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

Missing Link, Pt. 27

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May 8, 2015

Sam and Fuzzy Q & A:  Cope Edition
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"Some of the [Underground RPG] mechanics sound suspiciously like a non-scary version of Call of Cthulhu! Specifically it’s sanity meter. I’ve never played myself but the mechanic (and utter creepiness) fascinates me so I recognized it right off. So, what’s up with that?" -Jake

There's a superficial similarity, in that your ability to mentally cope with the supernatural plays a role in both games, but it's pretty different mechanically. 

In Call of Cthulhu, a character has Sanity Points, which are more or less like mental HP. As events cause them to lose sanity points, they are driven more and more insane.

In our game, "Cope" is a stat, like the ones that represent a character's strength or speed. A character's Cope represents (among other things) their ability to rationalize and ignore things that don't fit into their worldview. A normal human with a high Cope, for example, will have a bit of a defensive advantage when fighting a vampire as opposed to, say, an armed gunman... because as everyone knows, vampires are obviously not real and are therefore not very threatening. An "in the know" human with a low Cope, on the other hand, knows vampires are extremely real, and is therefore appropriately terrified by the threat that they pose. In other words, Cope is not so much about sanity as it is about measuring how phased a character is by weirdos.

It's a system that's particularly appropriate for (and very consistent with the storyline of) Sam and Fuzzy, which is part of what sold me on doing the whole project!

"What is Rikk Estoban's middle name?" -Justin


"I couldn't help but get the vibe that Roan's behavior in Wednesday's comic was a lot like The Phantom Limb (from The Venture Bros.)'s behavior when he got kicked out of the Guild of Calamitous Intent for trying to make himself the Sovereign in the season 2 finale and when he appeared in the season 4 episode 'The Revenge Society', he had a lot of screws loose and was so obsessed with revenge that he renamed himself 'Revenge'. Was the similarity at least partially intentional or is it just me?" -Danel

Not intentional at all. Phantom Limb is a great character, though! But Limb became obssessed with getting revenge against the people who wronged him. Roan, on the other hand, never actively sought out Hazel... he just wasn't keen to help her solve her problems, which I imagine he views as an extremely fitting karmic punishment for what she did to him.

Our next comic arrives on Monday. See you then!

-Sam Logan

May 6, 2015


We return on Friday for a new comic and a new round of Q and A! If you've got a burning question you want answered -- be it about Sam and Fuzzy, comics in general, or otherwise -- just drop it in an email with "Q and A" in the subject line, and I'll add it to the candidate pile!

On the other hand, if you prefer unsolicited opinions, you can always follow me on twitter, where I have recently been posting all my valuable colour commentary about Age of Ultron, Disney Infinity, and the part of Transformers 4 I was able to watch before I couldn't take it anymore. Good times.

-Sam Logan

May 4, 2015

Classic T-shirt Resurrections

Friends! A new batch of classic Sam and Fuzzy t-shirts are now once again available, thanks to the people(?) at T-shirt Diplomacy! Like before, I've taken the opportunity to tweak and update some of the colour schemes. (Everything old is new again!) 

Every once in a while, I get an email from someone looking to nab (or replace) one of my no-longer-available designs. So I hope this t-shirt reprinting service helps you guys out! They certainly have a interesting catalogue of designs. I don't know if you've taken the time to browse the collections of some of the, uh... inhuman creators... but they are is innovative as they are terrifying.

As always, all my newest designs -- not to mention all my books and other swag -- are available at Topatoco! In fact, I'm working on some new designs for them as we speak.

-Sam Logan

I've taken the opportunity to tweak and update some of the colour schemes. (Everything old is new again!)