A webcomic about food, love, and other important stuff.Sandra and Woo is a English and German-language webcomic by Oliver Knörzer and Powree, about the adventures of middle-schooler Sandra North and her pet talking raccoon, Woo. It's drawn in an Animesque style with some western comic stylizations, and makes use of mostly unconnected story arcs. Basically, imagine Calvin and Hobbes aged up a few years, crossed withiCarly, and with some more serious plot threads.Though the story most often focuses on Sandra and Woo's misadventures, it will also, at times, turn to focus on one of Sandra's two best friends, Cloud and Larisa, or Woo's adventures with his woodland friends, Shadow the fox and Sid the squirrel.There is now a character page.
Sandra and Woo contains examples of:
Aborted Arc: In the comments for the January 2010 strip about Larisa's secret, Oliver Knörzer stated that he was writing the concept of an arc about Larisa's backstory, and that he planned on publishing it by fall 2011. That date came and went without any arc, and the plot of Larisa's secret would not be revisited until November 2013. At that time, Knörzer revealed that he dropped the arc because he eventually disliked it and considered it not being up to the quality of the comic.
Spoof Aesop: Crops up at the end of the insulin ban storyline, where Sandra's dad gives the Incredibly Lame Pun of "ducks are bad for you," with a beer bottle in his free hand and something hand-rolled in his mouth.
Animal Talk: Woo and all other animals, including Woo's friends Shadow and Sid, speak the same language, but only Woo is able to communicate with humans. However, he's not talking to anyone but Sandra since he is afraid of ending up in a laboratory otherwise.
Broken Pedestal: Zig-Zagged. After being built up for several comics, it's revealed that Butterfly is terrified of climbing difficult obstacles, seemingly getting ready to turn into this trope. However, it turns out that all Butterfly needs is a bit of encouragement from Woo, allowing her to get over her performance anxiety.
Carnivore Confusion: Both averted and played straight. Woo is friendly with Shadow, a fox, and Sid, a squirrel. They regularly try to eat each other, but as the tagline says, fail. This doesn't stop Woo and Shadow from eating other woodland creatures, successfully.
Justified by the fact that Sid and Shadow were both orphaned by a woman running over their moms, and she brought the surviving babies to a friend of hers who took care of them until they were old enough to survive in the wild and Shadow asks Woo not to eat Sid.
Children Are Innocent: Defied to the point of being a recurring Aesop. Larisa, in addition to being generally vindictive, is a pyromaniac, and one strip has her, confronted with sushi, casually pull out the lighter she carries to set fires and cook it. Cloud's mother is a former Shan Child Soldier in Burma, and she frequently deals with relatives being menaced or killed by the SPCD.
Clothing Damage: Woo leaps on Sandra at one point in a hyped-up state, and tears her clothes to shreds, leaving her in her panties. Much controversy in the comments box, under the circumstances....
Cross Over: Sir James Eglamore and the god Coyote from Gunnerkrigg Court have appeared in the comic, which seems to state the two comics take place in the same universe.
Facial Profiling: The parents of Larisa have pronounced cheekbones and jaw-lines to have them look more Slavic.
Fantasy Kitchen Sink: While not really delved upon, the comic takes place in the same world as Gunnerkrigg Court so its not unusal to see Ghosts, aliens, mermaids, talking animals and Gods and Goddesses.
Genius Bonus: invoked Parodied mercilessly; in response to claims that the webcomic wasn't challenging enough, the two introduced a simple 4-panel strip that, to read, one would have to solve a crossword puzzle, speak a certain Malay language, carry out a series of word puzzles, and have a bit of knowledge regarding coding, ASCII, and RGB values.
Gone Horribly Right: When a nature photographer catches Shadow as he's about to have sex with his wife and then uploads the picture to the Internet (along with another picture of Shadow taking a dump), Shadow convinces Woo and Sid to help him get revenge. They cover his house with pictures and statues of animals having sex, including filling his computer with furry porn. What they don't realize, however, is that the photographer's date is extremelykinky, and takes all of this as a sign that it's timeto break outthe whip and handcuffs. The trio just walks away, incredibly confused about what just happened and conclude that they don't really understand humans.
Ill Girl: Larisa has diabetes and takes various other drugs for as-of now unknown illnesses.
Innocent Innuendo: Subverted. After a recent adventure, Lily suggests Woo relax with "eating, sleeping and...cuddling". When they get to the "cuddling" strip, they show a tree and make it sound like Woo's having difficulty. The comic shows they're playing billiards. But then comes this:
Landon and Larisa, starting here, though probably more officially here.
Woo and Lily, starting here. Note that raccons normally don't settle down to monogamy, so Lily's expression is really touching.
Pćdo Hunt: Mercilessly parodied. Larisa comes to a terrifying conclusion after dressing as a pedophile for Halloween:
Larisa: Could it be that I am a pedo? Sandra: What? Larisa: Well, I’m totally into cute 12-year-old boys. 12-year-old boys, Sandy!! Sandra: Totally disgusting… especially for a 12-year-old girl like you. [...] Larisa: You, on the other hand, seem to be solely interested in boys of your own age! Sandra:I’msucha pervy perv.
Larisa winds up called out for it at the school psychologist's. She misses the point of her calling-out completely.
Larisa: It's always a good moment for smooching! Landon: No, we should definitely post-pone it!...Because I'm giving a presentation on Germany. Larisa: (without stopping kissing him) Nazis bad, cars good, the end!
Several My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic toys have appeared in the background... and foreground. Sandra has a Fluttershy doll, and at one point Cloud and his mom play with other toys of the Mane Six.
Larisa's family name is Korolev. The most famous Real Life person with the same family name was Sergei Korolev, the number-one designer of Soviet rockets and space craft. Many consider him having practically invented "practical astronautics".
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Would be played straight, but is avoided by the fact that the writer decided to legally give the spotlight to Cloud and Larisa instead, officially elevating them to Woo's level of focus.
And the Genius Bonusinvoked comic that required programming knowledge, understanding of a foreign language, extensive knowledge of the comic's history and comments and solving several word puzzles to figure out? All for a zinger at newspaper comic Marvin.
Vague Age: The implication, through Art Evolution, is that they are aging in real-time, but the only certainty is that Cloud, Larisa and Sandra are, as of 2014, 12 years old.
Viewers Are Geniuses: This page takes it as a given that the reader knows why running blindly through tall grass and bushes is an unsafe idea. Unfortunately, most of those readers don't seem to go outside very often, as it went over everyone's head.