Official Press Release
SAN RAFAEL, CA – Twenty years ago, they burst onto the indie comic book scene with a daring venture to the Philippines (drawn entirely without reference) called “Monkeys Violating the Heavenly Temple.” Today they’re the stars of an Eisner-nominated webcomic and a successful episodic game series, Sam & Max: Season One. Sam & Max creator Steve Purcell and game developer Telltale are celebrating these milestones-and the two decades in between-with exciting 20th anniversary news: the complete Sam & Max collection, Surfin’ the Highway, will be reprinted later this year.
“I was amazed when I realized it’s been twenty years since the first Sam & Max comic was published,” says Purcell. “I’ve met people who have actually grown up with Sam & Max. Even during the times I was busy with other projects, I was always gratified that Sam & Max’s rabidly loyal fans managed to keep them alive.”
These rabidly loyal fans will cheer today with the announcement that Surfin’ the Highway, the long out-of-print trade paperback collection of Sam & Max’s exploits, will be republished in 2007. In addition to all of the content of the 1995 original (including “Monkeys Violating the Heavenly Temple,” the now classic “Bad Day on the Moon,” and “On the Road,” which inspired the 1993 LucasArts Sam & Max video game), the new edition will also contain extra Sam & Max content developed over the last decade, such as rarely seen comic stories, previously unreleased art, and a new cover. The reprint will debut exclusively in Telltale’s online store later this year. More details of the reprint, including pricing and availability information, will be announced in the near future.
The 20th anniversary celebration will also include commemorative merchandise to be released throughout the year, starting at Steve Purcell’s booth at San Diego Comic-Con in July. An ongoing “History of Sam & Max” feature currently appears on Telltale’s website (www.telltalegames.com/summerofsamandmax), recounting the duo’s evolution from childhood scribbles to comics, video games, and a Saturday morning cartoon.
Steve Purcell’s most recent Sam & Max comics, as well as information about Telltale’s innovative episodic game series starring the characters, can be found at www.telltalegames.com. Fans who want to sign up for updates about the Surfin’ the Highway reprint can do so at www.telltalegames.com/store/samandmax-highway.