We have a very special day coming up! On November 8th, 2001, we sat down at night and invented Chicken Wings on a paper towel. So we have a few special happenings lined up for the month of November!
And we’ll start with this one: Some of you may be familiar with the American One-Dollar Silver Coin, the Silver Eagle. Now we’re proud to present “The Silver Chicken”!!
In the last years we have noticed that there is definitely a shortage of chicken and/or F4U Corsair coins out there. The Americans have the Eagle, the Chinese the Panda, the Australians the Kangaroo, the Canadians the Maple Leaf, the Somali the Elephant, and so on. You get the point. But no chickens!
So we decided to make our own, in order to do something special to commemorate the coming 10 year anniversary of Chicken Wings. We will use this coin as prize for more contests and events but you can also buy it online as a fun, special, and slightly different gift until our fourth book is ready.
The coins are made out of one ounze of pure silver and we have a very limited quantity minted at this time. And we will maintain a list on where these coins initially went to. A few of them we want to keep ourselves but you can have a limited amount. And the great thing about these coins is (as compared to challenge coins or other cheaper medaillions) that they will always be worth it’s weight in silver, so even your great-grandchildren will be able to inherit something of value, even if Chicken Wings ends up being forgotten by that time.
“Please Wait, to be seated” is the third book of the very succesful aviation cartoon collection put together by Martin Leeuwis. It’s now avaliable in both Chicken Online Shops. This time he found 30 artists from around the globe to contribute and it includes 9 pages of “Chicken Wings” as well. This will hopefully hold you guys over until our 4th book comes out! My favorite part about these collections is that they include a lot of the great aviation cartoons from Gary Clarks “The Swamp” featuring “Ding Duck”. I love that little guy almost as much as Chuck.
Also, we are coming up an a very round anniversary at the end of this year with Chuck and his friends. So keep an eye out for special offers in our online shop and for more contests inside our forum and other events, ok?!
For this post I want to share an email we received from Croatia. Apparently one of our followers had spotted Chuck walking to his Cessna!
We love getting mail like this! Here is the letter he wrote:
Mr. Strasser, hi!
My name is Boran, and I am from Zagreb, Croatia. I’ve been an
avid reader of your comic for quite awhile now – and, as a small token
of thanks for the fine work you and your brother are doing, I’ve
attached a slightly ironic, real-life Chickenwings photo for your
enjoyment :). With even the Skyhawk’s colors closely matching those of
your own drawn example, this photo – taken by me at Lucko airfield, just
outside Zagreb – shows just what you get when you have an airfield
surrounded by farmland!
Keep up the good work and many regards,
Thank you so much, Boran! Thanks for taking the time to write and to share this with us! Greetings to Croatia!
If you have ever thought of making airline flying your career or you are generally interested how the industry works I highly recommend this book.
It is not the classic “Chicken Wings style” humor book but rather a look backstage on what you are in for should you choose to fly for a living. This book is an eye-opener about how the business really works and Peter, who is personal friend of ours, is a driving force in making aviation a safer place. Embark on a journey with him and follow his career from dreaming about flying as a little boy all the way to flying for the airlines. You might get a slight “reality check” reading this book but we know many pilots who now wish they knew more about the industry before they started making their dream of flying the big planes come true.
The foreword was written by Jeff Skiles, who was the co-pilot on the Hudson Miracle landing of US Airways Flight 1649.
Come get it now at our USA Online Shop!
Check it out! Johann, a fan of ours created a flight sim version of Roost Air’s dark red Twin Otter for FSX! He made it a bit more colorful than the original, but otherwise it looks really authentic! So, if anyone of you wants to ride the same ride as Chuck, you can download it here from avsim.net. You need to be registered (free) to download the file.
I just received a book in the mail about Igor Sikorsky and the history of the helicopter which is already really cool. Those of you who know about helicopter history may know Igor was kind of a big deal in the helicopter business. But what makes it even cooler is when you open it up, it’s signed by the author Sergei Sikorsky, Igors oldest son. You can imagine that this is kind of a big deal for me. BUT what makes it even more awesomer is that he actually is a Chicken Wings fan!
This book will go on a special shelf and will probably be sealed!
A big THANKS to everybody who took the time to stop by and see me at Oshkosh. Airventure is a huge show and has so much stuff to see that I really appreciate making time for a few minutes to chat with us!
I will be posting as many pics as I can in the forum under the Oshkosh 2011 thread but give me a few days to get them organized.
Please post lots of comments and if you haven’t signed up for the forum by now do so today!
As we already announce before, I will be at the Oshkosh AirVenture from Friday 29th until Sunday 31st. The easiest way to meet me will be at the authors’ corner when I am supposed to sign books (hopefully I’ll get a few signed with all the “conversing” that will commence when pilots get together).
The authors corner is in the EAA warehouse (which is airconditioned btw !!) pretty close to the Conoco Phillips Plaza formerly known as the Aeroshell Square for all you die-hards (big thanks to Turbomallard for helping me figuring all this out).
The “feature times” where I will be at the signing tables for sure are Friday 0930-1030, Saturday 1330-1430, and Sunday 1030-1130. I’ll try to get there early and stay a little longer however for some more chatting and hangar flying. The assigned table is “Authors Corner 1 J12” (but we’re not even sure what that means yet, I hope we can figure this out before Friday). Follow us on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates and changes!
But I’d love to meet as many of you as I can and maybe next year we will bring Stefan as well.
SEE YOU THERE!!
So last night Mike and I got together and rolled the virtual dice (I misplaced my dice somewhere so we had to use a random number generator) to decide who would be the lucky winners of our link contest. And the winners are…
Halbe Mulder a.k.a. Jupiter from the Netherlands and Waner Del Rosario from the US! Congratulations to both of you! We will get in touch with you shortly to work out the details of your prizes!
We want to thank all of you who participated and by doing so helped getting the word out about our little operation here! We’re currently pondering the next contest already, so stay tuned!
We’re having a new contest!!
Got a blog or website? All you need to do to enter the contest is to write a short blog or entry about us and link to us.
Here are THE RULES:
- Write a post about us. It can be general, it can be about a strip you particularly like, our shops, our forum, whatever you feel like. Link to the appropriate URL (e.g. www.chickenwingscomics.com). Let the world know!
- Send us an Email to email@example.com or, preferrably, post a comment underneath this post here with a link to your website. That way, you will also get traffic back from us!
- From now on, you’ll have about two weeks to enter! The contest ends on June 7th, 2011.
- We’ll take a couple of days to pick TWO WINNERS, who will be determined by the roll of the dice. The lucky winners will be able to choose between the following AWESOME PRIZES:
Winners can choose between our three volume Chicken Wings Combo or a silver coin (we want to make this attractive to people who already have all our books). If you’re in the US, you will get a 1 oz. Silver Eagle, if you’re in Europe, you will get a 1 oz. Silver Vienna Philharmonic, if you’re elsewhere in the world, we will decide aribtrarily.
- We reserve the right to reject links from spam blogs, or blogs with inappropriate content.
- Feel free to link to us more than once, but we’ll only count one entry per person.
- Imagine general legal fine print here. We’ll try our best to be absolutely fair. We accept no responsibility, etc. etc.
A note for the curious: Why Silver?
Well, because both of us are small time silver bugs. We’re poor cartoonists and silver is the poor man’s gold. Silver coins are a good investment and they also make great gifts, so we thought we might as well use them as a prize for our next competition. And here you go!
We’re looking forward to the coming link storm and wish you all good luck!