Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Close Encounters Edition
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"Do you ever accidentally call Edwin that other fictional vampire name?" -Rory
What, you mean Dracula? Yes, constantly!
"You've mentioned before that you plan more in "broad strokes" than in minute detail, so my question is this: How often do you go back and re-read your previous chapters to pick up on foreshadowing you didn't even know you made?" -Matt
Honestly, almost never! Any foreshadowing you encounter is probably either intentional or, in a couple of cases, accidental. I don't generally go back to find nuggets that I can retcon into foreshadowing, if you know what I mean. That can come across as a little forced.
Foreshadowing works best when you don't overdo it and stick to the big stuff. And the big stuff is the stuff that's planned! (Perhaps in strokes that are a liiiittle less broad and more meticulous than I give myself credit for.)
Usually when I'm skimming through old comics, it's to remind myself of more mundane things, like what a particular character's name was or what side of a door the knob was on. I don't generally going digging to check plot elements, because as massive and convoluted as my plot mayb be, it's essentially hyper-internalized at this point. (And if you spent as much time thinking about it as I have to, you'd probably have it hyper-internalized too!)
"Hello Sam, this may be the most stupid question you have ever been asked but, could you try to get more exposure to your comic as I feel that not enough people know about it lol. Pretty much all I wanted to say, keep up the great work!" -Lucas
Ha! I'll do my best, Lucas. Of course, I'm always encourage more people to check out Sam and Fuzzy... but ultimately, I'm just a lone artist and only have the time and cash to do a fairly limited amount of self-promotion.
Instead, I have relied pretty heavily on my readers and my fellow cartoonists to help spread the word and encourage new folks to give the comic a try -- and fortunately, that has gone pretty well so far! I'm lucky to have the audience I've got, and the privilege of making a solid living as a cartoonist. But a bigger audience and a better living is certainly something I'll keep striving for!
Anyhow, speaking of making comics for a living... I'll be back on Monday with another new one! See you then, team.