A new volume of Sam and Fuzzy begins today! I'm not going to say much about it just yet, but I hope you are excited, friends. This is the big one!
Also, the July rewards for all my Patreon backers are now out!
I guess it's been a while since I actively described how what Patreon is and how it works around here, so if you'll indulge me, here is the rundown. Basically, Patreon is a site where folks can voluntarily support S&F on a monthly basis and get rad digital bonuses. The quantity of said bonuses varies depending on the level at which you back.
-All backers get to vote to decide the subject matter of two bonus art pieces each month! (The pieces are a mix of pin-ups art, goofy Sam and Fuzzy stuff, and fan art.)
-Extra level backers get a monthly PDF full of previews, bonus art, and behind-the-scenes making-of type shennanigans.
-Secret Art Vault backers get access to a giant 1200+ file digital vault of my past work... including comics, commissions, sketches, illustrations, and pin-up work! (Some of the pin-up stuff is a little NSFW, so maybe don't open that sucker up in front of your grandmother unless she's really chill.) There are also a couple of higher-tier options, if you'd like some real physical artwork to go with all your digital bonuses.
Backing the Patreon is, of course, 100% optional. But if you're looking to support my work and help fund the creation of more of it, it's a fun way to do so and get a little fun bonus stuff in return at the same time. Of course, I also sell a wide variety of books, shirts, ebooks, and art, if those are more your speed. It's all good with me and all equally appreciated. I just like to give everyone lots of options!
Come back on Friday, for a new comic, and probably also a new round of Q and A! See you then, team.
Baker's Big Adventure
As I recover from life chaos wraught by a) moving and b) unexpected home repairs, please enjoy one last stand-alone comic before we begin our next story!
I originally drew this sucker for Comics in Transit -- an event last year that ran gigantic comics by Vancouver artists on the side of local bus stops. (The location depicted in the comic is Vancouver's own Spanish Banks.) This is the first time I've published it the original art properly online, but some Patreon backers saw it as a bonus a few months back. (Some of you may also have seen my actual photos of the bus stop.) So apologies if it is not new to you! As a consolation prize, let me also provide you with this rather epic recently-completed drawing of Fuzzy as all 13 incarnations of the Doctor from Doctor Who. (Created at the behest of last month's Patreon voters.)
That's a wrap for today. But come back on Wednesday for the start of a new chapter and a new volume of Sam and Fuzzy! Yeeha!
Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Shapeshifting Edition
Got a question you want answered? Just drop me an email with "Q & A" in the subject line!
"Is Jess the only shapeshifter? If not is she the only shapeshifter we're aware of?" -Sean
I've never had much of a chance to explore the world of shapeshifters in the comic itself... but I got to dig quite deep into their species and culture in in The Underground! (Available now physically and digitally!) The first chunk of The Underground is basically a giant lore-filled guidebook to the history, people, species, places, and organizations that make up the world of Sam and Fuzzy. Shapeshifters included!
Anyhow, as the guide reveals, there are other shapeshifters, but their community is staunchly isolationist. Only a handful of shapeshifters leave their secret homeland to live among the other cultures of the Underground. (And those that do are generally viewed as kooky eccentrics.) So there aren't a ton of them running around.
That said, there is one other minor S&F character who is secretly a shapeshifter in disguise. Their identity is also revealed in The Underground! It's a fun easter egg for people who pick it up, so I won't spoil it here.
"So last time we saw Aaron he was running around Ninja Mafia HQ. The same HQ in which a Ms. Jess Star works. Did they uh, bump into each other? Maybe?" -Tom
Now, now, Tom... guest strips are NOT CANON. Even when they are as cute as that one! I think at this point, Aaron and Jess still haven't met. Amanda sure makes it look like they'd probably make a cute couple, though!
"Is Jess' assistant Fuzzy or Bonus? Even though this setup would be a classic Fuzzy scheme, I found him too happy to be the actual Fuzzy." -Carlos
It was Fuzzy! He was just very excited about the $1 bra he planted on set before they started shooting.
That's a wrap for this week, friends! Come back on Monday for one last adventure with Baker before we kick off our next chapter. See you then!