Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Patron Edition Got a question you want answered? Just drop me an email with "Q & A" in the subject line!
"Are you going to start a Patreon for Sam and Fuzzy?" -Christine
For those who don't know, Patreon is an interesting service that (among other things) lets webcartoonists and other online creators collect voluntary subscription payments from their fans. (The fans choose how much they want to pay.) Usually, the artist will offer to do extra things if they reach certain monthly fundraising benchmarks, and will also provide tiers of exclusive bonuses to the patreons who back at various levels. It's kind of like a kickstarter for ongoing projects. And it's pretty cool! Some folks I know are having great luck with it.
The truth, though, is that Sam and Fuzzy already functionally has patrons and reward tiers. Readers who just want to throw a couple of bucks my way nab my pay-what-you-want ebooks and digital bonuses. For people with a bit more to spend, I've got books and shirts for sale. For people who are a little more diehard, I sell original sketch-off art and small commissions... and for the megafans who want to contribute a lot, I do huge ones. I am lucky. Sam and Fuzzy supports a pretty broad array of stuff to buy, and if people are looking to "back" me at different levels, they've got lots of options.
Long story short: I may try Patreon down the road if I ever think I have a particularly cool thing to distribute through it! But for now, I'm just going to focus on making more pay-what-you-want ebooks and bonus packs, hosting more Sketch-Offs, doing more commissions, and making more books and shirts. (You guys seem to like all that stuff, so I'd be pretty dumb no to!)
"I, for one, was enjoying Tower of Babel. I'd never played the game, but the comic was interesting. Do you and Shannon have any plans to continue it in the future? Or is it a matter of Shifty Look owning the content/name/etc?" -James
We'd both love to do more someday. But unlike, say, Sam and Fuzzy, Tower of Babel is owned by Namco Bandai. They just hired us to draw a comic about it! We did create the new characters, but they're all derived from the old ones and are a part of that franchise now.
Who knows... maybe some day in the future Namco will want to make some new Tower of Babel stuff. But it's up to them to decide what they'd like to do and whether we'd be involved. We had a lot of fun playing in their sandbox, though. They gave us a lot of freedom and paid us well. No complaints!
"In this comic, Don Grrrbil mentions The Pit. Does he know the location and what it is? Is this why Sam is working with him? Is it just a coincidence?" -Justin
Coincidence! Don Grrbil is referring to the literal small pit that they throw the characters into in the next panel. It's some sort of ceremonial combat arena... not the legendary mysterious "Pit" referred to by the committee.
I may address the coincidence in the strip sometime. In retrospect, I should probably have called it something else to avoid confusion!
That's a wrap for this week, team. See you on Monday!