SAM & FUZZY, by Sam Logan (updates M/W/F)

Off the Sauce, Pt. 9

Discuss on the forum

Mar 28, 2014

Emerald City Comic-Con starts today!

This is it, Seattle friends! From today until Sunday, you can find me at the Topatoco booth at Emerald City Comic-Con. This year, it's located right smack in the middle of the skybridge connecting the two halls. You can't miss us!

As always, I'll be happy to draw you a sketch of sign something for you. And if you're interested in purchasing Sam and Fuzzy swag, Topatoco will be selling a broad array of it... including a limited number of copies of the Sam and Fuzzy Omnibus! In other words: fun times will mandatory.

Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: New Site Edition
Got a question you want answered? Just drop me an email with "Q & A" in the subject line!

"I really like the new site! But what happened to the old 'save your place' bookmark feature?" -Heather

That feature has actually been gone for a while! I liked it, but unfortunately the plugin had a security vulnerability which someone used to briefly hack the site, and we had to give it the heave ho. But I'm open to adding a similar feature in the future if I can find a new, more secure plugin.

"What made you decide to use color in the new website design? I know it isn't much, but even that bit of red is more than we've seen before." -Onlyfollowingyou

When Sam and Fuzzy first launched, this website housed the comic strip and absolutely nothing else. So making the site design in black and white to match the strip seemed like an interesting and striking thing to do!

But over the years, I've started making a lot of colour content, too -- other comics, and shirts, and books, and ebooks, and a broad array of other things that I either want to share with you guys or need to plug. On the old black and white site, I felt like those elements felt a little intrusive.

So for the new site, I decided to leave things mostly monochromatic, but weave a single colour element throughout the design, to tie the colour bits and the black and white bits together. I think that, combined with adding a lot of extra empty space around the comic to give it more room to breathe, makes things feel a lot more balanced.

"Is it just me or are the comics smaller on the new site?" -David

It's just you! (Well, not just you, because a few people asked this question!) The comics are exactly the same size, using the same image files they always have. However, they might just feel smaller because the site is wider overall, and because they are placed in a larger, more open space than before. In other words, I just pulled off the world's least interesting optical illusion. Tada!

We return on Monday with our next comic. See you then!

-Sam Logan


Mar 26, 2014

New digs

Hi, team! and welcome to the new website. We put a lot of work into this sucker, and I'm really excited to share it with you.

Enormous thanks are in order for Ashton for coding the new archive system backend, and for Michał for converting my initial caveman-esque html-and-tables version of the site into proper CSS. (And as for the actual graphic design, team, you can blame me for that..)

The big new feature is the Table of Contents dropdown, which shows you where the chapter you are currently reading falls in its respective book and series. But there are a bunch of other changes, big and small, designed to give the comic pages more breathing room while still making space to feature other stuff. Hope you dig it!

Emerald City Comic-Con starts this Friday! Hope to see you there, Seattle.

-Sam Logan


Mar 24, 2014

Emerald City Comic-con

Emerald City is upon us this week, friends! If you're going to be at the show, you can find me at the Topatoco booth, which is right smack in the middle of the sky bridge that connects both exhibition halls.

As usual, I'll be hanging out and signing stuff for the duration of the show. And Topatoco will be selling a broad array of cool Sam and Fuzzy stuff, including a limited quantity of both versions of the Omnibus. So if you're looking to pick one up, be sure to swing by!

The launch of the brand new Sam and Fuzzy site is still imminent, but has been put briefly on hold while we sort out a couple of small technical issues. I will keep you all posted! In the meantime, enjoy today's comic, and come back on Wednesday for the next one. Woo!

-Sam Logan