Shannon and I are in Los Angeles today, visiting with webcomics pals and experiencing theme parks. But a new comic arrives all the same, thanks to the magic of advance preparation. Enjoy!
And speaking of comics... you're remembering to keep up with the new Skull Panda website, right? I mention it because I am terrified of the violent repercussions that may befall me if I don't. It is true that some of the strips on there will be familiar to longtime Sam and Fuzzy readers, but there's plenty of new comics turning up, too!
Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Fridge Edition
Got a question you want answered? Just drop me an email with "Q & A" in the subject line!
"I am considering purchasing Sam and Fuzzy Fix Your Problem, and was wondering how this worked. Do I consult with Sam and Fuzzy, or do I just assault my problems with this novel until they are solved? "(On a mildly related note, with the S&F FYP and S&F AVF what kind of artwork do you draw on the bookplates? Is it random sketches, or is it S&F related?)" -Brandon
Well, Fix Your Problem is 368 pages long. With that kind of weight, there are probably a lot of problems you could solve simply by hitting them with the book!
The bookplates feature lovingly-crafted drawings of Sam and Fuzzy characters like these and these! The particular character you will receive is a surprise, but I use a different set of characters for each book to make sure no one winds up with the same character twice when they buy both volumes!
"Was any of the general ninja mafiosos' appearance - and of Mr. Black and Mr. Blank in special - inspired in the Madness flash animation series? Because the design for them and the standard Madness characters look really alike!" -Bernardo
Total coincidence! Honestly, the sort of plus shape on Mr. Blank and Mr. Black's otherwise blank masks was originally added only so you could tell which way they were facing. Over time, the shape mutated into something more stylized and expressive. (It turns out drawing a character with no facial expressions at all is not very much fun!)
"Back when Fuzzy was working with Hazel and Brain, they tried to steal the Band of Something-or-Other to sell to the Ninja Emperor, but Mr. Blank beat them to it. Does this mean Hazel and Brain never got close enough to the Ninja Emperor to read his mind and get his Numbers? And might that in turn mean that they still need those Numbers to get to the Pit? And would that imply they’ll be coming after the current Ninja Emperor sooner or later…? Related: when Fridge possessed people, he seemed to be able to read their memories; does this mean that before Candice killed him, he knew about the Committee, the Numbers, and the Pit?" -Harold
Those are some really interesting questions! To answer only one of them, at random, without identifying which one: yes.
Holy smokes! In only a couple of days, Shannon and I will be hopping on a plane and heading to Los Angeles to spend a few days absorbing its various theme parks. But worry not -- your regularly scheduled Sam and Fuzzy programming will carry on as usual despite our physical absence.
And being stuck on a plane for a few hours will also be as good an opportunity as any to finish off the (relatively) new Professor Layton game! I know I was actually talking to a bunch of you via twitter the other day about how rare it is for a story-driven video-game series to keep the narrative quality up past 3 instalments, but The Last Spectre is totally pulling it off. It never ceases to amaze me how a series of brain teaser collections -- a genre plagued by some of the laziest cash grabs in gaming -- wound up being graced with such charming stories and gorgeous classical 2D animation. Thanks, Level 5, for not phoning it in.