[1061] Anonymous Tip
 

[1061] Anonymous Tip

  • Ruth: Oh boy! This is gonna be a feast! I’ve never had lion before!
  • Ruth: To be honest, I got an anonymous tip that I’d be able to snag a huge catch here today.
  • Ruth: Isn’t it great to know that there are people who only want the best for you?
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A general observation

In the mind of some readers, the two most recent strips account for a gigantic part of their overall impression of the comic. If they like the strips, Sandra and Woo is one of the funniest comics on the web. If they don’t like them, Sandra and Woo has jumped the shark twice and will never become good again. This attitude was definitely less pronounced in the early years of Sandra and Woo. This is quite puzzling to me since the newest strips account for such a tiny fraction of the complete works nowadays.

Many people also don’t seem to understand that I can’t predict at all how well a strip will be received unless it’s obviously a spectacular one. [1052] Core Memory was universally loved, the most recent one [1061] Anonymous Tip not so much. But before publication, I pretty much had the same “This is an okay strip.” mindset about both strips!


Character occurrence frequency 2008 to 2018

Here are two diagrams that show how often the main and supporting characters of Sandra and Woo appeared in each year. Note that there were only 20 strips in 2008. The last year was clearly the year of Zoey who appeared almost as often as Larisa on #2. There certainly won’t be that many strips featuring Zoey in this year.

You can click on the images for larger versions.

Main characters occurrence frequency 2008 to 2018

Supporting characters occurrence frequency 2008 to 2018

Here is the total number of occurrences:

  1. Sandra: 555
  2. Woo: 382
  3. Larisa: 359
  4. Cloud: 235
  5. Richard: 99
  6. Lily: 86
  7. Ye Thuza: 84
  8. Zoey: 67
  9. Sid: 62
  10. Yuna: 59
  11. Luna: 51
    Shadow: 51

Notable characters who have not appeared in at least 50 strips yet are:

  • Butterfly: 38
  • Vega and the other kits: 29 at most
  • Seeoahtlahmakaskay: 24
  • Michelle: 23
  • Taylor: 19
  • Ruth: 18

Number of new strips per year:

  • 2008: 20
  • 2009: 105
  • 2010: 107
  • 2011: 106
  • 2012: 104
  • 2013: 100
  • 2014: 104
  • 2015: 104
  • 2016: 115 (incl. 17 MSPA inspired strips)
  • 2017: 105
  • 2018: 96 (incl. strip #1031 with seven rows)

Completed work on Sandra and Woo books

Yesterday, I reached a major milestone as I finished the work on the Sandra and Woo: 10 Years anthology and the art book The Art of Sandra and Woo. Both books are now ready to be printed by Ka-Blam.com for our Kickstarter supporters in the United States. A few minor technical adjustments will be necessary for the international versions that will be printed by Wir-machen-Druck.de.

Powree and Fredy Siloy, a frequent winner of our artwork contests, colored 14 (2 by Powree, 12 by Fredy) black-and-white drawings for The Art of Sandra and Woo. They did a marvellous job and the art book turned out even better because of it. I’m very proud of both books. I don’t think they could have been done any better. So don’t miss this unique chance to get them in our ongoing Kickstarter campaign!

Here are the preview images for all pages of the art book. Click on the thumbnail for a larger version (1.0 MB).

Thumbnails of all pages of The Art of Sandra and Woo

Here are the preview images for all pages of the anthology. Click on the thumbnail for a larger version (3.4 MB).

Thumbnails of all pages of Sandra and Woo: 10 Years


What will happen at the end of the countdown?

What do you think will happen at the end of the countdown?

Let your imagination run wild in the comment section of this blog post.


Results of the Gaia artwork contest 2018 – Top 12

It’s time! Time for the top 12 of the Gaia artwork contest 2018!

The submissions are ordered from place #12 to #1. As you can see, we’ve received an amazing selection of great art this year again. I was a bit worried if we’ll receive enough worthy entries for a contest limited to just Gaia, but the quality of the top entries was once again exceptional and surpassed my expectations! Please show your support by visiting the artists’ websites and/or by writing a comment in the comment section of this blog post!

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