The strip you just read, perfectly executed by my intrepid TCAF
booth neighbour Joel Watson
, is a 100% accurate
recreation of real events
that really happened.
(Well except maybe for the tunnels.) I was telling Joel about how I sometimes come up with shirt ideas that work perfectly
from a design sense, but express ideas that no human being would ever actually want to have on their body... only Joel thought "Fart Trap" was a great idea! And rightly so, as it turned out, because now I'm a billionaire. True story!
And speaking of conventions... holy smokes, Calgary Expo
starts this Friday! The Calgary Expo was my favourite
convention last year. Will it hold the title two years in a row? You can help... by coming to the show and swinging by the booth!
Be warned... I am not at the Topatoco booth for this show!
But I am
very close by. Just like last year, I'm splitting a booth with my pals from Weregeek
... we did really well with that setup last time, and I am not about to mess with a good thing! For your navigational assistance, please refer to this helpful map!
Anyhoo, that's a wrap for today. Come back tomorrow for our next epic guest strip!
Michael Stearns, he of the always impressive Dawn of Time
, continues to build the history of popular Sam and Fuzzy
-verse cartoon character Bitey the Shark! I've only ever drawn Bitey in his modern, extreme form
, but as Sam and Fuzzy once explained
, he was once a much less abrassive (if no less commercial) mascot. Fortunately, we have Michael to provide us with "classic" Bitey snippets... both in his previous guest strip
, and now in today's!
Remember team... Sam and Fuzzy
updates five times a week
during O-GAWD, with a new guest strip every weekday! Come back tomorrow for the next strip!
Eric Johnson is the man behind Radioactive Panda, or as it is known in it's current iteration: Stone Clouds
. He's also no stranger to Sam and Fuzzy
guest strips, but I think this one tops them all.
Eric said I could also post this alternate version
of today's comic which features some extremely tasteful spot colouring. Enjoy!
Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Eric Edition
Got a question you want answered? Just drop me an email with "Q & A" in the subject line!
"Will you be reimbursing readers for all the pants that were crapped in with the reveal at the end of reunion?" -Dan-O
You all knew the risks when you started reading! Didn't you sign the waiver?
"Remember how I totally called that Fuzzy was Eric? I deserve a prize, because I was right about something. On the internet." -Geoff
Sure I remember! I definitely saw a few "Fuzzy is Eric" theorize-ers over the past year... although I have to admit, not as many as I was expecting. I think Sam and Fuzzy Fix Your Problem
has all the clues you need to figure it out. But I certainly don't blame anyone who missed them... it's a dense story and some of those clues are buried pretty deep.
Every now and then, someone asks if it annoys me when a reader predicts a plot twist, or if their predictions ever tempt me to change where the story is going. Well... no! I'm sure not every writer feels this way, but my personal philosophy on mystery writing is that completely
unpredictable left-field plot twists are just kind of unsatisfying. A surprise twist with absolutely no clues or foreshadowing building towards it... just feels random and cheap to me.
I like giving people a chance to figure things out. And if a few of them do, great! Folks who suspected Fuzzy was Eric may not have been as surprised by Reunion's ending as everyone else was, but I think there were still plenty of new revelations about exactly how and why it happened... and plenty of new buried clues to fuel future speculation about other
mysteries! Plus, they have the satisfaction of being proven right about something, and feeling like a big, brainy man. (Or woman.) Who doesn't like that?
"If Fuzzy is really Eric, then why didn't any of the people who knew Eric recognize him? Like Hazel's clients!" -Alice
Throughout Fix Your Problem
, Hazel repeatedly refused to let Fuzzy meet any of their employers. Well, now you know why!
But Fuzzy did
meet Mr. Rexford, who would definitely
recognize him as Eric. Keeping that in mind, re-read from this strip
to the end of the chapter. I think you'll be surprised! There's also some fun stuff towards the end of the fight sequence that, again, will read very differently now that you know a bit more about Brain the cat's... uh... true nature. Fix Your Problem
is loaded with these kind of easter eggs. All the more reason to give it a re-read! (Perhaps even in its sexier book form
Anyhow, that's a wrap for this week. Come back on Monday for the start of O-GAWD 7
's second half!