Fanart contest – 1 week left

There’s one week left to submit your entries for our fanart contest 2014. And there’s still a good chance to become one of the six winners even if your drawing skills aren’t that great if you have a funny or clever idea.

Guest comics by Bill Watterson for Pearls Before Swine

Bill Watterson has drawn three guest comics for Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis. You can find the three strips at GoComics:

They are part of a longer story arc which also includes the strips posted on 2 June 2014, 3 June 2014 and 7 June 2014 (you should not miss this one). We can only hope to see more of Bill Watterson’s art in the future. He seems to have become a little less reclusive lately. Stephan Pastis writes more about the guest comics in this blog post.

Fanart contest 2014, with prize money!

It’s time for our yearly Sandra and Woo and Gaia fanart contest! Click here to see the winners of the fanart contests 2011, 2012, and 2013. Unsurprisingly, your drawing has to feature at least one regular character from Sandra and Woo or Gaia.

Unlike most other such contests, ours comes with some nice cash prizes for the six winners whom I will pick from all contestants. As you can see, not only the best entry will receive a nice sum of money. If your drawing skills are below average, you will still have the chance to win something by drawing something funny, clever or innovative.

  • 1st place: $150
  • 2nd place: $125
  • 3rd place: $100
  • 4th place: $75
  • 5th place: $50
  • 6th place: $25

Please send your entry in an e-mail with the subject “Fanart contest 2014” to You can attach the file to the e-mail or put a link to it in the e-mail’s text body. You must submit your entry until Monday, 30 June 2014. If you have a website, please add a link to it in your e-mail as well.

Additional information about the contest:

  • You can submit several drawings or other types of art, but you can win at most two prizes. In this case, the first winning entry has to feature characters from Sandra and Woo and the second winning entry has to feature characters from Gaia.
  • You are allowed, even encouraged, to post your artwork on other websites.
  • After presenting all entries in one or more blog posts, they will be put into the fanart section of our Artwork page.
  • You can sign your work in any way you want. But a large, ugly watermark will reduce your chance of winning.
  • If you draw the image digitally, you should send it in its original size in a lossless format, for example as a PNG file with full color depth. If you draw the image on paper, you should send me a large, clean version in a lossless format, for example as a PNG file with full color depth. However, don’t send me any files larger than 20 MB.

Poll results

From 1 October 2013 to 1 May 2014, the following six polls ran on Gaia. All of them got over two thousand votes and it’s time to present the results.

Poll from 1 October 2013:

Poll Nr. 1

Now that Lilith will get more screen time again, I’m sure that she’ll catch up to Viviana fast and both will rake around 35% each in future polls. I think it’s interesting how Viviana evolved from a minor character that just accompanied the group for a quest in the first draft of Gaia’s plot (written in 2004) to the second main character. However, the group will work more closely together in the next chapter(s), and the other characters should be able to gain a few percent here and there.

Poll from 1 October 2013:

Poll Nr. 2

I think 82% is a pretty high number if you take into account that one is a serious fantasy comic and the other is a comedy comic.

Poll from 3 October 2013:

Poll Nr. 3

48% of our readers prefer the Lord of the Rings book(s), while only 22% prefer the movies. The gap is not *that* large, though.

Poll from 3 October 2013:

Poll Nr. 4

With regard to The Lord of the Rings above, the Harry Potter books are even more popular than the movies. 72% of our readers prefer the books, only 4% prefer the movies!

Poll from 3 October 2013:

Poll Nr. 5

The most surprising result of this poll is that Unsounded received only 6% of the votes and Cucumber Quest only 2%. Both have received a good number of positive reviews and have also acquired a relatively large readership. I thought that Unsounded would receive at least 15% of the votes and Cucumber Quest at least 10%.

Poll from 3 October 2013:

Poll Nr. 6

Most of our readers do not read many fantasy comics. That’s not a surprise to me because there don’t seem to be many consistently updating fantasy webcomics of high quality if you aren’t using a very broad definition of “fantasy”.

Sketches of the main characters

To shorten the waiting time for the next page, which will be published on Friday, here are two early sketches of the main characters. I already posted a sketch of Viviana earlier.

Sketch of Ilias, Alissa and Lilith Sketch of Ryn and Sandril