Jul 10, 2013
Wow, guys. I really don't know what else to say! When I first started putting together the plan for the Sam and Fuzzy Omnibus, I thought I was maybe being a little crazy. But I thought that, with your help, we could maybe make this crazy thing work... that with 30 days, we could put together enough money to fund the project.
And then you funded it in 8 hours.
That is crazy! You have no idea how touched I am to see that so many of my readers wanted to make this happen as much as I do. And the best part is, not only do we now get to make these crazy books, but we get to spend a month making them even more ludicrous! Bigger, prettier, loaded with even more new comics and other content, and packed with more bonus digital and physical items! Like I said earlier today to our backers: we can take this extra money, throw it at the books you already bought, and make them even better than they were when you bought them! How awesome is that?
I pitched a list of potential additions to the books, and backers are burning through it. Look how much extra stuff they've already crammed into this project, in less than two full days! (Maybe now people will believe me when I tell them how hardcore Sam and Fuzzy's fans really are.)
I'm especially excited to be able to add a new story set in the Classic era, and work with some of those characters again. (Fridge! I haven't written new Fridge comics in over half a decade!)
Thank you, guys. I really mean it. I have been completely taken aback by your generosity and enthusiasm. I am going to do my absolute best to earn it, by making the best books I possibly can!
Anyhow, enough gushing from me. Come back on Friday for an extra-long comic! (Because that's how I roll.)
Jul 8, 2013
The Sam and Fuzzy Two-Volume Omnibus Kickstarter
For years, the number one question readers ask me has always been the same: "When will you make books collecting the early years of Sam and Fuzzy?"
Well, guys, I think we should do it right now!
The Sam and Fuzzy Omnibus collects the entire first seven years of the comic. The taxi-driving era. The bookstore years. The Noosehead saga. Everything that isn't in my existing books, from strip #1 to the start of Fix Your Problem.
I didn't want to publish this as a series of six or seven regular-sized books. It would have taken years. It would have been way more expensive for everyone to buy and have shipped. And... doing it that way is for babies. Right?
So instead, I designed the hugest, prettiest, most fan-servicey product I could -- a massive two-volume Omnibus, which we're selling in a standard edition, a limited hardcover edition, and a personalized artist edition. (All of which have spines that will align and harmonize perfectly with your existing Sam and Fuzzy books, by the way.)
I priced these books as inexpensively as humanly possible, so that our international friends who have to pay for crazy international shipping can save still save some money. And I'm also selling a bunch of other cool stuff to fund the project... prints, buttons, art commissions, and for the first time ever, the original Sam and Fuzzy comic art itself! You can even add-on my existing three books, or some of my shirts. (Including two brand new ones... ShipWrex and Pokehog... although if you don't want to wait 'til December for those shirts specificially, they will be up on Topatoco soon, too.)
I'm taking this really seriously because, well... it's my dream project. It's the definitive collection of the work that allowed me to become a professional cartoonist, and to connect with all of you. But I can't make it without your help. So, I hope I have made helping an extremely enticing and rewarding proposition! Go see the kickstarter page, watch me embarass myself on video, and check out all the cool stuff. And if you decide to chip in: thank you. I mean it.
Let's do this thing!
Jul 5, 2013
The kickstarter to collect the first seven years of Sam and Fuzzy in one huge two-volume print omnibus will launch next week. Prepare yourself! (By getting really excited, because it's going to be so awesome.)
Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Ironic Edition
Got a question you want answered? Just drop me an email with "Q & A" in the subject line!
"When did fuzzy get My Fair Lady With Vampires made? (Referencing this strip and this strip." -Saba
Sometime in the year gap between Under the Influence and the current volume, Sam and Fuzzy Ruined Everything. Such is the terrifying power that is the creative clout wielded by the star of Teddy Knows Best! (Although I think it's just a TV movie.)
"If you were to throw Jess off a building would she splat like a body, or splash like a drop of liquid like the Liquid Metal Terminator? If you were to cut Jess's Hazel hair would she start bleeding or would the hair come off like on a normal human?" -Tom
There's a certain amount of throwing-logic-to-the-wind with any shape-shifting character, but I try to at least be internally consistent with Jess. In general, she only really shifts her body into other kinds of bodies, and not weird substances or inanimate props or that sort of thing. That's why you always see her changing outfits... the clothes are not part of her; the logic being that separate clothes are something that Jess would find "challenging" to fake convincingly.
The, uh... "toaster thing", whatever that is, is apparently something that really pushes the limits of her abilities, and I think it's probably for the best that we leave whatever that is to the imagination.
I am not sure what her hair would do! Someone's fanfic needs to sort that one out.
"What is an example of a thing which is actually ironic?" -Daniel
Definitely not like rain on your wedding day. OR "ra-ee-ain", for that matter.
See you next week, team, when we launch the big thing and see what happens!
HOLIDAY ORDERING DEADLINES
Dec 17 - Express
Passed! (But you can always use this late present greeting card!)