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Recent News

Mon, Nov 24, 2014 Well Thanksgiving is upon us, and I'm taking a week off to address the millions of tiny victories and defeats that invariably accompany the occasion like an army of starving ants. I swear, it's like Practice Christmas. It just softens us up for the big one.

Anyway, I hope you all have a great time with your friends and/or loved ones. I know you've given me plenty to be thankful for! More than I can describe. I've always been thankful just for the ability to work and to show my work to a wide audience. What would I have been without the Internet? Something horrible. HORRIBLE. Talk about a lucky break. But lately, this year, I have more than ever to be thankful for in this regard. You know what I mean. And that goes for everyone who's voted me up the Top Web Comics List, too! And, of course, everyone who still just reads and enjoys what I put out. And that includes all of you who check out Zandra's Blog! So much joy from you people, how could I not be extra thankful this year? I could try, but it would hurt!

And soon I'll have the e-books finished. Soon. Soon! So hey, have yourselves a great time, enjoy the company of whatever friends and loved ones you may have at hand, and thank responsibly. We'll meet back here the weekend after next, and by then it'll be all business! But meanwhile, you go and raise a glass to yourself. That one's from me.

-Joe
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 Say! A lot of you have been pushing Zebra Girl up the ladder on the Top Web Comics list! Thanks a lot, you people! That's quite a nugget of Halloween candy for me to chew on. I'm always receiving such thoughtful gifts from you. If you didn't have that very trustworthy face I'd be tempted to think your kindness was some kind of insidious smokescreen! Well, I'll enjoy my treats, you enjoy yours. Happy Halloween Candy week!

-Joe
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 Hey, appropriately enough, this gruelingly difficult page came through me on my birthday! As many of you apparently know. I'll send my heartfelt thanks towards everyone who's taken the time to make me feel happily birthdated. Thanks, all of you, really, thanks. I've certainly gotten a great gift from my collective audience, both through feedback and via all that's gone into my Patreon program! It's made several dreams come true already. And, of course, if you've done neither of those things then I'll thank you just for reading!

I would say more, but I've been awake for... two days? How long? Anyway. I better go or I'll run out of energy completely and die. Wouldn't that be timing! Eh? Eh? Well, I still don't want to. So I'll just bow out now and promise you riches in a sparkling future.

-Joe
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 This comic marks a slight change... it's a little taller than the comics that came before. I guess that'll be the standard from now on. Don't ask how or why... it's a long, sad story. But speaking of changes, I want you people to study the fonts in today's page. The citizens are using a slightly revised version of the custom font. Jack's talking in the current standard. Which is better? Can you even tell a difference?

Well I'll tell you what I can tell a difference in, and that's my quality of life since the Patreon campaign was added to Zebra Girl! I can't describe what a tremendous boon it's been, having so many of you helping the comic like this, but it's made the whole affair so much more manageable, let me tell you, it makes the years I spent beforehand seem like a stinking insufferable nightmarish Hell. Well maybe that's hyperbole, but the point stands - the support of viewers like you has aided this comic in ways you can't even see. But you should know. So here, here's something you can see...

patreonthanks.jpg

I present to you all this picture with humble appreciation of your generosity and thoughtfulness. I can't give you an actual life-sized medal to hang on yourself, but if you capture the image and blow it up really huge and then get creative with arts and crafts you could probably create a reasonable facsimile, and when you wear it I want you to know... it's from the heart.

Thank you, friends. This honor is all yours.

Wait... is it mine? I don't know, which would be more appropriate to say? I write these news posts right after slaving all night finishing the page, I'm exhausted by the time I get to talking. I'm imagining my hair falling out in clumps, I don't even know half of what I just wrote. Hey, where'd that picture come from??

Well you get what I mean. There's honor, is what it is, and I want you to know. Because, you?

...Good as gold.

-Joe
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 Hey! Hey, it's that... her, from back then!

That's neat.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 Remember that day?

-Joe
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 Yeah, that's a weird sort of hybrid e-mail/instant messaging app you got there on your device, Sam.

Here's news for all you Patreon types who pump life into the comic. My proper computer's in the shop right now and it's taking longer than I thought so it might be a little while before the monthly package goes out to you. Sorry about that, but it's for the best.

Incidentally, all those of you who've donated enough to pick one volume of Zebra Girl, I apologize for not, y'know... having the volumes for you to pick yet. If you just want volume one, go ahead and ask, I'll send it right over. But I want for all of them to be available! Because choice is the manifestation of our souls! And I'll soon have the volumes in e-book form, hopefully soon followed by print versions! But, again, the computer's in the shop, which has slowed me down. Which is ironic, since it's only in the shop so that it can be made to work quickly. And so that it won't burn me with evil science.

But it's going to be a huge help to my workload when I finally get it back, and that's thanks in large part to you folks! Now that I can breathe a little easier monetarily I can upgrade my equipment and streamline the whole operation! And let me tell you, that old Mac of mine's been getting stupid slow with all these word balloons and layers I've been throwing at the comic. I can't tell you how often in the past I've had to scrape and crawl through each month in the desolate sands of... some metaphor or other, but it's picking up because you folks have picked me up! Thanks again, I'm sure that if it weren't for you Zebra Girl would be stick figures scribbled in bodily fluids scanned on toilet paper. I'm sure there's some parallel universe somewhere in which a poorer version of myself who never attached the comic to Patreon is doing just that right now. Typing at his keyboard with bloodied stumps in a cardboard box, his "computer" little more than a broken television with a family of rats playing in it... but I'm safe over here in this universe, free to laugh at his misfortune. So thank you. Thank you for saving me from that.

It makes me laugh just thinking about him. Poor bastard.

-Joe
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 If you're confused, Sam's having a bit of a flashback to worse days with Sandra. Let's focus on something more pleasant... Fan art! Cat Caro graces Zandra with a marvelous portrait depicting her current disposition. Art is the ultimate drug, it gets you high both coming and going! As always, I throw my thanks violently into the audience.

Now, I think I'll give Zandra's Ask Blog a larger link... that button on the right's downright tiny. But at least it's a start.

-Joe
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 I'm going to have to whistle up a banner for Zandra's Ask Blog, because it's really taking off! Check it out, if you're so inclined! Oh Zandra, such a zany character is what you are.

Hunh... I don't think I have much else to say this week. Except of course to continue to express my gratitude for everyone who's supporting the comic! But beyond that... gee... hey, I know! Speaking of Tumblr, I'll point you at something else that you might enjoy.

I recently was directed to The Artworks of Cat Caro. I think she's a brilliant artist and storyteller, and she deserves more exposure. I encourage you to investigate, there's a recently posted comic which I found particularly compelling.

So now I really am out of things to say. I just know I'll think of something later...

-Joe
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 Volume One of Zebra Girl now exists as an e-book! Not necessarily a very good e-book, but I'm sure I should leave that up to your discretion. Heaven knows that nothing's ever good enough for me. I'll be sending it out to my Patreon Pals who qualify, and I'll set up a payment option on the site by next week so that it can be ordered like the print version through PayPal.

"Pal." Hunh. That's a word that loses its meaning real fast. It's already just gibberish. Most words you have to say like a dozen times before they go numb, but "pal" just zips right into nonsense.

But now I can endure all folly, because Zandra's got her blog up and running! Wow! And... I don't know, I guess it helps. Hey, whatever, it's neat that Zandra's got her blog! It could start a new era! It could bring on world peace, or plunge the Earth into dimness. If you'd like to ask her a question, try your luck! Maybe she'll help you! Or maybe it'll be awful! She might laugh in your face, or ignore you completely! I can't control her! What makes you think I could!?

Now once more I'll thank everyone who helps me, whether it's through Patreon, purchasing the book, voting my comic up a notch on this crazy list, writing a nice e-mail, or just by being out there and reading. I'll throw my thanks all over your faces! You're filthy with my gratitude! FILTHY!

Absolutely filthy.

-Joe
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 Those sideburns look eerily familiar... like an apparition from a half-remembered story arc buried beneath the flaky crust of time... Oh, I never intended for so many of my characters to have tremendous sideburns. It just turned out that way.

Speaking of which (that is to say, things turning out), remember what I told you was enormously possible? Yes, Zandra's blog and the first e-book will have to come next week, but only because I've been busy breaking ground at last on the next book (and also doing unmentionable things, but for the purpose of this news post we'll just focus on the book)! That's right, thanks in large part to the heartwrenching generosity of many kind souls, especially... well, I won't name names, you know who you are... I've finally had the space of mind to get the Hell started on the next printed volume of Zebra Girl. I'm going to call it... "Volume 2: The Twilight Zoo!" Enh? Enh? Isn't that clever? Well it's a work in progress.

And hey, I'm not just talking about the people who've given through the Patreon system! I also mean those of you who've taken the time to just write in support of my work. It's endlessly inspiring, and I thank you. I heatedly, violently thank you. You've all chipped in in some form or other to make Zebra Girl feel like a success.

For those who've become patrons, you can expect your rewards soon! Turn of the month and all. And I'm sure I'll have the blog and the first e-book ready by next week! I'm sure it's a possibility! Relatively sure, anyway... well it'll be a wonderful surprise if it works out, won't it?

-Joe
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 This page was going to have words. But my mother, who's been an artist and designer herself, looked at it and said, "this doesn't need words!" And it just made more and more sense. She gives good advice.

And something else that's good is the Patreon campaign, or, more accurately, all of you who continue to contribute and make this comic a wonderful fairy adventure! Zandra's Ask Blog and the first e-book will be available next week! Unless I screw up, which is enormously possible. Hey, fingers crossed. But it's the least I can do! Actually, I'm a little worried that it is the least I can do. But I've been getting lots of very good feedback, which should keep me pointed in the right direction. Remember, whether it's money or words or just your presence in the audience, it all helps to make Zebra Girl more than what it would be otherwise! Thanks again.

Now it's time to start my long, lonely, grueling journey towards the next page.

-Joe
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 Sorry about the recent down time, folks. Something went wrong with something and someone had to fix it. But isn't that always the way? Yeah. That's the way. But it's solved now, apparently, so... enjoy.

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