Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Monday Edition
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"How exactly can President Dog write a book afterword? Does he type better than he talks?" -Amy
No. No he does not. So... it'll probably be a pretty interesting afterword? (Visual aids may be involved.) I'll be placing it alongside all the original President Dog comics, for valuable context.
As touched as I am that Dog was willing to write my afterword, his greatest contribution to our new book Kickstarter is really the gift of Vote Dog bumper stickers, which (thanks to our 44k stretch goal) are now included in all our Gilded Bonus Packs, and all the backer tiers that include it!
Next up, we've got a pair of deep continuity questions from Sherwin! I figured I'd share them both because they're both pretty fun. (And so meticulously cross-linked!)
"Where is Sam's 'SATAN WUZ HERE' tattoo? In comic 536, it's clearly on the dead ninja's chest, but every time we've seen Sam expose his chest it's been clean. We know Fridge/Hart marked him when he was possessed, according to Nicole in comic 634 (a little bit is even visible here), but I don't think it's been seen or referred to since then. Did Sam have it removed after he became Emperor? Is a demonic marking not laser-proof?"
"In comic 494, McMillan is stated to have been promoted to General as a result of his 'defeating' the rogue ninjas, but in comic 2176, he is already being referred to as 'General' by Mr. Blank right after the incident, even though he should have only been a squad leader at the time. How did he get his new rank so fast? Is moving up the chain of command that quickly a perk of coming from one of the (depending on whether the source is before or after the RPG, nine or twelve) traditional families?" -Sherwin
The number of "traditional ninja families," on the other hand, is something that will probably remain inconsistent, since a few different numbers have been given at various times throughout the comic's history. (I'm pretty good at staying on top of my own continuity, but that particular tidbit is juuuuust the right combination of rarely mentioned and unimportant to consistently mix me up.) Let's assume any variation in numbers can be explained by complex political cross-house politics involving intermarriages and familial unions. Or alternately, by ninjas murdering each other.