Holiday Shipping Alert!
Tomorrow (Tuesday the 10th) is the last day that American buyers can order in-stock items from our Topatoco store by USPS First Class or Standard shipping options and expect to receive 'em in time for the holidays. After that, you will need to resort to the faster, more expensive services.
And Wednesday (the 11th) is the last day that international buyers can get in-stock items in time via Express shipping! Beyond the 11th, no promises can be safely made. You have been warned!
Holiday Shipping Alert! Today is the last day that international buyers can order in-stock items from our Topatoco store by non-express shipping options and expect to receive 'em in time for the holidays. After that, it's Express only!
Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Committed Edition
Got a question you want answered? Just drop me an email with "Q & A" in the subject line!
"You're doing something for Shiftylook? When does it start? What game is it based on?" -Aaron
Yeah! Shannon and I pitched them a comic based on a particularly obscure old game called Tower of Babel. Shannon is writing and I am drawing, IN COLOUR, so it should be madness. It starts on January 1st, with a special double-sized update, and stars these guys:
I'll be plugging it when it starts updating, so keep your eyes peeled down here and you won't miss it!
"If the secret code Number is important enough to pass down through the generations then why was the Committee willing to ignore the holder of one of those numbers for so long and risk it being lost to time or death?
Another question, does the Committee allow for the introduction of entirely new members, not just those who inherit the position? If so, are such new members numberless or are the numbers redivided somehow? Likewise if a member is kicked out by, say, stealing from other members then is their number taken away?" -Jake
I assume the ignored member you refer to is the Ninja Emperor, during the time that the Mafia was disbanded? In any case, each committee member has sworn to keep their respective number a secret from all the other members. It is considered dangerous for one person to know them all, for any reason. So if a particular member's number was ever lost forever... well, good? Now no one can ever know it. Problem solved! Other members wouldn't want to look upset about it, because after all, it's not like they're supposed to want to know it themselves.
The Committee does not admit entirely new members. Each current member is a direct descendant, chosen successor, or recognized usurper of one of the original members. The way the memberships are passed down varies... some are familial, some are monarchical, some are corporate... but in each case, there is an established tradition. When there's a case of unclear qualification, like there was with Sam, it's the other members to decide if that tradition is being met appropriately. And when a member needs to be kicked out... well, that's rare, but I imagine the committee would take them out in co-operation with a usurper internal to that member's organization.
"Wait a second, so in this strip are you telling me that an elephant runs a media conglomerate hidden agenda in the USA . What would be the name of this supposed news channel and what animal would represent it?" -Tom
I think it's pretty obvious, Tom. It's Mr. Tusks News, and their mascot is Ringo the Reporter Rat.
That's a wrap for this week! We return on Monday with more stuff.
Book Club Bonus Pack
Behold... the final Book Club Bonus pack of 2013! This massive bundle of goodies will be emailed out to everyone who has purchased a copy of Sam and Fuzzy Under the Influence, as well as everyone who backed the Sam and Fuzzy Kickstarter, on Dec 19th.
If you are not one of those people, but want to be, just nab a copy of Sam and Fuzzy Under the Influence by Dec 18th (either alone or in a book bundle) and the swag will be yours, too!
This time around, the bundle includes three desktop wallpapers (, as well as a whopping eight vertically-oriented 1080x1920 versions, suitable for mobile devices and sideways monitors. The "magazine parodies" theme was chosen by our Book Club members, and since it lent itself really well to vertical-orientation (as did the Street Fighter and Turtleducks illustrations), I decided to really run with it!
We return on Friday, with a new comic and a new round of Q and A. See you then!