Interview with our reader AmbiValent

Here is a new interview about Sandra and Woo with one of the Sandra and Woo fans that received a poster package, our reader

AmbiValent

Can you please introduce yourself to our readers?

> I’m a middle-aged German software developer who likes fantasy, SF, webcomics and animation (both Japanese and other). I’m also following astronomy and politics news.

When you read Sandra and Woo for the first time, what grabbed your attention the most?

> Probably the differences between Sandra, Woo and Richard, yet there was harmony.

Is the thing you mentioned above still your favorite part of the comic, or do you like something else the most now?

> I’m following the relationships between many characters now, and usually find them interesting.

Who is your favorite character and why?

> Sandra. Maybe because she has a dark side, but is usually nice because she likes it.

Do you have a favorite story arc and/or a favorite single strip?

> The abandoned factory arc and the “love sux” strips around #100 (which I like most among them)

You have read Sandra and Woo for many years now. Do you think the comic has changed in any way since the beginning?

> (waves rolling) (whale song) Yes.

Sandra and Woo is sometimes criticized for lacking focus. Is there an aspect of the comic that you’d rather get rid of?

> I guess I’d dislike strips in which the characters lose their individuality and become mere puppets stating the author’s opinion. (Even if it were my opinion as well.) But I’m not even sure that Sandra and Woo was the webcomic where I saw that happen, and it was rare anyway.

Is there a topic you’d like to see getting addressed in a longer story arc?

> This is surprisingly hard to answer since I like the comic’s actions-have-consequences/no-return-to-status-quo-ness. Maybe Sandra and Woo going on a (gaming) campaign with the Williams?

What are your wishes for the future of Sandra and Woo?

> More interesting developments and character growth.

Is there any other webcomic which you’d like to recommend to our readers?

> City of Reality. Oh, it’s on hiatus. The Meek? Too. Hero In Training? No news. But Galaxion should return any day now.

Do you have anything else do say? Here’s room for it:

> I’d like to say a lot, but I think this is the wrong place for it.


Interview with our reader Moatl

I finally found the time to send the posters for the most dedicated Sandra and Woo fans. If you are among the persons listed here and have provided your address details, please also check your e-mail now. If you are among the listed persons, but have not yet provided your address details, you still can do that: novil@gmx.de.

I have asked most of these readers to answer a few interview questions about Sandra and Woo. I will post all questionnaires that I have received so far over the course of the next weeks. The first one below is by our reader

Moatl

Can you please introduce yourself to our readers?

> Hi! My name is Martin, I’m 36 year young and I’m from Passau (Germany) – no, thanks for asking, but we’re fine with floods, the Danube must be over 50 m over normal to reach our place. My nickname “Moatl” is just the “short” version of Martin as used in Bavarian language. I’m working as an electrical engineer for a testing company (TÜV SÜD) in Straubing. My hobbies are photography, astronomy, collecting comics (and mangas) and playing music – I’m an organist at our local church, too.

When you read Sandra and Woo for the first time, what grabbed your attention the most?

> It must have been 2011 – I think it was during the “adventure arc”, but nobody does save browser logs for so long – when I “stumbled” over a Sandra and Woo banner on another webcomic page. It was that one where Woo is “fighting” the art of Piet Mondrian. I like the paintings of Mondrian very much. In 2005 I travelled to Vienna only to see pictures of Mondrian at the Albertina. Reading the comic I saw it’s published in Germany, too.

Is the thing you mentioned above still your favorite part of the comic, or do you like something else the most now?

> The question is missing a point here, I think. What I like on Sandra and Woo very much is it’s variety. It’s different, rather small story arcs – even with partial serious themes – with VERRY different characters, even animals and humans mixed. I like that I’m surprised (positively) again and again when I’m reading the comic. And of course I like the Mondiran joke still today. I’m very happy Oliver made one of the big poster out of this.

Who is your favorite character and why?

> Difficult to answer, but I think it’s Larissa. She’s the character who “is thinking around the corner”, sometimes and she’s the character for the “unexpected” things, like breaking the law of gravity or the record of throwing a cell phone.

Do you have a favorite story arc and/or a favorite single strip?

> Even more difficult to answer, I have no quick answer for that and must read all strips before I can answer this. ;) But the “Exotic Pet Owners” arc where Woo eats Tweety in the end is one of my favorites. The Museum arc was funny, too.

You have read Sandra and Woo for many years now. Do you think the comic has changed in any way since the beginning?

> Well, in a way Powree’s drawings are – how to say – more abstract than in 2008, but I count that as artistic “development”. Same for the storylines.

Sandra and Woo is sometimes criticized for lacking focus. Is there an aspect of the comic that you’d rather get rid of?

> I think I don’t understand the criticism – and so the question – here, fully. Contrary to e.g. Gaia, Sandra and Woo is more a “Gag a Day” comic. So it tells no “one big“ storyline but many different little ones. The only thing I can think of what I didn’t like was the Nazi joke in the last “Empress” arc. But maybe that’s because I’m from Germany…

Is there a topic you’d like to see getting addressed in a longer story arc?

> Sandra and Larissa going abroad? I don’t know. It would be funny to see Larissa struggling if she should burn or admire the art…

What are your wishes for the future of Sandra and Woo?

> Stay healthy!

Is there any other webcomic which you’d like to recommend to our readers?

> And now to something completely different… www.drowtales.com. Drowtales is a web comic I’m reading for over 10 years, by now.

Do you have anything else do say? Here’s room for it:

> Wrdl Wrdlbrmpfd.


Unused sketch: Butterfly hugs Woo

Powree drew the following sketch of Butterfly hugging Woo, but I wasn’t able to include it in any of the previous strips without breaking the flow of the dialog.

Butterfly hugs Woo


Advice cat

Well, I won’t do it, but according to our page views, I should.

Advice cat

In other news, I have sent the first batch of posters to our German and Swiss fans.


Character occurrence frequency 2008 to 2013

Here is a diagram that shows how often the main and supporting characters of Sandra and Woo appeared each year. Note that there were only 20 strips in 2008. You can click on the image for a larger version.

Character occurrence frequency 2008 to 2013