Welcome our new webcomic review team!

I received a lot of promising applications for the job as webcomic reviewer and I want to thank everyone who applied again. In the end, I decided to hire the following three people and I’m confident that they will write webcomic reviews with a quality you won’t find elsewhere after the discontinuation of El Santo’s famed Webcomic Overlook.

  • Robert Howard: Robert was the author of the defunct webcomic review and analysis blog tangents.us (Archive.org link) which featured extensive commentary on selected webcomics.
  • Tom Speelman: Tom is a freelance writer who has written articles and comic reviews for publications such as Comics Alliance, Sequart and The Mary Sue.
  • Elena Cordero: Elena is a rookie in the world of webcomic reviews. However, she wrote a convincing application and so I’m hopeful that she will be an excellent addition to our review team nonetheless.

I received a lot fewer applications for the position as TV Tropes article improver. If you’re interested in that position, you can still send your application to novil@gmx.de.


Paid positions open: Webcomic reviewer, Promoter

I’m looking for assistants who are either able to produce fresh content of high quality for our websites (Sandra and Woo and Gaia) or able to do some promotional work for our comics. For a start, I’m looking for people able to fill the following two positions. You must be a native speaker of English and have good writing skills for both. The ability to deliver good work by working on your own without constant supervision is very important! I will pay with PayPal.

Webcomic reviewer

Your task is to regularly write detailed reviews of other fantasy webcomics which will then be published on our website. I have written a review guideline that outlines how your review should look like. If you are interested in this position, please have a look at this guideline now! Beyond that, I’m fond of the review style seen in the discontinued webcomic review blog Webcomic Overlook.

I want to make one thing clear: I’m looking for a webcomic critic, not a webcomic fan! The quality of webcomic reviews is often poor. I want to publish good ones!

If you think that this is something for you, please send your application to novil@gmx.de. Of course it would be good if you could include an example of a similar text written by you. Please also give me your estimated charge per review. I already have a payment amount in mind, but I would like to see first if it’s way too high or low based on the applications I receive.

TV Tropes article improver

Do you know one of our two comics almost as well as I do? On top of that, are you somewhat familiar with TV Tropes? Then you could help us by expanding the articles on our comics: Sandra and Woo at TV Tropes, Gaia at TV Tropes. Of course always within the terms of TV Tropes.

Things that can be improved:

  • Add missing links to the discussed strips, characters or story arcs.
  • Add relevant new tropes. (Sandra and Woo already has a lot of listed tropes, but Gaia has very few.)
  • Improve the quality of the wording so that it’s fun to read the article.
  • Add mentions of our comic on the associated tropes pages.

I thought about paying by the hour since I have no idea how to measure the complexity of the added “chunks of information” without making a science out of it. So I will probably try out several applicants for an hour or so each and then continue to work with the ones who delivered the best work. So please include your hourly rate in your application to novil@gmx.de.

Depending on the number of applications I will receive, don’t expect any kind of answer before Monday next week.


Results of the artwork contest 2015 – Top 10

It’s time! Time to post the top 10 of the Sandra and Woo and Gaia artwork contest 2015! If you haven’t done so already, also check out the submissions placed between position #11 and #25 and the other submissions we received.

With 9 pieces out of 10, the top 10 are dominated by Sandra and Woo related pieces of artwork this year. Although Gaia is almost as popular as Sandra and Woo among our readers, the best and most creative artists overwhelmingly decided to draw Sandra and Woo characters this year. And all of these 9 entries feature Woo! While I would have liked to see more Gaia related work in the top 10, I had to rate the quality of each entry independently from the nature of the other entries. Anything else would have been unfair in one way or the other.

To our gold and diamond patrons: I will offer a convenient download archive containing all submissions in their original size in a week or so.

The submissions are ordered from place 10 to 1. Since they were completely equal in quality in my eyes, I decided to place two submissions on position #3 as well as on #5. The artists on #3 will receive a prize money of ($150 + $125) / 2 = $137.50 and the artists on #5 will receive ($100 + $75) / 2 = $87.50.

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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Results of the artwork contest 2015 – Places 11 to 25

It’s time to present the submissions placed between the positions 11 and 25 of the Sandra and Woo and Gaia artwork contest. Once again, we received lots of great and diverse pieces of artwork! I would like to thank again all artists who have submitted a drawing! Don’t forget to check out the first batch of submissions which I posted on Monday.

Please show your support by visiting the artists’ websites and writing a comment in the comment section of this blog post!

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Results of the artwork contest 2015 – Places 26+

Our yearly Sandra and Woo and Gaia artwork contest ended last Monday. We received 82 submissions in total so I needed a while to prepare everything. Today, I’m showing you all entries that unfortunately didn’t make it into the top 25.

The following list of entries starts with the six entries from the submissions placed on position 26+ which I liked the most, in alphabetical order. The subsequent entries are then ordered alphabetically again. The artists’ names are colored red if a link to their personal website is available. Show your support by visiting the artists’ websites and/or writing a comment in the comment section of this blog post!

To our gold and diamond patrons: I will offer a convenient download archive containing all submissions in their original size after the end of the contest.
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