Interview with our reader Moatl

I finally found the time to send the posters for the most dedicated Sandra and Woo fans. If you are among the persons listed here and have provided your address details, please also check your e-mail now. If you are among the listed persons, but have not yet provided your address details, you still can do that:

I have asked most of these readers to answer a few interview questions about Sandra and Woo. I will post all questionnaires that I have received so far over the course of the next weeks. The first one below is by our reader


Can you please introduce yourself to our readers?

> Hi! My name is Martin, I’m 36 year young and I’m from Passau (Germany) – no, thanks for asking, but we’re fine with floods, the Danube must be over 50 m over normal to reach our place. My nickname “Moatl” is just the “short” version of Martin as used in Bavarian language. I’m working as an electrical engineer for a testing company (TÜV SÜD) in Straubing. My hobbies are photography, astronomy, collecting comics (and mangas) and playing music – I’m an organist at our local church, too.

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

> It must have been 2011 – I think it was during the “adventure arc”, but nobody does save browser logs for so long – when I “stumbled” over a Sandra and Woo banner on another webcomic page. It was that one where Woo is “fighting” the art of Piet Mondrian. I like the paintings of Mondrian very much. In 2005 I travelled to Vienna only to see pictures of Mondrian at the Albertina. Reading the comic I saw it’s published in Germany, too.

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

> The question is missing a point here, I think. What I like on Sandra and Woo very much is it’s variety. It’s different, rather small story arcs – even with partial serious themes – with VERRY different characters, even animals and humans mixed. I like that I’m surprised (positively) again and again when I’m reading the comic. And of course I like the Mondiran joke still today. I’m very happy Oliver made one of the big poster out of this.

Who is your favorite character and why?

> Difficult to answer, but I think it’s Larissa. She’s the character who “is thinking around the corner”, sometimes and she’s the character for the “unexpected” things, like breaking the law of gravity or the record of throwing a cell phone.

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

> Even more difficult to answer, I have no quick answer for that and must read all strips before I can answer this. 😉 But the “Exotic Pet Owners” arc where Woo eats Tweety in the end is one of my favorites. The Museum arc was funny, too.

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

> Well, in a way Powree’s drawings are – how to say – more abstract than in 2008, but I count that as artistic “development”. Same for the storylines.

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

> I think I don’t understand the criticism – and so the question – here, fully. Contrary to e.g. Gaia, Sandra and Woo is more a “Gag a Day” comic. So it tells no “one big“ storyline but many different little ones. The only thing I can think of what I didn’t like was the Nazi joke in the last “Empress” arc. But maybe that’s because I’m from Germany…

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

> Sandra and Larissa going abroad? I don’t know. It would be funny to see Larissa struggling if she should burn or admire the art…

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

> Stay healthy!

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

> And now to something completely different… Drowtales is a web comic I’m reading for over 10 years, by now.

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

> Wrdl Wrdlbrmpfd.

Unused sketch: Butterfly hugs Woo

Powree drew the following sketch of Butterfly hugging Woo, but I wasn’t able to include it in any of the previous strips without breaking the flow of the dialog.

Butterfly hugs Woo

Advice cat

Well, I won’t do it, but according to our page views, I should.

Advice cat

In other news, I have sent the first batch of posters to our German and Swiss fans.

Character occurrence frequency 2008 to 2013

Here is a diagram that shows how often the main and supporting characters of Sandra and Woo appeared each year. Note that there were only 20 strips in 2008. You can click on the image for a larger version.

Character occurrence frequency 2008 to 2013

Solution for the mountain riddle

Over 100 readers have given their guess for the supposed height of the mountain I posted last week. I’m sure its actual height will surprise a lot of people: It’s around 400 meter (1300 feet) high from the base to the top! It’s a peak in the Sierra Nevada in California and called The Incredible Hulk. It’s a favorite destination of rock climbers. Two of our readers recognized the mountain and so their guesses were naturally among the best ones. Here is a great photo taken by Nic Risser, illustrated by Mark Porter Thomas, and posted on Steph Abegg’s climbing blog which shows the mountain’s dimensions much better although it was taken from almost the same position:

The Incredible Hulk

Here is the list of all given guesses converted to meters. I’d say every guess over 100 meter (330 feet) was already going into the right direction; every guess above 200 meter (660 feet) was quite good; and every guess between 300 and 550 meter (1000 to 1800 feet) was basically correct.

0.03 m – Jacinthe
0.05 m – cytos
0.06 m – Riahk
0.08 m – Harmon
0.12 m – John
0.15 m – sal
0.30 m – Jaber
0.30 m to 0.91 m – Der Kaiser
0.43 m – Lord Circe
0.50 m – Draco_2k
0.61 m – Charles
1.27 m – Drakkin the alien
1.52 m – Anonymous Person
1.68 m – Carmen White
1.98 m – Emmalyn K.
2 m – Arnsaga
3 m – Elizar
3 m – twaintoss
3.05 m – Zach Glenwright
3.60 m – Switch Master
3.66 m to 4.88 m – Bigchiroal
3.96 m – Tobias_Marco
4 m – hamstap85
4 m – IsHARI
4.57 m – DanVzare
5 m – Xezlec
5 m – Crestlinger
6 m – Milena
6 m – Norman
6.10 m – Lunaroki
6.10 m – cyber95
7 m to 8 m – Haiiry
7.62 m – blahs
7.62 m – Al Layton
8 m – Kamica
8 m to 9 m – Vildanix
9.14 m to 12.19 m – Steven
9.14 m to 30.48 m – maarvarq
10 m – rabbits
10 m to 13 m – Pat
11.58 m – Rowanofthewood
12 m to 15 m – Doug
12.19 m to 15.24 m – plotholetsi
12.19 m to 18.29 m – Chelsea
15 m – pawelz
15 m to 18 m – Gyoshi
15.24 m – Chris857
15.24 m – nitro
15.24 m – Remobra
15.24 m to 30.48 m – David G
15.66 m to 17.28 m – ITR
19.20 m – Sambo
20 m – Rodrigo
20 m – cooltea713705
20 m – fatlui
22.50 m – Fritz B
24.38 m to 30.48 m – Iron Ed
27.43 m – Blake
30 m – well, me
30.48 m – Bum
30.48 m to 45.72 m – DWTardis
36.58 m – Draconis
40 m to 50 m – Compiemunky
45 m – Eelz, the manatee
45.72 m to 60.96 m – Bucc-i
48.77 m to 91.44 m – Bane
50 m – O8h7w
50.90 m – milestailsfox7
53.34 m – S.K.Ren
60 m – ArtBott
60.96 m – venomlash
60.96 m – Karadan
60.96 m to 76.20 m – Allengrad
63 m – Apsik
72 m – Dranorter
80 m to 90 m – HardWearJunkie
88 m – nisePanda
91.44 m – Muddypaws
91.44 m – JoeShmo101
91.44 m – tehtimmah
91.44 m to 106.68 m – Scythe Massakur
99.67 m – Tom S
100 m – SkywardStrike
100 m – SusanC
107.90 m – Stormygio
100 m to 150 m – Constantine
120 m – Arbhin
121.92 m – PlutoniumBoss
132.02 m – Miitu
150 m – Wyrmhand
150 m to 200 m – Meltea
152.4 m – redspecter8
152.40 m to 365.76 m – NixieSeal
167.64 m – Valkeiper2012
175 m – Joapie
182.88 m – Thor
200 m – Erandi
200 m – Neospector
200 m to 300 m – Anthrax_0
213.36 m to 243.84 m – Bart
228.60 m – tagno25
243.84 m – Temporalvisions
243.84 m – Keefur
250 m – alpinebutterfly
300 m – chrisjenl
300 m – Nikolay
304.80 m – Lucario
304.80 m to 914.40 m – Deepbluediver
335.28 m – dagobbs (recognized it as The Incredible Hulk)
370 m – biocuriousgeorgie
400 m – mickeyman
457.20 m – Eru (recognized it as The Incredible Hulk)
500 m – beelzebot (first guess was 120 m)
532 m – Dacen
3000 m – Cuthalion
4828.03 m – Warhammer
9656.10 m – Fluffy