Ideas for t-shirt designs?

We consider to design a few new t-shirts to go on sale next spring. We want to use Spreadshirt this time, especially its superior flex printing technology looks interesting. This means, however, that each design mustn’t consist of more than three different colors (one or two colors are cheaper).

Does anybody have any wishes or ideas for t-shirt designs?


Nominations for the TWCL Webcomic Awards 2010 now open

Webcomic creators and other people actively involved in the creation, distribution or promotion of comics or webcomics can now nominate up to three webcomics in nine categories for the The Webcomic List Awards 2010.

The big winner of the first instance of the TWCL webcomic awards 2009 last year was Gunnerkrigg Court which won “Best comic” as well as “Best writing” and “Best longform”. See the listing of all winners in 2009.

After the nomination phase, the four webcomics with the most nominations will be handed to a panel of judges whose job it is to decide which one deserves to win. However, since the nomination phase is not open to the general public, every nomination is really important as well. So if you think that some of your personal favorites deserve an award, you really should cast your vote. You cannot nominate your own comic or the comics created by the jury members.

Since I’m not a judge this year, you can also vote for Sandra and Woo this year. I guess that “Best gag-a-day” may be the most promising category for our comic.

Here is my personal ballot:

Best Comic:

  1. Edmund Finney’s Quest to Find the Meaning of Life
  2. Red’s Planet
  3. Digger

Best New Comic:

  1. Red’s Planet

Best Colour Art:

  1. Red’s Planet
  2. Hanna Is not a Boy’s Name
  3. Para-Ten

Best Black and White Art:

  1. Lackadaisy
  2. Digger

Best Non-Traditional Art:

  1. Union of Heroes

Best Character:

  1. Katerina Donlan of Gunnerkrigg Court
  2. Nin Wah of Commander Kitty
  3. Rocky of Lackadaisy

Best Gag-a-Day:

  1. Edmund Finney’s Quest to Find the Meaning of Life
  2. Mal and Chad
  3. Life Ain’t no Pony Farm

Best Longform:

  1. Red’s Planet
  2. Digger
  3. Commander Kitty

Best Writing:

  1. Edmund Finney’s Quest to Find the Meaning of Life
  2. Red’s Planet
  3. Luke Surl (Luke is a jury member)

Zita the Spacegirl

You MUST have a look at this short comic (three pages) of Ben Hatke’s Zita the Spacegirl. I love the character design of the young heroine and this particular comic is absolutely fantastic in every way. The second comic is also very funny. A Zita graphic novel will be published in February 2011 which is already available for pre-order on Amazon.

Zita the Spacegirl Adventures


Third Sandra and Woo Chat

We want to hold our third Sandra and Woo chat this weekend. Contrary to the second chat, Powree will most likely be able to join, too.

Chat time on Saturday/Sunday, 6/7 November 2010:

  • US Pacific Standard Time: 17:00 (5:00 p.m.) – Saturday
  • US Eastern Standard Time: 20:00 (8:00 p.m.) – Saturday
  • Great Britain: 0:00 (12:00 a.m.) – Sunday
  • Central European Time: 01:00 (1:00 a.m.) – Sunday
  • Indonesia: 7:00 (7:00 a.m.) – Sunday
  • Australia East: 11:00 (11:00 a.m.) – Sunday
  • more countries

Our Flash based chat can be found at: http://www.sandraandwoo.com/misc/chat.html

We can talk about old and future story arcs, my new fantasy comic project, possible S&W merchandising, the upcoming TWCL webcomic award, and other things you want to know.


Webcomic tips: Buni, Lackadaisy and Skia

It’s once again time for our popular feature “Novil recommends other webcomics”:

Buni

Buni (→ read from the beginning) by Ryan Pagelow can be described with the tagline “Bad things happening to a a cheerful bunny”. Buni never loses his optimism in this gag-a-day strip which is obviously inspired by The Perry Bible Fellowship. Buni is not a bland copy since it’s also making use of character-based humor and lacks TPBF’s cynism and adult-oriented jokes. Buni is a quick read, though, with only 56 strips in the archive and one update a week.

Lackadaisy

Most of you my already be familiar with Lackadaisy (→ read from the beginning) by Tracy J. Butler, but I want to recommend it anyway.  The comic is set in St. Louis during the prohibition era and follows the exploits of the Lackadaisy crew, a formerly (but now less so) prosperous crime gang. The story is nothing special, but the characters (all cats) are lovingly designed, and the artwork is absolutely incredible, especially the facial expressions of the characters.

I'm A Rabbit Rabies

The last entry is not a real webcomic, but a link to Skia’s DeviantArt gallery. Skia’s famous fox doodles with their silly facial expressions are always lots of fun to look at. If you want even more foxes, also have a look at the drawings in the gallery of her friend Culpeo-Fox which are almost as good as Skia’s.