400 and counting
Yes, today's Sam and Fuzzy comic is the 400th I have drawn for this website! Nothing hugely amazing is going on in the comic proper to line up with the milestone, so I thought I'd mark the occassion with a little self-indulgent behind-the-scenes stuff instead.
This, as far as I can tell, is the very first Sam and Fuzzy comic I ever drew. As a kid, whenever I went on vacation I kept a little journal of autobiographical cartoons. At some point, my teddy bear Fuzzy showed up as a character, and the duo was born. It's hard to tell which cartoon came first -- after inventing the Fuzzy character, I went back and worked him into all the older cartoons as well -- but I think it was probably this one.
A few years later, I decided I liked the Sam and Fuzzy characters enough to ditch the autobiographical format and spin them off into their own comic. All I lifted was the character designs: everything else was a blank slate. I worked through a lot of different concepts over the years. At one point Sam was a highschool student; at another he was a detective. Sometimes Fuzzy's existence was a big secret; other times he just wandered around freely like he does now. But eventually, the characters' appearances and personalities evolved to roughly resemble their current incarnations. This comic was the beginning, though it would be another few years before I began work on the version of Sam and Fuzzy that is chronicled on this website.
So there you go! You know, just in case you were wondering.
I've updated the gallery to include a new wallpaper section. There's nothing new in there, but if you were after either the 300th Strip or Skull Panda wallpapers I made before, you can find them in there!