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Encyclopedia > Steve Purcell
At the 1992 San Diego Comic Con.Photo by Corey Bond.
At the 1992 San Diego Comic Con.
Photo by Corey Bond.

Steve Purcell is an American illustrator and writer best known as the creator of comic book characters Sam & Max, of the Freelance Police - a dog and rabbit crime-fighting duo. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... An illustrator is a graphic artist who specializes in enhancing written text by providing a visual representation that corresponds to the content of the associated text. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Front cover of The collected Sam & Max: Surfin The Highway. ...

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Early career

Promotional image for Defenders of Dynatron City

At the California College of Arts and Crafts where Purcell attended and graduated, Sam & Max appeared in print for the first time in 1980. In 1987, the first full-fledged Sam & Max 32-page comic appeared. In between illustration assignments and animation work for LucasArts, three other Sam & Max books were produced. During this time he also did freelance work for Marvel Comics, as well as writing the comic book series, Defenders of Dynatron City. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 382 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2548 × 4000 pixel, file size: 5. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 382 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2548 × 4000 pixel, file size: 5. ... Defenders of Dynatron City is a video game released for the Nintendo Entertainment System by JVC and Lucasfilm games (now Lucasarts). ... Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts) is a regionally accredited, independent school of art and design in Oakland and San Francisco, California. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... LucasArts is an American video game developer and publisher. ... Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... Defenders of Dynatron City is a video game released for the Nintendo Entertainment System by JVC and Lucasfilm games (now Lucasarts). ...


LucasArts work

Box artwork for Monkey Island

Steve contributed to the background work and animation for several LucasArts adventure games in the early 1990s. The most popular of the games he worked on were the first two Monkey Island games. Steve also provided the box artwork for these two games, as well as the covers to Zak McKracken and Pipe Dream. Purcell also painted several Sam & Max comic strips for the LucasArts company newsletter, The Adventurer. Image File history File links Mi1cover. ... Image File history File links Mi1cover. ... Monkey Island may refer to the following: Monkey Island series, a series of computer adventure games The Secret of Monkey Island, the original Monkey Island 2: LeChucks Revenge, the second part The Curse of Monkey Island, the third part Escape from Monkey Island, the fourth part Monkey Island (island... Before concentrating almost exclusively on Star Wars titles, LucasArts was known for their point-and-click adventure games, nearly all of which received high scoring reviews at the time of their release. ... The Secret of Monkey Island, CD version. ... A screenshot of Zak McKracken, Enhanced EGA PC version. ... For other uses, see Pipe Dream. ...


During this period, many of the games made at LucasArts featured cameos or glimpses of Steve's characters, Sam and Max. In 1993 Purcell created an adventure game based on the characters and comic book, called Sam & Max Hit the Road. It was developed by LucasArts, and saw Sam and Max traveling America in search of two missing carnival freakshow attractions - Bruno the Bigfoot and Trixie the Giraffe-necked Girl. Purcell co-designed the game with Sean Clark, Michael Stemmle and Collette Michaud. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Adventure games are a type of computer entertainment programs and video game, characterized by investigation, which may include exploration, puzzle-solving, interaction with game characters, and have a focus on narrative rather than reflex-based challenges. ... Sam & Max Hit the Road is a graphical adventure game, originally developed and released by LucasArts in 1993 for DOS and in 1995 for Macintosh computers. ... Sean P. Clark is a game designer, director and programmer who worked on a number of notable LucasArts adventure games from early 1990 through to 2002. ... Michael Stemmle is a computer game writer, designer and director (sometimes designated as a project leader in LucasArts parlance) who co-created some of LucasArts adventure games in the 1990s and 2000s. ...


After leaving LucasArts, Purcell worked for a time at Industrial Light and Magic working on an eventually-canceled Frankenstein animated film. Industrial Light & Magic original logo, designed by Drew Struzan Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) is a motion picture special visual effects company, founded in May 1975 by George Lucas and owned by Lucasfilm Ltd. ... This article is about the 1818 novel. ...


Post LucasArts

TV series title screen

In 1997, Sam and Max had their own Fox Kids-produced animated TV series, which ran for one season. Some changes were made to the world of the comics and the game, principally the addition of a pre-teen girl genius character "The Geek", but much of the humor remained intact. The cartoon focused less on guns & violence, and more on weirdness. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... This article discusses Fox Kids in United States. ...


Purcell later joined Pixar Animation Studios to work in their Story Development division, where he works to this day. He is amongst other things credited under additional screenplay material for the animated movie Cars. Pixars logo and mascot Luxo, Jr. ... Cars is an animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios, presented by Walt Disney Pictures, and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. ...


LucasArts's sequel to Sam & Max Hit the Road, Sam & Max Freelance Police, was suddenly canceled very late in its production in March 2004. Sometime following this cancellation, the game rights reverted back to Purcell's ownership. In September 2005, it was announced that Telltale Games, a small company started by ex-LucasArts employees who had been working on Freelance Police, was working on creating a new episodic Sam & Max game series with the help of Purcell. The first game of the series, Sam & Max Culture Shock was released on October 17, 2006 by GameTap, the second game, Sam & Max Situation: Comedy was released on December 21, 2006 by GameTap. After finishing the 6th episode in April 2007, Season One was finished. Do to the success of Season One, Season Two will be released on GameTap in the fall of 2007. Sam & Max Hit the Road is a graphical adventure game, originally developed and released by LucasArts in 1993 for DOS and in 1995 for Macintosh computers. ... A screenshot from the E3 trailer of Sam & Max Freelance Police. ... Telltale Games is a video game developer based in San Rafael, California and founded in June 2004. ... This page is for Telltales episodic Sam & Max games. ... Culture Shock is the first episode of Season One of the Sam & Max game series created by Telltale Games and published by GameTap. ... is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... GameTap is a subscription-based video game service by Turner Broadcasting System (TBS). ... December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Selected works

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See also

Comics (or, less commonly, sequential art) is a form of visual art consisting of images which are commonly combined with text, often in the form of speech balloons or image captions. ... // This list of webcomics includes comics which are (or were) primarily published on the World Wide Web, as described in the main article on webcomics. ...

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
Steve Purcell
  • Official Steve Purcell Website
  • Steve Purcell on MobyGames
  • Steve Purcell at the Internet Movie Database
  • Unofficial Sam and Max Website
  • Interview at Joystiq. March 6, 2007.
  • Interview at World of Monkey Island. March 29, 2006.
  • Playing Catch-Up: Steve Purcell - Interview on Gamasutra dated July 25, 2005.

  Results from FactBites:
 
Steve Purcell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (289 words)
Steve Purcell is best known as the creator of comic book characters Sam and Max, of the Freelance Police - a dog and rabbit crime-fighting duo.
Steve contributed a lot of the background work and animation for LucasArts adventure games in the early 1990s.
In the late 90s, Steve's Sam and Max had its own Fox Kids animated TV series, which ran for one season.
Sam & Max Hit the Road - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (745 words)
Based on Sam and Max: Freelance Police comic book characters created by Steve Purcell, it follows the detective duo (Sam; a 6 foot anthropomorphic dog, and Max; a 3 foot "hyperkinetic rabbity thing") across a kitsch, tourist trap pastiche of America (featuring The World's Largest Ball of Twine) in search of an escaped sasquatch.
It was written and designed by Steve Purcell along with Sean Clark, Collette Michaud and Michael Stemmle and commonly applauded for its substantial amount of humour.
In September 2005, four months after LucasArts' license expired, Steve Purcell announced that he would be working with Telltale Games on a new and unrelated Sam and Max project.
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