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Foxy’s Mail Bag

7 May

Hi everyone. I’ve been hard at work on a new 200 page book (written, illustrated, designed, and self-published by yours truly, and starring everybody’s favorite Beatnik Fox). Taking a little breather from such immersive work, I thought it would be interesting to answer at least one of the many questions I’ve recently received.

One observant reader asks:

“Did Christian-based computer game programmer Scott Cawthon name his Five Nights at Freddy’s robots “Foxy” and “Chica” as a homage to your long-running “Foxy and Chick” cartoon characters?”

Great question! I had actually never heard of anything called Five Nights at Freddy’s prior to your letter, and didn’t have a clue what you could be referencing.

My curiosity was certainly piqued though, and I immediately launched a methodical investigation into the matter which would have made the late Edgar Allan Poe himself beam with deductive pride (drawing as I did upon the available journalistic evidence of the press, from which logical deductions were carefully achieved).

While the totality of my “Foxy” characters were created during the mid-90’s, these dearly cherished imaginary friends first gained wide publication in the opportune college press scene beginning in 2007. The Foxy Gang has continually been kept in print (in one medium or another) ever since, including a series of self-published books available from such international booksellers as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

In early 2013, I finally entered the cyber age by launching my very own Neptune City-Saturn Town blog (the one you wonderful readers are perusing right this minute)featuring many of my “Foxy” characters in full-color, single panel cartoons, focusing primarily on the romance of my great lovers Foxy and Chick. By the happy summer of that year I enjoyed additional visions of grandeur and branched out into video by adding a YouTube channel to my growing “media empire,” to spotlight a few experimental cartoons I created, each starring lovey-dovey Foxy and Chick as well.

The summer of 2013 was the most eventful year for this humble little blog, when I posted a series of short interviews with a hand full of leading cartoonists and entertainment personalities called “The Truth About Rejection,” the first installment of which actually went viral, and even got some unexpected coverage in a August 6th, 2013 Heidi MacDonald article for the prominent comic book industry arbiter The Comics Beat. You can read that here at: http://www.comicsbeat.com/must-read-evan-dorkin-on-dealing-with-rejection/

I had only imagined that a few struggling artists might chance to see the online rejection spots, and hopefully be sustained and inspired enough to persevere. I’ll also admit that I needed a pretty big booster-shot of encouragement as well, given a virulent strain of disappointment occurring in my own career. I would never have anticipated the degree of attention my blog was accorded, and on such a fathomless international stage as the Internet.

According to a smattering of online interviews and reports, Mr. Cawthon was having his own share of artistic frustrations. Five Nights at Freddy’s, a video game starkly parodying the world famous Chuck E. Cheese’s animatronics, proved to be the cure-all for his woes. First released in the summer of 2014, his video game was released almost a year to the day after both my blog and Foxy & Chick characters had gained so much international exposure.

It is of additional interest to note that CHUCK E. CHEESE’S very own founder, the amazing Nolan Bushnell, was one of the enormously charitable participants in my “Truth About Rejection” series of articles which so defined (with utmost positivity) 2013 in my recollection.

Based upon the evidence placed before us, it becomes a simple matter to connect the applicable dots. I believe we may safely deduce that the naming of Mr. Cawthon’s robots surely must have been meant as a homage to my own dear Foxy and Chick, a clever nod I shall accept with sincerest humility as an act of good faith.

Thank you for bringing this definite homage to my attention. Without your astute letter, the honor would have passed me by, wholly unnoticed.

And remember folks: Freedom is Ink on the Page!