Don't forget: a new bundle of bonus comics and desktop images emails out to all our Book Club members mid-next week! If you don't have a copy of Sam and Fuzzy Are Very Famous yet and want to get in on the bonus action, just make sure you place your order before February 29th, and you'll receive 'em automatically after the deadline passes.
ALSO don't forget: Book Clubbers... I want your suggestions for our next bonus desktops, so email me your ideas! I'll be picking my ten favourites and including them in a poll with the Feb. 29 bonus pack... whichever idea gets the most votes will get turned into a real desktop for the next pack. Bam!
Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Steam Edition
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"Not so much a question but, you have to make a Steam Power: 100% Practical For Everything shirt. Which would of course have to be steam powered. (And could you please consider a Marvel style Book Club Pack? You've done DC Comics, Serenity & Clockwork Orange which were all great but Marvel would be AMAZING!!!)" -Nick
A lot of people have asked about a Steam Power shirt! Sometimes I don't see people's requests coming, but that last panel definitely just turned out a little "t-shirty" -- I realized it as soon as I drew it. What do the rest of you think? Does this sound like something you'd like? I think there is potential in there, but for an actual shirt design I'd definitely change the visuals a bit to directly incorporate some of Theophilus' inventions.
(Bonus triva: Theophilus, despite appearing in Sam and Fuzzy, is actually a character that Shannon and I created for a potential project completely unrelated to S&F... although the "real" Theo is a bit more competent and a bit less completely screwball than his alternate universe counterpart.)
"As I recall, Sam once single-handedly evaded treacherous assassination by one of his most elite blankface operatives, beat him nearly to death with his bare hands, and then ordered him kicked off the top of a building. It seems like Fuzzy could drop this little tidbit for some "underworld credentials". Has he forgotten, or is he honoring his promise not to tell?" -Lucian
Two reasons! One: like you mentioned, Sam is not exactly comfortable talking about what happened. And two: few if any others know anything about it at all. Only a tiny handful of people are aware that Blank was even there that day. So defeating Blank is not something Sam really has a reputation for... or something people would be likely to believe if he told them.
"Does the underground not have a currency conversion center? I imagine with so many developed culture's, there should be decent foreign policy and communication to survive down there, and relevant services. Did Sam just not think to go look around for people who would exchange cat currency for dollars?" -Chad
Man, it's super annoying, but currency centers outside Catopia give a TERRIBLE exchange rate. It's probably because they're only really used within the closed-to-outsiders city of Catopia itself, which makes them low-in-demand outside the city and a big hassle to exchange back. Plus, they start to smell bad after a few days.
"How come in the older comics, Blank and Black always had their masks covering their entire face, even when they're drinking tea and crying, but X and Y sometimes have their masks rolled up halfway to show their mouth?" -Emily
Alas, X and Y's ninja skills are just not as highly developed as Blank and Black. Drinking through your mask is kind of the Mona Lisa of... ninja abilities... or something.
In more practical comic-making terms, X and Y are a little less "restrained" than their predecessors, and are constantly bursting into rooms while screaming at the top of their lungs. Sometimes you just really need a visual of a big open mouth to sell all that shouting!
That's a wrap for this week, team! See you on Monday.