Coffee mug mess

In both my work and private life, I often resort to the “put it down somewhere” method of filing. That method worked well enough when I was still a kid, when I had our mom cleaning up after me, and also as a bachelor, living alone, when I would be able to memorize where in which pile a certain item was located. Every now and then, I would get a bout of cleaning and get my room or apartment in order.

When you live together with a partner, you have to adjust, of course. One big adjustment for me was very similar to the problem presented in today’s comic. You see, I was socialized for 20 years to put dirty dishes on top of the dishwasher, because our mom would rather load the dishwasher herself, according to her personal system. I kept that habit. In fact, I still think it’s the better way of doing this, because I would just put down my coffee mug, plate, glass or whatever in passing, and when the right opportunity would present itself, e.g. when I’d waiting for something to be microwaved, I would put all the items inside at the same time, thus saving time up to that point and being more efficient while sorting.

Now I do things my wife’s way. That means, for every single item I happen to wander into the kitchen with, I open the dishwasher and put it inside. It’s not a big deal. In a marriage you have to pick your battles and this was not a hill I was willing to die on. But consider this: Let’s say it takes me six seconds (rough guess) each time to open the dishwasher, find a spot and put in a coffee mug. Those are six seconds I could already be on my way upstairs into my office or do something else. Let’s say I only do this four times extra per day, which is a generously low estimate. That would mean in 40 years of marriage I spend 6 x 4 x 365 x 40 = 350.400 seconds extra loading the dishwasher. Divide this number by 60 seconds and 60 minutes and you get to close a hundred hours or twelve 8h workdays extra time of loading the dishwasher.

That whole calculation hinges on the assumption that I would only really load the dishwasher in otherwise unproductive time spans. But on the other hand, I still think loading a dishwasher one item at a time is way less efficient than when you have a clear idea of which items you need to sort.

Weirdly enough, my wife was not impressed with my impeccable logic and math.

Ah, the things we do for love!

Black Friday Super Sale Week

25% Discount on your entire order!

Attention fellow chickens!

We’re having our annual “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” Sale starting Thanksgiving until the end of November. All the cool kids are doing it so Chuck and Julio don’t want to be left behind.

Apply Promo Code “BF2018” at checkout and SAVE!

To save on shipping costs, please remember we have two shops: The American Continent and most parts of the rest of the world are served now by our new affiliate AVIATORwebsite which has a huge variety of aviation gifts and patches, while Europe runs through Chicken Wings Europe.

Shop Away!

Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2018

Hint: You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving, we’ve already activated the promo code! 😉

New Website!

I did it!! Yay!! I pulled the trigger, took the leap and after years of procrastination, finally revamped our website!

While on the front end it probably just looked antiquated, the back end of the site was an outdated and botched mess. Those behind-the-scenes changes should make the website faster and more reliable.

The biggest change you should be able to notice is that the comics are now bigger and the website is responsive, so it should scale down nicely on mobile devices.

I haven’t gotten every detail right yet. The main function (the comics) should work okay, but the whole thing is still a work in progress.

A few functions that we had on our old site will no longer be available, or maybe restored at a later point. E.g. our email feed had a reach in the single digits. The „link list“ was something straight out of the 90s and the advertisements were just a distraction with no significant revenue. Another prime objective was to de-clutter the site, so don’t expect as many buttons and gimmicks as on the older version.

I hope you enjoy the new look! Please be kind and overlook some of the glitches! I appreciate bug reports though!


New book out soon! Preorder now!

Rejoice! The day is nigh! Our new book is being printed right now! This time it took us less than two years. How about that? We’ll be officially releasing it at the AERO Expo in Friedrichshafen next month (April 18-21). 

If you want to be the first to lay your excited little fingers on this new literary masterpiece, you can come visit us in the artist section at AERO (AEROkunst in Foyer Ost). If you can’t make it there, you can preorder your copy now and we’ll ship it out as soon as we’re back (which will be on April 23rd).

Here are the links to our online shops:
Shop USA
(You can also just click on the image below)

Looking forward to many trips to the post office! 🙂

Chicken Wings 6 - Check Your Six

Chicken Wings 6 – Check Your Six: Against all odds, Roost Air is still in business. ­Julio deserves a medal for sticking around this long. Chuck acquires a hangar to move his Corsair ­project along but might get a little sidetracked. Jason is still ­struggling to pass his pilot’s exam which is no surprise when you look at his ­instructor. Hans tries new management strategies and the hangar gets painted. In the end, Chuck makes a flawless landing … or does he?

78 pages, full color. 
Product dimensions: A4, 29,7 x 21 x 5,5 cm, 375g 
ISBN 978-1-5323-6929-2 
Published by Michael and Stefan Strasser

PS: I know, I know, the website is still branded with our last book … I’ll get around to that shortly!

AERO 2018 / New book coming soon!

Hey there folks!

We have a couple of announcements to make: Firstly, we will attend the AERO 2018 in Friedrichshafen next month (April 18 – 21). And yes, you read that right, I said “we”, because my brother will come too, which will make it our first joint public appearance since Oshkosh 2012. So, everybody who wants to meet both Chicken Wings authors at the same time, seize this rare opportunity and stop by at our table in the artist section! More details to follow.

Chicken Wings 6 is on the way

And if you need another incentive to come: We will present our latest book there! Yes, that’s right, this time it took us less than two years to come up with a new book! Stay tuned for more details! We’ll reveal the title and the cover soon!

Book 6 Coming Soon