I can’t remember exactly but I am pretty sure this round of strips was invented while I was working in Australia as I touched on last week. Are you guys familiar with the Huntsman Spider? They say it’s pretty harmless but just the size of the thing makes me want to react like Chuck. It takes every fiber of my being to remain calm on the outside while I am going “WAAAAA” on the inside, LOL.
By the way! Nobody guessed the title of our new book! I am sure you guys have found that out by now and we have notified the winners. See the explanation on how the winners were chosen in our facebook group. We are still missing Joe Black, so if you read this Joe, please write me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with you address if you want the free book. Thanks for playing everybody. We saw some very great and creative ideas in the submissions we will definitely take into consideration for the next book.
“Chicken Wings 5 – TURNING CROSSWIND” will be available in our stores starting this weekend May 29th! But if you like, you can pre-order them now HERE to get a head start on the chicken feeding frenzy!
I think we have already established previously that Chuck is not a very big fan of spiders. It is kind of ironic since real chickens I’ve observed actually seem to be very fond of spiders. It appears they make great snacks. But Chuck may have inherited that from his inventors who are also not into them at all, and boy, are they big “down under” as I came to find out during my last tour down there. Let’s see how it plays out next week. I have a feeling there will be more to this story…
And speaking of more to a story: Only one more day until we reveal the title of the new book and only NINE MORE DAYS until the official release date!!
You guys have been coming up with some great titles so far. We absolutely love it! Some have potential for book 6 since our current title can’t be changed anymore. Nobody has quite guessed it yet but a few look pretty close. Keep posting! Multiple entries are ok! You can post underneath this thread here as well if you like! Or on facebook and twitter. We will be revealing winners tomorrow!
In the earlier days of my aviation career I was working as mechanic helper for a little outfit at my home town air field. I actually was more like our Jason character back then with tons of questions (except that I had better tutors than Chuck who actually pointed me in the right direction) coming in early and staying late just so I can hang out at the airport. One of my many jobs there was sweeping and polishing the hangar floors on a regular basis. This was very important not only for professional maintenance reasons but also because one of our senior mechanics in the hangar liked to walk around barefoot in the summer and didn’t want to step on fasteners and safety-wire pieces.
However, I was also able to balance a broom on my forehead similar to what Julio is demonstrating in today’s comic. And of course the moment I first demonstrated this skill to my fellow employees ended up also being the exact moment when the boss walked into the hangar with his boss from corporate. So, once again, can you see how the inception of Chicken Wings was just a matter of time?
I have vague memories of some of our toys mysteriously going missing when we were kids. I also have a lot of memories of our mom telling us to tidy up our room “for the very last time, or else!”. It didn’t struck me at the time I drew this strip, but now that I look at it again, I get the weird feeling that there might be a connection and similarities to our childhood. It seems I may have more in common with Chuck than I’d like to admit. But don’t we all?
Have you ever dealt with people who lose all situational awareness the second they get dialed in into their device, whatever it may be? It funny, we’re so connected all the time but don’t even listen to each other anymore, which Chuck is demonstrating here so flawlessly …
I actually enjoyed the few weeks we had this year fighting fire in the woods without cell reception and internet. We spent the little downtime we had with telling stories and playing games and ended up with a really tight crew that works together well. But getting back into civilization every night was rough, getting hit with emails, phone calls, and everything all at once. It makes it way more obvious how often we “connect” on a daily basis.
Talking with some aviation safety guys the other day they said that accidents related to “device use” is extremely on the rise. Pilots play with their phones and the internet until the early morning hours and then show up to work dead tired. This just may be the next new thing after “8hrs bottle to throttle” …
I always think it’s funny when Chuck takes Julio literally. Not sure if it is coincidence or not but it usually only happens when it works in Chucks favor. It’s a strange world …
Who of you know the game “Airport Madness”? We got into it recently and promptly proceeded wasting a bunch of time directing air traffic across the little runways. It kind of put me behind on my own TPS reports. My current day-job has so much paperwork going along with our daily flight operations that it really comes in handy when there isn’t a fire every day which gives me time to catch up on my TPS … I mean … OPS reports. I used to think “Office Space” was a funny movie until I started working for a big corporation myself, HAHA! That sure is not something they tell you in flight school. Even a small operation like Roost-Air has it’s own fair share of paperwork. Let’s see how this plays out for Chuck …
What other cool quick aviation online games do you guys know?
As an inspiration for today’s strip, all I had to do was look up from my drawing table and take in my surroundings. Although there’s a much larger percentage of papery stuff and fewer model planes than in Chuck’s case. Also, it’s strictly my own crap, which makes it easier to a) tolerate and b) still be able to find things.
One of the better investments I made was a slightly tilted drawing table. Although I still manage to fill it up with crap, the amount of crap and the height of the various piles I can construct on it is limited by gravity. Also, it is set right underneath my window, so sometimes the wind just blows half of the stuff on the floor, from where I pick it up and put it on another table. Well, you get the picture!
About twice a year I get a cleaning fit and tidy up my office, which usually is almost a full day job, haha.
Did Chuck unearth his leather jacket to impress the guys from the film crew? After all, long time readers may remember that he’s been working on a movie script for almost as long as on his corsair.
It is funny how you sometimes fail to see the simplest solution. I have done something similar before. We landed a helicopter in Reno with some special equipment on it that kept it from being moved with a tug. Not wanting to remove and re-install it, we opted for tying down the aircraft really well (at below freezing temperatures, btw) which took a while. Then we had to take them all off again the next morning. Everything was frozen. We had to rent a “Herman Nelson” heater to heat up the gearboxes, and so forth… It ended up taking us way more time than simply taking the equipment off and putting the aircraft in a hangar.
It really wasn’t funny at the time but it eventually worked its way into a Chicken Wings strip. Sometimes it takes me a few days (sometimes weeks) to see the humor in what is currently happening to me. But when I do, it usually works out for Chuck and the gang 😉
‘Twas pretty windy here too recently. Although , fortunately, I don’t own an APU that could be blocking my door! On the other hand, I know exactly how Julio feels about the wind blowing all his paperwork away. My drawing table is located right next to the window, which I sometimes, foolishly, leave open unattended. A while later, when I return to my office, am impressed of myself by how clean I keep my desk … before I look on the floor. Fortunately I never lost anything important that way, although I assume it is only a matter of time.