Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Sexy Edition
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"Some of the web comics I have read started out fine, but then got exceedingly sex-oriented after awhile... but yours has continued to stay clean, while still having an amazing humour and freshness to it. (There has not been one comic that has not at least made me smile, if not fall out of my chair laughing.) So I guess I have a few questions... why do most artists go the "darker" path, why do you not, and do you plan to in the future?" -Jessica
Jessica, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but... most other webcartoonists are actually violent, drug-addicted, potty-mouthed satanists. Take Jeph, for example. The only reason he even manages to pull himself away from baby-killing for long enough to complete a comic is because his desire to corrupt and offend as many people as possible is even stronger.
In seriousness, though... the internet is a wonderful place, where artists can completely avoid the rigorous censoring of jokes and ideas that has rendered the newspaper funny pages the comics equivalent of "Full House". You can make a comic about anything, if you want to. And I think that's a good thing!
I do understand where you are coming from. Some artists are, I think, so emboldened by their online freedom that they start pushing the envelope as hard as possible just for the sake of shocking people. But there are also plenty of folks that are using that freedom to make spectacularly entertaining comics about "adult" subjects. And for that, I think we are all incredibly fortunate.
Personally, I'm unlikely to ever suddenly crank up Sam and Fuzzy to R-rated content. But when the comic does call for it, well... I'm not really inclined to censor myself. Let's face it: even Sam and Fuzzy has it's fair share of sex jokes and violent beheadings. You probably just didn't notice because I am incredibly classy!
" Is Mordok the Merciless the Emperor that was possessed by Fridge back when this whole ninja mafia thing started?" -Jack
I'm afraid not! Although Mordok does look suitably demonic, doesn't he? (You can see Fridge in that comic though -- there is a photo of him tucked above the photo of Sam's coronation speech.)
The emperor that Fridge possessed was actually more of the spoiled-rich-brat variety of monarch, one who would happily waste Mafia resources to steal expensive trinkets and protect his Lexus. It was only after he was possessed that he became more conquest-minded and started pushing for the Mafia's rigorous expansion. (As seen throughout Volume 3.)
"I always thought that mark below Rexford's monocled eye was a scar. But later, the scar looks like a stem and even has a shadow below it. What is that thing!?" -Ron
It's actually the little string. Rexford has such a big head that it couldn''t reach his shirt collar. I think he might have bitten the end off.
"In this comic, why is Fuzzy sleeping on the couch when there's a bed right behind him? Or is that Brain's bed?" -Caroline
That's actually Hazel's bed! And though Hazel and Fuzzy may have been partners in crime, they definitely weren't partners in bedding. We have to save something for people's incredibly disturbing fanfic, after all.
That's it for this week! See you on Monday.