Interview with our reader MAT

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

MAT

Can you please introduce yourself to our readers?

> Hello, I’m MAT, and if you don’t believe that I’m 37 years old, I won’t blame you. I even don’t believe it myself. I’m into science, roleplaying games, My Little Pony and overall “internet culture” (including webcomics, obviously). I’m a weirdo, I know it, and I’m proud of it.

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

> The similarities to Calvin and Hobbes, of which I’m a great fan.

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

> The similarities to Calvin and Hobbes captured me, but Sandra and Woo definitely developed into something of its own. As a mere example, Sandra and Woo is way more successful in developing background characters.

Who is your favorite character and why?

> It’s hard to favor a single one of the characters, but I find Larisa particularly interesting, because she’s… no, she’s not crazy. She’s just herself – which is often seen as crazy in this world. Otherwise, “ninja mom” Ye Thuza is a great carrier of unexpected humor.

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

> I’d rather say, some story arcs which are particularly memorable. At first, I’d think of the storyline about Larisa’s diabetes starting with her insulin injection in school. That one developed hilariously!

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

> It has. Of course. It broadened its focus, gave different characters their opportunity to shine, develop and present themselves, and touched a lot of unexpected subjects.

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

> Granting the spotlight to others than the title characters is not a bad aspect in my eyes. Go ahead! The touching of several serious and “less humorous” subjects baffled me at first, but it didn’t deter me. Quite the contrary, I’ve begun to respect the courage with which the comic handles such “unpopular” topics.

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

> Hm, I don’t know… maybe about the discrepancy of gender equality by law and in reality. A topic which I dealt with myself for a while quite intensively. In general, uncovering social biases is something that interests me.

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

> Go on and evolve!

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

> There are several webcomics I read, though most are targeted towards fantasy fans and roleplaying gamers, like Order of the Stick, Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic, Looking for Group, Dork Tower, Weregeek, and Friendship is Dragons.

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

> If you ever notice someone around the web who calls himself “DM’s Choice” (spelling may vary), that’s probably me! Hello to everyone who encounters me :)


Interview with our reader R.J.R

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

R.J.R

Can you please introduce yourself to our readers?

> My name is Roger and I’m 19 years old. I’m an overly energetic freak for comics and computers. I guess this already says most things about me you would have to know.

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

> I liked the concept of the speaking animal, that’s doing trouble everywhere it goes.

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

> It still makes me want to read this comic every time there’s a new page.

Who is your favorite character and why?

> My favorite character is Shadow. He’s always that calm and polite. I think that makes him very special in the comic.

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

> I like almost every arc, but my favorite was the one where they went to find the treasure.

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

> Of course it has changed. The best part showing that is how the relationship between Sandra and Cloud is going on, but I really like it that there’s a strict line between all those story arcs.

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

> Don’t even dare to change something.

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

> Sometimes I’d like to see a little bit more about the background story of Clouds mother.

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

> I wish it not to end soon.

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

> There are many good webcomics on the internet, everyone has to search for what they like.

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

> I just want to say thanks for everything!


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