We've got a big comic ahead of us on Friday... the equivalent of four printed pages, in fact! I suspect this is one that no Sam and Fuzzy reader will want to miss.
If anyone is interested, we still have a handful of Sketch-Off drawings left! The Game of Thrones, Mass Effect and Muppet pics are still up for grabs, as are a couple of the... uh... weirder ones. (As you might have noticed, I find it hard to resist drawing particularly esoteric reader suggestions like "Sin and Fuzzy as plants". That's part of what makes these Sketch-Offs so fun to do!) You can see the full list of what is still available below in Monday's newspost. Bam!
The new sketch-off was a big success! Based on (a tiny handful of) your suggestions, I managed to draw 26 different pictures of Sam and Fuzzy characters from alternate universes. You can see all 26 by clicking the image below!
Like last time, I'll be selling the original drawings for $25 each (plus $4 to $7 for shipping)... so if you see one you'd like, just email me! It's first come first serve, and in the past they've gone pretty quickly... but some of these ones are pretty weird, so we'll see how it goes! Here's the full list of everything that is and isn't still available:
- Feudal Japan-verse X and Y (SOLD)
- Game of Thrones-verse Sam, Nic and Fuzzy (SOLD)
- Lord of the Rings-verse Ent Sin (SOLD)
- Steampunk-verse Sam and Fuzzy (SOLD)
- Gurren Lagann-verse Dev, Nic and Fuzzy (SOLD)
- New Wave-verse Nic and Sid (SOLD)
- Dune-verse Sand Buddy (SOLD)
- Gritty Realistic-verse Fuzzy (SOLD)
- Mass Effect-verse Turrian Fuzzy
- Mass Effect-verse Asari Nic (SOLD)
- Dinosaur Jungle-verse Dev and Rexford (SOLD)
- Superhero-verse Dev, Fuzzy and Conscience Cat (SOLD)
- Gender-reversal-verse Aaron, Dev and Buddy
- Duck-verse Fuzzy and Sam
- Noir-verse Dev and Sam (SOLD)
- Plant-verse Fuzzy and Sin
- Egyptian Pantheon-verse Conscience Cat and Nic (SOLD)
- Ghibli-verse Conscience Cat, Sam and Fuzzy (SOLD)
- Potterverse Dev and Edwin (SOLD)
- Powers-verse Sam and Fuzzy
- Valhalla-verse Candice and Fridge (SOLD)
- Burton-verse Sam and Fuzzy (SOLD)
- Muppet-verse Sam and Fuzzy (SOLD)
- Lincoln-verse(?) Sam and Fuzzy (SOLD)
- Role-reversal Sam and Fuzzy (SOLD)
- Cowboy-verse Sam and Hidalgo (SOLD)
Thanks, guys! I am super please with how these draw-offs have been working. It's a lot like what I do at conventions, only without the convention part! I get to draw weird stuff for my readers all afternoon, make a good day's wage, and give folks a chance to nab some original art in a way that hopefully doesn't totally break the bank. Plus, it always seems to stimulate my regular, pricier-but-fancier commission business. A+, would sketch-off again.
It begins! Today, from 11 AM - 6 PM (PST), I will be drawing Sam and Fuzzy characters from terrifying parallel dimensions... based on your suggestions! Starting at 11, I want to hear all your picks for:
- The alternate universes (existing fictional universes, genre parodies, entirely original world ideas... be creative!)
- The specific Sam and Fuzzy characters you want to see from them (please stick to one or two to keep things simple)
Send me your suggestions (not 'til 11, though!) via twitter, or by email if twitter is not your thing. I'll pick my favourites and make them real! Finished drawings will be posted to my twitter feed, or you can watch me draw them live via livestream video.
Like last time, I'll be selling the finished drawings for the abnormally low price of $25 plus shipping. Idea providers have first crack at the drawings resulting from their suggestions, and if they pass, it's first come first serve to whoever else wants 'em. If you're sure you're going to buy any drawing based on your idea in advance, by all means, let me know beforehand... but I'll be doing drawings based on everyone's ideas, whether they've got the budget to purchase them or not. It's more fun that way! (Plus other people usually step up to buy the leftovers pretty quickly anyway.)
See you... on the internet!
Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Sam Edition
Got a question you want answered? Just drop me an email with "Q & A" in the subject line!
"Why hasn't Sam & Fuzzy been sold as a TV property? It seems perfect for Adult Swim " -Patrick
Honest answer: no one has ever asked! It's not something I've actively pursued myself, either. I like the idea of working on a TV show, and I certainly think Sam and Fuzzy would work better as a serialized show (ala Venture Bros.) than as a film. But at the same time, part of me thinks that it might be more satisfying to create a new project specifically designed for that format.
It would be an interesting challenge to adapt, though! I'm not sure how well Sam and Fuzzy's unusual art style would translate to animation. And certain plotlines -- like Sam being hidden in plain sight as Crush -- wouldn't really work if the characters had recognizable voices.
"Have you heard this song? When I saw the last line of friday's comic, the first few lines swam into my head." -Jessica
No! Catchy, though. It's also kind of funny, though, because even though it's a Christian song and the fish part is metaphorical, it actually still accurately predicts the ending of this story! At the last minute, the giant cartoon hand of god descends from the sky and yanks Aaron right out of Buddy's mouth. It is the plot twist that no one ever saw coming! Sorry I spoiled it, everyone.
(Kidding, kidding! Unless I'm not.)
"You seem to be determined to not explain Future Fuzzy's existence, writing him off as a joke. BUT writing him off IS A BAD IDEA. Why? Because otherwise, you are left with a BIG PLOTHOLE. Future Fuzzy was the catalyst in making Fuzzy shove Alexa into the fridge, which led to Fuzzy being kicked out by Sam, which led to Sam inviting Fuzzy back into his apartment, which led to Alexa breaking up with him. Where could Candice have gotten Sam if Alexa was still with Sam? And we all know how essential Candice is
to the story." -Rarefoil
Future Fuzzy is, functionally, very similar to characters like Conscience Cat. Maybe he is real! Or maybe he is a delusion in the back of someone's brain. I think the ambiguity works entirely in his favour, both functionally and tonally.
It's not so much that I want to write him off as I prefer not to over-explain him... especially because he was a humour-driven character, and nothing kills a joke more than explaining it. All that really matters is that he was real enough to Fuzzy at the time, inspiring his actions and setting all those events into motion. Whether he was actually real, delusion, or something inbetween, I leave entirely up to you readers.