Retro Gaming Expo
Vancouver friends! I will be exhibiting at this weekend's Retro Gaming Expo. Come on by if you want play some classic games, snag some Sam and Fuzzy swag or get a drawing of your favourite dumb video game character. (Or if you just want to meet Charles "Mario" Martinet!)
Original Art Town
If you're interested, I've put up a few new original marker drawings in my Etsy store. There are a couple of character pin-ups, as well as a few Skull Panda strips. Just click the image below to see 'em all! (There are a few others that aren't in the preview image.)
Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Bubble Edition
Got a question you want answered? Just drop me an email with "Q & A" in the subject line!
"Earlier in the chapter the trainee ninjas were making a big deal about the mystery behind the emperor's mask and how no one really knew what he looked like. But if a whole town knows his face and recognizes him it's not really that big of a secret! Where's all the mystique!" -Ben
It's actually just the Maître d. He knows what Sam looks like because he's a regular at this restaurant.
I don't think Sam is making an especially concerted effort to hide his true appearance... I think that's just a natural byproduct of him living as this kind of aloof, mysterious, mostly inaccessible power figure. Most of the cadets and townspeople don't get a chance to interact with him one on one, and when he's making public appearances he tends to wear the mask as a sort of identifying uniform. So there is a mystique there... I just think it's a naturally-occurring one!
"What is the small bubble that can be see in your characters' eyes in close up shots? Is it a stylized iris? It is a detail I have always wondered about, along with the rest of your art style. It is a wonderful style by the way, I don't think I've seen anything like it elsewhere." -Jake
That's just a weird stylistic quirk! I'm not sure exactly where it came from... I think it started as a normal shiny/reflective mark and gradually morphed into an inexplicably-shaped one. I don't actually use it in my other art outside of Sam and Fuzzy anymore, but for consistency's sake it still lives on here.
That's a wrap for this week! See you on Monday, team.
Thank you, Vancouver-ites and visitors, for making the second VanCAF even better than the first. It was wonderful to get to hang out with so many awesome, talented artists this past weekend. (Both here at home and then in Seattle on Monday when I was driving folks down to the airport.) And it's very gratifying to hear how much everyone seems to like the show. Shannon puts a ton of work into it, so I'm glad it shows!
In other news: A bunch of the creators of The Neverhood -- including artist Doug Tennapel and musician Terry S. Taylor -- are kickstarting a new claymation point-and-click adventure game! If that doesn't sell you immediately, go check out the preview clip in their kickstarter video. It looks amazing... which is no surprise, since there's some great talent behind it.