Poor Chuck. There he goes and picks out a beautiful tree that fits perfectly into the hangar and now he has to move it into the tiny chicken office. I’m not sure if you guys are aware of the exact layout of Roost-Air but they do not have a grand front office and flight desk facilities Million Air has. Who of you all in here has worked for a tiny operator like Roost-Air before?
Well, Christmas is approaching fast and I hope you all have your Christmas shopping done already. We are still receiving orders and we will send them all out as soon as we can but please keep in mind that by now the postal services are probably too overloaded to have them delivered in time for Christmas Eve. In my case, for example, it wouldn’t matter since “my chick” and I are both working and we’d have to celebrate later. Oh, the joys of making a living in the aviation/fire/emergency profession …
The end is near! Only a couple of weeks to go and 2014 is over and done with. And that means Christmas is even nearer! Maybe some of you have already put up their Christmas tree, like Chuck has. My in-laws actually have a Christmas tree plantation they run as a little side business, so we always have access to the best Christmas trees. However, this year, we’ll skip the tree altogether, for a variety of logistical reasons. One of which is the fact that the new guy who moved in with us last year would probably tear it down and rip off everything on the lower branches. Now that he can walk, it means constant vigilance for us parents anyway, but we think that the psychological pull of a decorated tree would be just too irresistible and too much for us to handle on top of everything else. Well, next year, I’m sure things will have changed again!
Seems Hans is getting some ideas from the NSA. Of course the equipment he uses looks more like it’s from the era of the Armed Forces Security Agency in WWII. But I admit that that’s more because of my limitations as an artist. You see, it’s a bit of a dilemma that all electronic equipment gets smaller and smaller and looks more and more the same. Nowadays, if you want to draw somebody listening to music, taking a photo, filming or looking something up on the internet, you can do all that by drawing a small rectangle that represents a smartphone. But while on one hand that’s easy to draw, on the other hand, it’s not that easy to actually show what’s really going on. In the days of the grammophone or the ghetto blaster, it was way easier to symbolize somebody as listening to music than nowadays, when people use rice grain sized iPods and pea sized earbuds. Try drawing that without a .18 technical pen and so that you can still see what’s going on!
Oh, and the whole idea of Chuck and Julio building radio controlled cars is based on real life (again). Apparently, after flying day in and day out, my brother tends to gravitate towards hobbies that have nothing to do with aviation!
Well, it seems Chuck has survived “Cyborg Monday” unscathed! We hope you did too, and that none of you got injured during Black Friday either. The discounts in our shops are now phased out, and we have sent out (almost) all the packages already. Thanks again to everyone who ordered!
But even though no physical harm has come to Chuck, now he gets his feelings hurt again, poor fella.
Oh, and I apologize for the fact that the Corsair doesn’t look quite in scale again in this comic. But if you have ever seen the impressive sight of a Corsair in real life, you will understand, that it’d be impossible to fit it’s humongous fuselage in the picture if I didn’t scale it down a bit. I do that with the Twin Otter too, by the way.
Whenever you’re working on something, be it a car, plane or other machine, or when you’re cooking or doing repairs in the house, there’s nothing better than having a henchman who’s actively thinking along and ahead, and already has the right tool ready for you when you need it. My father in law is a great example for that. Working with that man is a pleasure! And no, I’m not sucking up, I don’t think he reads this blog!
Chuck isn’t doing that bad either here. And I am sure most of us would probably have walked away at the same point.
I also try to be a good henchman whenever there’s a call for it. And an important trait for an henchman is to know your position. Don’t wander off trying to do something else productive, but rather focus on your supporting role and facilitate the main person’s work. Oh, and don’t give too much or uncalled for advice. Execute orders faithfully… Are there “commandments for good henchmen” out there? Do you know other important points?
And once again Chuck is near the tool cabinet! Apparently he is one of the guys who didn’t read my last post. I love this strip. Julio is a quick thinker! It seems for Stefan and I, Star Wars references are like fart jokes, they never get old, HAHA!
I often wonder how much truth there really is in certain sayings and proverbs. Particularly in those who have an equally valid but totally contradicting message. “Opposites attract” versus “birds of a feather flock together” are a great example of this. Or “great minds think alike” versus “fools seldom differ”, or “absence makes the hear grow fonder” versus “out of sight, out of mind.”
Well, I’m confused. How am I supposed to live a happy life and make wise decisions when the wisdoms I receive are so convoluted? It’s almost as if I would have to think for myself and make up my own mind! The horror!
This is one of the strips that was inspired by a discussion in our forum or on our Facebook group, although I can’t remember who came up with the idea of “throwing tools” and when. But it certainly is a strategy that will save Julio a lot of money in the long run!
Well, we could have thought of that ourselves, but we didn’t. Fortunately we have attentive and imaginative readers, such as Karl Winters, who wrote us to suggest that the Roost Air Crew might participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge. Well, there you go, Karl. Happy now? I think Julio might want a word with you, as soon as he wakes up!
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!