Artwork contest 2015, with $1000 of prize money!

It’s time for our yearly Sandra and Woo and Gaia artwork contest! And since the revenues from our Patreon campaign exceeded all our expectations, I decided to dramatically increase the total prize money to the whopping sum 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. Unsurprisingly, your drawing has to feature at least one regular character from Sandra and Woo or Gaia.

  • 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 2015” 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 Monday, 17 August 2015. If you have a website that I should link, please put the link to it 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  • Please do not publish your artwork on other websites before the end of the contest.
  • 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, you can’t send me any files larger than 25 MB by e-mail.

Aeris lives!

The following illustration by Denitsa Petkova was meant as a bonus for our Patreon patrons, but of course I had to publish it on our main website to celebrate the Final Fantasy VII Remake that was announced at E3 today.

Sandra and Cloud in Nibelheim by Denitsa Petkova

Here are all Sandra and Woo strips that include a major reference to my favorite video game:

And here are all commissions and fanart with a Final Fantasy VII theme:

Poll results

From 25 January 2015 to 7 June 2015, the following six polls ran on the Sandra and Woo website. All of them received over 2,000 votes and now it’s time to present the results.

Poll from 25 January 2015:

Poll Nr. 76

The same poll already ran in 2009 where 60% of our readers preferred story comics and only 9% comedy webcomics which was a very surprising result for a poll running on a comedy webcomic website. The gap is much smaller now, but most of our readers still prefer story comics.

Poll from 25 January 2015:

Poll Nr. 77

Web advertising still works, at least for webcomics. But nothing beats recommandations by other webcomic authors.

Poll from 25 January 2015:

Poll Nr. 78

52% of our readers preferred the Russian pic, only 20% the American pic of our strip Propaganda. I find it a little surprising that the country of origin had almost no effect on the voting result.

Poll from 25 January 2015:

Poll Nr. 79

I think this poll suffered from the very different characterisation of Ginny and Luna in the book series versus the movie series.

Poll from 25 January 2015:

Poll Nr. 80

It is not surprising that video games won this poll. But I’m surprised again that our readers aren’t particularly fond of movies. Film received less than half of the votes for music.

Poll from 31 March 2015:

Poll Nr. 81

I’m surprised that the version with six panels is much more popular among our readers. Since I have no preference, I expected a closer voting result.

There are five new polls that appear randomly in the voting widget in the right sidebar:

  • Which season of the year do you like the most?
  • What art style do you prefer in a comic?
  • Which character would you like to see more often?
  • Are you pro Skub or anti Skub?
  • Which of the following story arcs did you like the most?

The Ideas Man – A (very) short story

“Regarding storytelling, ideas are a dime a dozen. It’s the execution that matters!”

“Ah, so you’re a big fan of ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’, then?”

“Excuse me? While it wasn’t the worst film I’ve ever watched, it had some truly terrible scenes and characters in it.”

“But it had great cinematography, top-notch visual effects and and some of Hollywood’s best actors in it.”

“Yeah, but the dialog sucked.”

“The ‘Star Wars’ script had to be one of the best edited scripts in movie history. And the different personality of the characters was conveyed really well.”

“Yeah, but Jar-Jar Binks!! … And a trade route conflict?!”

“So you’re saying that right at the beginning of the scriptwriting process, bad ideas were chosen for the characters and plot and then flawlessly executed?”


Ask Novil questions about Sandra and Woo

Last year, I posted a news entry which I asked our readers to ask me general questions about Gaia. It was a pretty popular format with lots of questions being asked, so I decided to also give it a try regarding Sandra and Woo.

Do you have any questions about Sandra and Woo? Then add them to the comment section of this post. I will try to answer all questions which I don’t consider to be spoilers for the future story arcs.