Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Boyle Edition
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This isn't really a question, Jamie, but I'm going to let it slide just this once.
I'm glad so many folks were amused by the surprise reveal of 17th century Robert Boyle as one of the scientists who worked in the tar research lab. For those who don't know (or don't remember), Robert Boyle is a bit of a running non sequitor gag in Sam and Fuzzy, first mentioned by Fuzzy here and then occassionally re-referenced in strips like this one. The joke is always that Boyle is actually completely irrelevant to whatever is happening, so I thought it would be funny if, for once, he was actually important. And I gotta say, I'm pretty pleased with the little place I crafted for him!
It's maybe a bit of a leap to imagine that Boyle secretly faked his own death to pursue secret research, but I thought it'd be particularly funny to reveal his death year was a lie, given how frequently past Boyle jokes have specifically referenced it. Plus, the real life dude actually was very interested in transmutation, so I'm sure the tar would have been incredibly enticing! His last name even almost fits my general theme of scientists with last names that sound like body parts, if you're generous enough to consider boils body parts. It's all a rich tapestry!