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)
(Oh, and here’s three of my favorite classic S&F comics: Super Police, Bandages and Noosehead Live)