Results of the fanart contest 2014 – Part 1

Our yearly Sandra and Woo and Gaia fanart contest was once again a huge success! We even received more submissions than last year, 68 pieces of artwork in total! Because of that I decided to present all drawings in three separate updates. On Sunday, 6 July 2014, I will post the submissions that reached the places 25 to 13. On Wednesday, 9 July 2014, I will present the top 12, including the six winners of prize money. I can already promise that the drawing of this year’s main winner is absolutely breath-taking! :) I hope that none of the artists listed below is sad that he didn’t make it into the top 6. There’ll be another chance next year and I may also introduce two special awards for the funniest resp. the most innovative submission.

The following submissions are ordered alphabetically. The artists’ names are colored red if a link to their personal website is available. Show your support by visiting the artists’ websites and/or writing a comment in the comment section of this blog post!

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Fanart contest – 1 week left

There’s one week left to submit your entries for our fanart contest 2014. And there’s still a good chance to become one of the six winners even if your drawing skills aren’t that great if you have a funny or clever idea.


Guest comics by Bill Watterson for Pearls Before Swine

Bill Watterson has drawn three guest comics for Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis. You can find the three strips at GoComics:

They are part of a longer story arc which also includes the strips posted on 2 June 2014, 3 June 2014 and 7 June 2014 (you should not miss this one). We can only hope to see more of Bill Watterson’s art in the future. He seems to have become a little less reclusive lately. Stephan Pastis writes more about the guest comics in this blog post.


Fanart contest 2014, with prize money!

It’s time for our yearly Sandra and Woo and Gaia fanart contest! Click here to see the winners of the fanart contests 2011, 2012, and 2013. Unsurprisingly, your drawing has to feature at least one regular character from Sandra and Woo or Gaia.

Unlike most other such contests, ours comes with some nice cash prizes for the six winners whom I will pick from all contestants. As you can see, not only the best entry will receive a nice sum of money. If your drawing skills are below average, you will still have the chance to win something by drawing something funny, clever or innovative.

  • 1st place: $150
  • 2nd place: $125
  • 3rd place: $100
  • 4th place: $75
  • 5th place: $50
  • 6th place: $25

Please send your entry in an e-mail with the subject “Fanart contest 2014” to novil@gmx.de. You can attach the file to the e-mail or put a link to it in the e-mail’s text body. You must submit your entry until Monday, 30 June 2014. If you have a website, please add a link to it in your e-mail as well.

Additional information about the contest:

  • You can submit several drawings or other types of art, but you can win at most two prizes. In this case, the first winning entry has to feature characters from Sandra and Woo and the second winning entry has to feature characters from Gaia.
  • You are allowed, even encouraged, to post your artwork on other websites.
  • After presenting all entries in one or more blog posts, they will be put into the fanart section of our Artwork page.
  • You can sign your work in any way you want. But a large, ugly watermark will reduce your chance of winning.
  • If you draw the image digitally, you should send it in its original size in a lossless format, for example as a PNG file with full color depth. If you draw the image on paper, you should send me a large, clean version in a lossless format, for example as a PNG file with full color depth. However, don’t send me any files larger than 20 MB.

Interview with our reader Birone

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

Birone

Can you please introduce yourself to our readers?

> Hello all! My name is Willie and I’m from Ireland; some people know me online as Birone. I’m a fan of tunes and toons! I also drew some fanart of Sandra and Woo which you can see in the Artwork section.

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

> By pure chance I discovered the comic just as it was starting off in 2008. It had about six or seven strips under its belt at the time. Earlier that year I was getting into webcomics. Sandra and Woo shared that same vibe that I liked from other comics such as Ozy and Millie, and Calvin and Hobbes which is what hooked me in.

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

> Oh yeah. Despite the characters’ ages, they’re wise beyond their years.

Who is your favorite character and why?

> I’ve always liked animals so naturally my favourite would be Woo. (Guess it must be from growing up on a diet of Disney and Looney Tunes!) Cloud would be a close second. Oh, and for what it’s worth, Ye Thuza is pretty awesome. Just wanted to throw that out there, haha!

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

> The plotline on how Woo and Lily first meet was very sweet. And the noir-flavoured Sandy South plotline was enjoyable. Noir is something I’ve been getting into now, so it’s always great to see others try their hand at that style.

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

> Oh yes, definitely. Looking at the art style from the early days and seeing how it evolves throughout is worth mentioning. So props to Powree for the fine art! *Thumbs up!*

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

> Tough question. Hmm, maybe making sure story arcs don’t go on for too long? Don’t fret too much about it. Just go do that voodoo that you do so well!

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

> Hmm, nothing springs to mind right now. As long as it’s a good story that’s told well that’s the main thing!

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

> That it becomes more and more successful, really.

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

Questionable Content, xkcd, Kevin and Kell, Luke Surl. Obvious ones, yeah, but they’re all good!

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

> Thanks for making this wonderful comic. Long may it continue.