Fellow Aviators behold! We have another Airplane Coloring Book!
We were down to only 3 boxes of our first coloring book and it was time to re-print. So we thought instead of re-printing the same thing,
let’s just make a completely new coloring book with new images. And this is what we came up with.
Having some experience with coloring books by now we made some changes which should improve your kids’ (or your) coloring experience. We spent a good deal of time test-coloring on all kinds of different papers in order to find one that’s rough enough so the crayon sticks to it well and thick enough so you don’t have colors shine through when you flip the page, yet thin enough to keep shipping costs low. The test coloring was the fun part!
We have also changed the font so it shows upper and lower case letters properly in case schools wanted to use it. This was something we didn’t think of when we made our first coloring book. We had an Elementary School class help us with the aircraft descriptions and bylines and make the appropriate corrections to our less than perfect English skills. Thank you Mrs. Breaux and the kids of Summerville Elementary School for your help! We also set out to find a small business local printer instead of giving our money to a big corporate machine.
The cover is just as glossy but we made it a little thinner to improve shipping costs for our wholesale customers. Just like in the last book we have a great mix of airplanes, jets, helicopters, and puzzles in there and added a few firefighting aircraft, which of course are near and dear to Mike’s heart.
Amazing how much thought and planning goes into a simple coloring book, isn’t it?
But wait, there’s more! Best of all, we were able to get you a lower price!
And as always, please write us and tell us what you think!
We have great news for all our friends and fans from Italy! Our first book has just been published in Italian! We have started a partnership with an Italian publisher, and the great folks at LoGisma Editore have embarked on the project of translating all our work into Italian. The plan is to publish all our books, one by one, in the order they were published by us. So, logically, our first book was the first in line.
For all the Facebookers among you, there is a “Chicken Wings Italia” Facebook page that you can like and share.
So, dear friends and fans in Italy, please help us make this a success! Show your support to our friends at LoGisma and JP4 magazine (who have been translating and printing our strips for many years now) so you can soon enjoy all our stuff in Italian!
Spring is in full swing, at least in most places, and here are some news from the coop for you!
FAVORITE CHARACTER CONTEST
It’s time for another contest!
We want to know who your favorite Chicken Wings Character is! Simply post his or her name and a short explanation why you like them underneath todays comic and/or on facebook. Or you can tweet us as well.
You’ll automatically be entered into a drawing for a “No decaf” coffee mug! As a second prize we’ll also give away our new book “Chucks Helicopter Adventures”.
The rules are simple and we’ll randomly draw the names next Monday and announce the winner next Tuesday!
Stefan is going to be at the AERO convention in Friedrichshafen again. This year, instead of just roaming the halls, he will be signing books at the Fliegermagazin booth!
So everybody who will be there on Thursday or Friday, be sure to drop by and say hi! The exact times of the signing aren’t set yet, but we will keep you updated on our website and Facebook page.
The show goes from Wednesday, April 9th to Saturday, April 12th.
Take a look at “Tozzle Words“, an iPhone app for kids. It is a very well made word puzzle that teaches kids how to spell in multiple entertaining levels of playful learning.
The developers put a lot of almost neurotic love for detail in the game. Stefan was hired for the graphics, as long-time readers of Chicken Wings will be quickly able to tell by the drawing style. Check it out!
I wonder if curling is the sport he would pick, but as long as heli skiing is not an Olympic discipline, I can’t think of a more suitable sport. At least he can keep on his sunglasses then!
Well it’s been a while since we had some extra-curricular activities here at Roost Air, but now we finally have some news again for you! Here we go …
15% CHRISTMAS DISCOUNT
Born out of the necessity to ship you your goodies on time, our Christmas Discount in our online shops has now turned into a yearly tradition for us! This year it’s 15% across the board, if you place your order until Tuesday, December 10th.
Important: You must enter the promo code CHRISTMAS at checkout for the discount to work! Happy shopping!
CHUCK’S HELICOPTER ADVENTURES
This is our first comic book just for you with 36 pages of Chuck’s helicopter adventures!
We are trying something new this time by going with a classic comic book / magazine type format and focusing simply on just a bunch of Chuck’s colorful helicopter comics. By dropping the fancy thick book cover we are able to give this to you for a classic comic book price as well.
Included in this book are our collection of helicopter and helicopter-related strips from Chuck’s adventures, some of them from our other books but with previously unpublished material included as well.
Also new is that we are including a few very early black-and-white classics with a little history about how they came to be and stories about the initial days of Chicken Wings.
You can now pay us with Bitcoin! Our shop software doesn’t enable us yet to offer you an integrated payment system, so we can only do this manually. Just send us an email with a list of stuff you want to buy, your address and any gift or promo codes you potentially possess, and we will reply to you as quickly as possible with the total of your purchase in Bitcoin currency, and the Bitcoin address for the transaction.
The price of Bitcoin is volatile. In order to be fair to both parties and even out some of the daily spikes, we will look up the global average price of the day that you sent your email on bitcoinaverage.com and use the daily average exchange rate for our conversion.
Stef wanted to do this for over a year now, but those of us who know us, also know how slow we are with implementing changes in our website. But now that Bitcoin got a new level of publicity, we want to seize the opportunity to jump on the bandwagon. If we’re late or early, time will tell, but we’re intrigued by the idea of a truly decentralized global currency and wanted to contribute our tiny share to its success.
Calling all Chicken Wings fans from Austria and vincinity! I will be going to Air Expo in Zell am See, Austria next weekend! It takes place on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 7th and 8th) at the Zell am See airport. We’ll have our own Chicken Wings booth! So, if you’re already planning on going there, please make sure to drop by and pay me a visit at our table! I’ll be there the whole time, flogging and signing our books.
If you live close by and are still on the fence, well, now you’ve got another reason to go! And if you’re based somewhere further away, you can maybe combine the visit to the expo with a short vacation in the beautiful landscape of Salzburg. There’s a very beautiful lake, just a stone’s throw away from the airport, as the name “Zell am See” suggests.
Hope to see you there!
EDIT: I originally posted the wrong days: It’s Saturday and Sunday, 7.-8. Sept. !!
We have made a few changes in our online shops. From now on, our “Chicken Wings Combo” will include all 4 books for a great price.
It’s the same thing though. Why does it have two different names then? We don’t know. It was Chuck’s decision.
But here is what it is: We took all of our books and mixed them together with the 3 Martin Leeuwis books that also feature our comics. These 3 Books feature aviation comics and cartoons from artists from all over the world (the highlight being Chuck and Julio, of course. Duh!).
And to top it off we have also added the latest Ding Duck Book from our dear friend Gary Clark. It’s a collection of all kinds of Ding Duck and Aviation related comics from the famous Australian Comic series “The Swamp”.
So, if you like reading aviation cartoons about everything related to flying from gliders to military jets. Everything in between, and see chickens and ducks fly, this will be your best source!
Hey there people, check out what we found in our inbox the other day! A reader of ours, 13 year old Roos from the Netherlands drew some fan art for us. One piece is a fusion of the cartoon series Samurai Jack and Chicken Wings, featuring Julio as a futuristic hero, and the other one is a rendering of Chuck and Julio as toddlers.
What do you think? Not bad, huh? Actually, her drawing style looks a lot like my own when I was her age. So maybe young Roos will also turn out to be a comic artist at some point!
As every year, we have a special Christmas Deal for you! Get your orders in early, so you can receive delivery before the end of the world at December 21st!
New Ding Duck Book!
We also proudly present the newest book by Gary Clark, “Ding Duck – I Want To Fly”, featuring the famous Ding Duck from the highly successful comic series “The Swamp” coming out of Australia.
This book is a snapshot of the wonderful and diverse world of aviation…It is about Commercial Air Transport, Military Jets, Helicopters, Aerobatics, General Aviation, Recreational Flying, and… Duck. Mostly it’s about Duck aviation… In particular one unique Duck named Ding.
Merry Christmas Shopping everybody!
With this November being our last month of celebrating 10 years of Chicken Wings, it’s time for one last anniversary contest!
As price for the winner we will give out one of our last remaining “Silver Chickens”. And this time we will also have a runner-up, or second winner, or whatever you want to call it, who will receive either a copy of
our new book or a t-shirt of his or her choosing should he or she already have book number 4.
Here is what the new contest is all about, it’s pretty simple:
Or, should you have no ideas for a new shirt,
tell us which one of our shirts is your favorite!
Every entry qualifies! We will choose a winner on Thursday next week, the 22nd of November.
So, what say you? Post away! Let’s get this show on the road, uhm, I mean, in the air! We can’t wait to see what you guys are cooking up!