Who knew Chuck was trying to get as many girls’ phone numbers as possible? Well, I guess we all did, probably. Looking at that stack I am thinking there will be more material about Chuck dating in the near future. I am actually surprised a little that Sally isn’t mad at him. I’d be a little miffed if I had to sift through all those business cards.
Here is a good question: What if there is a chick out there for Chuck? One that puts up with his crazy ideas and his passion? After all, I was able to find one eventually and if I can do it …
So I have to publicly admit here that I am just like Chuck when it comes to business cards. Every year I went to the HAI Helicopter Convention I ended up with a huge stash of business cards. And every year I had the best intentions to categorize them in a certain order for future reference. Yet every year they ended up in a big pile since I never had Sally to help me out. At least that is what I tell myself. It’s only the lack of a Sally-type help. I can still mostly find what I need in that pile but we are far from categorized or alphabetized. Unfortunately I did the same at Oshkosh and ComiCon. Maybe we even missed out on that once-in-a-lifetime Chicken Wings movie deal because my business cards weren’t organized correctly?
Also, are any of you in here still using a Rolodex? Of course Hans wouldn’t go splurge on a fancy online system just yet. My own business card collection has actually become more of a sentimental thing rather than an actual tool for keeping in touch. Almost everything is online these days …
I’ve never been to HAI, but I have walked around my fair share of trade shows and conventions. I wish I was as resourceful as Chuck! I usually contend myself with a backpack. The ideal case is having a base, where you can drop off stuff to pick up on your way out.
Oh, and talking about shows: I have mentioned it here before, but this is probably a good opportunity to remind everyone: I’ll be attending AREO in Friedrichshafen from April 5 to 9! This year, I’ll even have my own table in the artist foyer! It would be great to meet some of you there. If you’re planning on going, you definitely have to stop by at my table and say hi!
I think my brother would be in a better position to write about the helicopter industry, and how much it really is like a big family, in which everyone seems to know everyone else. But he is kinda hard to get a hold of recently, because he is out and about with “family” members. Not at the HAI, which is in full swing right now and at which this strip is set, but in Montana, of all places. You sure get around more as a helicopter pilot than as a comic artist!
I wonder if there’s an almighty godfather in the center of the family. Or maybe I’m thinking about the wrong kind of family here now, haha!
Since I have seen both side of this coin, I do feel for the mechanics. This happened to me plenty of times in my younger years. The pilot landed and walked away while I was there all night fixing the helicopter. And now, almost exclusively working as a pilot, I try not to be “that guy” for that exact reason. Yet there are times, after flying a noisy helicopter all day, looking into the sun, on a busy fire with many aircraft to watch out for, and no air-condition in the aircraft, when you just have to walk away at the end of the day because you would probably do more damage than good if you stuck around trying to swing tools. Also, and this might be an age thing or the fact I have a far better and prettier half, I don’t go chasing girls after a day like that anymore but rather seek a cold beer and then a clean bed pretty much right away.
There is one thing I have always thought is funny about aviation seminars. It’s the difference between mechanic seminars and pilot seminars. I have been to both. On a mechanic seminar, when it was said that it starts at 8 am, it almost always started right at 8 am with everybody sitting down, pencil in hand. On pilot seminars, … not so much. At 8 am they would still be trickling in, find other pilots they know, catch up on the latest rumors, grab another cup of coffee, stand around chatting, until around 8:20 the speaker would try to get everybody to shut up and sit down so we can get started with the meeting 😉
It’s that time of the year again. What I am talking about of course is that time when Chuck is headed to the International Helicopter Convention “HAI Heli-Expo”. Since he is such an important figure, not to mention the chief pilot of Roost-Air, I’m sure that HAI won’t be able to go on without him. And in typical Chuck-fashion he once again has all his priorities straight – see the ladies at Vertical Magazine, collect as much helicopter swag as he can carry, and scope out where they are giving out the free beer. Some things may never change I guess.
And speaking of our friends at Vertical Magazine, stop by their booth (Booth #9533) and say Hello if you are there. Or you can follow them AND the show through their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds.
And look for their “Show us your Swag” Contest with give-aways!
It’s that time of the year again where Chuck sneaks out so he can be at the international Heli-Expo. Of course in true Chuck-fashion, he will have to sit in every helicopter on display there to check it out and collect all the helicopter pens he can carry.
Do you guys think Hans told him to go out and buy a new helicopter for Roost-Air?
If you happen to be in Orlando this week, stop by and visit with our friends from “Vertical Magazine” at Booth 5828. They have free helicopter posters and you might even find a comic about Chuck in their free Show News not yet seen online. Sometimes they even have beer there (remember, no flying afterwards!).
For those of you who haven’t heard about this: The company “Eurocopter Group” has recently been renamed “Airbus Helicopters”, probably as a so called family brand strategy, a step which has been widely discussed in the helicopter world.
This re-branding has to be one of the most confusing ones I have ever seen. You take a name that perfectly signifies a gigantic airplane, a “bus in the air” so to speak, and you use it to sell small helicopters. Imagine how much they must have spent on new letterheads and signage?
I wouldn’t be surprised if the price of their helicopters just went up … 😉
We were thinking of re-branding “Chicken Wings” as well. What do you guys think of “Strasser Entertainment” to more accurately reflect our “family brand”?
Anybody who has ever been to the International Helicopter Expo will know about the “bag of swag”, the tote-bag of helicopter related gift and promo items that gets heavier as the day goes on. Some people even seem to have turned this into a sport of some kind.
So when Vertical Magazine asked us to make a comic about HAI, the big bag everybody carries around was the first thing we thought of. And I am sure this will not come as a surprise to you that Chuck is taking the promo gift collecting to a whole different level.
And I have an announcement to make:
Meet me at the Vertical Magazine Annual Beer Party at booth C4125 today between 3pm and 5pm! I’d love to meet with the helicopter guys among you all who can make it to HAI Heli-Expo in Las Vegas this year! Every time the show finds itself in Vegas, it always seems to be the biggest Convention with the most people for some reason. I am not quite sure why that is 😉
I was at the HAI Helicopter convention in Houston last week. This is where the strip was invented 2 years ago and last year we gave it to TAP during this time so they have something helicopter specific for the show.
There are many strips being conceived at the helicopter show with so many pilots getting together at a place that sells beer as you can imagine. For me, the best place to hang out is always the hotel lobby next to the convention hall. That’s where everybody meets to make plans for the evening. Some of the time you find yourself checking your watch and the evening is already over.
Always reminds me of the strip where Chuck comes back from his CFI refresher course….. (see 31/03/2009 “did you learn a lot?”)