New stories and new Patreon goodies
A new story begins today! It has been approximately one million years since the last time I was able to tell an actual story that took place during Christmas. I'm very glad the (Jess) stars have aligned to let me do so this year!
In other news, a new month of bonus goodies are available now on my Patreon, with lots of new behind the scenes features and bonus art! And for folks who like nsfw stuff, the Saucy Hippo tier got three new pin-ups and four new pages of our latest 18+ comic. Enjoy!
We return on Wednesday with our next comic. See you then, team!
And that's a wrap for my little autobio story. I hope you enjoyed it! NEXT WEEK: A new holiday story begins, starring Dev and Jess. Woo!
Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Shapely Edition
Got a question you want answered? Just drop me an email with "Q & A" in the subject line!
"In an old Q&A you mentioned one of the side characters was secretly a shape changer like Jess, but I was never able to work out who. So, who is the secret slug?" -G
The answer to this question is actually revealled in the Underground RPG! (Available physically here and digitally here.) But it's actually a very obscure character... one of the members of the Committee!
Park Parker, the head of "Johnson, Johnsson, Jonnson, and Johansen", is one of the quiet, "generic-looking" human members of the Committee. He's usually sitting next to Rexford, between him and Keller. Park is secretly a shape-shifting slug, as were many of his predecessors!
Park is a quiet, understated member who usually only really speaks up for one reason: when he needs to secretly steer any underground development away from the hidden Underground location of the shapeshifting slug homeland.
The shapeshifters have an extremely insular culture... most of them rarely leave the homeland, and their Committee plant is only really there to keep the community safe and appraised of the going's on of the outside world. You can learn way more about their society and culture in the Underground RPG! (Where, should you play the game part, you can also play as a shapeshifter... haha!)
"Did Sam ever pay back Mr. Ackerman for destroying the taxi?" -Tom
I think so! It's never addressed in comic, but I'm pretty sure Sam was able to finish paying it off sometime between the ending of Noosehead and the start of Fix Your Problem. I guess that means it took him a bit under two years! To be fair, it was a pretty lousy taxi.
"I just wanted to point out, that out of all the things Hollywood gets wrong about different medical stuff, like concussions, needles in the neck, etc, Amnesia is one of the few things they get kind of right.
Quite often, when someone gets Amnesia, they will still know how to walk and talk and read and write, but even more so, they can still ride a bike, they can still drive a car, they can still operate complex machinery, they can still knit you a hat.
What they can't do is recall any sort of personal or experienced information. New York City is the Big Apple, has the Empire State Building, was subject to the terrible events of 9/11, so on and so forth. But if I had Amnesia, I couldn't tell you about my time visiting the city for a convention, I couldn't tell you that practically every street corner has the exact same pizza place, I couldn't tell you about how the street we had our hotel at was constantly splattered with horse dung.
What Fuzzy and Hazel have are Retrograde Amnesia, meaning that they cannot access memories from before a specific time. But it's only the memories themselves, not the learned skills, habits, or background knowledge they have accumulated.
Hazel knows how to pick locks, she just doesn't know where she learned how to." -Burnt Squirrel
Thank you, Burnt Squirrel. If that is your real name.
There were actually quite a few of you who wrote in after this Q and A
to tell me that the way Amnesia is depicted in S&F is not as unrealistic as I thought. Thanks for letting me know! It's always nice to know that I'm at least sort of right about something, even if it was by accident.
(Although now I'm wondering if I actually did research this topic before I started writing the story... it was 11 years ago, so I honestly can't remember! I do remember the thing that originally sparked the whole idea for the saga... it was a human interest story on the news, about a woman struggling to re-learn to live with her husband, who had lost his memory as a result of a head trauma, and had developed a very different personality since then.)
That's a wrap for today! Come back on Monday for the start of a new story.
US Holiday Ordering Deadlines
Americans! If you're hoping to order some of my swag in time for Christmas, I've just posted the holiday ordering deadlines up in the top right corner of the site!
Non US friends... I'm afraid all the deadlines for international shipping have now passed! But if you'd like to give someone a slightly late gift, you can always alert them of its incoming awesomeness with our traditional printable "It's not here yet" Christmas card:
Click here for the full-sized printable PDF card!
(Or click here for the Black and White version)
We return on Friday with the last comic in this little autobio miniseries, and a new round of Q and A! As always, if you've got a question for me, just pop it in an email with "Q and A" in the subject line.