Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Tunnel Edition
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"But Sam... slugs are hermaphroditic!" -Roo
Looks like you know more about slugs than Fuzzy! (But probably less about them than Jess.)
"I aspire to be a cartoonist, and I need a little info. Would you recommend getting a tablet-computer-thing to draw? Or should I do it the "low tech" way and just draw on paper and scan it?" -Franklin
I would recommend the low tech solution to pretty much anyone just getting started. Don't get me wrong... there is absolutely nothing wrong with using a tablet or a cintiq! But they are a lot more expensive, and not really any easier to use. You might wind up like oh-so many aspiring guitar players... dropping a few bucks on an instrument you will poke at for a month and then never play again.
I say start out with pens and paper until you have drawn yourself a few piles of comics. Once you are sure it's a project you enjoy and are going to stick with, then sure... check out tablets and other tools and see what you like best. I can't stand drawing that way myself, but many people swear by those things and produce beautiful comics with them.
"Is there a definitive ending to Sam and Fuzzy that will eventually come along, or can we all look forward to every new S&F every MWF until the end of our days (or yours...)?" -Mark
I have an ending roughly planned for our current "big story", but I'm not sure what will follow it. It could be a brand new Sam and Fuzzy story, but it may also be a spin-off focusing on different characters, or something completely new and unrelated. It's a long way away yet, so I haven't given it much thought!
"In the old comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, the artist uses the “sensible tall guy, sadistic little guy” motif like you. Also, there’s a little part involving a stereotypical (but hilarious) detective named Tracer Bullet, which I just realized uses a lot of the same shading that you do. Have you read this comic, and was the art or premise inspired by it in any way?" -Lizzy
I'm pretty sure every cartoonist my age has devoured and internalized the Calvin and Hobbes archives. It was one of my favourite comics as a kid, and I read and re-read each book collection religiously.
I don't think I've ever tried to directly evoke Watterson's work in Sam and Fuzzy, but because it was such a huge part of my childhood, I am sure it has been a tremendous unconscious influence.
That's all for this week! See you on Monday.
- Sam Logan