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 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 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.

Interview with our reader Birone

Here is a new interview about Sandra and Woo with one of the Sandra and Woo fans that received a poster package, our reader

Birone

Can you please introduce yourself to our readers?

> Hello all! My name is Willie and I’m from Ireland; some people know me online as Birone. I’m a fan of tunes and toons! I also drew some fanart of Sandra and Woo which you can see in the Artwork section.

When you read Sandra and Woo for the first time, what grabbed your attention the most?

> By pure chance I discovered the comic just as it was starting off in 2008. It had about six or seven strips under its belt at the time. Earlier that year I was getting into webcomics. Sandra and Woo shared that same vibe that I liked from other comics such as Ozy and Millie, and Calvin and Hobbes which is what hooked me in.

Is the thing you mentioned above still your favorite part of the comic, or do you like something else the most now?

> Oh yeah. Despite the characters’ ages, they’re wise beyond their years.

Who is your favorite character and why?

> I’ve always liked animals so naturally my favourite would be Woo. (Guess it must be from growing up on a diet of Disney and Looney Tunes!) Cloud would be a close second. Oh, and for what it’s worth, Ye Thuza is pretty awesome. Just wanted to throw that out there, haha!

Do you have a favorite story arc and/or a favorite single strip?

> The plotline on how Woo and Lily first meet was very sweet. And the noir-flavoured Sandy South plotline was enjoyable. Noir is something I’ve been getting into now, so it’s always great to see others try their hand at that style.

You have read Sandra and Woo for many years now. Do you think the comic has changed in any way since the beginning?

> Oh yes, definitely. Looking at the art style from the early days and seeing how it evolves throughout is worth mentioning. So props to Powree for the fine art! *Thumbs up!*

Sandra and Woo is sometimes criticized for lacking focus. Is there an aspect of the comic that you’d rather get rid of?

> Tough question. Hmm, maybe making sure story arcs don’t go on for too long? Don’t fret too much about it. Just go do that voodoo that you do so well!

Is there a topic you’d like to see getting addressed in a longer story arc?

> Hmm, nothing springs to mind right now. As long as it’s a good story that’s told well that’s the main thing!

What are your wishes for the future of Sandra and Woo?

> That it becomes more and more successful, really.

Is there any other webcomic which you’d like to recommend to our readers?

Questionable Content, xkcd, Kevin and Kell, Luke Surl. Obvious ones, yeah, but they’re all good!

Do you have anything else do say? Here’s room for it:

> Thanks for making this wonderful comic. Long may it continue.


Interview with our reader Iron Ed

Here is a new interview about Sandra and Woo with one of the Sandra and Woo fans that received a poster package, our reader

Iron Ed

Can you please introduce yourself to our readers?

> I live in North Carolina in the U.S.A. and go by “Iron Ed” (mostly) in webcomic forums. “Iron Ed” derives from previous hobbies of blacksmithing, and Cowboy Action Shooting competition. Currently I follow 18 webcomics regularly, do a lot of reading (mostly sci-fi & fantasy), and some drawing (anthro) and writing (but unpublished). I’m probably in the upper part of Sandra & Woo’s readership age bracket. My education only goes up to a community college1-yr drafting diploma (pencil & paper!).

When you read Sandra and Woo for the first time, what grabbed your attention the most?

> The writing and art styles were an immediate attraction as well matched to each other and attractive to me. I also like how well it can take serious subjects and make them funny but still thoughtful. There is a nice balance between short & funny with longer story arcs too. I don’t recall any story arc getting long enough for me to get totally tired of it.

Is the thing you mentioned above still your favorite part of the comic, or do you like something else the most now?

> I listed several things and still hold by them all. The author has added enough characters to keep things varied without being overwhelming.

Who is your favorite character and why?

> Sandra! … with Woo as a close second. :-) She is young enough to take things like a talking raccoon in stride, but old enough to hold a reasonably sophisticated view of the world around her. Unlike Woo, it is almost easy to think of Sandra as a ‘real’ person too.

Do you have a favorite story arc and/or a favorite single strip?

> I’ve been following Sandra and Woo long enough that I can’t ever remember them all. :-) “One of” my favorites is the single strip where Sandra is dreaming of “Prince” Cloud and wakes up with Woo.

You have read Sandra and Woo for many years now. Do you think the comic has changed in any way since the beginning?

> The story arcs seem to be longer and a little more serious, but overall there’s no major change. Art is still wonderful too!

Sandra and Woo is sometimes criticized for lacking focus. Is there an aspect of the comic that you’d rather get rid of?

> Nope! Sandra and Woo is a -comic-, not a graphic novel; I expect it to vary its focus.

Is there a topic you’d like to see getting addressed in a longer story arc?

> Nothing specific. I read Sandra and Woo for thoughtful entertainment and enter each new arc with open eyes.

What are your wishes for the future of Sandra and Woo?

> A long and happy life!

Is there any other webcomic which you’d like to recommend to our readers?

> Several! How many do you want? :-) Precocious, TwoKinds, Red’s Planet, Furry Experience, Faux Pas, and Gunnerkrigg Court are the one’s I follow that I think might be most interesting to Sandra and Woo readers.

Do you have anything else do say? Here’s room for it:

> Keep up the good work, Novil and Powree! I have no complaints about how you’ve done things in the past and anticipate nothing but the best in the future!