I am in San Diego, getting ready for this year's Comic-Con! Are you at San Diego Comic-Con? Then come see me at the Topatoco Booth! (AKA: booth #1229.)
I wanted to draw a few fun stand-alone strips to run while I was away, and (probably because I've been working so much on the Omnibus kickstarter), I was feeling nostalgic and decided to check in on some old, long-absent faces. (Sort of.)
Speaking of said kickstarter, I added a new one-off tier today with another big piece of original art... the Noosehead Omnibus' back cover art, featuring said band rocking out. I also added two more of the "completionist" tier, if anyone was hoping to score some of the last copies of my old mini-books.
I know what a lot of you guys really want is for me to open up more of the Monoliths! They are limited only by my ability to draw so many pictures for everyone's books, but I think I may have figured out a way to make one more batch. More on that on Friday!
Kicks and Cons
That's a (ambiguous) wrap for our latest chapter! Before lunging into the next one, I'm going to spend the next few updates doing one-off comics that revist some of our comic's older cast. (Working on the Omnibuses has gotten me in the mood!) Tune in on Wednesday for the first one.
Speaking of the Sam and Fuzzy Omnibus Kickstarter -- we are now a stone's throw away from adding the first Sam and Fuzzy comic ever drawn to the books. (As well as free PDFs of a bunch of others.) A lot of folks seem really interested in seeing how Sam and Fuzzy came together, from confused childhood scrawlings to a massive 10+ year webcomic, so I thought this would be a good start!
Later today, I'll also be posting a kickstarter update showing some examples of concept art and other random doodles drawn during the Noosehead era of the comic, pulled straight out of my original sketchbooks. If you want a little insight into how far ahead I plan the comic, or what kind of stuff I doodle when I'm bored, I think you'll find this interesting!
And of course, this week is also San Diego Comic-Con! As always, I will be hanging out at the Topatoco booth in the webcomic pavillion, where they will be selling a wide variety of Sam and Fuzzy swag. A cool new side project I'm going to be working on later this year is going to be announced at the show, so there's lots to look forward to! AND LOTS TO DO, AHH
Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Omnibus Edition
Got a question you want answered? Just drop me an email with "Q & A" in the subject line!
"Will the one-off Christmas special strips be included in the Omnibus? And is there any chance it would include a page or two showing Sven and Fluffy? (Still my favourite ever internet April Fool!)" -LB
The massive Omnibus that we are currently kickstarting collects every Sam and Fuzzy comic I drew and published online up to strip #1045, including the Christmas specials and, yes, even Sven and Fluffy. (Albeit in black and white, of course.) When I say complete, I mean COMPLETE. Ha!
And thanks to everyone's above-and-beyond support, it now also includes the two exclusive stories from the old out-of-print Sam and Fuzzy minibooks, and a brand new intro story featuring the X-Per-S crew and Fridge. (And it is well on its way to including an insane new alternate ending made by myself and Rikk Estoban, featuring Carlyle and Future Fuzzy.) It's going to be a hell of a book!
"Is the new intro story [in the Omnibus] a remake or do-over of specific earlier comics?"-Sam
No! It is a brand new Sam and Fuzzy story set in the classic era, about Sam and Fuzzy undergoing a performance evaluation at X-Per-S taxi. It's an "intro" story only in the sense that it is the first thing in the book, and therefore introduces the core cast of the strip to the reader. But the story in a new one that fits in alongside the original comics, rather than retelling or replacing any of them. (Which is good, because all those comics are in the book, too... even Volume Zero, which is included in a special bonus section.)
"Why isn't Dev in the kickstarter cast print?"-Alice
The kickstarter cast print only contains characters that appeared in the comics in the Omnibus, which is why there's no Dev, Edwin, Rexford, or any of the other post-Noosehead characters. I did consider including them all, but quickly realized they wouldn't all fit. Actually, there are so many of them, they could fill an entire second print! (Who knows... maybe some day I'll make that one, too!)