ANSWERED: Q&A with... Steve Purcell!

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edited October 2010 in Freelance Police Dispatch
Yes. This is the awesomest thing.

Creator of Sam and Max and all around awesome guy Steve Purcell will be answering questions ongoing throughout this week! We'll be doing the questions in batches to allow for Steve's busy schedule so there's no official dates or times to speak of.

Have a life altering query? Maybe just a casual inquiry? Questions about Sam and Max, Telltale's games, or the meaning of life can all be posted here and magically answered through the powers of the internet!

WHEE! The first batch has been answered! They start right here:


  • edited April 2010
    Alright, cool that you're here to answer questions Steve.
    You're my #1 favorite artist, so I'm really excited about this.

    First off, how do you feel about being impersonated on the forums here?
    Second, I'd like to see some more of the early work of Sam and Max, I keep seeing titbits here and there, but is it possible to see some of the full early comics?
    You're one of my main drawing inspirations, do you have any tips for me? What do you think really marks your style and who are your inspirations?
    When will you finish the Max gets shot and replaced with a monkey comic?
    And last but not least, did you ever get that letter I send you? It was like 6 years ago or something and it came from the Netherlands, you kinda promised me that when you got it you'd make a doodle for me... :$
  • edited April 2010
    Was there ever a time when you dismissed the ideas of the TTG team for one of the S&M episodes?

    Do we ever get the movie?
  • edited April 2010
    I have a few questions.

    1. Is Max's Full name Maxwell or Maximilian? I know Maxwell is what Grandma Ruth called him in Bloody Christmas, but Bosco calls him Maximilian in 102

    2. Is there anything "in talks" about reviving another animated series either Kiddie or Adult?

    3. What is your favorite Sam&Max Episodes of The Previous seasons, and or the Animated series?
  • edited April 2010
    Q1: (don't get me wrong, I'm just curious, as I love what TTG do) What swung it for you to allow TTG to make Sax & Max games?

    Q2: Do you have a hand in more than concept art for Monkey Island?

    More questions might come soon when I've had a think.
  • edited April 2010
    Oh lordy.

    1. Are there any plans to continue The Big Sleep webcomic?

    2. Favorite painting you've done? (My favorite of yours is Ernie and Suda's "Mermaid" painting; I also have a special fondness for the Sam and Max: Season One cover, and the Two Skulls = Heart valentine one).

    3. Okay, you draw a lot of apes and Frankensteins and Phantoms to relax. You clearly know your way around the horror genre. I'm in the mood of a monster horror movie. Can you recommend one? (Sorry to jack the thread like this, but I was wondering. And at least I can say that Steve Purcell recommended a movie to me.)
  • edited April 2010
    1) I heard you are working for Disney.... what do you do for them?

    2) Are there any plans for another big book of Sam and Max comics?
  • edited April 2010
    Wow, I rarely post here, but this is an opportunity I can't pass up. (Scratch that, looks like this is my first post)
    Looking at a bunch of your previous works, both doodles and comics, a certain animal appears frequently.

    So let me ask you;

    "What's with all the rats?" :P
  • edited April 2010
    Serec wrote: »
    Wow, I rarely post here, but this is an opportunity I can't pass up. (Scratch that, looks like this is my first post)
    Looking at a bunch of your previous works, both doodles and comics, a certain animal appears frequently.

    So let me ask you;

    "What's with all the rats?" :P

    and roaches
  • edited April 2010
    I also want to say I am a big fan of yours. :D You have a great imagination.

    1. Would you ever consider turning Ernie and Suda into an adventure game, and if so, how would that work?
    2. What would the story be like?
    3. What kind of villains would they have?
    4. What would the setting be like; would it all take place in Toybox?

    5. What are your greatest inspirations as an artist?
    6. What artists do you look up to?

    7. What's it like working at Pixar, how did you get the job, and what movies have you worked on there?
    8. Have you done any concept art for any characters at Pixar?

    9. If there's one place you could see Sam and Max go, where would you like to see them go?
    10. Does Sam have a tail?

    11. Would you be open to a cartoon series on Adult Swim for either Ernie and Suda or Sam and Max?

    12. Any advice for someone working with backgrounds in Deluxe Paint? Any advice for people who work with 2D backgrounds in adventure games, such as what makes a good adventure game background, etc.

    Wow, that's a lot of questions! Thanks for taking the time to answer these!
  • edited April 2010
    What is your favorite kind of potato?
    What was it like painting a monkey island cover again after all those years?
    What brand beer works best for playing fizzball?
  • edited April 2010
    Is Purcell really non-toxic? The box says so.
    (yes, I've been around for a long time)
  • edited April 2010
    I don't know WHY this question popped into my head, but..

    Have you ever been REALLY weirded out by a fan? that has a stalker-like infatuation with you and/or your characters?

    I'll try thinking of a less creepy question later.
  • edited April 2010
    1. Nyarlathotep or Cthulhu? Which do you prefer?
    2. What primary philosophy do you abide by throughout your day to day life?
    3. What is your favorite semi-obscure cheesy B sci-fi/horror movie?
    4. What is the single most bizarre idea that has ever manifested somewhere within the squishy confines of your intellectual hemispheres?
    5. As a prospective engineer I have to know: What insane mechanical wonder do you want to see invented during your lifetime?
  • edited April 2010
    How did you work on the old graphics in the first adventure games such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Loom and The Secret of Monkey Island? I guess you made a pencil-sketch of backgrounds and sprites and then you tried to match those on the screen.
    Am I right? :p
    How did you cope with the 4/16 colors limit?
    I've always been curious to know something more about the "old EGA craftmanship"! :D
  • edited April 2010
    How do you think Ryan did with the design of Tales of Monkey Island?
  • edited April 2010
    Which incarnation of your characters do you think is most true to your original intentions of them the cartoon, the original Hit the Run game, or Telltales newest series? Who are your favorite voice actors of all the ones that have portrayed Sam & Max over the years?
  • edited April 2010
    Steve! Quick! The meaning of life!

    Seriously, I can't think of many questions...Any online comics you frequent?
  • edited April 2010
    Steve, I'm curious. How are you able to keep Sam & Max out of your Pixar life? Has anyone at Pixar discovered them casually and asked you about them? If so, who?
  • edited April 2010
    Can you convince Pixar to do something Sam & Max based?
  • edited April 2010
    Will you eventually be doing another Sam and Max comic?
  • edited April 2010
    Was Sam's grandma made up for the cartoon? She was awesome and I'd love to see her again somewhere.
  • edited April 2010
    Of all the Telltale original characters, which is your favorite? Or favorites, if it's difficult to choose.
  • edited April 2010
    Hello, Mr. Purcell. I purchased Surfin The Highway from Telltale, and I love it like it was my own book offspring.

    Anyway, onto the questions

    Q: Are there any new Sam and Max strips for the future?

    Q: If some bigshot company like Fox or Warner Bros came to you to make another Sam and Max TV series like Freelance Police, would you go through with it?
  • edited April 2010
    Do you find it odd that I find you to be the coolest middle aged person on the planet?
  • edited April 2010
    Have you considered finalizing your alternate Tales of Monkey Island cover designs?
  • edited April 2010
    Ooh, I have a few questions.

    Is it just a coincidence how "Mack Salmon" sounds a bit like "Max Sam and?"

    I may be wrong here, but I thought I saw your name in the credits somewhere in The Secret of Monkey Island, and I don't mean for the box art. Did you have some kind of influence with the story or characters or anything?

    There are quite a few (beautiful) jokes in the Surfin' the Highway book that were just insanely random, like the "you can put your hands down now" conversation on the moon. Were you just being completely random (in a good way), or do some of these jokes have back stories?

    Have you or are you ever planning to voice any characters in a game?

    I still owe you a dollar. Please don't melt me with your lasers.
  • edited April 2010
    OK. First let me say, Steve Purcell, you're like- my favorite comic book related dude!

    A few questions:

    Are you ever afraid of Telltale taking Sam and Max in a direction you don't like? Do you have final say on everything? Have you ever shot down anything?

    Is there a snowball's chance in hades that there could ever be a Defenders of Dynatron City collection released? Who owns the rights to that anyway? Was that all you, or did you just work on the comics?

    That's all I can think of for now.
  • edited April 2010
    Hey, awesome!

    1) What is it you actually do at Pixar? I think you were mentioned once on the Cars(?) DVD as the guy who "is always drawing monsters", and I think I read somewhere else that you designed the banshee in Mater & the Ghostlight (this guy:, but I would love to hear more about your work at Pixar.

    2) Can you imagine Sam & Max in a game that isn't an adventure game?

    3) Is there anything the Sam & Max-games haven't done yet that they should do? And a semi-related question: how do you feel about characters returning from the comic in the Telltale games? What do you think about how Flint Paper was portrayed in Season 2 (and, judging by the trailer, season 3), and do you think characters like Mack Salmon (I still think the title of the second episode is a reference to him rather than to Sam & Max) or locations like the Slothmart could (and should) return in the games?

    4) What does the future hold for Sam & Max? Any ideas for new comics/cartoons/lunchboxes?

    5) What is your favorite Telltale Sam & Max-episode or scene/joke?
  • edited April 2010
    How did you go about creating a story for the Sam & Max comics? Do you think a Special Edition of Sam & Max:Hit the Road would work or is even needed?
  • edited April 2010
    Hello Steve! Thank you for being awesome and for answering our questions! :D

    1. I've always wondered about this... why a dog and a rabbit? Why not a dog and a cat? Or a cat and a hamster? HOW did you actually come up with Sam and Max?

    2. What do you think/feel about fanart regarding your creations? Was there any piece of fanart that annoyed you or got you thinking "this went too far!" ?

    3. If I would like to make a few musical tributes for Sam and Max, do I have your approval on this? I mean, you won't sue me, right? Right?? I plan on working with my friend Kurt (Icedhope), so you can sue him!

    Well, that's it... I don't want to bother you too much. Thank you for the Monkey Island Cover and may you always be able to draw with all your heart!
  • edited April 2010
    Will you ever finish the Sam and Max story about max being shot and replaced with and monkey?
  • edited April 2010
    Tjibbbe wrote: »
    Hey, awesome!

    1) What is it you actually do at Pixar? I think you were mentioned once on the Cars(?) DVD as the guy who "is always drawing monsters", and I think I read somewhere else that you designed the banshee in Mater & the Ghostlight (this guy:, but I would love to hear more about your work at Pixar.

    On a related note, did you work on Ratatouille and just weren't credited? Some of the human characters look a lot like something you would draw, particularly the blocky Souse Chef that "killed a man using his thumb."

    BTW, loved your Carl temp voice you did for the Al & George short advertising the UP DVD.:D[/Pixarfanboy]
  • edited April 2010
    Does Mack Salmon really have a backstory?

    If so ... what the heck is Mack Salmon's backstory?
  • edited April 2010
    Sam and Max is awesome and I thank you for bringing it to life!

    Questions, I can't think of many. Except, perhaps, have you ever wondered if a future Sam and Max game would include the Bigfoots?
  • edited April 2010
    When are we getting plushies? I want plushies! :D
  • edited April 2010
    Why when I have the chance to ask something to somebody who always I wanted to ask him something, I'm pretty much blank? I was talking about that with some friends, and we come I have to ask this:

    Why when I have the chance to ask something to somebody who always I wanted to ask him something, I'm pretty much blank? (I'm serious)
    Which is the meaning of life? 42?

    After this I need an actual personality. Really.

    Ok, this is the only thing I think I can really tell to you, so here's I go:
    When I recieved my Surfin' the Highway copy and after I read it for first time, it got stolen by my sister. She can't read English too well (We're Natural Spanish) but she was amased by the artwork. She's an artist and her style is pretty much japanese manga style, but when she took the book and read it, she suddenly remember how the comics from our childhood were. She said she pretty much forgotten how comics outside manga looks like and she was facinated by the whole book. In fact, she wrote about the comic book in a forum of Spanish Webcomic artists before I got the chance to talk about it, with pretty much surprise me.

    Well, that. Now I'll hide in my bunker to try to think in a question, or maybe dig up some personality out of somewhere.
  • edited April 2010
    Did you put the Mac Salmon which is salmon mac(which sounds like sam and max) on purpose or was that just something you didnt really think of.

    If you were to go back and alter any character majorly in any type of media, who would it be.
  • edited April 2010
    1. How involved are you in Sam&Max 3? and the series as a whole?

    2. How is someone like Max allowed to work in law enforcement?
  • edited April 2010
    How do you feel about people whose first exposure to Sam and Max was through the Telltale games? When the first season came out, I was mildly familiar with your work, but as the season went on, I became sort of a fanboy :P Thanks for taking time to answer these questions!
  • edited April 2010
    Hello, Steve.
    As far as story, gameplay and fun goes, what's your favorite TTG Sam & Max game/episode, and why?

    1)Culture Shock
    2)Situation: Comedy
    3)The Mole, the Mob, and the Meatball
    4)Abe Lincoln Must Die!
    5)Reality 2.0
    6)Bright Side of the Moon

    7)Ice Station Santa
    8)Moai Better Blues
    9)Night of the Raving Dead
    10)Chariots of the Dogs
    11)What's New, Beelzebub?
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