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

Frame of Mind, Pt. 2

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Jan 28, 2009

Unstoppable self-help tsunami

I've gotten a lot of enthusiastic responses to last Friday's ultra-dynamic Conscience Cat/Dr. Crab splash panel. I figured some of you would get a kick out of it! It certainly was a lot of fun to draw.

What I did not expect was to also receive so many requests to transform that panel into something that you can buy. To which I say... really? I mean, let's face it: as fun as that image is, it's more than a little... esoteric. You practically need a Ph.D in Sam and Fuzzy just to understand what's going on. I'm going to be honest with you... that doesn't exactly scream "t-shirt" to me. But maybe, if enough of you were interested, I could make it into some kind of confusing, nigh-impenetrable limited print? That seems like the most appropriate avenue for something so obscure and fan-oriented. Let me know what you think!

"Frame of Mind" continues on Friday. Tune in then for a new comic, and for the next round of Q & A!

Sam Logan

Jan 26, 2009

The New Deal

The next chapter of the Sam and Fuzzy saga begins today!

Over the next few weeks, all you long-time readers in the audience will learn exactly where and how all the different parts of our new epic fit in with everything that has come before them. And I'm sure that after today's comic, many of you will already have some pretty good guesses... especially if you've been paying really close attention during the last couple of years of strips.

But Volume 5 isn't purely for the die-hards. Much like the previous volume, our new story can also be read and enjoyed by folks who haven't had even the slightest bit of prior Sam and Fuzzy exposure. Even if you have never read a single comic I have ever drawn, you can read Volume 5. Just start with today's strip and go nuts.

Yes, today is one of those fabled "jumping on" points for new readers -- something that happens pretty rarely around these epic, continuity-driven parts! So friends, I ask you... if there is anyone out there that you think needs to be reading this comic, please let them know: now is the time to take a crack at it. There will never be an easier time to start reading Sam and Fuzzy than right now! Ever!



PS: Unless there is.

Jan 23, 2009


That's a wrap for "Crisis of Conscience"! I hope you all enjoyed this little team-up more than Conscience Cat did. It was a lot of fun to put together!

Today is also the first installment of our new Q and A feature! I thought I'd kick things off with a few similarly-themed questions about the technical side of things, and save some of your questions about the comic's story and characters for next week. After all, a whole new volume of Sam and Fuzzy starts on Monday, and I wouldn't want to accidentally spoil any of it!

"What percentage of the comic is done on paper and what percentage is
digital?" -Zachary

A lot of my friends have long since switched over to tablets and cintiqs, but I still do pretty much all of my drawing on dead trees with pencils and pens. It's just how I roll! Prehistorically.

That said, even a Luddite like myself can't resist using the computer for certain otherwise-tedious tasks, like drawing panel borders, filling in large black spaces, or adding dialogue lettering and speech balloons. I also occasionally use the computer to invert certain parts of the line-work, so that the lines become white-on-black instead of black-on-white -- the white lines on the ground in the second-to-last panel of today's comic are one example of this.

And yes... every once in awhile, I use the computer to fix mistakes, or to duplicate any visual elements that need to be repeated exactly in multiple panels. I am only human!

A typical page of Sam and Fuzzy art looks like this before I have at it with a computer.

"What kinds of pens and pencils you use for the comic?" -Alyssa

I pencil my art with pretty much whatever happens to be lying around, and ink it entirely with a Staedtler MARS Graphic 3000 brush pen. Once upon a time I also used micron tech pens for finer details, but these days I'm comfortable enough with a brush that it isn't really necessary.

"I'm somewhat a comic artist myself, and I had been wondering how you use the brush pens, and get the nice line you always seem to get. Whenever I try to, it's always so disgusting and horrible looking!" -Aaron

Keeping control of line weight when you're using a brush is really hard! It requires a degree of finesse that can only really be acquired through practice and years of muscle memory. I'm a living example of that. Let's take a moment to look back at the first Sam and Fuzzy strip I ever inked with a brush. Great. Now let's never look at it again.

Practice aside, it also helps to try out a few different kinds of brushes to see what you're comfortable with, because each one has its own feel. With the Staedtlers I use, the "brush" is actually a piece of shaped rubber that is a lot firmer and more stubborn than most other brush pens. (Or actual brushes!) As a result, you don't have to be as dainty with it -- you can use it a lot more forcefully than others without your lines getting too thick or too messy. But on the flip side, some artists might not like how hard you have to press with it to get a reasonably broad line.

"How many Q&A emails did you get in the first day?" -Luke

A billion. It's awesome!

If you've got your own question you'd like added to the pile, just email it to me with "Q & A" in the subject line. I'll keep picking a few to answer every week!