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Mon, May 18, 2015 Oh man oh man, I hate to do this. Such an embarrassing inconvenience for everyone involved. But it's unavoidable sometimes, even for someone of my vast powers.

I'm afraid that a bit of business is taking me away from my life's work this week. It's a hideous travesty that this delay takes place during Zebra Girl's fifteenth anniversary month, but... maybe we could think of it as a birthday present, giving her a single week off during which you can fill the void with the limitless wonder of your own imagination!

Yeah, let's go with that.

So I do apologize. The comic will resume come month's end. And I'll just bet it'll be even better because we put it off a little! Because that's how things work, y'know.

Sat, May 16, 2015 ...Well, it's next week, and I didn't do anything. Sheesh. Didn't even get it up on the fifteenth! Though I guess that trick could work any year.

But shoot, it's the comic's fifteenth anniversary month! I oughta do SOMEthing. Well... maybe next time. Geez, like make a fancy birthday image or... just some kind of thing to mark the occasion... seriously, what other cartoonists do you know who would let a fifteenth anniversary come and go with nary a blip in the archives?

Still a few weeks left in the month, though. I'll just have to come up with something before June...

Maybe I'll just contemplate what an experience it's been, what a blessed opportunity for both humility and pride, honing my skills and telling Zebra Girl's story, which, I'm told, has influenced many people over the last decade and a half. But, again... I can do that anytime.

And I do.


...Incidentally, didja notice that after fifteen years I still can't settle on a way to draw noses? 'Cause I want to draw attention to that.
Sat, May 9, 2015 Hmm.

Y'know... think I'll celebrate next week. Try to get the comic up on Friday. Make a thing out of the number "15." Never could remember the exact date, anyway...

The control panel says there are 700 comics in the archives, too. Though with filler material, guest comics, previews and whatnot, who knows what that even means!

Man. Fifteen... yeah, I'll have to do something next week.

Sat, May 2, 2015 Hm. Kind of an awkward third panel. Enh, that's how it is when you're an artist. At least for me! Every little thing is fraught with some measure of uncertainty, like you're on a stage and you never know whether or not your clothes are an optical illusion which the audience can see through in the right light. Well... the up side is there's always tomorrow night's performance.

Been a lot of nights, now... didja notice that we're coming up on someone's birthday?

Sat, Apr 25, 2015 This is something that deserves to be said every week, but I'll hope it's enough to just say it once in a while... thanks again to everyone who's decided to help support the comic through Patreon! The value of your generosity is inestimable, it eases my various burdens in a million thousand little ways. It's given new life to this comic, weird and tingly new kinds of life that I have yet to categorize! So thank you, even if you've just signed up for a dollar or two every month, it's impossible for me to exaggerate. It's like a billion exploding suns granting me godlike power to bring joy to everyone in the Universe!

Well... alright, that might be hyperbole. A little. But, y'know. Still!

Sat, Apr 18, 2015 It's important to have a vampire with a bowl standing by when you're pulling magic nails out of another vampire's back. Good opportunity for conversation.

Now, I don't know why sections of the site are missing, they seem to be intact when I peer into the FTP mines. It's always something, eh? Well, it'll get fixed one way or another. Reminds me, I said I'd look into making a mirror site... not that that would make a difference when it's the peripheral pages that go missing.

In happier news, I had myself a time at MoCCA Fest! If we happened to meet, I'll say it was a pleasure to have met you. I hope the feeling's mutual, though I won't blame you if it wasn't... I was fairly lethargic on Saturday, and I'm afraid I wasn't at my best. But rest assured, I'm a magnificent charismatic dynamo for the most part, so just use your imagination and I'm sure that'll be just as good.

Did anyone notice I went back and put a little scar on Sam's ear in the last comic? Breaking my own rule again, but artists are nothing if not capricious.

Sat, Apr 4, 2015 I should have mentioned this last week, in case you're not plugged in to Patreon... Zebra Girl: Volume 2: The Twilight Zoo now exists in e-book form (y'know, a PDF). I'm going to set up a method for purchasing it through PayPal soon. Probably replace that old banner on the right. It collects comics ranging from 2002 to 2005, and hopefully now that it's designed I'll be able to get it onto real paper!

Meanwhile, Happy Easter! If you're inclined to celebrate it. Good time for eating candy anyway, eh?

Sat, Mar 28, 2015 This is how hard-boiled types talk to shifty dames, see?

Wait, how'd she get in the car? Holy cow, I think she's magic or somethin'!

Sat, Mar 21, 2015 Here's something of interest, the 910 CMX Art Jam will be held tonight at 8:00. I plan to participate! And it's for charity, so you can ask us artists to draw all kinds of awful stuff and we can still feel good about ourselves! Y'know, if you're so inclined. Don't expect to see me on camera though, I haven't got it handy right now. I'll still be drawing, though. In any case, good cause, good times, feel free to join in!

Sat, Mar 14, 2015 You have no idea how close I came to deciding that Wally was just naked.

Sat, Mar 7, 2015 Oh God, Wally. Not you too.

Sat, Feb 28, 2015 Aw. Poor Crystal. And poor Zandra too. Heavy is the head that wears the horns.

...Say, was her tail always this long? Geez. I'm starting to think that Zandra's demonstrable cleavage was just a symptom of an entirely different syndrome.

Sat, Feb 21, 2015 Many of you have sent me very helpful thoughts regarding Zandra's recent portrayal, and I'm grateful for the input. I'm going to try to keep it from getting out of hand and maybe tone it down a bit, though I think her allure has been permanently raised a few rungs. There actually is a potentially canonical explanation for it, though... I'll save that for later. But man, now I'm worried that I've started to objectify that guy! Look at that physique, he's a slab of beefcake. Hey, let me know if you think I'm doing it to him now! It's starting to look like the cover of a romance novel all up in here.

Honestly, this is one of those pages which gives me a headache because I just can't tell if it works or not. The word balloons, I get the feeling they're zig-zagging all over the place, and I worry that you might be confused. I know the comic's already rather unclear, and I hate it when comics get hard to follow.

Well, here... I was hoping to do this in the comic itself, but maybe a quick recap will be fruitful. So! Sandra, transformed into a demon, went crazy and had to be banished to a crazy dreamland by young wizard Jack Clarity. There she seemed to get more or less steady, returning to Earth after roughly four and a half years and re-inventing herself as Zandra. As such, she's taken control of the booming supernatural population in Miscellaneous, mostly a herd of vampires drawn to the town while she was away.

Meanwhile, Sandra's old friends (Jack, Crystal, Wally, and Sam) have reunited. They've clearly been through various adventures over the past few years and have grown in their own fashion... Wally is stronger and more aggressive, and Tomie, Jack's magic book, is now a person! Sam has a girlfriend who is also a rabbit.

They're drawn together to face Zandra, who seems intent on blanketing the town in some kind of reign of terror. Crystal's prayers for a peaceful meeting were met only with a gang of vampires devoted to Zandra. They barely escaped.

Zandra, meanwhile, ruminates in her home, the house having strangely grown into a veritable fortress during her cosmic walkabout. She's speaking to Gregore, the demonic identity of Professor Broadshoulders, the monster hunter who attempted to banish her away to Hell years earlier. He had been sent away in her place after undergoing his own transformation into a creature like her (a demonic being with human dispositions). Now Zandra communicates with him across the gulf, and they seem to be on surprisingly friendly terms...

Okay! Are we all caught up? God I hope so, I ain't in the mood to answer questions. Don't raise your hands right away, give me a minute. I'm exhausted.

Finally, I'll apologize again (again, again) for the recent outages and trouble loading images. Now it looks like it's some kind of problem with DNS, which is... ahhh, you know, it's technical. Of course I understand it, I just don't want to bore you. But listen, this is outrageous. I'm not blaming 910CMX, but blackouts do happen in any case. So I'm going to buckle down and make a mirror site of some kind so that there'll be a place for you all to look for my world-famous supercomic when this primary website goes down. It's the least I can do since you've all been so good to me. Stay tuned for it!

"Stay Tuned." Man. There's an antique of a phrase.