Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Steel-Plated Edition
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"Could you explain the Sam and Fuzzy timeline? I'm having a bit of trouble sorting it out, especially with the new chapters featuring Devahi and Hazel." -Kenton
Making an actual formal Sam and Fuzzy timeline might be kind of fun! But for now, here's a rough guide of the time map I've been adhering to as I've been writing the strip:
* Sam meets Fuzzy on Christmas eve
Year One through Six:
* Sam works at X-Per-S Taxi (The very first bit of Volume 0 is the tail end of year six)
Year Seven: (AKA Volume 1 to 3)
* Sam works for X-Per-S until he gets fired
* Sam starts working at Bunton Books
* Sam and company go on the run after the Emperor is murdered
Year Eight: (AKA the "missing time" between Volume 3 and 4)
* Sam, Fuzzy and Aaron spend a year touring with Noosehead as roadies, while Ox becomes Noosehead's new drummer
Year Nine: (AKA Volume 4)
* Sam, Fuzzy and Aaron spend three months on a second Noosehead tour
* Blank finds Sam, and everyone spends six months on the run traveling through the Underground
* Sam arrives at the Ninja Mafia HQ, then heads to Sin Tower for the big climax
And finally, to add our current volume into the mix: all the portions with Devahi and NMS occur in "Year 10", and all the flashbacks with Fuzzy and Hazel occur way back in "Year 0", before Sam and Fuzzy had met.
Thank you for joining us for another exciting edition of "Way Too Much Information!"
"Is this 'Second World of Unusual Things" inspired at all by" London Below" of Neverwhere (the BBC miniseries/book by Neil Gaiman)?" -Avery
A couple of folks have asked me about this, but no! Like the old disclaimer goes, any similarities are purely coincidental. I'm actually -- somewhat shamefully for a professional comic-making person -- still pretty Neil Gaiman illiterate. But from what I gather from helpful forumers and Wikipedia, Gaiman's "London Below" concept has much more of a mystical bent than anything I'd ever try to pull off.
The "Second World" in Sam and Fuzzy is really just Hazel's catch-all term for all the talking animals, secret ninja societies, demonic appliances, intergalactic rodent executives, and other generally weird stuff you've seen in the comic over the last few years. And "The Underground" is just a literal, physical underground place where some of that weird stuff hangs out. Any division between it and the "normal" world is strictly physical... or psychological.
"How are you?" -Brian
Swell! Thanks for asking.