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

Absolute Power, Pt. 4

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Jun 9, 2008

Blackbirds on the rise

I went to friend-of-a-friend Dan Kosub's independent CD release party more or less on impulse this weekend. Fortunately, this panned out way better than most of my usual completely uninformed decisions. (Screw you, Pepsi Blue!) Dan is a talented dude, and I am really enjoying his new stuff. Maybe you will, too! You can check out a few tracks on his MySpace page, and if you are so inspired, order a copy of the full shebang by joining his mailing list.

Also in attendance was Eric Hogg, another great local artist of intimidating skill. Watching these guys in action reminds me of why my own band would never have taken off. I mean, had it existed.

Posters and prints are still on sale. For those that are curious, I believe I am now about halfway through my Conscience Cat Limited Print stock. Knowing is half the battle!

Sam Logan

Jun 6, 2008

IRIS network

This is probably old news to anyone who follows the video game industry, but it looks like one of my favourite games of all time is finally getting it's much-deserved sequel.

Beyond Good and Evil was one of those rare "cinematic" titles that actually delivered on it's promise to integrate film-quality storytelling into a video game. Everything about it -- the story, the cast, the setting, the art direction, the music -- was wonderfully original and completely compelling. But these successes were bittersweet in light of the game's clearly definied place as the "first chapter" of a tale that was never continued. The title never really sold well enough to justify a sequel -- I guess the sci-fi adventures of a crusading female photojournalist and her talking pig uncle were not exactly sales dynamite.

But now, for whatever reason, we are finally getting a part two after all. And not just any part two, but one helmed by the original director and much of the original staff. That should help stave off any fears of a "Warrior Within"-style hack job to make the game more commercially viable. The first teaser trailer has already told me everything I needed to know. Talking pig -- still present. Success!

Sam Logan

Jun 4, 2008

Hippo is the watch-word

"How far ahead do you plan the comic?" This is one of the most common questions I get, second only to "where do you get your ideas?" (I steal them from homeless orphans, by the way.)

Ask different cartoonists about how far they plan ahead and you'll get some pretty radically different answers. Some people madly plot weeks, or even months, ahead of schedule, while others essentially wing it on a daily basis.

My method is a sort of mix of the two. Most of the major narrative arcs, story beats, and climaxes of each volume of Sam and Fuzzy are plotted out right from the beginning. But individual strips -- and in particular, gags -- are much more spontaneous. For example, today's watch-hippo joke was inspired by a conversation I had at Emerald City with my arch-nemesis. Jeph definitely deserves substantial credit -- or blame, depending on your perspective -- for that scary-looking hippo. Brr!

The only question is, will Jeph ever use my "accidental hipster lobotomy" idea? Only time will tell!

Sam Logan