Cleanup

Cleanup

A pilot asking for a sponge or mop is never a good thing. They were probably the words I dreaded the most back when I was working as a mechanic full time. I can deal with people spilling oil or hydraulic fluid, but bodily fluids aren’t quite my thing. There was one plane in particular, that had vomit on the bottom of the dashboard! On the back side of the instruments! How that got underneath and back there I have no idea, nor do I ever want to know. They definitely were doing some Chuck-type maneuvering when the passenger lost it …

A classic “maneuver” was always the pockets in the doors of the Cessna’s (or worse, the right side of a low-wing Piper – with the Cessna you can at least take the door off and hose it down). It must be a natural thing to want to turn your head away from your pilot and/or other passenger, then have everything run down the side of the door and inside the pouch on the door. Good thing we were only dealing with tears in this instance.

New Website!

I did it!! Yay!! I pulled the trigger, took the leap and after years of procrastination, finally revamped our website!

While on the front end it probably just looked antiquated, the back end of the site was an outdated and botched mess. Those behind-the-scenes changes should make the website faster and more reliable.

The biggest change you should be able to notice is that the comics are now bigger and the website is responsive, so it should scale down nicely on mobile devices.

I haven’t gotten every detail right yet. The main function (the comics) should work okay, but the whole thing is still a work in progress.

A few functions that we had on our old site will no longer be available, or maybe restored at a later point. E.g. our email feed had a reach in the single digits. The „link list“ was something straight out of the 90s and the advertisements were just a distraction with no significant revenue. Another prime objective was to de-clutter the site, so don’t expect as many buttons and gimmicks as on the older version.

I hope you enjoy the new look! Please be kind and overlook some of the glitches! I appreciate bug reports though!

CHECK YOUR SIX!

New book out soon! Preorder now!

Rejoice! The day is nigh! Our new book is being printed right now! This time it took us less than two years. How about that? We’ll be officially releasing it at the AERO Expo in Friedrichshafen next month (April 18-21). 

If you want to be the first to lay your excited little fingers on this new literary masterpiece, you can come visit us in the artist section at AERO (AEROkunst in Foyer Ost). If you can’t make it there, you can preorder your copy now and we’ll ship it out as soon as we’re back (which will be on April 23rd).

Here are the links to our online shops:
Shop EUROPE
Shop USA
(You can also just click on the image below)

Looking forward to many trips to the post office! 🙂

Chicken Wings 6 - Check Your Six

Chicken Wings 6 – Check Your Six: Against all odds, Roost Air is still in business. ­Julio deserves a medal for sticking around this long. Chuck acquires a hangar to move his Corsair ­project along but might get a little sidetracked. Jason is still ­struggling to pass his pilot’s exam which is no surprise when you look at his ­instructor. Hans tries new management strategies and the hangar gets painted. In the end, Chuck makes a flawless landing … or does he?

78 pages, full color. 
Product dimensions: A4, 29,7 x 21 x 5,5 cm, 375g 
ISBN 978-1-5323-6929-2 
Published by Michael and Stefan Strasser

PS: I know, I know, the website is still branded with our last book … I’ll get around to that shortly!

AERO 2018 / New book coming soon!

Hey there folks!

We have a couple of announcements to make: Firstly, we will attend the AERO 2018 in Friedrichshafen next month (April 18 – 21). And yes, you read that right, I said “we”, because my brother will come too, which will make it our first joint public appearance since Oshkosh 2012. So, everybody who wants to meet both Chicken Wings authors at the same time, seize this rare opportunity and stop by at our table in the artist section! More details to follow.

Chicken Wings 6 is on the way

And if you need another incentive to come: We will present our latest book there! Yes, that’s right, this time it took us less than two years to come up with a new book! Stay tuned for more details! We’ll reveal the title and the cover soon!

Book 6 Coming Soon

New plans / new website schedule

Hear, hear, all you poultry fans! Some changes are afoot!

For quite a while now, Mike and I have had the feeling that things are a bit stagnant here in the Chicken Wings Empire. We’ve been mulling over different ideas, projects and strategies and have decided that we need to make a few changes.

This is going to be a long blog, so for the impatient ones among you, here’s the general idea in a nutshell up front: We’re going to reduce the bottle neck of our operation, which is to produce enough strips for our website on a semi-weekly basis and direct the energy into all the other Chicken Wings related projects that we have neglected over the recent years. Most importantly: Try to finally get Chicken Wings animated! Also, we want to shift into some sort of fan-based crowd funding instead of solely relying on magazines and book sales.

Here is the long version:

We will let you in on a bit of the financial, organizational and marketing backside of Chicken Wings. We really love and enjoy making this comic. However, at the end of the day, it is a for-profit operation. The older we get, the bigger the pressure becomes of being grown-ups and productive members of society. Children and family responsibilities, mortgages, taxes, you know how it goes. Many a hobby has fallen victim to this development. Keeping Chicken Wings a profit oriented venture is what has allowed us to come this far.

But even though it is for profit, we can’t say that said profit is substantial. The dream we had when we started, to one day be able to do this full time, has not materialized in 15 years. We both have gotten more and more tangled up with other stuff to make ends meet. Mike has always been more focused on his career, flying all over the States and the world with ever larger helicopters, and in my case, the scenario has shifted significantly since I became a father a few years back. Those of you who are parents themselves can probably relate. The pressure is on! In my need to create a steady income, I have drifted further and further from drawing comics towards „normal“ graphic design jobs and projects.

Parallel to that development, the media world has been changing at an incredible pace. As of now, getting our comics published in magazines is still the cornerstone of our operation. The website is more of a showcase with no substantial revenue, and the books are also a very minor part of our income. We love all the great publications out there who print our strips! May they live long and prosper! But the truth is that the world of print is in decline and that we can’t rely on this to be the major pillar of our operation for the next decades.

Looking at these inside and outside developments, we don’t like the direction this is heading. If we don’t try something new, we see the risk of Chicken Wings fizzling out at some point in the future. And we certainly don’t want that to happen!

Since we can’t work much harder, we want to now work smarter and try something new. This meant to find the operational bottle neck that allows us to free up some resources to redirect. That bottle neck is our website. Those of you who followed us from the beginning may remember that we started out with one comic strip per week. Then we went megalomaniacal and switched to three strips per week, but it soon turned out that this wasn’t sustainable, so we dialed it back to two. Now we’ve decided to go back to one strip every Tuesday.

But don’t despair! We actually have awesome plans! See, what we really, really want to do, and wanted to do for many years, is to turn this whole thing into an animated show of some kind. We’ve tried a couple of different routes in the past, through Mike’s connections to the Hollywood world, but alas, even though it once looked very promising, nothing materialized in the end. In the meantime technology advanced, and I started to get familiar with some animation software, so we decided to try another approach: Do it ourselves, publish it on Youtube and try to finance the whole thing through crowd funding, via Patreon, Paypal and/or similar avenues. We want to start with a few short clips and then try to build up some steam and see how much work this actually turns out to be and how well the crowd funding strategy works.

Avid readers of our blogs may know that revamping our website is another project that has been on the back burner for many years now. So I hope to be able to finally get around to do that too. We also need to restructure our online shops (for a variety of reasons). Add to that a couple of new book concepts and merchandise ideas (maybe a new t-shirt or a new silver coin (people have been asking for them)), and we have our work cut out for us!

By the way, we know that we have many readers from all walks of life and with all kinds of professional knowledge. If any of you have suggestions or input regarding our new plans about animation and/or crowd funding, or any suggestions at all really, please tell us! For us it’s pretty much uncharted territory. Any feedback is welcome! I guess one of the main questions is: Do you think it would be feasible to rely on regular donations in return for a self-published show? Would you be willing to pay a couple of bucks a month for us to do this? We’ve seen other people do it, but we just have a hard time judging if we could achieve a sustainable scale. We are going to try it either way, because we think only time will tell, but it would be nice to get a sense of how realistic the whole idea is in advance.

We can’t give you a concrete deadline on when the first animation will be ready, but it will take some time. We hope that all of you, friends, fans, casual readers, remain as loyal and awesome as you have been so far and stick with us during this new adventure!new-schedule-2017

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