Jul 19, 2010
I guess he really meant it!
Also, holy smokes... friends! Sam and Fuzzy Fix Your Problem is on sale right now! And so is the new Overcompensating book from my longtime webcomic comrade Jeffrey Rowland. That's a whole day earlier than I promised! (We're impatient.) If I was you, I'd seriously consider picking them both up. (And maybe a copy of Skull Panda In Love, too, if you haven't got one already!)
Man, I am incredibly excited (and slightly terrified) to finally be launching our first proper, full-sized book. This is the big one, team. If it does well, we'll be able to make an entire series of books, one that definitively collects every single Sam and Fuzzy strip in beautiful dead-tree format. If that sounds good to you, then I ask only that you help us take the first step and pick up a copy of Fix Your Problem this week. Only you can make the dream come true. (And also prevent forest fires.)
Meanwhile, it's also San Diego week! I'll be at the Topatoco book (#1231), where we'll have a wide assortment of Sam and Fuzzy swag, including:
- The new book!
- Skull Panda in Love
- The brand new Fig Pig (and friends) button set
- Fireflower, Blue Hedgehog and Neville shirts
- Insatiable Reader totebags
- And a whole bunch of cool prints and original art
If you're going to be at the con, be sure to swing by the booth and say hello! (And consider coming to our book release party... Thursday night, 9pm, at the Quality Social (789 6th Avenue)!
Jul 16, 2010
Whew! Busy busy busy with Comic-con preparations. But here, have a...
Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Short Edition
Got a question you want answered? Just drop me an email with "Q & A" in the subject line!
"Is Buddy related to Blinky from Stuff Sucks by Liz Greenfield?" -David
No! Although I certainly was a fan of Liz's excellent webcomic. (Which, as far as I can tell, is no longer available to read online.)
Buddy is actually inspired by a real life black moor goldfish... party of a entire tank of fish I kind of unwittingly inherited and wound up taking care of for a year or so. Let's just say these comics subtly convey my views on the value of the the goldfish as a personal companion. Thud!
"I was going to send an email simply asking 'Is Sam's original rendering a cross between sonic the hedgehog and mario?' Then I did a search of the Q&A sessions, and found that you've already admitted heavy Sonic influences... So, new question: could you elaborate a bit on your history of your drawing style with respect to video-game-inspired art?" -Abram
To be honest, game art probably was never a big influence on my work. I mean, there was no internet yet (*shakes cane*), and art books were still super uncommon, so the only place you could even see game-related artwork was on the boxes of whatever games you owned.
Sonic certainly influenced my art, but that was more from the Sonic comic books than the games themselves. Sonic, the Disney duck books and Bone... those were what I read religiously as a kid, and probably the earliest influences on my own comics.
That's a wrap for today! Next week... NEW BOOK!
Jul 14, 2010
Maximum Hype, part two
We're now less than a week away from the book launch... even sooner than I had thought! They'll actually be going on sale next Tuesday, according to Topatoco commander Jeff. And on that same day, Topatoco will also start selling our Skull Panda in Love books, so if you've been waiting to pick one up, now you'll have your chance!
And that's not all! Jeff's new Overcompensating book, A Dangerous Obsession, will be launching at the same time. That's why we're holding a big book launch party in San Diego. Just head over here for all the details!
Until then, here's a sneak-peek photo Jeff sent me to tide you over! Man, after you've seen how much nicer Sam and Fuzzy's high contrast black and white art looks on big, full-bleed book pages, you'll never want to read it on your computer again. I am completely serious. You will literally throw your monitor in the garbage.
HOLIDAY ORDERING DEADLINES
Dec 10 - USPS 1st Class/Standard
Dec 15 - Other Non-Express
Passed - 1st Class
Dec 6 - Non Express
Dec 11 - Express