The Webcomic List Awards 2009

The nomination period for the most important webcomic award has begun today, the The Webcomic List Awards 2009 by the webcomic directory of the same name.

The Webcomic List Awards

After the Webcartoonist’s Choice Awards got cancelled earlier this year I proposed the initiation of a new general award for webcomics at the TWCL discussion forum. I am particularly happy that we managed to keep the number of different award categories pretty low so that only the best webcomics have the chance of winning an award. Webcomics can be nominated in the following 12 categories:

  • Best Comic
  • Best Writing
  • Best Colour Art
  • Best Black and White Art
  • Best Non-Traditional Art
  • Best New Comic
  • Most Improved Comic
  • The Innovation Award
  • Best Gag-a-day
  • Best Long Form
  • Best Lead Character
  • Best Supporting Character

The categories written in bold are the categories for which I will be one of the judges. The winners of each award category will be determined by several jury members among the 5 webcomics that will have received the most nominations during the nomination period. Not everybody can nominate webcomics, though, only other webcartoonists can do that (see the details on the nomination form) to ensure that Penny Arcade won’t get the most nominations by default ;-). Since I am part of the jury, all nominations for Sandra and Woo will be discarded. So don’t bother nominating it for any category.

So if you are a webcomic creator or otherwise involved in webcomics it would be cool if you would participate in the TWCL Awards and nominate your personal favorites. Since the vote is not open to the public, every nomination has a particular strong weight and can make the difference.


Cameos, suspicious girls and kinky pumpkins

Woo has made a small cameo in the latest strip of Scotty Arsenault’s webcomic Commander Kitty. However, he’s a little hard to identify since he is wearing clothes and is only seen as a silhouette. The strip also mentions one of mankind’s greatest inventions previously celebrated in our strip “The New Toy”: Bubble wrap! 😉

Woo’s cameo at Commander Kitty

While browsing the web I have found this hilarious photo of a very suspicious looking young girl in front of a house fire that apparently shows Larisa in her early years. Her hairstyle and -color might have changed since then, but obviously not her character. I think her smile in this photo is at least as mysterious as the one of the Mona Lisa. 😉

Larisa in her early years

Some weeks ago I was visiting the enormous baroque garden of the Ludwigsburg Palace. There was currently a big pumpkin exhibition going on and I managed to make some nice photos, but not really front page material except for the following one. I think these are supposed to be snakes, but they sure look like something else. 😉 (Click to enlarge!)

Kinky pumpkins


A short look into the future

Sandra and Woo is celebrating its first birthday on Monday and we are very happy that our webcomic has been so successful (around 5,000 visitors on update days), especially considering that it updates only twice a week and that it’s not directed at any particular target audience.

Regular readers may have already noticed it: There are more strips with Sandra (73 at the moment) than strips with Woo (61 at the moment). Since Woo is the second main character it will always be my goal that he appears in at least half of all new strips. A significant higher number is rather unlikely, though, since I’m currently having trouble to come up with ideas for strips featuring Shadow and Sid, Woo’s personal buddies, compared to strips featuring Cloud and Larisa, Sandra’s personal buddies.

Sandra then and Sandra now

If you have a look at these two cut-outs out of the 2nd and the 103rd strip, you can see a significant size difference between Sandra then and Sandra now. One could probably say she has gotten one year older as well. In the beginning I was not yet sure about the exact age of Sandra and her friends, but in the meantime I have settled that they should be 11 years old, with Larisa being almost 12. I think that this age, in which children might act very childish at one moment and already very much like an adult at the next one, has a lot of potential for humor. I also think that this age is often neglected in other comics where you either have children younger than 10 or teenagers older than 13.

Oh, and I am not that happy that “cute” is so often the first adjective used by readers on other message boards or blogs to describe Sandra and Woo. So prepare yourself to see more controversial (not necessarily political) strips in the future; many of them featuring Larisa, maybe the only girl in the world of comics whose parents are jealous of Calvin’s parents to have such an easy-to-handle son. *g*


Guest strip by Mort Janu

Unfortunately we received only one guest strip for our guest strip week which had to be canceled because of that. The following comic was created by Mort Janu who asked me to not publish it along with our normal strips. But since he has obviously spent some time on it, I wanted to post in our news section at least:

Guest strip by Mort Janu

Mort Janu has just started a personal art blog at thebestrobot.blogspot.com, so there’s not much content yet. Some additional pictures drawn by him can be found at mort-janu.deviantart.com.


Commander Kitty and Gill

Commander Kitty

You’re wrong, Commander Kitty, the start of your comic has not just been “good” but “truly great”.

Have you visited Commander Kitty yet?

And if not… WHY NOT!?

Seriously, there is no excuse for not reading Commander Kitty by Scotty Arsenault and Brian Reynolds, the humorous story of a feline space ranger on a dangerous mission. I’m already hooked on the story which somehow manages to be exciting and still deliver a joke on nearly every page. When you read the comic you’ll immediately get the feeling that a lot of thought went into the world and character design.

And there’s EVEN MORE great news for comic enthusiasts:

Norm Feuti’s Gill, which is undoubtedly among the best classical comic strips out there, is back from its three month long hiatus!