SAM & FUZZY, by Sam Logan (updates M/W/F)

They Call Him Dr. Love, Pt. 15

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Nov 12, 2010


Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Serious Business Edition
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"How does it feel for you taking Fuzzy into a more story line? Was it difficult or did you hesitate moving someone so goofy and funny into something more personal and serious?"-Aaron

Definitely! For the longest time, Sam and Fuzzy's golden rule was that every character was allowed to grow and change except Fuzzy, who was almost more of a... I don't know... force than a person. (Or bear.)

But the problem with that, I found, was that old Fuzzy became increasingly sidelined. The entire three-year Noosehead volume really centered primarily around Sam's story -- a lot of the time, Fuzzy wasn't much more then a sort of snarky background presence.

It was all well and good for that volume, but as I approached the half-way mark, I started thinking that I wanted my next big story to bring Fuzzy back to the forefront. The Memory Lapse chapter was the place where I started setting everything up and testing the waters. (It was also a sort of stylistic trial-run for the kind of stories in Fix Your Problem, where Sam and Fuzzy would be tackling various similarly supernatural and science fictiony "missions".)

Putting Fuzzy front and center in such a personal story was a bit nerve wracking at first, but I'm really glad I did it. (I think I've managed to flesh Fuzzy out without sissing him up!) I loved writing the flashbacks with Hazel, and I'm really looking forward to building on them in future stories.

"So, are Paul and Art supposed to look like Hitler split in two?"-Jessica

No... but I like it! This is canon now. You all heard it here first!

"What happened to the stand-alone strips that used to be? Or, rephrasing; do you miss the stories of old... the times where you could just put in anything that was funny at the time and never think about how it might affect it later?"-John

Honestly? Not really! I mean, don't get me wrong... if I ever did miss the one-off gag strips, I could do some! No one is stopping me. But longer stories are what I find the most satisfying to write, and what I think I'm best at. To be honest, sometimes I just feel like I used all my one shot gags up! That's probably not true, but I do suspect that if I forced myself to switch back to writing gag strips, the end result would probably not be very good.

"Did you name Paul after Paul Fusco, creator (and voice) of ALF?"-Dave

Absolutely! I also named Max after Max Wright, the man who played Willie Tanner. I find the whole story of ALF's complicated and troubled production incredibly fascinating, (I am a dork) and when the time came to write about "Teddy Knows Best", I couldn't help but draw some inspiration from it.

Bonus feature: check out this YouTube clip of Paul Fusco and his wife having to use an oxygen tank because all the dry ice was making it almost impossible to breathe below stage! Puppets are serious business, man.

That's a wrap for this week! See you on Monday, team.

-Sam Logan


Nov 10, 2010

Androids

Hey! Did you know that there's a free, cartoonist approved Sam and Fuzzy Android Viewing App? Because there is! Put together entirely by the volunteered efforts of some very generous readers, the program provides a slick mobile interface for accessing our entire archive of comics and newsposts.

Anyhow, if you've got an Android phone, you can find it in the app store for the low, low price of zero dollars. How cool is that?

Meanwhile, I'm hard at work putting together the next batch of goodies for all our Book Club members! I think I've got some pretty fun stuff lined up. I'll start posting a few previews over the next week or two!

For those who don't already know, the Book Club is a free email newsletter full of exclusive bonus material for everyone who picks up a copy of Sam and Fuzzy Fix Your Problem. Bonus Pack 2 will be emailed out on December 15th, and if you want it, all you have to do is pick up a book sometime before then. (Everyone who has already bought a book will get it too, of course!)

-Sam Logan


Nov 8, 2010

Webcomics Weekend

Sad to say, but the second Webcomics Weekend has come and gone, and Shannon and I are now heading back home to Vancouver. Thanks to everyone for a wonderful time! And hearty, extra-huge thanks to Meredith, Holly, Rich and company for running this whole shindig! Webcomics Weekend is the best, and I can't wait for next year!

-Sam Logan