Quick update regarding the artwork contest

I’ve been working on the presentation of the results of the artwork contests for the last days. But it takes some time since I’ve received over 125 submissions. I decided to present the results in seven blog posts:

  • Places 51+ from A to L
  • Places 51+ from M to Z
  • Places 40 to 50
  • Places 30 to 40
  • Places 20 to 30
  • Places 10 to 20
  • Places 1 to 10

I hope that I will be able to publish the first blog post containing submissions that didn’t make into the top 50 tomorrow evening.

Artwork contest 2019, with $5000 prize money!

This is the contest you’ve been waiting for, the super special 10th anniversary Sandra and Woo and Gaia artwork contest 2019! It comes with a total prize money of a whopping $5000! The winner will receive $1000! Here is the distribution of the prize money in detail:

  • 1st place: $1000
  • 2nd place: $750
  • 3rd place: $550
  • 4th place: $450
  • 5th place: $350
  • 6th place: $300
  • 7th place: $250
  • 8th place: $200
  • 9th place: $150
  • 10th place: $100
  • 11th place: $95
  • 12th place: $90
  • 13th place: $85
  • 14th place: $80
  • 15th place: $75
  • 16th place: $70
  • 17th place: $65
  • 18th place: $60
  • 19th place: $55
  • 20th place: $50
  • 21st place: $45
  • 22nd place: $40
  • 23rd place: $35
  • 24th place: $30
  • 25th place: $25

If your drawing skills are just average, you will still have the chance to become one of the winners by drawing something funny, clever or innovative. Of course your artwork must reference Sandra and Woo or Gaia in some way. You can submit any type of art such as drawings, comics, 3D models, animations, games, poems, …, or photos of action figures and cosplay costumes. There is one exception: fanfiction, i.e. prose in the style of a novel, cannot be submitted this time. The high prize money may lead to submissions with the length of a full novel and I just don’t have the time to read all of that.

Comic info and character references

You can find a short description of the comics, including the best pages and a rough timeline of the events in Gaia on the following page:

You can find information and reference pics for all characters appearing in Sandra and Woo and Gaia on the following page:

How to submit your entry

Please send your entry in an e-mail with the subject “Artwork contest 2019” to novil@gmx.de. 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 (including) Friday, 18 October 2019. Please use the following template for the content of your e-mail:

Artist: YOUR_NAME (as it should appear on this website)

PayPal: YOUR_ACCOUNT_NAME (other payment methods can be discussed, can also be provided after the contest)

Website: YOUR_WEBSITE (optional)

Description: DESCRIPTION_OF_YOUR_ENTRY (optional)

I will put your name, website and description (in shortened form) below the thumbnail of your submission when publishing all received submissions in multiple blog posts.

How to improve your chances of winning / Image quality

The technical quality of the image file is very important to me! Digital images should be sent in their original size in a lossless image format, typically PNG with full color depth. If you draw the image on paper, you should send me a large, clean scan of it in a lossless image format. You can send me files up to a file size of 100 MB by e-mail.

I cannot stress this requirement enough since I constantly received submissions in the past years that did not meet these standards:

  • I do not want JPEGs!
  • I want the images in their original size!

Photos of physical objects

If you submit a photo of a physical object, make sure that the photo is of the highest quality. This means your photo should have the following qualities:

  • The object is perfectly staged.
  • The lighting conditions are optimal.
  • The photo is therefore sharp.
  • The photo has a large total size.
  • The photo has minimal image compression artifacts.

It’s also a good idea to take multiple photos from different angles. But make sure that there is one photo that gives a particularly good overview of the object.

Inclusion in art books and comic anthologies

If I decide to use your piece of art in an upcoming art book, like the recently published The Art of Sandra and Woo, or a comic anthology, like the upcoming The Complete Gaia, you will receive an additional compensation of $10 + (artwork size / printable page size) * $20. That means if your drawing covers a whole page, you will get $30 after the successful publication of the book.

Additional information

  • You can submit several drawings or other types of art, but you can win at most two prizes.
  • Please do not publish your artwork on other websites before the end of the contest. After that, you’re encouraged to post it anywhere you want.
  • You can sign your work. But a large, ugly watermark will reduce your chance of winning.

Today is a very sad day…

Today is a very sad day in the world of comics… 🙁

My visit of the Comic Con Stuttgart 2019

Since I didn’t want to push down my post about the planned Gaia anthology after just a day, I waited a couple of days before posting the following report about my visit of the Comic Con in Stuttgart:

After my visits in 2016, 2017 and 2018, I also visited the Comic Con Germany in Stuttgart last weekend. It was once again a lot of fun. This time I focused on buying original artwork and chatting with fellow German comic artists. Like always, I also saw an enormous number of cosplayers with great costumes. In this post, you can have a look at all the photos I took with some added commentary. You can click on each photo to see a larger version of it. The article contains the following sections:

  1. Impressions from the fair
  2. Artists I met or saw
  3. Artwork I bought
  4. Cosplay I saw
  5. The LEGO area

↓ Read the rest of this entry…

Start saving for The Complete Gaia!

Gaia will very likely come to an end next year, and I have already begun working on an anthology that will contain the whole comic,
The Complete Gaia!

I plan to sell The Complete Gaia as part of a Kickstarter campaign again. Of course nothing is decided yet, but I already have a quite clear idea about several things:

  • The Complete Gaia will be published in two volumes, with each of them having around 450 fully colored pages in A4 format (standard sheet of paper).
  • I definitely want to publish the books as hardcovers with a nice paper quality!
  • Apart from all the comic pages, the books will feature some commentary, sketches, and artwork from other artists on 40 to 50 pages. I will not publish a separate art book like The Art of Sandra and Woo this time since there just is not enough material available for such a book.
  • The special editions may come with stamps of the characters, the line “Will you come along?” in the first volume and the line “Yes, I will. Wherever you go.” in the second volume.
  • Printing in color is expensive, at least for small print runs. I found that the price per unit when printing 500 units is still high. But for 1000 units, it becomes quite affordable. It’s therefore my main goal to come as close to 1000 units as possible.
  • I therefore want to use a single print shop, preferably one located in Germany. This means shipping to the United States will be more expensive. But the cheaper printing due to the higher number of units should mostly compensate for this.
  • The books will weigh around 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs) together!
  • I will try my best to keep the total price including shipping below $100. But it should not come as a surprise that it will cost a bit to produce and ship two thick hardcover volumes in full color.