First things first! Friends, it would be wrong of me not to point out that YES Mag and KNOW, the kids science magazines I’ve designed and (sometimes) illustrated for the past 6 years, are on sale for 40% off for one week only, starting… right now!
It's a tough world out there for mags like ours these days. We're a small, educational magazine with no outside ads, relatively little in the way of gratuitous pop-culture tie-ins, and not much of a marketing budget. But I know in my heart there are kids out there dying to read an actual science magazine with real, awesome science articles about the large hadron collider and snowboarding physics and shipwrecks and 3D screens and famously informative brain injuries. (Plus, they have my cartoons in ‘em.)
If you know a child who digs this kind of stuff, or even if you can just help spread the word, it would be super appreciated!
Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Fishy Edition
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"I noticed that the fish in Dr. Crab's office look like Buddy. Did Aaron get Buddy from Dr. Crab, or do all the fish in the SamFuzzyverse look like that?" -Duane
I guess I just have a soft spot for drawing that kind of fish! I used to live with a couple, once upon a time and somehow -- as I'm sure other owners will attest -- they hit just the right combination of stupidity and ridiculousness to be kind of weirdly endearing.
"Is that band on Nicole's arm a tattoo? What other Sam and Fuzzy characters have tattoos? (Secret or otherwise.)" -Crystal
Yes! Nicole has three tattoos (as far as I know): a band around her left arm, a large sun on her upper back, and some sort of decorative triangle-circle-triangle thing on her lower back. I guarantee you, though, there are probably times where I have forgotten to draw one or all of them.
I think it's safe to assume that most of the other members of the band-formerly-known-as-Noosehead also have tattoos. But since they've only ever been seen in their full-body jumpsuits, I've never had to think about it!
As for the others... well, Sam, Ox, and everyone else who was ever possessed by Fridge bear the mark of Satan, which is commonly mistaken for a tattoo! There've actually been a few in-jokes about Sam's mark over the years. See if you can find one! There's a spectacular prize in it for you: the satisfaction of a job well done.
"Does Fuzzy ever remove his bow tie?" -Andreas
Sure! But you're unlikely to catch him running around without it unless he's wearing something else instead, like his suit, or his Teddy Knows Best costume. If he did that, he'd be naked!
Another interesting question might be... did Fuzzy always wear a bowtie? Eagle-eyed readers may have caught a reference or two to this subject in some of the Hazel flashbacks.
That's a wrap for this week, team! Come back on Monday for the start of a brand new chapter! I think everyone is going to enjoy it, but longtime readers should get a little extra mileage out of this one.