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

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Jun 13, 2018

Air Baker

16 years making webcomics, and it finally happened: I drew a comic with pee in it. But only a little! So our relative class level is still pretty high, I think.

As I type this, the VOTE DOG Kickstarter is a mere 2% away from funding, with one week of the campaign left to go! I wonder who will be the one to push it over the edge? In any case, if you were thinking of backing and haven't yet, it's the perfect time to throw your support behind Baker, Butcher, President Dog and company!

And of course, in addition to VOTE DOG itself, the VOTE DOG Kickstarter can also be utilized to nab Sam and Fuzzy books, some of our t-shirts, a special VOTE DOG pin, and/or and custom art commissions... be they pet portraits, Sam and Fuzzy pieces or pin-ups, or any other sort of thing! It all helps contribute towards the VOTE DOG project and any stretch goal bonuses we are able to pull off! (So thank you!)

We return on Friday with our next comic. See you then!

-Sam Logan

Jun 11, 2018

VOTE DOG, and June Patreon Rewards!

I've got a couple more special one-off comics for you while I'm hard at work on the next big Sam and Fuzzy chapter. (Which should kick off next week!) Today's is one of the new comics I wrote for VOTE DOG. It stars Dobot, who appears in a few of the exclusive new comics in the book.

Dobot was built by head Ninja Mafioso mechanic Edison, based on repurposed Buddy Bot tech. I created a few new animal characters for VOTE DOG! And like all the existing ones, they all wound up connecting to the Sam and Fuzzy universe in some way or another, because... well, I guess because I don't know how to stop myself!

At this point, the VOTE DOG Kickstarter is getting pretty close to our funding goal! But it's gonna take a little more to get us there, and give us a shot at adding some stretch goal bonuses to the book before the campaign ends. So if you're interested in seeing this book get made, we could really use your support... be it by backing, or by helping spread the word to other dog-loving folks who might enjoy it!

In other news... I haven't talked about Patreon much lately with all the Kickstarter hullabaloo, but I'm still busy making all the usual bonuses over there! All our June Patreon rewards are now available: there's a bunch of fun new bonuses for Extra and Art Vault backers, and a quartet of new (nsfw) pin-ups and comics for Saucy Hippo folks. If you're interested, you can learn more about it on my Patreon page!

We return on Wendesday with our next comic. See you then!

-Sam Logan

Jun 8, 2018

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

"Is there a Carlyle family that's been working in Sam & Fuzzy? The first few comics with Carlyle definitely mentioned he was male, and based on this comic I'm assuming the current Carlyle is the latest generation?" -Saba

One of my favourite things to do in Sam and Fuzzy is take someone who has always been a relatively thin, undeveloped side character and actually dig into the depths of what makes them tick. It's a trick they pulled a lot in the early seasons of the Simpsons with previously "one note" characters like Krusty the Clown, and over the years I've often tried to do the same! (Lance and Rikk are popping into mind off the top of my head, but I'm sure there are other examples.)

When I decided to do a story like that about Conscience Cat, I realized pretty early on that the character he really needed to talk to -- that would really connect with his struggles -- was Carlyle. But I needed Carlyle to be a character that could actually open up and convey some emotion. I needed Carlyle to be on screen! How could I do that, when part of the appeal of Carlyle is that you never see Carlyle... that Carlyle could be anyone?

Well, the more I thought about it, the more I really wanted to write this story! So in the end, I decided that we'd meet a Carlyle... one possibility of what I think Carlyle could be. And afterwords, we'd learn that the Carlyles were a family, and that more than one generation of Carlyle had worked at X-Per-S taxi. (Sometimes simultaneously.) I decided that, while I'd write Kat Carlyle exactly like I'd write any Carlyle, I wouldn't confirm whether or not she was the one in any of the character's previous appearances. I have my own personal headcanon, but I'm keeping it to myself. I think if you scour every Carlyle comic for details about the charater's age and work history, there's plenty of fodder for theories and timelines, but also lots of room for interpretation. (This is one of those special sorts of mysteries that only works in a medium with no voice acting, which I love!) So ultimately, I leave it up to you to decide!

Anyhow, I hope you all enjoyed this story! It was maybe a bit of a narrative risk, but I think it was worth it, and I'm really happy with how it turned out. The Carlyle family dynamic let me show a more personal side of the character without dispelling too much of the Carlyle mystique. It also let me shine a little light onto what might make a character like Carlyle grow up to become, well... Carlyle. And last but not least, it let me end on a great joke.

"Has Carlyle ever been seen outside of his taxi? I don't know that I'd recognize him!
The Ninja Mafia has met Carlyle during their heists. Did Sam ever have to deal with him during his reign as emperor?" -Lemma

This question came in before Carlyle got out of the cab, but I thought it would be best to save it until the end of the story. The truth is, lots have people have seen Carlyle! Fuzzy, Ackerman, Lance, various Ninja Mafiosos. Just not Sam. Never Sam. Or at least, if he did, he didn't realize it was happening. Poor guy!

"You mentioned in a previous Q&A that you were hesitant to bring Carlyle back in the past, since Sam's arc was what originally tied him to the story, and after the end of Empire Sam no longer needed him. I agree with this, and as such I was a little nervous at the beginning of the current story. However, the way you took things feels, in my opinion, like a perfect compromise in terms of keeping the integrity of Sam's connection to Carlyle intact. Do you have any plans to bring Carlyle and Sam back together for real, or is this your goodbye to the character?" -Dawson

Haha! Well I guess I'd say the same thing now that I did way back then... that I reserve the right to bring the character back if I think of some particularly great or vital use for them! But as a general rule, I do feel like Carlyle is a character that is best used sparingly. And I think Carlyle said everything that needed to be said to Sam in particular in those original appearances. I'll leave it at that!

-Sam Logan