It begins! Today, from 11 AM - 6 PM (PST), I will be drawing Sam and Fuzzy characters from terrifying parallel dimensions... based on your suggestions! Starting at 11, I want to hear all your picks for:
- The alternate universes (existing fictional universes, genre parodies, entirely original world ideas... be creative!)
- The specific Sam and Fuzzy characters you want to see from them (please stick to one or two to keep things simple)
Send me your suggestions (not 'til 11, though!) via twitter, or by email if twitter is not your thing. I'll pick my favourites and make them real! Finished drawings will be posted to my twitter feed, or you can watch me draw them live via livestream video.
Like last time, I'll be selling the finished drawings for the abnormally low price of $25 plus shipping. Idea providers have first crack at the drawings resulting from their suggestions, and if they pass, it's first come first serve to whoever else wants 'em. If you're sure you're going to buy any drawing based on your idea in advance, by all means, let me know beforehand... but I'll be doing drawings based on everyone's ideas, whether they've got the budget to purchase them or not. It's more fun that way! (Plus other people usually step up to buy the leftovers pretty quickly anyway.)
See you... on the internet!
Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Sam Edition
Got a question you want answered? Just drop me an email with "Q & A" in the subject line!
"Why hasn't Sam & Fuzzy been sold as a TV property? It seems perfect for Adult Swim " -Patrick
Honest answer: no one has ever asked! It's not something I've actively pursued myself, either. I like the idea of working on a TV show, and I certainly think Sam and Fuzzy would work better as a serialized show (ala Venture Bros.) than as a film. But at the same time, part of me thinks that it might be more satisfying to create a new project specifically designed for that format.
It would be an interesting challenge to adapt, though! I'm not sure how well Sam and Fuzzy's unusual art style would translate to animation. And certain plotlines -- like Sam being hidden in plain sight as Crush -- wouldn't really work if the characters had recognizable voices.
"Have you heard this song? When I saw the last line of friday's comic, the first few lines swam into my head." -Jessica
No! Catchy, though. It's also kind of funny, though, because even though it's a Christian song and the fish part is metaphorical, it actually still accurately predicts the ending of this story! At the last minute, the giant cartoon hand of god descends from the sky and yanks Aaron right out of Buddy's mouth. It is the plot twist that no one ever saw coming! Sorry I spoiled it, everyone.
(Kidding, kidding! Unless I'm not.)
"You seem to be determined to not explain Future Fuzzy's existence, writing him off as a joke. BUT writing him off IS A BAD IDEA. Why? Because otherwise, you are left with a BIG PLOTHOLE. Future Fuzzy was the catalyst in making Fuzzy shove Alexa into the fridge, which led to Fuzzy being kicked out by Sam, which led to Sam inviting Fuzzy back into his apartment, which led to Alexa breaking up with him. Where could Candice have gotten Sam if Alexa was still with Sam? And we all know how essential Candice is
to the story." -Rarefoil
Future Fuzzy is, functionally, very similar to characters like Conscience Cat. Maybe he is real! Or maybe he is a delusion in the back of someone's brain. I think the ambiguity works entirely in his favour, both functionally and tonally.
It's not so much that I want to write him off as I prefer not to over-explain him... especially because he was a humour-driven character, and nothing kills a joke more than explaining it. All that really matters is that he was real enough to Fuzzy at the time, inspiring his actions and setting all those events into motion. Whether he was actually real, delusion, or something inbetween, I leave entirely up to you readers.