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

Aid and Abet, Pt. 15

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Oct 10, 2014

Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Vol 4 Edition
Got a question you want answered? Just drop me an email with "Q & A" in the subject line!

"In the limited bundle, are we able to choose a very specific theme (e.g. Fuzzy as Captain Kirk), or does it have to be something more like the chart, with a general "Fuzzy as a sci-fi thing" type of request?" -Keith

This wasn't actually a Q and A question, but I thought I'd answer this one publically, since a lot of people have been asking!

Yes, your request can be that specific if you like! The chart is just for people who are indecisive or who have a gambling spirit. The options on it are more general/thematic to give me some flexibility after I roll.

Incidentally, here are a bunch of the drawings I've done so far! Some of them were specific requests, while others were generated using the chart:

If you'd like to get a drawing like one of these with your copy of Volume 4, just select the Limited Bundle over at Topatoco. They're available until Nov 1st! And I'm having a lot of fun drawing them. Look at that friggin' Totoro Alphonso! My job is awesome.

"I'm starting a webcomic soon. When I'm drawing a lot of the time I will unnintentionaly copy little bits (eyes, hands, etc.) from Sam and Fuzzy characters, while the story is similar to Fullmetal Alchemist, because S&F and FMA were my two biggest inspirations. What were your inspirations, and do your early comics reflect that?" -Cam

The answer to this question is kind of complicated by the fact that Sam and Fuzzy are characters I've been drawing off and on since I was a little kid. They went through many, many different itterations and premises, personalities and designs, before I settled on the version you all know today. So instead of having one or two major influences, it just picked up tons of little bits of all the things I was a fan of during all the various times I tried to rework the characters.

Narratively, there was a time Sam and Fuzzy was about a kid with a secret, magically living bear, ala My Pet Monster. Later, Sam grew into a teenager, and the idea shifted towards the two of them battling jokey sci fi threats like Simpsons-esque Kang and Kodos aliens. There were some very Calvin and Hobbes-styled one page strips, with the characters discussing commercial cynicism and other big life issues. There was even a period of time after I discovered Sam and Max where the comic turned into something blatantly Sam and Max-y. (Sam and Fuzzy became quick-bantering detectives.) Little bits and pieces of all those itterations mixed together to form the final strip.

The art's a giant grab bag of things throughout my childhood, too. The way I draw eyes is, I think pretty obviously, a mutated legacy of Sonic the Hedgehog. Sam got his tie when I was into Sam and Max. Fuzzy got his eyebrows after I started reading Bone. It's all over the place. (The one thing that was not a big influence, incidentally, was Invader Zim! I used to get asked about that a lot, especially in the early days of the comic. But I didn't really get to know Jhonen's work until after I'd started Sam and Fuzzy.)

In retrospect, it's funny how directly some things were inspired. I think the saving grace of being an adult cartoonist is, by that point, you've absorbed so many different influences that your work is no longer an obvious rip-off of one thing. Instead, it's a series of tiny rip-offs of thousands of things!

That's a wrap for this week, team. See you on Monday!

-Sam Logan

Oct 8, 2014

Vol 4 Commission Livestream today!

Thanks for all your support so far for the release of Volume 4! As always, I'm touched and slightly overwhelmed.

A number you have jumped on the special limited bundle, which means I've got a bunch of character portrait commissions to make. (Some were specific requests, while others will require the use of the chart of fate!)

So, I've decided to thrown an impromptu livestream today while I draw 'em! It starts at 1pm pacific time (4pm eastern). I'll be streaming a videofeed live on livestream, and also posting the finished pieces on twitter.

Here are some character portrait examples from past sketch offs, if you're curious:

-Sam Logan

Oct 6, 2014

Sam and Fuzzy Vol 4 is here!
Special extra stuff available until Nov. 1st!

All right! The latest Sam and Fuzzy print collection, Sam and Fuzzy Ruin Everything, is now available! As with the previous three volumes, the book is available in both a regular edition and an Artist Edition that includes a hand-sketched bookplate on the inside cover. But this time around, I also wanted to do some of the fun stuff we did for the Omnibus kickstarter!

First off, like the Omnibuses, every version of Vol 4 contains an exclusive bonus section featuring author commentary and concept art. "You should do a section like this in all of your books!" said everyone. Fine! But only because you asked nicely.

Second, for those who like original art, I'm once again offering a Limited Bundle that comes with a custom art commission. And once again, if you choose, you can have the contents of your commission dictated randomly by the use of some dice and a chart. (But you can also pick the character and costume yourself, of course.) This bundle also comes with a bookmark and a button, and is only available until November 1st.

Third, I will once again be sending free digital bonuses to everyone who buys a copy of the book before Nov. 1st. To start, our digital bundle includes a free PDF ebook copy of Ruined Everything, as well as two new desktop wallpapers.

But this time, I will constantly be adding even more digital bonuses to the digital bundles all month long, to generate a little something I like to call: arbitrary hype. Think of it as the entire year of Book Club bonuses compressed into one enormous, out of control bonus pack. I don't even know everything I'm going to put in it! I'm just going to follow my heart. But I will let you know each time I add extra swag to it.

And last but not least, for the rest of the month you'll be able to add-on our other books or omnibuses to your Vol. 4 order at a discounted price. I know books can be a big investment -- especially if you are shipping internationally and buying a two volume hardcover set that weighs ten pounds -- so I hope this is at least a little helpful.

I know a lot of you guys were really keen on the crowdfunding experience we had with the Omnibus! I was too. A lot of readers and other artists have suggested I switch to using Kickstarter for all my books. But I would like to save crowdfuding for particularly unusual, complicated or collaborative projects. So what I decided to do here is just bring some of that fun bonus-adding mayhem and custom art-drawing and general "event" insanity to a regular book launch. Let's see what happens!

-Sam Logan