Friends! (Especially Vancouver friends!) Could you do me a favour? I have written up a pretty good tumblr post about the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival. Any assistance pointing people in it's direction would be majorly appreciated!
Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Timed Edition
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"Your response in the last Q&A made me curious. You said that Sam worked at X-Per-S Taxi for six months from the beginning of the comic to the time he got fired. How long had he been working there before the comic started? " -Robert
Sam worked at X-Per-S for about seven years total, starting shortly after he met Fuzzy and dropped out of college. (As seen in the ancient First Noel origin story.) I kind of view that time period of Sam's life as one very long, unambitious, slacker rut facilitated by Mr. Ackerman's inhuman tolerance and patience. After all, Sam wasn't even a good cab driver!
"I am trying to remember, but I don't think it has ever been specified where Sam and Fuzzy takes place. I know it takes place in America, and strip 1569 has a hospital truck listed as Newport. So can we assume that the city Sam, Fuzzy and Alexa live in Newport, Rhode Island? And before now, has it ever been specified exactly where in the US the main city takes place in?" -Tom
The long-unnamed home city of Sam and Fuzzy was actually first retroactively christened in this strip. (As an extremely tiny in-joke, it's new character Devahi who calls it by name, while Sam just refers to it generically as "the city".)
That said, I picked the name "Newport" because, like "Springfield", it's super ubiquitous. There are over 40 places named Newport in the United States alone! The Newport of Sam and Fuzzy isn't meant to be any real-life Newport specifically. I'm not even sure what state it's in. All that has really been confirmed in the comic is that it's coastal (probably west coast), that it's a couple of hours drive from a much larger city called Barkley, and that it has a few pretty large corporate offices in town. (And a television studio!)
"It’s probably a little late to bring it up if you are not, but are you or any of your webcomics cohorts planning on coming to the Denver Comic Con?" -Denver
Sadly, I am not! (I don't know of anyone else who is going, either, but I might just not have heard yet.) Are you going? Let me know how it is! I actually hadn't heard of it until recently.
Anyhow, that's a wrap for this week! Next week: VanCAF!