While Chuck is waiting for pushback, I am here on the backend of our website doing some changes and maintenance. So far, so good! There is still the occasional glitch though, so please bear with me if you spot something that’s not working as it should.
Oh, and a quick heads up: We’re planning a new contest soon! Stay tuned! We’ll probably start in the next couple of days!
My brother always had a knack for modeling. I mean the building little airplanes, not the strutting down a catwalk kind, of course. He can spend hours and hours on getting all the details right. I never had the same kind of patience required for that. On the other hand, I have the patience to brood over a piece of paper for hours on end, in order to draw a comic strip. I wonder if those are inherent traits, or if the preferences developed coincidentally when we grew up. I always crashed my model planes and cars etc. and never seemed to get them to work right. On the other hand, I received a lot of admiration for my drawings. Also, drawings have the advantage that they usually don’t crash and have to be repaired!
I remember that, when I was a kid, we still had the occasional power outage now and then, during thunderstorms for example. Now the grid has become so stable that I can only remember two power outages during the last two decades or so. The last one was during winter, and boy was I glad to have my wood burner, my head lamp and a battery powered radio! It’s good to be prepared!
It’s funny, but when it comes to the subject of preparedness, people always seem to consider extreme scenarios, in particular the “end of the world”. Then they seem to split into two camps: Those who want to prepare for a “Mad Max” doom scenario and those who say “well, if it’s the end of the world, what’s the use of preparing” and don’t prepare at all.
I’m certainly not prepared for Armageddon. But I think a middle ground approach is the most reasonable one, i.e. in my opinion, food and water for a couple of weeks and some way to stay warm. Oh, and, most importantly, good relations to your neighbors and friends.
Where do you fall on the preparedness-continuum? Do you have your own chickens and have achieved complete autarky? Or do you rely solely on your credit card and don’t think anything bad will happen?
I think you don’t have to be an aircraft mechanic to sympathize with Julio in this strip. I think everybody had to open something in their lives, some kind of gear, device, or only just some packaging, where they had to go through half the toolbox to eventually succeed. I, for one, sometimes wonder why they don’t make bank vaults out of the same material and design that some clam shell packaging is made of!
I’m not sure if you guys noticed but in this comic, the punchline is actually in the first panel instead of the last 😉
We thought it was really funny having Chuck say “I’m a reasonable man”, HAHA!
So now Chuck will have a fixer-upper airplane in a fixer-upper hangar. Where will the story go from here? What do you think? Let’s have you guys inspire us!
While Chuck is busy organizing and repairing his hangar, we have not been idle either! We have recorded and uploaded our first Youtube video! Took us long enough, didn’t it? It’s an instruction on “How to draw Chuck”. It’s not very impressive yet, but it’s just a test run for us to try recording, cutting and publishing etc. It’s a bit early to say, but I think we may have acquired a taste here! I’m sure there will be more videos to come in the future!
The reason we started with this video in particular is that we have a contest coming up soon. We’re still working on the details, but please stay tuned!
You guys know which movie Chuck is talking about, right?! Or are we really dating ourselves here? We grew up with all the 80’s movies and so, by default, so did Chuck even though he’s not quite as old as us.
I personally love looking at and into old hangars. You never know what you’ll find in there (of course there is the occasional rat to deal with) and I have seen some great things. Unfortunately I don’t get around the really small airports much anymore flying the heavy helicopters (Chucks hangar would probably be blown down by a Skycrane) but occasionally we end up near old hangars. The best part is if you end up running into some great guy who is in the middle of restoring a really cool plane. I have to say, I have never run into anybody in an old hangar that wasn’t excited to share his and/or his aircraft’s story. Imagine taking a tour through some of the old “Skunk Works” hangars?!!
What are some cool airports with interesting old hangars you guys have stumbled across?
I am pretty sure I am not the only one who has jumped on “a good deal” before, only to wonder later why I purchased something I don’t really need. Other times I stand in front of the grocery shelve for hours and end up selecting, for example, a certain cut of meat because it’s a dollar cheaper while on the same day pulling the trigger on a new 300 dollar tool I just have to have without even thinking twice about it.
Maybe Chuck and I are alike in a lot of ways even though I would like to think my landing skills are a little better than his … 😉
Roses are red, violets are blue, I have no idea what to write today, so here’s some poetry for you! Hey that even rhymes! Now isn’t that awesome? But now what rhymes with awesome? I guess nothing but possum.
Well, I guess Mike could write more about power line survey flights than me, but he’s flying right now. Not in a helicopter, but in the passenger seat of an airliner. But I guess that doesn’t exactly minimize the risk of having somebody with smelly feet around. Plus, on airliners, people even take their shoes off too!
Anyway, on to more serious stuff. I’ve been thinking about commenting about the shooting in Paris, because we’re usually not big on political stuff here. But it’s very sad that, just a couple of day after I write about empathy and understanding, and how people and groups are pitted against each other, the terror incident in Paris happened. As a cartoonist, it hits close to home.
People who commit such acts truly have very, very narrow minds and I feel pity for them. Not as much as for the victims, by far. But if you end up in a place like those murderers, your life must suck pretty bad.
Norway did such a great job after the Breivik shootings in NOT reacting with a police state reflex, and keeping an open society and upholding their values. I sure hope the French and all other Europeans can follow their example.
When I heard the news, I instantly felt really, really angry. But we need to be careful who we direct our anger against and not not fall into the „us vs. them“ trap. Of course, the murderers should be brought to justice and contemplate their actions behind bars for the rest of their lives. But we need to approach the underlying problem, which, in my humble opinion is a lack of education and love, and the bad childhoods that form monsters like that.
Violence breeds violence. But philosophy can prevent and cure fanaticism and peaceful parenting can prevent the emergence of psychopaths.
Love and peace!