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 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.

Success! / Vote for Sandra and Woo at TopWebComics

Sandra and Woo has experienced a huge increase of visitor number in February, beating several important milestones:

  • > 5,000 visitors per day with 5,191 visitors
  • > 1,000 RSS feed subscribers with 1,061 subscribers
  • > 10,000 readers as reported by Comic Rank with 10,138 readers

Of course we’re very happy that our comic is that successful. However, more is always better and so we’re trying to get some new readers this month as well. You can help us accomplishing this by voting for Sandra and Woo at since a comic in the top 10 of that toplist can get several thousand new visitors a month. As a voting incentive you’ll be redirected to a page containing a draft drawn by Powree for one of our early strips after voting. There’s a new sketch for every day in March, so gotta catch ’em all! 😉

Burma VJ

I’d like to recommend our German readers to have a look at the German version of the Oscar nominated documentary Burma VJ about the failed uprising in September 2007. It includes exclusive footage shot by reporters of Democratic Voice of Burma. The documentary is available at arte+7 for a few more days:

However, when you install FlashGet on your computer, you can also download the WMV movie file which is available at:

  • mms://

Custom advertising on Sandra and Woo

We’re now offering exclusive custom advertising on Sandra and Woo. Well, I have to say that I’m not overly optimistic that we’ll find someone who’s interested since most of our fellow hobby webcartoonists won’t be able to afford exclusive advertising on a website with nearly half a million page views per month.

However, for commercial advertisers it would be a good deal, maybe even a very good one. In fact custom advertising would be a win-win-win situation for everybody involved:

  • The advertiser would get some unique advertising opportunities that ad agencies are usually not able to offer. And that for a rather low CPM (cost per 1,000 impressions) since there is no middleman involved who takes a 50 % cut.
  • We would make a bit more money than with the ad agencies we’re currently using.
  • Our readers would have to tolerate at least one more prominent ad, but they would also not have to see idiotic “weight loss” ads (that slip through the filter frequently) anymore and the whole website would load considerably faster since the ads would be hosted on our own webspace.

The Firestarter / Disaster Girl

Do you remember the photo of the young girl standing in front of a house fire with a suspicious smile I posted in a news entry last October? Well, I found out that the girl’s name is Zoe and that she had nothing to do with the fire which was started by the fire department itself for training. You can read the whole story behind the picture on the blog Traveling Roths of Zoe’s father Dave who took the photo. The original title of the picture is The Firestarter but it’s more commonly known as Disaster Girl. I think it’s a fantastic photo and I managed to get a 20” x 16” (50 cm x 40 cm) large print version of it. The signature in the lower left corner says: “For Oliver from Zoe & Dave”.

Firestarter / Disaster Girl poster
Thank you very much, Dave and Zoe!

Do I even have to mention that trying to put it in a frame nearly led to disaster? I made a bent in the print and the glass of the frame broke in two. Thankfully I had another glass of the same size. There’s now also some dust on the inside but I don’t dare to open that frame ever again…I guess all of this makes the print only more authentic. 😉

Design Update

Completely unrelated to that I made some minor updates to the design of the website. Most notably there’s now an explanation which HTML tags you can use when writing a comment.