Sam and Fuzzy...
Tell your friends, family, coworkers, and random people you meet on the street... a new volume of Sam and Fuzzy begins today! (It's proper title will be revealed next Wednesday, after this short prologue chapter.)
This volume is a pretty direct continuation of the saga that began with Sam and Fuzzy Fix Your Problem, but new readers should be able to start reading here without too much confusion. (Probably.)
Expect some pretty wild stories, plus appearances from characters old and new, copious amounts of action and intrigue, a valuable moral lesson or two, and a fresh minty scent. Excitement? Excitement!
Now here's something a little different -- a comic still illustrated by me, but written by Shannon! (Who, for those of you who didn't know, is my most excellent ladyfriend.) As you can see, she is a very talented writer. Mark my words... someday her novels will be all over your local bookstores' "young adult" shelves. (Hopefully covering up copies of Twilight.) She also writes an online comic of her own, called Daisy Chains!
Shannon originally wrote this script back in January, when one of our O-GAWD guest artists found themselves overloaded with work and requested a collaborator's help. Unfortunately, the artist wound up having to drop out entirely, and the script was never used. So I decided to try to bring it to life myself... today, when the subject matter is more timely than ever! (Consider the unusual art style my dorky attempt to be my own guest artist.)
Special bonus feature: Today's comic is actually the second time Shannon and I collaborated on a strip. The first time produced this. True story!
Anyhoo, that's a wrap for our filler features. Our next volume kicks off on Monday. Until then, please enjoy our traditional Friday smattering of Q and A!
Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: KROW Edition
Got a question you want answered? Just drop me an email with "Q & A" in the subject line!
"So why did Hazel invite Fuzzy to be her partner if she was previously trying to get rid of him? Did I misunderstand the storyline? I'm not very smart and I get confused." -Kat
You will find out definitively in future comics! Until then, I encourage only the finest in rampant speculation and unbridled conspiracy theorizing.
"What did you think of the Scott Pilgrim trailer? Awesome, or jawsome?" -Martin
I think it looks great!
Now, I know a great trailer doesn't guarantee a great film. And neither does great source material, unfortunately! But you know what does guarantee a great film? Edgar flippin' Wright. I was sold on this movie long before we got to see stuff like this. Now I'm just, I don't know, extra sold. Now I'm sold and also a little giddy.
"Hey Sam, you make a lot of connections to old events and characters in the comic. Are you planning ahead when you do that, or do you look back at old work to figure out where you are going to go with the story?" -Chaplin
A mix of both, I guess!
I started plotting out our current volume when I was about halfway through Volume 4. So, connections to events from around that time, like Fuzzy and Mr. Sin talking about Fuzzy's memory problems, those come from planning ahead. But connections to anything earlier than that, like Sam and Fuzzy's first meeting... those are absolutely just a result of me looking back at old work and writing a new story that can fit into it.
When I first started the comic eight years ago, I had no idea what Fuzzy's pre-Sam life was like. I didn't even know how the two of them first met! Since then, whenever I've decided to retroactively expand on the characters' histories, I've tried my best to do so in a way that feels "right" -- that fits into the existing story without feeling awkward or forced. I think I'm doing OK so far, and I hope you all do too!
OK, I'll admit it... I'd been having a lot of fun drawing Bat Fuzzy and wasn't quite ready to stop yet. The idea for today's strip came to me at Emerald City, when someone asked me why a character like Fuzzy would ever wind up becoming a superhero. Now you know, random con attendee! Now you know.
Speaking of Bat Fuzzy, the limited prints are still working their way over to Topatoco central. But they should be arriving and going on sale pretty soon! I will keep you all posted.
Anyhow, that's a wrap for today! Come back on Friday for our traditional Q & A feature... plus a Very Special Sam and Fuzzy comic.