How did TheSamAntics come about?
TheSamAntics.com is where you can find the comic book part of me, while TheSamAntics.etsy.com is where you can find everything else, in handmade form.
I first created TheSamAntics.com in January of 2014 so that I could teach my superhero crochet patterns to others for free. At the end of 2018, I figured I’d stop selling my vintage comics on Etsy and sell them here, so that they could be with my comic book-related crochet patterns.
I created TheSamAntics so that other people could express themselves with items you likely wouldn’t see in a normal store. I wanted to create unique items that I would either use myself, or gift to somebody close to me. Everything in my Etsy shop and on TheSamAntics.com was inspired by something in my life.
As much as I love dogs, I’m actually allergic to them. I couldn’t really be around my first dog, Maxine, when I was growing up, but she still managed to be my best friend. After five years of traveling back and forth between New York and New Hampshire to see my partner and his dog, Buddy, I finally left my full-time job and moved in with them in 2014.
Maxine passed away in 2012 and I still regret not having been able to spend more time with her. I didn’t want that for Buddy and his father, so I created TheSamAntics so that if his dad had to stay in a different state for work, we could go with him and I could take my work with me.
We finally bought a house at the end of 2016, which meant that I needed to get a job. In June of 2018, we decided to get a friend for our aging pup. By “we decided,” I really mean that I found the spitting image of Maxine on Craigslist, who also happened to be an unknown mixed breed (like Maxine), and I immediately adopted her. By the end of 2018, I decided to quit my job so that I could be around more for our aging pup and his new friend, Phoebe.
I feel like Phoebe is my second chance with Maxine, and Buddy deserves the same. I may go through a box of tissues in a matter of days, but it’s worth it so that our furry friends can have a better life.
Being the inspiration for TheSamAntics, Buddy is actually the logo for the company. I had taken a picture of him in a cape not long before I decided to create TheSamAntics. When I finally took that first step in 2014, there was no question as to what my logo should look like.
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