Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Edition
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"I was explaining the concept of Conscience Cat to a friend of mine and it occurred to me that I had no idea what pronouns to use. It may seem odd to get into the gender identity of a possible hallucination but does Conscience Cat have a gender, and if so what?" -Anket
I don't think of Conscience Cat as really having a gender, no! Conscience Cat is, after all, just a physical embodiment of the conscience of the individual in question. If anything, it would make the most sense for the character to be female, since in every appearance, she/he is always representing the conscience of a female character.
I know there's a tendency to make goofy cartoon characters with no obvious gender characteristics "default" to being male... like, "Conscience Cat clearly isn't meant to be a woman or he'd have big eyelashes or something!" And I am probably guilty of defaulting to male pronouns when I've casually spoken of the character in the past. But really, Conscience Cat should probably be referred to using your non-gendered pronoun of choice.
"Why is Nicole busting out of a fridge in Aid and Abet pt. 13? Is it some kind of existentialist metaphor?" -Jay
I wondered if anyone would notice that! I knew I wanted Tats to be depicted bursting out of a coffin, so I wanted to have Nicole bursting out of something for visual symetry. So I asked myself, "If an angry male vampire bursts out of a coffin as a metaphor for oppresion, what would an angry human woman burst out of?" A refridgerator just seemed like the best choice!
"Since the bookplates in the Artist Edition books have random drawings on them [...] what can I do to make sure I don't get the same drawing in Volume 4 that I got in Volume 1, 2, or 3?" -Alice
You don't have to do anything, actually! I pick a different set of characters (or at least different "alternate" costumed versions of characters) to use for each Volume's bookplates. That way, no matter which characters you got with your previous books, it's impossible for you to get the same drawing again with Volume 4.
I don't want to reveal all the characters I picked for each book, because I don't want to spoil the surprise! But as a couple of examples, Baker the dog is a character who only appears on some Volume 4 bookplates, and Derranged Robot Fuzzy With Claws only appears on some Volume 2 bookplates.
That's a wrap for this week, team! See you on Monday.