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.


Top 15 comments on Sandra and Woo

Sometimes one of our readers has a sudden flash of inspiration and posts a truly funny comment. This news entry contains my personal top 15 of the cleverest comments on Sandra and Woo (after looking at the 250 best rated comments) so far.

Comment by GC on the strip Plucking Daisies I with a comment rating of 80:

“Fine then! He loves me, He loves me, He loves me…”

Comment by Blitzkrieg1701 on the strip Sandra’s Dark Past with a comment rating of 64:

Oh dear. This is like when my pet rock discovered our gravel driveway. It hasn’t spoken to me since.

Comment by Yappy Dog on the strip Pie with a comment rating of 59:

Clearly, the pie represents humanity’s desire to impose its will on the world around it. The splattered filling is obviously a metaphor for the scattered dreams and beliefs of the world’s population, and the crust shows the semi-firm set of ideals and morals on which the framework of our lives is built. The plate, meanwhile, shows the solid basis of politics, raised in defiance of the events unfolding nearby; yet it can support the pie of morality only so far, before the hand of free spirit whisks it into the face of nature.

Or not. Probably not, actually.

Comment by DanialArin on the strip The Moral of the Story with a comment rating of 49:

Ryguy987: […] The only question is that WHAT THE HELL ARE THEY GOING TO DO WITH THE HOLY F***ING GRAIL!

@Ryguy987: Sell it on eBay, of course.

Comment by MrGBH on the third page of A Day to Remember with a comment rating of 45:

And the moral of the story is…..
Never judge a biker by his moustache.

Comment by BobisOnlyBob on the strip Pizza II with a comment rating of 43:

True love, as communicated through delicious cheesetomatobread.

Comment by Blitzkrieg1701 on the strip Alpha Raccoon with a comment rating of 41:

Ladies and gentlemen, I think we just discovered the natural world’s equivalent to living in Mom and Dad’s basement.

Comment by Vivvav on the strip Directed by M Night Shyamalan with a comment rating of 38:

Talking about the new Avatar movie makes me want to stab people too. It’s a normal reaction.

Comment by CW Tyger on the strip Show’s Over,… with a comment rating of 32:

Quintessence: Wow. 17 comments and not one of them b*t,ching about the use of mother,fuc,kers. I didn’t know that was possible.

What I find hilarious is the word you chose to censor.

Comment by Cam on the strip Healthy Cookies, Part 2 with a comment rating of 32:

COOKIE PUNCH

Just when you thought it was safe to snack

Comment by AckAckAck on the strip Plucking Daisies I with a comment rating of 30:

Excuse me, but I’m from Humane Ethical Treatment for Daisies (H.E.T.D.), for centuries Daisies had been abused by love struck males and females all around the world to foresee their possible love life.

Please think about the Daisies, they have feelings too, their last minutes in the world filled with horror as their petals pulled one by one for the sake of human feeling of love!

We from H.E.T.D offer a good alternative, why not try Cabbage? you can’t count the leafs beforehand (to keep you guessing), cheap and edible!

This PSA is brought to you by H.E.T.D and CFA (Cabbage Farmers Association)

Comment by Pizzasgood on the strip Freedom! Justice! Cookies! with a comment rating of 26:

I do know people who would oppose cookies, actually. But I’m not one of them, and as far as I’m concerned anybody who doesn’t want cookies can just go eat worms.

Incidentally, I did a little math today and it would seem that the average adult male eats roughly the equivalent of a tenth of a gallon of gasoline every day. According to a quick Google and a little more math, the average cookie is worth something like 0.0027 gallons.

We burn energy at a rate of 100-200 Watts. Which as it turns out is roughly equivalent to the power used by my computer.

Therefor I conclude that my computer is a person too, which is why I leave it’s cookies enabled.

Comment by BlueAnubis on the strip Rebel Heart with a comment rating of 22:

100 hours of Sex and the City? I thought there was a law forbidding cruel and unusual punishments.

Comment by Frank on the strip Moms in Black with a comment rating of 21:

Hey, it’s the strip after Halloween! That means I can finally post this:

BLACK HOLE CREATED BY COMIC THAT’S TOO FUNNY
By Frank Hightower, Fanfic news

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN) has long been feared for its ability to create microscopic black holes. This morning (Central European Standard Time), they have succeeded in doing so. Except that it was done by accident.

(read the rest of this comment)

Comment by Blitzkrieg1701 on the strip The New Toy with a comment rating of 18:

One wonders: if you ship a box full of bubble wrap… what to you wrap it in?


Free wallpapers! / Help us to get 10,000 visitors per day in December!

As the updated visitor chart shows, Sandra and Woo was close to 10,000 visitors per day in November. It would be great if we could break the magic number in December. This is especially important since the advertising revenues are by far the highest in November and December due to the Christmas season. A single new reader who clicks through the whole comic archive can easily earn us ¢50.

You can help us to reach our goal by spreading the word about Sandra and Woo. Word of mouth is always the best kind of advertising. For example you could link to our website in an online comic thread of a forum you visit or on your Facebook page. You can also help us by checking out the ads on our website. Without the advertising revenues Sandra and Woo would not exist so show our advertisers some love. ;-)

Another good way to get new visitors is reaching a good position at the large webcomic voting site TopWebComics. So far, Sandra and Woo has reached positions between 20 and 30, but in December we want to finally get into the top 10! To achieve this goal we will publish wallpapers as special voting incentives in December.

The first wallpaper has been put online a few minutes ago. Click on the following thumbnail and vote for our comic to get the large version:

Vote for Sandra and Woo on TopWebComics!

New images will be published on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in December:

  • 1 Dec (Wednesday)
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  • 6 Dec (Monday)
  • 8 Dec (Wednesday)
  • 10 Dec (Friday)
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