Everybody who’s on a limited budget knows this feeling. And I think it is safe to assume that there are very very few people in this world whose budget is not limited in some way. After all, not everyone is meant to become a comic artist!
And we’d like to take this opportunity of Chuck and Julio flipping through the well known yellow papered magazine to give a shoutout to the friendly folks at Trade-A-Plane! They were the first to publish our strips in the United States and are our longest continuing accomplices in bringing Chuck’s adventures to your attention! So we’d just like to say thank you and here’s to many years more of Chuck and his gang being printed with a slightly yellow hue!
Man, sometimes I wish I had employees that I could tell to go and clean my office. But then, on the other hand, I wouldn’t want anybody to touch anything in my office, because I’d be afraid not to find things anymore. After all, I know my way around this creative chaos.
By the way, check out our Chicken Wings Facebook page! Alastair, a reader of ours, sparked a “Chuck Alike” contest, where people post images in which they look like Chuck. It’s not an “official” contest, because there are no rules or deadlines, so all that’s in it for you right now is fame and glory, but Mike and I will definitely think up some sort or reward, prize or ‘thank you’.
I feel a lot of sympathy for Chuck here. Granted, I don’t have an old German steel helmet in my office, but besides that my desk looks pretty much like the table in this strip, just with more paper. For my new office I got one of those inclined drawing tables with the intention of keeping at least this one surface free at all times. It turns out that the fact it is inclined physically limits the height of the piles that can be put on it, but not my tendency to produce big paper piles in general.
Oh well, I always put it down to “creative chaos”. Lucky for me that I have a creative job or I wouldn’t even have that excuse!
Will Chuck ever finish his Corsair? I guess you’ll have to wait for 30 years and see! As you know, good things come to those who wait. I sure hope we’ll still be around then to crack jokes about him!
We keep hearing a lot about these new developments in solar powered planes. Many of you have written and posted in the forum but thus far we have never actually seen one in real life. So this is Roost Air’s take on electric planes for now. Enjoy!
This one is another one of those strips written by real life. I don’t remember exactly what we were doing. I think it was a tester of some sort and we were doing something a little more complicated than checking a battery. (Forgive me for not remembering the details but this was 8 years ago and I can barely remember what I had for breakfast today).
I was in the cockpit and another mechanic was hooking everything up like Julio is in this strip and what is written in this strip is exactly what happened. It took us a little while to figure out how to work our test equipment properly and tech reps were called upon but we figured the problem out eventually. At least that’s how I remember it.
Everybody is looking for someone, right? And the lucky ones among us found someone. At least Chuck is lucky enough to have found someone to do the inventory in the parts room!
This strip was conceived after I told Stefan about the last strip I wrote down (the previous strip). After telling him the background story and showing him my scribbles and sad attempts of drawing Chuck running, we suddenly had two great strips that are “classical Chuck”.
It’s always better when you can bounce your ideas off another writer and toss thoughts back and forth. It sure works for us, I believe.
This one came from a conversation with the chief pilot of one of the local fire departments here in the greater LA area. He had one of their helicopters at our ramp for some overhaul work and Nobu and him were standing around and catching up. I walked over and joked “Hey, there is an FAA guy here. I think he’s looking for you!” and he jokingly did the exact same thing we have Chuck do in this strip.
Good times were had and a new strip was born.
Good thing Julio has the new “state of the art foreign object scanning and removal device” handy! (See previous strip if you’re confused now.)