Visiting the Comic Con Stuttgart on Saturday

Here’s some info about my visit of the Comic Con Stuttgart next Saturday for our German readers:

Ich werde diesen Samstag, 1. Juli 2017, der Comic Con in Stuttgart einen Besuch abstatten. Allerdings nur als Besucher, nicht als Aussteller. Sollte es Leute geben, die Lust haben, mich zu treffen, mögen diese hier bitte einen kurzen Kommentar hinterlassen. In dem Fall könnte man einen Treffpunkt ausmachen. Ich werde zum Beispiel meine Kollegin Sarah Burrini beim Stand des Comic-Verlags “Edition Kwimbi” besuchen.

Sandra and Woo game reviewed by Adventure Gamers

Adventure Gamers has published a review of our PC adventure game Sandra and Woo in the Cursed Adventure. It got an overall score of 3.5/5 stars. I think the reviewer Peter Mattsson did a very good job, giving a nuanced overview of the games’ strengths and weaknesses. So check it out if you’re interested in the game. Here is a summary of his pros and cons from the article:

  • (+) Lovely cartoon graphics
  • (+) Faithful to the original comic
  • (+) Quirky characters
  • (+) Interesting story and setting
  • (+) Challenging puzzles
  • (+) Substantial length
  • (-) Some puzzle solutions come out of left field
  • (-) Setting feels underused
  • (-) Minigames more frustrating than fun

Poll results

From 2 July 2016 to 10 June 2017, the following eleven polls ran on the Gaia website. It’s time to present the results. Most of the polls also ran on Sandra and Woo. So also check out the results @ Sandra and Woo since I’ll usually just point out the differences to those results here.

Poll from 2 July 2016:

Poll Nr. 30

The correct answer Greendew only received 4%. As a reader, I probably would have guessed the tower in the sky as well.

Poll from 2 July 2016:

Poll Nr. 31

72% of our readers read at most seven other fantasy comics. That’s not a big surprise given the rather low number of straight fantasy webcomics. Gaia is one of just a handful of webcomics that tell a serious adventure story in a classical fantasy setting. That’s a bit surprising given the popularity of the genre.

Poll from 2 July 2016:

Poll Nr. 32

The number of Gaia readers who also read Sandra and Woo is very high and almost identical to the 82% when this question was asked in a poll from 1 October 2013.

Poll from 2 July 2016:

Poll Nr. 33

This result is almost identical to the one of the same poll that ran on Sandra and Woo.

Poll from 24 December 2016:

Poll Nr. 34

This result is almost identical to the one of the same poll that ran on Sandra and Woo.

Poll from 24 December 2016:

Poll Nr. 35

The vistors of the Sandra and Woo website show more interest in visual novels if the poll results are representative for the whole readership.

Poll from 24 December 2016:

Poll Nr. 36

This result is almost identical to the one of the same poll that ran on Sandra and Woo.

Poll from 24 December 2016:

Poll Nr. 37

The average age of the computer of Gaia readers is a little bit older than that of Sandra and Woo readers.

Poll from 24 December 2016:

Poll Nr. 38

This result is almost identical to the one of the same poll that ran on Sandra and Woo.

Poll from 20 February 2017:

Poll Nr. 39

“Breaking All Barriers #139” and “Breaking All Barriers Cover” are also my favorites from the 15 pages placed between 11 and 25 from the last two chapters “Breaking all Barriers” and “Monster”.

Poll from 27 February 2017:

Poll Nr. 40

I’m not at all surprised that “Breaking All Barriers #125” won the reader’s choice for the best page from my selection of the 10 best pages the last two chapters. I added “Breaking All Barriers #139”, the winner of the poll above, as an additional choice. I suspected that it would not come last, but that it managed to make it all the way up to place #2 is a bit of a surprise to me. The three pages from “Monster” all got a solid 11% of all votes. My personal favorite “Breaking All Barriers #106” only got 8% of all votes. The pages “Breaking All Barriers #36” and “Monster #79” may be examples for pages that you just appreciate more as an author than as a reader. However, I wouldn’t have voted for them as my absolute favorite as well, so the low amount of votes they got isn’t shocking.

There are four new polls that appear randomly in the voting widget in the right sidebar:

  • Who is your favorite main character?
  • Who is your favorite secondary character?
  • Which is your favorite chapter?
  • What’s your favorite hair color on Viviana?

Beware of Rice Digital!

Think twice before buying anything from Rice Digital, a store for Japanese video games! I bought the “Steins; Gate 0 Amadeus Edition” from them. The extras are quite neat, however the gaming disc was missing in the box. Something like that can happen, I guess. However, they subsequently ignored all my emails to their support email address. What kind of customer service is that?

I guess I now have to search eBay for used versions of a PlayStation 4 gaming disc of “Steins; Gate 0” since I certainly won’t give this dishonest business any more money! (The publisher PQube was also unhelpful.)

Update [6 June 2017]: All right. Finally, someone from Rice Digital talked to me on Facebook and they’re now sending me a disc.

This is really a common problem in today’s world of business. Many companies offer very good products and services. But better pray to God that nothing goes wrong. Because in that case, it will often be an absolute pain in the ass until the issue gets resolved. Nobody is quite as bad as internet service providers in this regard, of course.

Iraqi refugee gets it right

I found the following opinion piece/sketch by the Iraqi satirist and human-rights activist Faisal Saeed Al Mutar to be exceptionally witty and to the point:

Facebook post by Faisal Saeed Al Mutar