon, author of Tiki Zombie, publisher of Crypto Zo comic and the new Invisible Scarlet O'Neil!

Bring your art portfolios for critiques! Authors stop in to discuss getting your work published!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Sean Taylor "casts" The Ruby Files on his blog

In his question of the day for his Bad Girls, Good Guys, and Two-Fisted Action blog, Sean Taylor makes his recommendations for actors to play the key parts in his story "Die Giftig Lillie" from The Ruby Files Volume 1.

Click here for the article.

Monday, May 14, 2012


He has posted much and interviewed many upon his own website at, but now The Free Choice E-Zine grants Ruby Files writer and co-creator Sean Taylor his moment in the spotlight and ask him a few questions about Zombies, Robots, Rick Ruby, and more.

You can read the full interview at

Sunday, May 13, 2012


The Ruby Files writer and co-creator Bobby Nash and cover artist Mark Wheatley will be attending events this coming weekend. You can meet them at the following locations:

Mark Wheatley will be a guest at the Spectrum Fantastic Arts Live! - May 18-20 in Kansas City, MO

Bobby Nash will be a guest at Showcon - May 19 - 20, 2012 in Murfreesboro, TN

If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hi.

Tell ‘em Rick Ruby sent ya!

Monday, April 30, 2012


The Ruby Files co-creator and writer Bobby Nash was interviewed by Morgen Bailey for her writing blog site.

You can read the full in-depth interview at


The Ruby Files writers and co-creators Bobby Nash and Sean Taylor, Airship 27 publisher Ron Fortier, and cover artist Mark Wheatley are all attending various Free Comic Book Day celebrations on Saturday, May 5th around the country. You can meet them at the following locations:

Bobby Nash - Richard’s Comics and Collectables in Greenville, SC -
Ron Fortier  - Gryphon Games & Comics in Fort Collins, CO -
Sean Taylor - Galactic Quest Comics in Buford, GA -
Mark Wheatley - Beyond Comics in Frederick, MD -

Learn more about Free Comic Book Day at