That strip is based on a tale told by a pilot who wishes to stay anonymous. It may or may not have happened exactly like in this strip. I guess in real life, the controller would probably have had a hard time reproducing such a marvelous sound effect. Unless he had a bottle of soda ready too.
A serious question though: Do carbonated drinks bubble more when you take them up to altitude?
We thought it is time for a new classic. Many jokes have been made in aviation about the “last known position”. This one is our version from back when Chuck first burst on the flying scene. It’s hard to believe he is still going strong and moving forward with his aviation adventures. It’s even harder to believe that he still has a job, but I guess one needs to take into account that Chuck usually means well. We can’t stay mad at him for too long and even Julio seems to forgive most of Chucks missteps, HAHA.
By the way, who of you were around back in the old Black-and-white Chicken Wings days? I think we went online in 2004-ish …
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? 😉
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!
Well, at least he didn’t miss Delta …
Oh, and in case you haven’t heard yet: We’re having a big drawing contest going on right now! Don’t leave us hanging! We only have one contestant enter so far, and there are at least three prizes to win! So you’ve got nothing to lose!
Whoa! It’s Tuesday! I totally lost my track of time the last few days and just discovered that I should upload a comic strip for you guys today! The last week was a bit chaotic. First I was sick, with a sore throat and fever, perfectly timed for Christmas eve, then my wife got a little bit sick, then our son… in fact half of our extended family is sick with the same symptoms. Add to that the normal Christmas madness and you can see how somebody like me, who’s starting off with a basic state of confusion and bad time management can be thrown out of joint.
So, please forgive the delay! I hope you enjoy our last strip for 2014! We wish you all a great New Years Eve, a good start into the new year and that all your wishes for 2015 may come true! And we hope to see you all on the other side and that you’ll keep reading the Chicken Wings antics yet to come!
Tomorrow I will pack my bags and head over to Friedrichshafen, Germany, to visit the AERO expo on Thursday an Friday. I’m really looking forward to it! Thanks to everybody who already got in touch with me! We won’t have a booth there, so I’ll be roaming the halls and there’s no fixed place to meet me. But I now have a (rather disorganized) list of people I want to meet, and I am sure somehow we’ll all manage to meet up at some point.
And if you see a short blondish guy with a Chicken Wings t-shirt, chat him up, it will probably be me! Or you can also send me a text on short text to my cell phone (my number is on our contact page here) and I’ll see if we can work something out. See you there!
It sure is better to see the traffic from up above than from down below. Although, the best thing is to see no traffic at all, which would be such an easy thing to do if other people would be a little bit more considerate about my schedule. But as Confucius said, “You are not just in the traffic jam, you are the traffic jam.”
I like when a story can be told with just pictures. Mostly because it’s less work for me (ha, sorry little brother!).
I remember when the first flight simulators came out on the C-64 and we only had one kid on the block who had a computer. So we all played the flight sim together. It was some sort of a bomber flight simulator where you flew over Germany and encountered all kinds of planes and V-2 rockets and such. One guy was flying with the joystick, one guy had the keyboard to switch screens and drop bombs playing the co-pilot, and one guy sat in the back keeping score and navigating. And after every mission we switched. Those were the good ‘ol days. Back then even computer gaming was something kids did together!
I can still remember how excited we all were to play a flight simulator on a computer. I am sure our faces were lit up as bright as Chuck’s every morning and often we ended up shut down and upside down just like Chuck here.
But now, after 7000+ fight hours in real life I don’t play the FlightSim much anymore. Mostly cause it makes me feel like I am still at work 😉 And if you ask me what most of my pilot friends are playing on the computer is anything at all, the answer is “Silent Hunter”! (which is pretty much the complete opposite of flying and probably for a reason).
Thanks again to Karl Winters who came up with this strip!
On the same note, we would like to thank everybody esle who writes us with ideas! It is not very often that we can actually turn your input into a actual comic strip, for a myriad of reasons. Usually the story is just too long and needs too much setup for us to be able to turn it into a strip. Sometimes it’s because there’s profanity involved, and sometimes we’re just not creative enough. So if you ever wrote us with an idea but haven’t seen us use it, please don’t take it personally! Keep those emails coming!!