Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Tablet Edition
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"Hi I just started reading Sam & Fuzzy around last Friday or so and so far I managed to get caught up (I have no life) but I don't know where to go now, should I work backwards and go to volume four, three, two, one, then zero? Or should I read it some other way? Also, what's the book supposed to be? A compilation of strips?" -Cal
Once someone is all caught up on our most recent era (the era which began with Sam and Fuzzy Fix Your Problem), I'd recommend one of two things!
If you would like to read another big, sweeping, story-based epic, you can go back and read Volume Four (AKA Noosehead). Like the current material, it stands pretty well on it's own without any previous knowledge of Sam and Fuzzy.
Or if you're really hardcore, you can go right back to Volume 1! (Or Volume 0, if you're curious about the REALLY old strips.) These comics were more gag-a-day based to start, but get more story-driven as they go along, and eventually climax in a big saga that was served as a sort of
warning sign preview of what the comic would turn into in the future. It's optional reading, but our current story does reference these strips fairly regularly!
As for the books... the two we have now collect the Fix Your Problem and Are Very Famous storylines in gigantic, attractive dead tree format. Like most black-and-white webcomics, Sam and Fuzzy looks much, much prettier in print, and I consider the books the definitive version of the strip. Eventually, I'd like to go back and collect all the previous volumes into books as well, but whether or not we can make that happen is reliant entirely on how our existing books sell first!
"Apart from being badass when the plot demands it, does Fuzzy have any special abilities?" -Jack
Nothing you'd call superhuman! Unless you count being abnormally strong for his size. He does, however, possess a wide variety of traditional cartoon character skills, such as the ability to hold objects without having any fingers, or the ability to somehow store and produce small objects without having any pockets!
"Psychonoauts is a fantastic game I started playing it after the Q&A discussion. I do agree a Sam and Fuzzy version would be fantastic! Are there other obscure games that A) you highly recommend and B) that you want to do a Sam and Fuzzy spoof on?" -Sam
It's always hard to decide exactly how obscure really counts as "obscure" when answering these kind of questions!
Beyond Good and Evil, de Blob 2, Henry Hatsworth, and Ghost Trick are some of my other favourite (relatively) recent games that never found the sales or success they deserved. I also tend to have a major soft spot some of the really great old 2D platformers that never really took off, like Ristar, Dynamite Headdy and Maui Mallard (the Megadrive/PC version, not the weird SNES port).
I'm not sure if any of these games lend themselves particularly well to Sam and Fuzzy spoofs, though. Maybe some sort of overall mix-and-match project could work, though!
"What is up with the 'Browse Archive by Character' function for the characters Susan and a Susansmith? I know that Susan Smith reporter extraordinare appeared in this strip, as she directly refers to her name. And I am fairly sure that she also appeared in previous strips, like all the way back in this one." -Tom
Susan Smith has appeared in a lot of strips as the host of Fact Copy, but Comic 1028 was the first time she was ever referred to by name. So from that point on, I started tagging her appearances with "susansmith". (In order to differentiate her from the other Susan, Sam's sister.)
Of course, there are a ton of older appearances of Susan Smith that don't come up in the search engine, because I never went back and tagged them. I guess I should go back and do that! It's a little intimidating, because it's a few appearances spread out over a lot of strips.
Also, because of how the tagger is programmed, selecting "Susan" actually appears to show all the appearances of both characters. Whoops! I guess I might have to change her tag to Susansister or something.
"In Strip 1047 you talked about the enthusiastic responses to the
"ultra-dynamic Conscience Cat/Dr. Crab splash panel". But since then there was no new news about a poster. Or I didn't read far enough! (I'm still at page 1089.) So here is my question: will there be a ultra-dynamic Conscience Cat/Dr. Crab Poster?" -Saad
Alas, this never ended up happening. It's always still an option, though, if enough people are interested! Who wants one?
Anyhow, that's a wrap for this week. See you on Monday!