I love, love, love, love, LOVE Sam & Fuzzy so god damned much. I’ve been reading it since it was a gag-a-day comic back in aught-three, and I’ve watched it evolve into the sprawling, mega-epic beast that it is today. And it’s still consistently funny! If you find the punchline from the most recent comic (posted above) funny. Personally, I’m still laughing about it.
The artist and writer, Sam Logan, makes some seriously great black and white art (like in this shirt, which I still wear all the time. I mean, negative space, amirite?) The characters are amazingly expressive. In their faces… I have his posters on my wall. I’ve bought eight t-shirts from this guy. Even my dude in Animal Crossing [circa 2006] has a Skull Panda shirt. It’s more mysterious than Lost, more stylish than Mad Men and far, far funnier than Mike & Molly. But if I bring up Sam & Fuzzy in causal conversation, no one know what I’m talking about! It boggles my mind that he’s not very famous.
So here’s my plea to anyone reading this: READ SAM & FUZZY! Give it a try at least! It’s been going for almost a decade now, which I know is a big “commitment”, but Sam himself recommends starting HERE if you want a slimmer read. If I can get one or two or even four extra people reading it, I can rest easily knowing I did my part getting the word out there that Sam And Fuzzy is one of the best things on the planet. I want to see an animated series, people! Toys in Happy Meals! Shameless sugar cereal marketing tie-ins! A live-action movie directed by Seth MacFarlane (nevermind.)
So please, give yourself the chance to get sucked into the world of ninjas and demonic fridges and severed heads and crab psychologists and Noosehead and an unassuming young man named Sam, and his psychotic, egomaniacal teddy bear best friend, Fuzzy. And a horse. A horse named… Hidalgo…
(That’s not even a reference you would get unless you also read the news posts that accompany the comics, but trust me, it’s fucking hilarious)
I’m not going to lie… it is a tough world out there for mags like ours right now! It’s a small educational magazine with no outside ads, relatively little in the way of gratuitous pop-culture tie-ins, and not much of a marketing budget.
But that’s part of the reason I like working on them so much. And I know there are kids (and parents) out there who’d jump at 32 pages of actual honest-to-goodness science articles; who want to read about the large hadron collider and snowboarding physics and shipwrecks and 3D screens and famously informative brain injuries. (Plus, they have my cartoons in ‘em.)
If you know a child who digs this stuff as much as I do, and can point them towards us, it would be much appreciated! I promise we won’t let them down. (And if you could help spread the word, that would be wonderful, too!)
Let’s inaugurate this tumblr with a closer look at the cover of my new book, Sam and Fuzzy Are Very Famous.
The cover art for Volume One was very simple and almost monochromatic, which I liked a lot! But I wanted to go for something a little different this time… something a bit more complex, but very graphic and almost geometric. I had been spending a lot of time looking at Chris Ware’s covers for the Krazy Kat collections, which are loaded with bold lines and shapes. I don’t actually think you can see too much of that influence in the end result, but it’s definitely where my mind was at the time.
I’m really happy with how it turned out. It’s pretty crazy looking, but I think it’s crazy in a good way.