While Chuck is busy organizing and repairing his hangar, we have not been idle either! We have recorded and uploaded our first Youtube video! Took us long enough, didn’t it? It’s an instruction on “How to draw Chuck”. It’s not very impressive yet, but it’s just a test run for us to try recording, cutting and publishing etc. It’s a bit early to say, but I think we may have acquired a taste here! I’m sure there will be more videos to come in the future!
The reason we started with this video in particular is that we have a contest coming up soon. We’re still working on the details, but please stay tuned!
You guys know which movie Chuck is talking about, right?! Or are we really dating ourselves here? We grew up with all the 80′s movies and so, by default, so did Chuck even though he’s not quite as old as us.
I personally love looking at and into old hangars. You never know what you’ll find in there (of course there is the occasional rat to deal with) and I have seen some great things. Unfortunately I don’t get around the really small airports much anymore flying the heavy helicopters (Chucks hangar would probably be blown down by a Skycrane) but occasionally we end up near old hangars. The best part is if you end up running into some great guy who is in the middle of restoring a really cool plane. I have to say, I have never run into anybody in an old hangar that wasn’t excited to share his and/or his aircraft’s story. Imagine taking a tour through some of the old “Skunk Works” hangars?!!
What are some cool airports with interesting old hangars you guys have stumbled across?
I am pretty sure I am not the only one who has jumped on “a good deal” before, only to wonder later why I purchased something I don’t really need. Other times I stand in front of the grocery shelve for hours and end up selecting, for example, a certain cut of meat because it’s a dollar cheaper while on the same day pulling the trigger on a new 300 dollar tool I just have to have without even thinking twice about it.
Maybe Chuck and I are alike in a lot of ways even though I would like to think my landing skills are a little better than his …
Roses are red, violets are blue, I have no idea what to write today, so here’s some poetry for you! Hey that even rhymes! Now isn’t that awesome? But now what rhymes with awesome? I guess nothing but possum.
It’s always good to be prepared! And Chuck seems to have learned his lesson from the day he broke his glasses. But, all jokes aside, I’m sure some of you have replacement sunglasses stacked away somewhere, right?
We sent this strip to some magazines, but were debating if we should use it on our website, because it’s one of those with pilot gobbledygook that may not be easily understandable for pedestrians. But then we thought, why not! So, if you have no idea what the guy in the tower is saying in the last panel, here’s the explanation:
“ELT” is short for “Emergency Locator Transmitter“, which is a distress radio beacon that activates automatically in case of a crash. It sometimes is set off when a landing is too rough. “CAP” is short for “Civil Air Patrol“, which is the civil auxiliary organization of the US Air Force which engages in Search and Rescue missions (among many other things).
Well, I guess Mike could write more about power line survey flights than me, but he’s flying right now. Not in a helicopter, but in the passenger seat of an airliner. But I guess that doesn’t exactly minimize the risk of having somebody with smelly feet around. Plus, on airliners, people even take their shoes off too!
Anyway, on to more serious stuff. I’ve been thinking about commenting about the shooting in Paris, because we’re usually not big on political stuff here. But it’s very sad that, just a couple of day after I write about empathy and understanding, and how people and groups are pitted against each other, the terror incident in Paris happened. As a cartoonist, it hits close to home.
People who commit such acts truly have very, very narrow minds and I feel pity for them. Not as much as for the victims, by far. But if you end up in a place like those murderers, your life must suck pretty bad.
Norway did such a great job after the Breivik shootings in NOT reacting with a police state reflex, and keeping an open society and upholding their values. I sure hope the French and all other Europeans can follow their example.
When I heard the news, I instantly felt really, really angry. But we need to be careful who we direct our anger against and not not fall into the „us vs. them“ trap. Of course, the murderers should be brought to justice and contemplate their actions behind bars for the rest of their lives. But we need to approach the underlying problem, which, in my humble opinion is a lack of education and love, and the bad childhoods that form monsters like that.
Violence breeds violence. But philosophy can prevent and cure fanaticism and peaceful parenting can prevent the emergence of psychopaths.
Love and peace!
This comic strip would be the perfect starting point for a fully-fledged philosophical exposé on how there are always different sides to every story, how perception shapes our realities, how different realities can coexist, and how important empathy and the ability to see things through other people’s eyes is. One could then draw parallels from personal relations to societal discussions and even international relations and investigate why sometimes it appears that our empathy seems to be stifled on purpose by so many issues being framed in black and white, or good vs. evil, or us vs. them. Do those simple narratives pander to our simple minds? Or are our minds being kept simple on purpose, because otherwise the age-old strategy of divide and conquer would be less effective? And if the latter is the case, who’s dividing and conquering?
Alas, ain’t nobody got time for that.
Also, I prefer talking about these things over a beer, not on a comic website, haha!
Happy New Year, everyone! Hope you’re all starting this year like Chuck: Full of optimism and with a can-do attitude that extends beyond the imagination of mere mortals! Looking forward to a great year 2015 and hope to see all y’all (or is it “all y’alls”? Somebody from Texas, please help out) around our online premises often!
Whoa! It’s Tuesday! I totally lost my track of time the last few days and just discovered that I should upload a comic strip for you guys today! The last week was a bit chaotic. First I was sick, with a sore throat and fever, perfectly timed for Christmas eve, then my wife got a little bit sick, then our son… in fact half of our extended family is sick with the same symptoms. Add to that the normal Christmas madness and you can see how somebody like me, who’s starting off with a basic state of confusion and bad time management can be thrown out of joint.
So, please forgive the delay! I hope you enjoy our last strip for 2014! We wish you all a great New Years Eve, a good start into the new year and that all your wishes for 2015 may come true! And we hope to see you all on the other side and that you’ll keep reading the Chicken Wings antics yet to come!