Aero into the Aether began as "Aero Among the Signs" in Aero's first comic book in 1980. Several unpublished chapters followed until the saga took an almost 20 year pause. This complete Aero adventure is now available as a 158 page graphic novel published by Penumbra Music Press in 2015.
Conversations in the Aether is the most recent installment of the ongoing adventures of Aero, a followup to last years comix commentary on on Paul Klee’s 1923 Pedagogical Sketchbook, published as Aerosophical Sketchbook (Penumbra Music Press, 2013).
"Aero first appeared in my sketch pad one evening in March of 1979, a pointed little stick figure in the midst of more agitated automatic drawing, ... a shard of bare paper carved out by more densely inked and jagged lines, a still and silent observer of cross-hatched frenetic action. All my thirty five years of fascination with the characters and panels of the comics, my hours of devotion to the exploits of Little Lulu, Henry, Smokey Stover, Dagwood, the Little King, and Little Iodine suddenly had legs and an insider's eye on where new adventures might lead." (Hal Rammel, introductory essay to Aero Through the Ages, 2009).)
Aero’s first adventures appeared in Aero Into the Aether (Chicago: Black Swan Press, 1981) and Song of an Aeropteryx (Chicago: Black Swan Press, 1983). Subsequent cartoons and comix have been published in the pages of Aero Through the Ages (Chicago: Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2009), Aero: An Unfolding Adventure (Milwaukee: Woodland Pattern Book Center, 2011), and Aerosophical Sketchbook (Grafton: Penumbra Music, 2013).
From reviews of the first Aero comix in the early 1980s:
”Aero is a arrow-form mime, adrift in a world of black and white, appearing in illustrated surrealist poetry and in his own silent strip, "Aero Among the Signs." It is all solid stuff, kind of like Kenneth Patchen meets George Herriman.” (Cat Yronwode, The Comic Buyer’s Guide, May 1981)
”Rammel creates an amusing, touching, expressive succession of dream-images that trace the voyage of the central character through an abstracted landscape of nuclear power plants, cityscapes, menacing clothespins, and medieval-looking fortresses and castles. Aero’s journey is amusing and enveloping, and Rammel gives us a fluid evolution of visual impressions that are a study in the possibilities of metamorphosis, distortion, and shifting planes of reality. What’s notable is the uncompromised allusiveness of the conception and execution.” (Dale Luciano, The Comics Journal, September 1981)