Here you can see the three pieces of guest art drawn by Marjorie Rishel of Lepus Studios, Willie O’Brien (DeviantArt gallery) and Sandra Molina Juan of Rankor Chronicles for our April fools joke. The image board itself is once again online in its initial state without posts by other users and with locked boards so that nobody can post in them at Lotor.net.
For April fools Powree drew the following short animation of Sandra dressed up as Sandy the Third, empress and supreme ruler of Northia. She’s spinning her scepter to Beatnick’s techno version of the Finnish folk song Ievan Polkka sung by the band Loituma. (see also: the Wikipedia article about the Loituma Girl internet meme)
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.
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.
There’s a review of Sandra and Woo on page 98 of the Russian game magazine 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.