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

Buddocalypse, Pt. 12

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Jun 1, 2012

Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Sam Edition
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"Sam seems way too idealistic to be the slacker he was as a cab driver, as you described Friday. Did he like his new change of lifestyle from hardworking college student to bad, lazy cab-driver for the first few years before the rut came in? And has he ever been actually good at anything at all? He hasn't been a good cab driver, boyfriend, bookseller, roadie (well, maybe he was good at that, but I mean he did sleep with the band lead's girlfriend), a Ninja Emperor, or as I see it, even now a 'problem solver'." -Chad

The Sam of today definitely is way too idealistic to be the slacker he used to be. But I think Sam has gone through a pretty major arc over the course of Sam and Fuzzy.

At the beginning of the strip, Sam is working his seventh year in a rut job he doesn't particularly like after failing his way out of university. It's not a very good place to be, and it's left him meek, unconfident and unambitious. He's idealistic, but he seldom acts on it, and he only really makes changes to his life -- like getting a new job at Bunton's Books -- when he is forced to by outside circumstances. Rest of Your Life and Empire are two stories from near the end of this era that really revolve around Sam realizing and dealing with his crippling personal aimlessness.

The Noosehead era revolves pretty much entirely around Sam's shift from being a passive figure to a more proactive one. It's particularly central to the plot in the chapters where he is on the run in the underground, like Memory Lapse, Therapy, and especially Last Call. It climaxes with him embracing his roll as ninja emperor and vowing to use it to help others like himself deal with the kind weird and esoteric problems that the Sam and Fuzzy universe tends to thrust upon people.

And of course, that's what sets the stage for the current era of the strip, starring the almost stubbornly idealistic Sam. He's still recognizably high strung and prone to occasional bouts of self-doubt, but he has figured out what he wants to do with his life and consistently strives to achieve it to the best of his ability. I actually think Sam is pretty good at his current job, considering how unusual and esoteric it is! It's kind of too bad the whole thing is in the process of being horribly destroyed beyond repair.

Well, those are my thoughts on the issue! Sorry they came out as a bit of an essay. It just so happens that this is actually one of my favourite elements of the strip. Sam and Fuzzy is far from a perfect comic, but Sam's character arc and development over time is something I'm pretty proud of, and something I hope helps to distinguish my work from series where characters have personality status quos that remain stagnant more-or-less eternally.

Come back on Monday for more comics!

-Sam


May 30, 2012

Book Club Bonuses!

Well, I have taken my last load of cartoonists to airports! It sure was nice having so many of my uber-talented friends in town. I miss them already!

Now that VanCAF madness is behind us, it seems like a good time to remind everyone about our next Book Club Bonus Pack! Our Team Fortress 2 parody and Ninja Mafia Coat of Arms desktops, along with some never-before-seen early Sam and Fuzzy strips, will be emailing out to all our members on June 6th! If you bought a copy of Sam and Fuzzy Are Very Famous online (or if you nabbed it at a convention and emailed me to tell me about it), you'll receive the bundle automatically by email.

(And if you haven't bought a book yet, fret not... just make sure to place an order by June 6th, and you will get in on the new bonus bundle, too.)

-Sam Logan


May 28, 2012

VanCAF

The first VanCAF has wrapped, and man, it was a heck of a show. Attendee turnout above and beyond our highest hopes, spectacular volunteers and tech support... even the weather was on our side. (A great benefit in a window-walled venue like the Roundhouse.) Over the last two days, I have heard and read so many positive things about the show from attendees and other exhibitors, it's left me riding a serious post-con giddy high.

I am so thrilled for (and proud of) my crazy talented wife Shannon for pulling this thing off. I can't wait to see how many more killer cartoonists we can lure in next year now that we have such a wildly successful year under our belts. VanCAF 2013 is going to be killer!

-Sam Logan