Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Edition from Hell
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"Sorry if this has already been asked, but at what point did you know you wanted Fridge to be the result of a nonhuman tar losing its previous shell, instead of a devil from hell?" -Brendan
I came up with the idea for the Pit and the tar and so on when I was first planning out the NMS Series arc, back when I was getting ready to start Fix Your Problem.
But you can see me already trying to clarify/recontextualize what Fridge is waaaaaay back in the big showdown between Fridge and Candice, where it's revealed he's a demon instead of the literal devil. Candice's understanding of how demons work is a little off, since it was primarily informed by flawed human-written books like the Necro-Deatho-Bookicon (and later, by flawed humans like Rikk.) But there are aspects of it that are consistent with how the tar works, and how humans of the past might have viewed their encounters with creatures like Brain and Hart.
I've got nothing against stories about actual Hells, but I like the weird and supernatural stuff in Sam and Fuzzy to feel very concrete. In this comic, weird creatures literally live Underground. If there was a Hell in the S&F, you could dig your way there. It wouldn't be some other realm of existense. It was fine for Fridge to say he was from Hell as a one off joke, but as soon as I decided I wanted to flesh out the character at all, I was already thinking about taking it in a slightly less abstract direction!
"What video games are you currently playing/ highly recommend?" - Roxanna
You can actually get a pretty accurate impression of this from the fan art that I've been posting for #Inktober (which you can find on my instagram or twitter). I'm currently in the middle of Hollow Knight, which I love. Before that, I played Spider-Man -- I'm usually not super into AAA open-world games anymore, but I really enjoyed the web-slinging and combat mechanics, and was super impressed by how well the story was handled. And before that, I played Iconoclasts -- a story-driven indie platformer that meshes it's gameplay mechanics and narrative elements in a really holistic and interesting way.
You'll also spot a few of my long-time favs in the Inktober mix, like Rocket Knight Adventures, Mario Odyssey, Rayman Legends, Katamari Damacy, and Tails Adventure. (And you'll also spot Bayonetta, a character who is fun to draw but who's video games are extremely not for me.)
"I was reading Noosehead, when something caught my eye (it just barely missed my nose by an inch). Since you have been building up to 'the pit' for so long, can we assume that it is actually more of a ditch full of secrets?" -Sebastiaan
I mean, if you want to get really literal, a "ditch full of secrets" is probably technically correct. But it's not nearly as DRAMATIC SOUNDING!
We return on Monday with our next comic. See you then, team!