Looking for comment moderators

Update (9 April 2010): Unfortunately the idea with comment moderators didn’t work out the way I hoped it would, so I’ll have to look for another solution if there should be problems in the future.

One degenerated %#&§?& had to ruin our April fools joke by posting extremely lewd pictures on our website.

This incident has made it clear that our webcomic has now gotten so popular that it attracts the attention of trolls and other internet scum. Because of this it is necessary to control the comments that appear on our website more strictly. However, I’m still hopefull that we don’t have to resort to a moderation queue for comments since this would significantly affect the possibility for discussions among visitors in a negative way.

Instead we are now looking for comment moderators. A comment moderator has complete control over all comments written by other visitors and can delete them if they contain inappropriate content, especially links to pornographic or excessively violent material, but also particularly offensive swear words and libel.

If you are a regular contributor to our comment section you can REGISTER HERE so that I can set your user role from “Member” to “Comment Moderator” afterwards. After I have set your new user role, you have to login to be able to access the moderator tools for comment moderation. There’s now a “User Panel” menu on the left sidebar for logging in.

We hope that enough regulars will be interested so that it will take only minutes until the next moderator visits the site and removes the inappropriate comment.

Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 2: Research

Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 2: Research

Get Gunnerkrigg Court, Vol. 2: Research at Amazon.com

The 2nd volume Research of Gunnerkrigg Court is now finally availabe, for example at Amazon.com (will be shipped on 24 March). Gunnerkrigg Court has won three awards at this year’s The Webcomic List Awards, including “Best Comic”. I have already bought the 1st volume, Orientation, and have been really happy with the great paper quality of the hardcover book. And as you can see it in this photo of Research the new book looks just as good. So if you’re a regular reader of Gunnerkrigg you should really think about getting the new collection. :-)

Sandra and Woo Review by Game Land

There’s a review of  Sandra and Woo on page 98 of the Russian game magazine Game Land 06/2010:

Sandra and Woo Review in Game Land 06/2010

Our reader Rinta, who is a native Russian speaker, was so friendly to provide the following translation of the article. Thank you (and also to Ben, who translated the first part as well.)

When I asked Oliver Knoerzer whether it’s true that in Germany it’s forbidden to depict violence and other dark sides of the real life, he commented that if there’s some sexually explict materials on the site – then it should be protected from the access of underages. It seems that no other measures are taken. The most interesting thing is – that one of the latest strips of Sandra and Woo contains some specific erotic scenes. Although as “it” is done by animals – German censorship hasn’t yet closed the “delinquent” site. The furry porn lover was actually Woo, a spring-horny racoon. But the real victim of his actions was his owner, a girl named Sandra, because he used her YouTube account to watch these videos (by the way, the account actually exists).

However you can’t tell that this is a common plot twist for Sandra and Woo. Knoerzer tells us a lot of different stories with no typical line in them. His web-comics strips drawn by Indonesian artist Powree can sometimes be like “Nemi” – when social and political issues are touched. The other times they can be like “Peanuts” – when the adventures of Sandra and her friends – Larisa and Cloud – are the main subject. Or like “Over the hedge” – when Woo gets out to the forest and interacts with his own friends – Fox and Squirrel. Oliver doesn’t hold himself from giving a direct references to some well-known stories of other writers, but you’ll never tell that his comics is an afterproduct. If you already have some experience in comics world – you’ll like Sandra and Woo even more because of these little links.

I’m not sure why half of the article focuses on giving a heavily simplified overview of German youth protection laws. Showing two mating raccoons should be a complete non-issue in practically any country of the world.

Feeling awful 100% of the time

Tweet from Tom Siddell

I hope you’re going to do many more awesome Gunnerkrigg Court pages, Tom. Because a self-inflicted Author Existence Failure would be, like, not cool.

Here, take me as an example:

Tweet from Novil

That’s better, isn’t it? ;)

(100% is, of course, exaggerated. But sometimes exaggeration just *feels* right to describe a state of mind…)

Call for guest art

We’re looking for Sandra and Woo guest art for a special event on our website that is supposed to take place at the end of March. We’re looking for three different pieces, but you don’t have to come up with an idea of your own. Instead I will give you a detailed instruction what to draw. One of the drawings should be colored, the other two would also work in black and white:

  • Drawing Nr. 1 featuring Cloud (two panels)
  • Drawing Nr. 2 featuring Woo and another well-known raccoon character
  • Drawing Nr. 3 featuring Larisa (should be colored)

If you’re interested please write an e-mail to novil@gmx.de which picture you’d like to draw. You should be able to send the final version to me before Thursday, 25 March 2010. Since several people could be interested in drawing a specific piece it would be convenient for you to attach/link to some of your other drawings so that I can chose my favorite artist and nobody wastes time drawing a picture that won’t be used.

After their initial use on a prominent spot of the website the drawings will then be posted on the “Artwork” page.

When coloring the character(s) you should use similar colors like in the following pieces of artwork or this strip (note that the colors in this strip are slightly off because of the lighting conditions at sundown).

Please don’t add your own footer or watermark to the picture. I will add a standard one (including your name and website) for a consistent look. This footer will be more prominent than the one we’re usually using.

  • If your guest art is drawn digitally it would be the easiest if you just send it to me in its original size in a lossless format (for example PNG without reduced color depth).
  • If your guest art is drawn on paper and then scanned in, you should send me a cleaned-up version of reasonable size in a lossless format.

Your name and website will be put in the footer of the picture as well as in its description. Your website has to be rated USK-16 (suitable for teenagers) or less or it won’t be included that way. This excludes any sort of pornographic and extremely violent content. The website does not have to be a webcomic site but could also be a blog, gallery, etc. You can include a short description of your webcomic/website.

Don’t forget to include the url of your website in your reply.