Monkey Facts

Good news, everyone! Sandra and Woo will update thee times next week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) because our one page story “Monkey Facts” for the monkey comic book is done. Since it may take another two months until the publication of the anthology, nothing should speak against showing our short story a bit earlier. Apparently, one Reuben Awards winner and one Eisner Awards winner have agreed on drawing something for the comic book. So I am looking forward to seeing the other stories and I’ll keep you informed about the state of the charity project.

Oh, and our 50th comic strip (published on Monday, 13 April 2009) will be in COLOR! And it will be a comic which only really works in color so it’s not only eye candy.

Immediately crushed hopes

I got an email with the subject line “Sandra and Woo in TIME Magazine”.

It was spam for a Million Dollar Homepage rip-off.

Can we go back to non-personalized spam for cheap mortgage loans and weight loss pills, please? Thank you.

Things to come

The next two comic strips are already done. Although I am usually very self-critical if my writing matches Powree’s awesome artwork, I truly love everything about the new strips. 🙂 So I feel save to say that you can look forward to seeing some of our best work yet. (And the following strips seem to be very promising, too.)

NICHTLUSTIG, the most successful German webcomic, is now also partially available in English at NOTFUNNY Cartoons. It’s the prime example that cartoons can be even more bizarre than The Far Side and still be funny.



So the webmaster of Kidjutsu asked me to spread the word about his very well designed website where one can find a wide variety of comics suitable for children. You probably have already seen some of their advertising banners on our website. Oh, and they have an awesome ninja fox as mascot. Sandra and Woo cannot be found on Kidjutsu, though, since our comic is not really meant to be read by small children *points at today’s strip*.

Thoughts about self-censorship

I am well aware that some of you don’t really “get” today’s comic or don’t like it for other reasons. While the concept might not be particularly inspired, the details are done very well in my opinion. I was also surprised that about half of the visitors of the website found the strip funny, because it’s certainly not funny in the literal sense of the word.

I think that too many webcomic creators are their own worst censor. Just because they believe that certain themes or opinions are unpopular among their readers they don’t dare to write a strip about it. And if you have reached that point there is a great chance that your comic will eventually become as bland and boring as most newspaper strips. If there is a matter that is near to your heart and which you’re avoiding out of fear of the potential reactions (or losing some readers), you’re only betraying yourself in the end.

That’s also a reason why I love Gill, a comic about a young boy with a poor mother and a good-for-nothing father. It’s not always easy to make good jokes about poverty, because poverty is obviously not a funny thing. Therefore, some Gill strips are not particularly funny, but that’s not a big problem since the comic still has a meaningful message. Although I have read hundreds of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal strips, I still have no idea about the opinion of its creator about just a single important issue of life. It’s always the same wacky humor. There’s nothing wrong with wacky humor, but I personally prefer works of art with an actual message. As long as the message is not thrown directly in your face every second day.

That’s why I will continue to occasionally write strips about controversial or obscure topics, such as the violation of human rights in a country nobody can find on a world map.