Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: BAM! Edition
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"I'm a bit confused. Both Hazel and Fuzzy mention BAM! in Wednesday's comic ('and I can't let Sin get away! not after what he did to BAM!' 'Fuzzy! We don't have BAM!'), but who or what is BAM!?" -Miguel
BAM! is an interrupting sound effect! And he has actually been training for this moment for the past ten years. Between you and me, I think there's big things ahead for him in future strips. I've actually got an entire BAM!-centric story planned, where it is revealed that BAM! is actually Aaron's long-lost uncle.
"I might be thinking too much, but in recent times I've started noticing a striking resemblance between Hazel and Catwoman, from the Batman universe. Both are incredibly skilled thieves, both are attracted to (and highly successful at stealing) rare and well-protected items, and both use those oversized goggles (or so do some "incarnations" of Catwoman). Was this pure coincidence, or was it a deliberate "tribute" of yours to the notorious villain?" -Bernardo
Not particularly intentional! But Hazel definitely takes some inspiration from the super-thief trope in general, so it's probably not surprising to see a little Catwoman in there! When I designed Hazel, I'd actually forgotten that Catwoman was running around in goggles these days. Maybe it was a mistake to give them to her! But I really like the emotional distance that they can convey visually.
I suppose the big difference between the two characters is how far Hazel falls from vamp and femme-fatal archtypes. Catwoman's over-the-top sexiness and flirtatiousness are such a big part of her character. I'd be reluctant to claim Hazel is more practical or grounded thief -- she's certainly just as theatrical. But they're not particularly sexy theatrics. Unless you really dig scarves.
"My favorite thing about 'Sam & Fuzzy' is the humor mixed a sort of 'dark side'. But I feel like a lot of your merchandise is all the humorous stuff, or prints not really plot related. Any chance you will have some designs that focus on the more serious side of 'Sam and Fuzzy'?" -Duncan
I get what you're saying, Duncan. Especially when I'm designing shirts, I do tend to lean towards the broader and more comedic aspects of the strip... if only because that's what translates most readily and appealingly to that format!
That said, we do have the Ninja Showdown and X vs. Y shirts, which play up the more action-oriented elements of the strip, if not the heaviest. But in general, I feel like prints are probably the best medium for representing the side of the comic that you're talking about. And we do have some prints that are more stylish or story-focused than joke-based. But perhaps there's a specific dark, dramatic or art-driven moment from the comic that you think deserves the print treatment?
And of course, there's our books, which exist entirely to collect and present the entirety of Sam and Fuzzy's sprawling, epic dramatic mass in the prettiest way possible. Sam and Fuzzy's serious side is tied pretty tightly to its narrative, and there's no better way to really capture the tone of a story than by putting it into a gigantic honking book.
That's a wrap for this week, team. See you on Monday!