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Fri, Feb 5, 2016 Well, indeed! Look guys! It's Lord Incubus, the arch-fiend whose presence indirectly led to Zandra's transformation way back then, and who fancies himself a father figure to her, despite her refusal to release him from his otherworldly prison! Hmm. I'd bet he's up to no good!

I hate to think that you might not know what's going on when I throw up a page. It's like someone not getting a joke that you worked really hard to make funny.

-Joe
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 Woo. Sorry for keeping you waiting, those little chain links... they're murder.

If you need help remembering (and I wouldn't blame you), the Bloofer Lady is referring to Zandra's earlier conversation with her fellow demon freak and former nemesis, wherein he dropped their new appellation.

-Joe
Sat, Jan 2, 2016 First comic of 2016! Let's pin our hopes and dreams on it. I hope you all had a good New Years' Eve, and that we'll have many fine days ahead.

...Still trying to get the hang of this shading method... Can you tell? Bear with me.

-Joe
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 Hi everyone. I hope you'll forgive a momentary lapse of story while I take a bit of time for family and friends this holiday season. We'll get back to business as usual soon, but until then (and even afterwards), do enjoy this occasion, by whatever name you call it. Peace on Earth, good will towards men. And women. Every human, really. And non-human creatures, as Zandra reminds us with this scribble.

Oh, let's just leave with peace on Earth and take the rest as a given.

-Joe
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 It's hard being a person who draws things sometimes. Like when you have to arrange a scene so that it looks more like someone's snuggling into the crook of a loved one's arm and not struggling to keep their neck from being snapped, not to mention keeping the line of word balloons coherent from one panel to another.

Case in point.

-Joe
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 Yeah, remember this? Well she really MEANS it this time. Yessir.

I'm sure there's probably some rule against applying makeup in such a steamy room, but, y'know... artistic license.

-Joe
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 Surprise! I'm headed to Winter Con soon, so I had to crank the comic out early or it would've been out late. And I felt bad for falling behind with the Patreon wordless comic deliveries. I just can't get to a few old files at the moment.

Anyway. Maybe I'll see you there, but if not, have a great weekend anyway. Getting heavy towards the climactic final moments of 2015, eh? Just gotta survive the remaining wrath of the holiday season before we battle New Year's.

And yes, that's not an error. Crystal actually is capable of removing those chains from her ears. I debated whether or not that should be the case, but... truth is, you leave metal inside a body part eventually it'll react badly. Infections and such, y'know. How does she take them off, though?

Magic.

-Joe
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 Now that's exactly the sort of thing that can send a worrisome impression.

But here's something that's not nearly so worrisome, unless, I don't know, you're in a strange position to object. I'm going to be attending the New York Wintercon this coming Saturday and Sunday, December 5th and 6th (respectively). As with previous conventions, I'll once again be sharing a table and selling books with my friend Jim Whaley, master of Urgent Transformation Crisis! This is a new convention and a little fancier than I'm used to, so I don't quite know what to expect. Can I expect you? Should I expect someone else? I don't know. I guess we'll see!

By the way, would anyone mind if I started throwing the archives up into the mirror site in chunks? I was originally uploading them ten at a time but then I got it in my head that it might be nicer for people if I slowed down and did it a strip at a time. The problem is, even if I upload an old strip every day it'll still take, like, months to get the whole archive caught up over there, and that's gonna be a nuisance. The comic could end before I get it all up! So, if no one minds, I think I'll start loading the old pages in chunks again.

Include obligatory promise to make more books and finish the website, and I think we can wrap this blurb up early this week.

-Joe
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 Pardon my tardiness. Blame exhaustion and the need for health insurance. Those people on the phone have got me jumping through more hoops than a camel in a bizarro universe. Where... you know... except, I guess those would be pin heads, rather than... look, forget it.

Meanwhile, Stripes, Bren MacDonald's attempt to translate Zebra Girl to film unfortunately did not win that funding contest. But the world moves on, and so does he, and he tells me he's a long way from giving up on this project! We'll just have to wait and see how it develops.

We all keep busy, eh? So much to do, so much to do... the web site, fan art, books, insurance, everything... bah!

Heh. That's a fun word. I love finding excuses to use it. Silver linings, right?

-Joe
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 Y'know, I often tweak the image slightly in the first hour or so after it's first posted. I wonder how many people notice?

Anyway. Standard promises, pages to be updated soon, so forth.

Yeesh. I'm starting to get cynical! I need to work on improving my self-improvement regimen.

-Joe
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 Happy Halloween! Well this is certainly fortuitous timing. Always nice to pin a page on a particular date. And Zebra Girl always was especially suited to Halloween. I almost used it as an opportunity to cop out with a special holiday picture, like, say, Zandra dressed up as Elvira or something. But, no... the plot unfolds gradually enough as it is, I don't want to have to make you all wait even longer. Besides, I'm not sure I want to humor this urge to draw my characters into cheesecake pinups. Not all the time, anyway.

Speaking of plot, the mirror site is still in the process of catching up to the present and is currently passing through the old Halloween storyline. Another "Sandra and Mike" story, too... yeah, very good timing.

Speaking of timing... well, that's a tenuous segue at best, but I just want to remind you to vote for Stripes, Bren MacDonald's short film project! We're all friends here, right?

Though I do have to apologize for not getting the "nude" comics out to my Patreon subscribers yet this month. I'm out of town at the moment, away from the pertinent files. I'll get them out soon though, scout's honor. And I can say that because I actually was a scout when I was a kid. Lots of people say that, but they're filthy liars.

Anyhow, have a good one. It's only the best holiday there is. Christmas might have the rep, but Halloween has the street cred. It's the Superman/Batman dynamic, see? Superman's ostensibly in charge, but we all know who the cool one is.

Batman being Halloween. The cool one. Get it?

Batman is also especially suited to Halloween.

-Joe
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 These infernal outages! They drive me to drink! Water. Lots of it. These interruptions are insufferable! So, you know what I say? Let's not suffer them!

Presenting... Zebra Girl: the Mirror Site! A humbler, bare-bones archive hosted on Comic Fury. It even has a bell or whistle or two that this site doesn't have, like comment boxes! How about that? Eh?

I'm still in the process of copying the entire archives (minus the guest comics and April Fools day gags, because those are precious gems that I want to keep in the crown of the central site), but soon it'll be up to speed, a fully workable alternative to Zebragirl.net in the event of 910CMX suffering technical difficulties, as it's been prone to do lately. The mirror can be found at a variety of addresses, so pick your favorite and bookmark it for future reference.

http://zebragirl.webcomic.ws/ - http://zebragirl.thecomicseries.com/ - http://zebragirl.the-comic.org/ - http://zebragirl.thecomicstrip.org/ - http://zebragirl.cfw.me/

I'll be adding a link in the menu bar as soon as I can modify this site again. Yes, that's a problem too... otherwise I would have been getting the Fan Media page up and running (especially since it's more pertinent than ever in light of Bren MacDonald's ongoing effort)! Actually, building that mirror site and talking with friends has given me a lot to think about. This old webpage is due for a makeover. Something simpler, maybe. The Comic Fury version is kind of nice, isn't it? No clutter. When I do get the ability to change things around her again, mark my words... there'll be changes made to things. Around here.

Seriously though, pulling this all together... I only make it look easy. I'm exhausted, man.

Not that I slept last night. That always makes me tired.

-Joe
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 One of the great things about being a vampire that fades out in daylight is that you can talk about private issues even if you're surrounded by people. Good thing, too, because there's a whole lot of citizens out in the rain today. Strange.

Anyway! Here's news. If you aren't already in the know, I'd like to direct your attention to Bren MacDonald's momentous ongoing project which concerns the fate of every man, woman, and child. At least, every one of them who enjoys Zebra Girl. That's most people, right?

-Joe

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