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

X-Per-S Yourself, Pt. 3

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Jun 24, 2005


Man, Comic-Con! This is the first year that I've ever been an exhibitor, and let me tell you: next year, I'm making a website to help explain all this stuff to any new exhibitors who are as confused then as I am now. It's an adventure in form-filling. And not the good kind of adventure.

Webcartoonists like to talk about how great it is to be free of restrictive print publishers and greedy newspaper syndicates. I know I do, at least. But generally, we don't like to talk about the downsides. I love the internet as much as the next online artist but let me tell you: don't write off working with a publisher unless you want to do their job yourself. Webcartooning doesn't eliminate the business end... it makes you the business end. And sometimes it's a pain in the business end, if you know what I mean.

I've just been thinking about this a lot lately, partially because of all the recent debate about making a living through webcomics, and partially because of my experience registering to collect Canadian sales taxes. I love this job like crazy, and I've never hesitated to tell aspiring cartoonists to get online. But you know... once your site gets rolling, a good part of the job is spent filling out forms and juggling numbers around in Excel. It's never bothered me, but I have a reasonable amount of natural apptitude for that kind of thing. What if I didn't? Would I be so quick to tell folks that they don't need the syndicates anymore? Food for thought!

Sam Logan

Jun 22, 2005

Every day is exactly the same

Man, how did I forget to add the "View Cart" button in the new shop? Well, it's in there now!

Because folks were asking, I've gone ahead and secured some size 3XL t-shirts. As a result, you can now order both the Chompy's Family and Can't Dance t-shirts as 3XLs in all but one of the colours. (Unfortunately, tan is just not available in that size.) If anyone who has already ordered would like to change their order to a 3XL, just email me and let me know!

I've also changed the graphics around to put more emphasis on the black version of the Chompy shirt. Originally, I hadn't bothered to make a sample graphic of the black version at all... I wasn't expecting it to be the most popular colour for that design! Now that I know better, I've changed the default graphics to reflect the most popular colour. Of course, all the other coloured shirts are still available to order if you prefer. Personally, the Daisy version is my favourite.

I'm sharing a booth with a bunch of my Dayfree Press friends at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. It's going to be a blast spending a few days with these guys... not to mention all the other webcartoonists who will be stationed nearby. If you can make it to San Diego in July, do come by and say hello! Here's a little visual who's who of the folks who will be stationed at or near our booth:

Sam Logan

Jun 20, 2005

Can't get off this ride, think I must be dead

New readers can definitely be forgiven for not recognizing Lance, Sam's former co-worker. The Reader's Guide should tell you everything you need to know, although it's no substitute for reading through the entire comic archive and throwing away hours of your life. You can't get the time back!

The new shirts are up in the shop! I'm extremely happy with how they turned out, and I hope you are too. I killed a large portion of my weekend redesigning the t-shirt store from scratch, but it had to be done -- it was just getting too massive to cram onto a single page. Please let me know if anything in the shop is not working properly! Also, the Canadian government has politely informed me that I should be colleting sales taxes for them. This exciting new reality is reflected in a slight increase in shipping charges. I hate raising my prices. Friends, please don't let this discourage you from shopping in my store, because every extra cent is going to Paul Martin.

We return on Wednesday! See you then!

Sam Logan