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Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Brain Edition
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"I was looking in your old artwork, and saw these two concept pics. I recognized one of the cats instantly as Brain, which shocked me because this was Nov. 2003, before even the Ninja Mafia was introduced. At first I thought the girl was just an old idea and looked a lot like Alexa, but she also had some features similar to current characters like Gertrude or even Rebecca. This pic is the exact same pose, just flipped! So was Gertrude what that original character evolved into?" -Dan
It's true... sometimes the characters and concepts that sneak into the comic are based on very old ideas! But don't read too much into it... even I don't plan that far ahead!
Brain's design absolutely stems from that old drawing, 100%. Ever since I made it, that design has just been sitting there in the back of my brain, occasionally sneaking out in random sketches, waiting for the right opportunity to finally get used somewhere. And now it has!
But as for the lady in the pictures... no one ever really evolved from her directly. Not intentionally, at least! There certainly are a lot of elements from those drawings (and others) that did sneak into the other characters you mentioned, but that's probably more a sign of my general design tastes than anything else. The suits and the chunky black hair and the dark Noosehead-esque facial features are all just things that I liked to draw back then. (And clearly, I still do!)
Man, this also makes me realize I haven't posted any new art in that gallery section since 2004. Talk about neglect!
"So all of Malcolm's comments have actually been right, or at least alluded to major plot points. Even the space gophers. In Malcolm's last extended appearance, he told us about how the Government of Lizardmen had secretly killed off all true cats in 1947. What does this mean for Alphonso, and his lover? Is Chompy one of these aforementioned Lizardmen? Are they simply using the replacement cats as Lizard-fetus incubators to propagate their species? Can your plot literally get any MORE complicated?" -David
I have just one question for you, David. Who are Alphonso and his lover? Because there are no cats in Sam and Fuzzy. I think you are the only person seeing these cat "characters". It's probably a sign you are severely disturbed. Especially if these cats start telling you to burn things.
"OK, so I know this doesn't have anything to do with Sam and Fuzzy, but do you have any idea what's happened to Brian Carroll of Instant Classic? I have enjoyed his comic 'Brothers Donothan', but he seems to be missing for months at a time. What gives?" -Schparky
It sort of has to do with Sam and Fuzzy! After all, IC character Litchfield does exist in the Sam and Fuzzy-verse. (In what is possibly the only crossover character appearance I've ever done!)
But while comics are my greatest muse, Brian is a guy who is interested in working on all kinds of different projects. So for as long as I've known him, his comic production has always been a thing of fits and spurts. Sometimes he will do a bazillion comics at once, and other times he will go for months without drawing any at all. It is just the Brian Carroll way. Following him on twitter is probably the best way to keep appraised of his activities, comic-making or otherwise!
That's a wrap for this week, team. See you on Monday!