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

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Feb 23, 2005

Our powers combined

Telltale Games has acquired the rights to make a videogame based on the Bone comic book. To those of you who aren't instantly overcome with glee upon hearing that statement, let me explain why you should be. Telltale Games is a company started by former Lucasarts employees who were working on the sequel to Sam and Max Hit the Road before it was tragically cancelled in a rash of corporate turnover and general stupidity. Bone is one of the best comics ever made: a skillful mix of humour, artistry and epic storytelling. The classic adventure-game format (ala Monkey Island or Day of the Tentacle) is a perfect fit for Bone, and the Telltale guys are masters of the craft. Here's hoping the final product can live up to the potential!

Not much else to report tonight. Until next time, keep it real. TO THE EXTREME!

Sam Logan

Feb 21, 2005

Coming Soon

Man, I am totally serious about this. Today's comic was originally intended as a joke, but now I realize these changes are too awesome to ignore. I mean look, Sam is... I guess some kind of robot. And they are in space or something! TO THE MAX!

Maybe you have heard about this new upcoming show that features darker, edgier versions of the Looney Tunes. (You can download the promotional trailer here.) Now, creating an action show that features superheroes who vaguely resemble the classic WB characters is certainly a... puzzling move. But no, it's the way this show is being presented to us that is really getting people so riled up. WB execs are talking about the characters from this spinoff as though they were permanent replacements for the classic ones.

It's a blatant lie, of course -- one that they are willing to play up to generate controversy and get some free publicity for the show. You can't fault the strategy: the "Loonatics" are all over the news, even on television. But these guys are no more replacements for the Looney Tunes than the Muppet Babies were replacements for the puppets. Still, even if it is just a marketing scheme, when you're reading quotes from some idiot WB exec claiming that the original characters are too old and too dated to use anymore, it's hard not to get a little worked up.

I remember reading once (somewhere) that occasionally, a news story comes along that results in hundreds of editorial cartoonists coincidentally drawing the same comic. For example, when Bob Hope died, countless artists paired the phrase "Bob Hope: 1903-2003" with a drawing of a lone microphone on an empty stage. Well, over the next few days I predict you will see a lot of "extreme" versions of the comics you read. It's just too hard for us to resist.

Sam Logan

Feb 18, 2005

It's thinking

Here is the latest in the long line of nifty things Claire has made for me: a terrycloth/fleece Dreamcast Pillow! The DC was my baby... the only game console I ever developed any kind of emotional attachment towards. It's unjustified failure has left me bitter and jaded. Who cares what system I own anymore, it's all just spinning discs and a buttons to me now. Anyhow, click the image to see just how cute this pillow is. Awwwww!

Speaking of Sega consoles, I am still in the market for a used Sega Saturn. I do think it needs to be a North American system to play North American games -- otherwise, I would be accepting the incredibly generous offer made by one of my Scottish readers. (You know who you are!) But it doesn't need to be a free system. Ideally, I am looking for a Canadian seller, so that I can keep shipping prices low and avoid possible customs fees. I know you can avoid customs sometimes by labelling things as gifts, but those dudes are wiley and I'd rather not risk it.

Sam Logan