Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Unarmed Edition
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"How did Mr. X reattach his arm? He is clearly folding his arms in this comic and that takes a minimum of two arms. Or is that a robotic arm, like Aaron's robotic hand?" -Jake
Boy, did I get a lot of emails about this one! It was a mistake, I'm afraid, pure and simple. I just haven't decided what to do about it yet! Will I just go back and edit the erroneous arm out of that comic? Or will I incorporate Mr. X's new arm into the plot, and use it as the springboard for a giant, multi-year storyline? Only time will tell!
"Is this latest "Are Very Famous" storyline still a part of "Fix Your Problem"? Or have you just not updated the Archive page yet? Will the next printed book be Fix Your Problem 2? " -Duncan
Sam and Fuzzy Are Very Famous is the name of our current volume, and of the eventual "volume 2" print collection. I have just been lazy about updating my archive page, which is in need of some serious rejiggering!
"A question I have always wondered about comics: When drawing a comic with multiple dialog boxes in the frame, to which dialog box do the characters react? " -Daniel
Time in comics is a strange and lucid thing, Daniel. An individual panel may actually depict several distinct moments in time simultaneously!
Here's a famous (and extreme) example from Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics:
Even though it's only one panel, it depicts several actions -- from the flash of the camera to the check of the chess game -- that occurred at completely different times! A comic panel is not like a still from a film... in a given frame, different characters could be drawn to reflect a totally different dialogue box or action from the other characters in the same panel. Isn't that weird? Comics are weird!
If you're interested in this stuff, definitely check out Understanding Comics. There is a whole chapter about time in comics that totally blew my eleven-year-old mind.
That's a wrap for this week! See you on Monday.