Every now and then I upload a strip where I have no idea which title I could use. First and foremost, it’s important that it doesn’t give away the punchline. But it would also be nice if it would describe what’s in the strip, and in a best case scenario it is even funny in itself, or contributes towards the gag. Sometimes I just draw blanks. And that’s when I come up with a title like today. Sigh, the life of a comic artist can be difficult, I tell you!
Here’s a shoutout to Julie, one of our biggest fans out there! If you’ve ever been to an air show, you probably have met her, if only unknowingly. But I think there’s no air show she doesn’t go to. Thanks for giving us the idea for this strip!
There’s something about the smell of machinery, isn’t there? Modes of transportation in particular. Maybe we associate that smell with freedom? No wonder some people sniff gasoline.
By the time you read this, Mike and I have already been skiing a week, hopefully with lots of snow! Right now, as I’m typing this in advance, the weather forecast doesn’t look too bad, not a lot of sun, but at least enough snow. But we ski in almost any type of weather anyway. It’s an outdoor sport, after all! Except when it’s raining, that’s the only type of weather that makes us pack our stuff and leave the mountain.
Maybe Chuck should try to pursue a career at the FAA. After all, he’s also here to help! I remember, when I was a kid, that “helping” my dad was the greatest thing, whenever he was building or repairing something around the house. Looking back, I think it usually consisted of the type of help that Chuck is now enlisted for, but at the time it felt really great to be of assistance.
So many problems go away if you just ignore them. Of course, you have to have a relaxed attitude like Chuck to ignore them thoroughly enough so that they don’t nag at you at the back of your mind. I wish I could pull that off more often. Especially writing (i.e. coming up with ideas) is hard when you think of all the things you should be doing.
Actually, a lot of problems *do* go away if you wait a little while. I use this tactic sometimes in real life, although it takes some kind of discernment to tell the appropriate cases from the inappropriate ones.
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I remember when I was visiting my brother in Las Vegas and somewhere not too far from his house there was a police raid or something going on. There were quite a few helicopters hovering above the scene. Amazingly, my brother could tell me which models of helicopters they were (and I guess even the engines, but there was no way I could confirm that), before we could even see them. I was impressed! Of course this only impresses people if they can at least visually recognize an aircraft type to begin with.
As a rookie, I can tell an airplane from a helicopter and a turbine from a piston engine by the sound of it. Which is enough to impress the ladies. Well, most ladies, not my wife who calls me a smartass when I do that.
This is another one of my personal favorites. The artwork is great and the glider looks like you can step in and fly away. But the ending in this one is something we haven’t done before. We wanted to lead up to a certain obvious punch line and then end with something that makes absolutely no sense. Or does it?
Maybe our heroes are deeper than we think. HA HA, yeah, right.
Also, I have finally started to post pictures from my adventures in Oshkosh! Check them out in the forum under “Oshkosh 2011”. And join us in the forum if you haven’t yet. We always love to see new faces!