Artwork contest extended until Saturday

In the last two years, we received 68 and 82 submissions for our yearly artwork contest. This year, we’ve only received 32 submissions which is not a lot given that the 10 best entries receive prize money. The number of submissions this year is rather comparable to the one in the years 2011 and 2012 when the total prize money was much lower ($200 and $300).

While there are definitely some nice entries this year that deserve to win a prize, I’m nonetheless a bit disappointed by the quantity of this year’s entries, regarding the total number of submissions as well as the number of submissions being worthy of getting into the top 10.

Therefore I have decided to extend the submission period until Saturday. Maybe some artists were put off from submitting something this year by the fierce competition last year. But the competition this year is certainly not as fierce. I need a couple of days to prepare the news entries for the result of the contest anyway.

Artwork contest 2016, with $1000 of prize money!

Once again, it’s time for our yearly Sandra and Woo and Gaia artwork contest! It comes with a total prize money of $1000!

As you can see below, not only the best entry will receive a nice sum of money. 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. Your drawing has to feature at least one regular character from Sandra and Woo or Gaia. You can also submit other types of art such as 3D models, action figures, fanfiction, or even a cosplay costume.

  • 1st place: $200
  • 2nd place: $175
  • 3rd place: $150
  • 4th place: $125
  • 5th place: $100
  • 6th place: $75
  • 7th place: $55
  • 8th place: $45
  • 9th place: $40
  • 10th place: $35

Please send your entry in an e-mail with the subject “Artwork contest 2016” 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 (including) Monday, 15 August 2016. If you have a website which I should link, please put its URL into 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.
  • Please do not publish your artwork on other websites before the end of the contest. After that, you can post it anywhere you want.
  • You can sign your work. But a large, ugly watermark will reduce your chance of winning.
  • Digital images should be sent in their 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, you can’t send me files larger than 25 MB by e-mail.

My grandma died today

My grandmother died today. Despite her worsening physical condition over the last few years, her death came rather sudden. At least she didn’t have to suffer. But it was nonetheless a terrible week for my family. I had a very good relationship to her, especially during my childhood.

Poll results

From 7 June 2015 to 2 July 2016, the following nine polls ran on the Sandra and Woo website. All of them received over 1,400 votes and now it’s time to present the results.

Poll from 7 Juny 2015:

Poll Nr. 82

I also like autumn best. It’s like spring without hay fever.

Poll from 7 Juny 2015:

Poll Nr. 83

Unsurprisingly, colored comics received the most votes. But many people also like black and white comics. Only 3% of all voters prefer non-traditional artwork.

Poll from 7 Juny 2015:

Poll Nr. 84

Way too many people are still oblivious about the many ways Skub can improve their lives!

Poll from 7 Juny 2015:

Poll Nr. 85

People want Zoey and Michelle. Instead I gave them Luna and Ruth. That’s the opposite of selling out, I guess. 😉

Poll from 7 Juny 2015:

Poll Nr. 86

No surprise about #1 here, but The West Identity was a solid story arc that was well received so I’m a bit surprised that it got only 6% of all the votes.

Poll from 24 October 2015:

Poll Nr. 87

28% of our readers want to be verbally abused by their talking cat. Only 14% want to be able to talk with man’s best friend. Sometimes I don’t understand people. 😉

Poll from 24 October 2015:

Poll Nr. 88

Similar polls in the past have shown as well that, for some reason that I don’t understand, the readership of Sandra and Woo consists of bookworms that aren’t into movies.

Poll from 24 October 2015:

Poll Nr. 89

I think the only positive thing I can say about this roster is that they’re at least very different from each other.

Poll from 24 October 2015:

Poll Nr. 90

I didn’t get the impression that webcomics have become more popular in recent years, so lots of people who read less webcomics than before must not have taken part in the poll.

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

  • Which of the following story arcs did you like the most?
  • How many other comedy webcomics do you read regularly?
  • Do you also read Gaia?
  • Do you go to comic conventions?

My visit of the Comic Con Stuttgart 2016

I visited the 1st edition of the Comic Con Stuttgart last weekend on Saturday. I had a great time and will certainly come back next year, maybe playing a more active role than just that of a regular visitor. I met a couple of other German comic artists, a few Sandra and Woo fans, and saw a lot of cosplayers with great costumes. In this post, you can have a look at all the photos I took and my commentary for each one. You can click on each photo to see a larger version of it.

Comic Con Stuttgart 2016

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