Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Countdown Edition
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"Am I insane or did Fuzzy originally say "Two days! It happens in two days..." in Four-Finger Discount, Pt. 4? (I'm insane, aren't I? I knew it.)" -Jake
You are not crazy, Jake! It did originally say two days. These comics are, as you said, effectively counting down to the day of the job, and when I was lettering that strip, I accidentally miscounted how many strips were left. Whoops!
"So in the current chapter, Four-Finger Discount, every strip has started with a close up of someone's eyes. Is this just coincidence or did you draw it this way on purpose? If that is the case, do you always do similar things in each chapter? " -Ian
It is not a coincidence! (As you've probably guessed yourself, since I kept doing it for several more strips after you asked.) It's a narrative device, to show the days and events leading up to the job from several characters' perspectives, while emphasizing that the clock is ticking.
I've done similar "countdowns" in other chapters, but using narrative captions ("three days ago", "two days ago", etc) to mark the passage of time instead of this repeating intro shot and dialogue device. Doing it this way is maybe a little on the nose, but I kinda like how it turned out anyway.
"I remember reading a year or so back that you came out to Winnipeg for a convention. I was wondering how that went?" -Maegan
That con was Central Canada Comic-Con! It went pretty well, actually, and I had a lot of fun meeting some of my Manitoba fans, but I'm not going to be there this year. Unfortunately, it's very expensive to fly to Winnipeg from Vancouver, and this fall I'm going to be super busy drawing things for our kickstarter backers. I'd like to be able to attend again someday in the future, though!
That's a wrap for this week, team. See you on Monday!