Original Art Town
If you're interested, I've put up a few new original marker drawings in my Etsy store. There are a couple of character pin-ups, as well as a few Skull Panda strips. Just click the image below to see 'em all! (There are a few others that aren't in the preview image.)
Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Bubble Edition
Got a question you want answered? Just drop me an email with "Q & A" in the subject line!
"Earlier in the chapter the trainee ninjas were making a big deal about the mystery behind the emperor's mask and how no one really knew what he looked like. But if a whole town knows his face and recognizes him it's not really that big of a secret! Where's all the mystique!" -Ben
It's actually just the Maître d. He knows what Sam looks like because he's a regular at this restaurant.
I don't think Sam is making an especially concerted effort to hide his true appearance... I think that's just a natural byproduct of him living as this kind of aloof, mysterious, mostly inaccessible power figure. Most of the cadets and townspeople don't get a chance to interact with him one on one, and when he's making public appearances he tends to wear the mask as a sort of identifying uniform. So there is a mystique there... I just think it's a naturally-occurring one!
"What is the small bubble that can be see in your characters' eyes in close up shots? Is it a stylized iris? It is a detail I have always wondered about, along with the rest of your art style. It is a wonderful style by the way, I don't think I've seen anything like it elsewhere." -Jake
That's just a weird stylistic quirk! I'm not sure exactly where it came from... I think it started as a normal shiny/reflective mark and gradually morphed into an inexplicably-shaped one. I don't actually use it in my other art outside of Sam and Fuzzy anymore, but for consistency's sake it still lives on here.
That's a wrap for this week! See you on Monday, team.