SAM & FUZZY, by Sam Logan (updates M/W/F)

Ill Repute, Pt. 7

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Mar 7, 2012

Oh tah wahhhhh

Ottawa! There is snow here. But despite being wussy Vancouverites, we are coping! Why, already Shannon and I have experienced the authentic traditional Ontarian experience of getting up early to pick up the collector's edition Mass Effect 3 at Walmart. I also went to a Costco, and then stayed inside drawing comics all day. It's a whole new world, man.

A native Ottawanian (Ottawan?) on twitter asked if I would be doing a fan meet-up here. I've never actually done a fan meetup before, since I travel so rarely without doing a convention appearance anyway. Do I have readers here in our nation's capital? Would you like to do a "meet up" when we swing back through town on our way home around the 26th or so? Let me know if this is you.

-Sam Logan

PS: If there anyone out there who still hasn't recieved our latest book club bonus pack, but should have... just drop me a line and let me know! (And if there's anyone who accidentally missed the deadline, fear not... just place your order now and let me know, and I will work my magic.)

Mar 5, 2012

A place to stand, a place to grow

Detective Morris is, of course, referring to when she told Sam to keep out of the Sinpresto factory. When was that again? Oh right... a few moments before Sam snuck into the Sinpresto factory.

Today, Shannon and I embark on a month long experiment of living in Ontario, discovering what it might be like to live and work a bit closer to our east-coast comicing comrades and the Topatoco hivemind. Truth be told, there are a lot of potential advantages for someone in my line of work to move out east. But on the other hand, they have this strange and alien thing called "weather" over there. So, uh... we'll see how it goes!

But worry not, west coasters... we will be returning to our sacred pacific homeland just in time for Emerald City Comic-Con!

-Sam Logan

Mar 2, 2012

Our latest Book Club bonus pack is out, and making its way to member inboxes everywhere. If there's anyone out there who should have received one and didn't, just email me and let me know!

(And if there's anyone who accidentally missed the deadline, fear not... just place your order now and drop me a line to let me know, and I will connect you to bonus town.)

Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Steam Edition
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"What do you think about when designing a new character? Do you do some sort of research, or otherwise how do you come up with the style and personality?" -Agni

It can really depend on the project! In the case of an established comic like Sam and Fuzzy, it's all about coming up with new characters who will help drive the story by playing off of the existing cast in a new or unique way. Someone like Hazel is introduced not just to be interesting in and of themselves, but also to bring out a different side of an older character and to propel their story.

Once I've got the personality down, I try to craft a visual design that reflects it. It's kind of a hard process to describe... I just draw and draw until it looks right to me. A major secondary goal on the design side is to push myself to come up with really distinct-looking characters who contrast well with the existing cast and don't look too similar to anyone who came before them. (I am not always successful in this regard, but I try!)

I don't really do much in the way of research unless I'm creating a character with some sort of real-life cultural or professional background. (Which probably comes up less in a comic as surreal as Sam and Fuzzy than it would in a more grounded strip.)

"Played any good games lately?" -Chris

Yes! I'm currently about halfway through Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I'm really enjoying the flexibility of approach the game grants you -- most of the time, anyway -- and have been slowly working my way through the game using an all-stealth, all-non-lethal playstyle. But it's a very long game, and I don't have a ton of time to play it, so it might be another month or two before I wrap it up. (This is probably why I usually stick to 9-12 hour action games!)

I've also been playing through a 2-player playthrough of Rayman Origins whenever my pal Ashton comes over. Man, is it ever good. The original Rayman was beautiful for it's time, but was a bit too bland and generic on the gameplay side of things. But Origins is gorgeous AND has really solid gameplay and level design chops. Ten thumbs up.

"Once in a while I see the word "bloody" in a context that has no contextual connection with hemoglobin. Is this supposed to indicate an english accent? or is that just something you crazy Canadians say once in a while." -Anthony

"Bloody" is definitely primarily a British thing, rather than a Canadian thing. If I have a tendency to use it in dialogue from time to time, it's probably just because I'm kind of... slang absorbent.

-Sam Logan