Cloudy with a chance of copy protection

Cloudy with a chance of meatballsDon’t get the headline of this blog post wrong. The part about the copy protection is not about Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, but about the DVD of I am Legend. I could not watch the movie either on my computer or on my PlayStation 2. THANK YOU WARNER BROS. PICTURES FOR TREATING YOUR PAYING CUSTOMERS LIKE CRIMINAL SCUM!

So I watched Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs instead which was recommended by Tom Sidell of Gunnerkrigg Court in his Twitter feed some time ago. And I can only join in his praise. It’s a wonderfully original movie with a unique and very colorful style. The story is about a young scientist who invents a machine to produce food out of water. But the story eventually becomes much more exciting than one thinks at the start. If you’re into animated movies, you should really not miss it!


Character appearances stats

Something for the statistic freaks out there (like me):

Character appearances stats


Gaia – A fantasy comic in the making

I have started to write a fantasy comic called Gaia. The scripts for the cover and the first six pages are now finished. The comic is based on a canceled rpg mod for the game Neverwinter Nights 2 I tried to develop a couple of years ago together with a small team. The setting and characters are still basically the same, but I have already rewritten important parts of the story. Irrespective of the fact that the existing extensive dialog was way too long to be used in a comic, I also made additional changes to make the story more exciting and logical.

Gaia is about an epic quest of an adventure group consisting of five graduates (and one additional friend that joins the party later) of the elite academy of the large and powerful country Cania. The two most important characters will be the swordsman Ilias Oter and the bluemage Lilith Caillean, Ilias’ love interest. The interaction between the various group members will play an important role over the course of the comic. Overall, my goal is to create a comic with a similar feeling like Final Fantasy VII, VIII and IX and will therefore contain various elements from these classics. But there will also be some reminiscences to Western fantasy games and literature.

The comic is taking place on a rather small planet called Gaia. Gaia is also the name of the goddess of life which is basically equivalent with the planet. The world is somewhat unusual in that monsters and evil wizards are rather rare after Bhaal’s forces of evil were defeated several thousand years ago by the hero Arathor and his troops. There will also be almost no non-human characters. Low-level magic like that to produce a glowing orb is widespread and makes the everyday life of all but the poorest citizens a lot easier. But powerful wizards who are able to manipulate the bluestream to produce more dramatic effects are as rare as in most other fantasy worlds. The story begins one day before the final exams at the “Academy of Cania” in which the students have to prove their fighting skills.

I will write around 40 or 50 pages over the course of the next weeks before having a look who might be able to draw the comic. There are already some good news for potential readers: I have already specific ideas about the most important events, including the ending. This means Gaia won’t become yet another long-form webcomic that goes on and on forever without a satisfactory ending in sight. I guess the whole story will need between 800 and 1000 pages, a little less than Bone had.


Merry Christmas!

Woo! Christmas!

I hope all of you will have a great time!

Christmas tree


Auction for digital art commission by Powree

Commissioned artwork drawn by Powree

Powree started an auction on Furbuy for a digital commission. As you may know — since you’re a reader of Sandra and Woo — Powree can draw almost everything, but for this commission she prefers to draw an anthro/animal character in a sci-fi setting. But it can also be a fantasy/real life/etc. setting if you want.

So if you want a Powree™ drawing of your character this is the chance to get one. There are still ten days until the end of the auction on 19/20 December (depending on your location) so there is some time to think about it:

  • US Pacific Daylight Time: 19:39:09 (7:39:09 p.m.) – Sunday
  • US Eastern Daylight Time: 22:39:09 (10:39:09 p.m.) – Sunday
  • Great Britain: 03:39:09 (3:39:09 a.m.) – Monday
  • Central European Time: 04:39:09 (4:39:09 a.m.) – Monday
  • Indonesia – Java: 10:39:09 (10:39:09 a.m.) – Monday
  • Australia East: 14:39:09 (2:39:09 p.m.) – Monday
  • more countries

Here is the complete auction text. Feel free to ask questions in the comment section.

You are bidding for a digital art commission by Powree, the artist of the webcomic Sandra and Woo. Here are the details for this auction:

Content

I can draw almost everything, but for this commission I prefer to draw an anthro/animal character in a sci-fi setting. But it can also be a fantasy/real life/etc. setting if you want.

If the auction reaches the following threshold, I’ll add the following features:

>= $100: detailed background
>= $150: second character

The content of the drawing must not contain explicit adult material.

This is a DIGITAL commission and you will only get the image file. I live in Indonesia and don’t own a good printer so sending you a print of the drawing would be complicated.

The size of the image file will be around 3000 x 2000 pixel depending on the preferred aspect ratio.

Have a look at the drawings posted above for pieces of similar style and quality.

Process

1) After the auction ends, send me the payment via PayPal. My PayPal account name is powree@yahoo.com

2) Send me an e-mail to powree@yahoo.com with the details what I should draw. Give me a description and (if possible) references of the character(s), or anything else that might be helpful. If you should forget something important, I might not be able to change it later.

3) I will draw a sketch of the commissioned artwork according to your description and send it to you by e-mail for any corrections (if needed).

4) Once I started coloring after incorporating the changes, I will not be able to do any major changes anymore. Just small stuff like changing the eye color or adding a scar.

5) After the coloring is finished, I will send you the artwork by e-mail.

If you reply fast and nothing unexpected happens, I can do the whole picture in around 2 weeks.

Copyright

You may use the commissioned picture for any non-commercial purpose. This means you can put it on your website, in various digital art galleries or print it out and hang it on your wall.

However, it is not okay to use the artwork commercially without my prior consent which usually requires paying an additional fee depending on the kind of use. This includes selling prints of the artwork, using it for the cover of a magazine, etc.

I will retain the same non-commercial reproduction rights and may put the picture on personal websites or art galleries. I will not use your commission for any commercial purposes unless I have your permission to do so.