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

Buyer Beware, Pt. 19

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Nov 16, 2009

My Skills are Varied

One of my favourite parts of New Super Mario Bros. Wii is the "Super Skills" movies -- video clips that show off hilariously elaborate trickery to earn piles of lives or beat levels incredibly fast. Of all the clips I've seen so far, this is probably my favourite, but there's one for every level of the game.

For years, you've been able to find videos similar to these all over YouTube. But those videos were of the classic Mario titles, and they were made by fans -- crazy fans, dedicated to completing these games in the fastest or most outrageous ways possible. At times, the "secrets" these guys uncover look like they are practically breaking the game. After all , surely the developer never intended to have folks earn infinite lives, or beat the entirety of the original Mario Bros. in under six minutes.

But with the "Super Skills" videos, Nintendo have tipped their hand. They're not just aware that these kind of gamers exist. They are deliberately designing the levels to facilitate all those ridiculously esoteric tricks and perfect speed runs. On purpose!

Who knew?

-Sam Logan

Nov 13, 2009

Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Existential Edition
Got a question you want answered? Just drop me an email with "Q & A" in the subject line!

"Why did you answer a statement the other week?" -Martin

I'm not sure! Why did you question my answer to a statement?

"Is Rexford really a dinosaur, or is he a very large and hideous, hideous cat?" -Michael

Mr. Rexford is a real, honest-to-goodness dinosaur. You're probably just questioning it because I'm not as good at drawing dinosaurs as you are, Michael. You jerk.

"I was rereading the comic and I stumbled upon the first 'Saucy Hippo' here. Is it still the same one mentioned by Jess here? And if so, is Mr. Gillespie still the owner, and will he be returning?" -Molly

It is part of the same chain, although probably not the same location. As for Mr. Gillespie, it is pretty likely that he will show up in these flashback stories eventually. As was once cryptically referenced, Fuzzy was working for Gillespie on the night he first met Sam!

"What has happened with the magazines you used to work in? Haven't updated us about them for some time now." -Luis

YES Mag and KNOW are still alive and well! For those who don't know, when I'm not busy making Sam and Fuzzy comics, I also do all of the page layouts and some of the illustrations for these two great children's science magazines. One time I got to draw a whale weighing its own tongue. My life is pretty sweet.

That's all for this week! We return on Monday. See you then!

-Sam Logan

Nov 11, 2009

Greeting Cards

It's true... exciting, disturbingly full-colour Sam and Fuzzy cards are now available at Topatoco! Long-time readers might recognize them as carefully redrawn and updated versions of the old Christmas cards I sold way back in the early days of the comic. I hope they provide you with a pleasing alternative to the horrifying photo-manipulated giant-eyed dog cards found in your average Hallmark.

Now, I understand you might want to wait until my two new t-shirts go on sale before buying your cards, so you can get them all together. In fact, that is the kind of understanding I possess in great abundance. So if that is the case, keep your eyes peeled on the Topatoco website for signs of stalker vampires and adorable hedgehogs. They should be going live incredibly soon.

-Sam Logan