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

Contribution, Pt. 12

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Sep 17, 2004

Bull-headed, tormented, I don't get it

"Why," screams the newbie Sam and Fuzzy reader in frustration, "is there a second Fuzzy wearing a sombrero?!?" I admit, it has been a long while since Future Fuzzy last appeared, and even then, he has only shown up in handful of strips. But if you're confused, his first appearance will tell you everything you need to know. I almost said that it would "explain everything," but then I realized that would be a blatant lie!

Sky Captain opens tonight! I am really hoping the execution is as solid as the art direction, because every frame of film I have seen so far has looked seriously slick. I have never seen a film that convincingly passed off CG work mixed with live action as "real." It always looks wrong, jarring, impossible. But when it is used in as holistic a manner as it is here -- when it is used to shape the style of the entire film -- just like animation, it creates a world where you can believe those impossible things can take place. And it looks great!

Sam Logan

Sep 15, 2004

All the lies lie on the line

Fan art gallery... updated. There's a ton of new stuff in there, including some find birthday-related picks from Claire "I made a Skull Panda" Barry and Brian "I have a webcomic about movies" Carroll. Check it out!

Incidently, if I have told you that your fan art is going in the gallery, but it is still not in there, it is because I am disorganized, not because I am filthy with lies. If I have forgotten your work, a) I'm sorry, and b) please email me. Rocksome.

There is a new Zebrahead CD! It has only officially been released in Japan (where the band is actually popular), but fortunately, it can also be nabbed through the band's website. Basically, it is a collection of tracks that the band recorded during the same sessions that brought us MFZB, one of my favourite CDs of 2003. If I can be permitted to mix a few metaphors for a moment, I'd like to say that Zebrahead is the silver lining of the current pop-punk cloud of steaming crap. If you like MFZB, you're going to like the new album... it is quite literally more of the same.

Sam Logan

Sep 13, 2004

Actress model dancer whatever

Newer readers might be unfamiliar with Roger, but a click on a hyperlink can change all that.

I've been playing a lot of The Simpsons Hit and Run lately. Somehow, even though it is a shameless rip-off of the Grand Theft Auto series, and even though it is a videogame based off of The Simpsons (never a good sign), it is actually pretty amusing. It's certainly loaded with plenty of references to the television show, most of which I can recognize even though it's been years since I watched it.

The sequel to the source material, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, is looming on the horizon. It freaks me out, not because of all the usual controversies surrounding the series, but because its early-ninties setting makes me feel old. Sure, there was Vice City, but I was only seven-and-a-half when the 1980s ended. The only eighties pop-culture I experienced directly was Saturday-morning cartoons. But the ninties... man, I was there for the nineties, right from the very beginning. It might as well have been the ninties for my entire life, for all I knew. And now, it's a time period far enough away that people can actually talk about "accurately recreating" its look and feel in some video game. CREEPY, HUH?

Sam Logan