As a father of a 2 year old, I think I know approximately what those two air traffic controllers must feel like. So many things need to be repeated over and over again.
It’s only natural that a little kid must first learn how to listen, and I expect things to improve only slowly and gradually, but it is really amazing how little folk can generate an almost impenetrable force field of ignorance. I can be 10 cm in front of his face and loudly call him by his name, but if he doesn’t want to, it seems he doesn’t even perceive somebody being there.
We all know those people who can’t seem to know what they’re thinking, if they can’t hear themselves saying it first. I admit that I also sometimes find my brain going on in autopilot and only after finishing a sentence, I realize what I have just said. Unfortunately, this happens to me even more frequently when I’m a bit nervous, e.g. when I’m speaking in front of a group of people.
I guess that will make it interesting for everybody this Sunday. Because, as I’ve already mentioned a couple of times, I’ll be attending the Vienna ComicCon this weekend as a guest. And I will be part of a panel with and about Austrian comic artists on Sunday, 13:00.
So, if you’re just now deciding to go, you will have to go on Sunday anyway, because Saturday tickets are sold out. So I’m looking forward to a crowded show and hope I will maybe see some of you there! Cheers!
However the Chuck I know won’t just retire quietly and fade away. I am sure you’ll see him doing something else crazy or funny or impressive here pretty soon. Am I the only one who sees a few character traits that are similar to our own Chuck? Also, did you guys know his helicopters all had a little “Captain Chuck” decal on the pilot door?
It’s time to throw in another classic. This one stems way back to the beginning when the chicken strips were just passed around the office and long before websites, books, etc…
The “Chuck, is that you?” phrase was just barely coming to fruition back then but we knew already we wanted to keep it going. And to be honest, we still think they are funny. By now the black&white strips have just about disappeared from the internet but you can always get the whole collection by buying Book No. 1.
It’s hard for me to look back at some of the old jokes we had done because I can tell we just barely got into the groove on how to properly set up a 3-panel joke. A few stories are literally how they happened and therefore a little disconnected before we figured out hot to properly twist and cut them to fit the format. I guess it’s probably the same feeling an old actor must feel when looking at his or her early work. But I like to compare the old material to our newer stuff and see how much Chuck and his friends “have grown”, so to speak. My personal favorite Chicken Wings book out of the bunch is still our fourth book. Maybe there will be a new favorite soon? 😉
Always stay polite, that’s half the ticket! And if I may seize this opportunity to brag about my son: He’s not even two years old, but he’s already very polite and (almost) always says please and thank you. Of course he has already realized that his parents sometimes have a hard time resisting when he’s asking for something, and he usually goes for the cute and polite tone of voice instead of being loud and annoying.
The only thing he hasn’t figured out yet is what is in our power to give and what isn’t. For instance, he’s always asking us to see a hot air balloon in the sky. It’s something we saw one day, and he was so fascinated that barely a day goes by without him pointing at the sky exclaiming “Haifon! Bitte!”. Which stands for “Heissluftballon, bitte!”. He’s also asking us for more tunnels on the roads or to make the pigeons coo.
And he also loves all kinds of machinery. Which is funny, because although I am technically interested, I am by no stretch of the imagination a motor freak. But the little guy just loves tractors, cars, excavators etc. and especially has to comment on every motorbike he sees. He also points at almost every plane he sees and says “Uncle Mike!”. Well, we’ll see what the future might bring, but I sure think we have a future pilot of some sort at our hands …
Here’s another classic strip for you, from our very early days. In fact, this is one of the strips of the very first batch, which we drew before we even thought about publishing our work. Back in those days, having your own website wasn’t even on our radar, and we only thought that, maybe, some day, we might approach some magazines with this. Although you need more than five strips for that, of course, and this was strip number five. The originals were black and white only, and I colored it a few years later.
Well, Oshkosh is in full swing again, and unfortunately, my brother and I aren’t going to make it this year either. But we hope that everyone who’s there has a great time! Be sure to post some photos in our Facebook group or our forum, if you can!
And from where I am sitting, the weather over there looks pretty nice! I just measured 37°C (98°F) in my office right now. I really prefer the hot time of the year to cold, but I wish my boss would make me work less in these temperatures. Alas, that’s the fate of the self-employed!
Today’s strip is based on a true story, by the way. It didn’t happen in Oshkosh though. But you have to ask Mike about the details!
Flashback! We are throwing in another classic strip for all of you who may not have been following us since 2002. I can’t believe it has been close to 15 years already! Maybe it is time for another “Silver Chicken”.
Even though we might find ourselves laughing at Chuck here, the ones among us who fly will know that big airports can be confusing and to some very intimidating. I am the first one to admit I have made the occasional mistake which lead me “down the wrong path” so to speak much to the dismay of the ground controller. But since the conception of this strip, “runway incursions” have become an increasingly bigger deal with the FAA with fines increasing as well. The current penalty for suddenly finding yourself on the wrong runway is a 60 day license suspension according to the AOPA websites we have found.
Most ATC controllers I know rather have you verify your clearance when you are not sure instead of going nose-to-nose with another aircraft. So essentially, Chuck is doing the right thing here (imagine that!).
Well, it’s not that easy of a question to answer, is it? Oftentimes we just think we want something, and then, as soon as we get it, it turns out we don’t really want it after all. So, sometimes it’s good to take a little time to think about what you really, really want in life. It could well turn out that what you really, really, really want is zigazig ah.
I bet what you didn’t really want is that song in your head for the rest of the day! Haha! Gotcha!
Since Roost-Air is rapidly approaching their 15 year anniversary, we thought we would show you a classic strip “from back in the day” every now and then with a little background information mixed in. Some of those are from pre-website days and are otherwise only available in our first book.
I was flying off-shore at the time and transitioning to an oil-rig off the coast of California which had me transition through Santa Barbara’s airspace. The easiest route was to transition along the shoreline but the tower preferred us to be low so he can route approaching fixed wing traffic on top of us. Well, there is a little hill on the shore between Santa Barbara and Goleta where the airport is, so radio reception and radar coverage wasn’t the best. Yet the tower always made us fly low and squawk a code, but then turn around and complain he wasn’t picking us up. We tried flying further offshore and as high as we could without busting the given ceiling but it never worked quite right. So since they always gave us a really low number to squawk (maybe that is what was assigned to them, not sure how that works), the joke was born inside the aircraft about trying to get a higher number. Of course in the real world we didn’t transmit this part (even though we probably should have just for the fun of it, but I was flying for the government and we all know how much fun can be had while doing that).
This is also one of the first strips ever to use the “Chuck, is that you?” line. It was around this time we decided to just make this a permanent thing. The original idea was to always have Chuck park his pick-up in front of the hangar and Julio complaining about it with the standard line “Move the truck, Chuck!” which is based on a true story. But we could never really fit that in the strips as much and once the radio issue idea came to be we felt it was a much better fit and quite frankly, way funnier. One of my personal biggest wins was the first time I sat around a air tanker base with a bunch of pilots I had never met before a few years later. Somebody messed up on the frequency and a pilot in the ready room yelled out “Chuck, is that you?” which got everybody laughing. I knew then we were on the right track with this punchline and that is why you still see it. The next goal is to achieve notoriety similar to “I’ll be back”, HAHA!