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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.

Sat, Feb 14, 2015 ...Seriously though, if you think I'm starting to objectify Zandra just let me know. I care about the dignity of my comic and my comic people.

Well, "care" interpreted in a variety of fashions...

And speaking of the comic (as I typically do when I write a news post underneath it), I'd like to apologize for getting in late today. We do our taxes early in this neck of the woods, and, well... you know. Busy.

Our tech guy Thom's been busy too, getting the 910CMX server back into shape! It seems to be mostly back up to speed since the "attack" a little while ago. You might have noticed it handicapped this and a number of other webcomics for a while. Let's all wish ill on whoever was responsible and hope it doesn't happen again!

Also, Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you find yourself in the company of your own beautiful demons, whoever or whatever they may be. If not, enjoy your yearning and draw inspiration from the space left over. That's how we artists do it...

...Say, Zandra's got a real Eva Green thing going on, don't you think?

Sat, Feb 7, 2015 In case you've forgotten or weren't with us before or just like to read descriptions of events you're already perfectly aware of, this is Professor Broadshoulders, a monster hunter who, while attempting to banish Sandra to Hell years ago, transformed himself into a demonic creature like her. His scheme backfired, but oh! There he is now! What will he and Zandra have to talk about? Hey, let's listen!

Incidentally, has anyone noticed how I've taken to drawing our main character sexier than I used to? I wonder why. It didn't matter to me so much in the old days, but it seems to be getting harder to resist emphasizing her physical appeal. Is that a manifestation of her increased confidence in her body? Or is it just my yearning for eye candy? Both? Kind of worries me a little.

Sat, Jan 31, 2015 Wow, I'm early tonight. That's quite an achievement.

But hey, listen everyone, I want you to know that I'm aware of the recent technical problems. I don't know why the site's been flipping on and off like a...

A... a light switch... that's... that flips...

Screw it, I just don't know why the site's been flipping on and off. But I'll look into it, send an e-mail to the tech people. My control panel's buggy too, sheesh! I'm halfway through trying to revise the Cast page and the images are crapping out. Well don't worry folks, I'm on it.

And yes, I know that Jack looks like he's holding Tomie hostage in the first panel. He's not. It just turned out that way!

Sat, Jan 3, 2015 Thank goodness for editors, eh? Well I don't have any, not in a professional sense, anyway, so I have to rely on you all. A friend e-mailed me and told me that the nail gun I'd initially drawn in Jack's hand wasn't appropriate for the kinds of nails it was firing. Thankfully I'm still in my "Grace Period," meaning that I allow myself to edit the comic within the first day (or so) of posting. So, a bit of dedicated work later, and presto! I've magically changed the model of Jack's nail gun.

Y'know, when I was doing my research a part of me wanted to use the model with the triangular shape. I guess I should've listened to that part. But if you want to see the comic the way it was before I used my God powers to change reality, here it is!

...This story isn't nearly as interesting as I thought it would be, is it?

Sat, Jan 3, 2015 Nothing like starting a new year with a brief site outage!

No, seriously. What else is that really like?

Thu, Dec 25, 2014 See that? That right there? Is it up yet? It might not be up yet. Well if it's up then you know what I'm talking about. I drew that roughly fourteen years ago. Ah... fond memories. Well, I can barely remember them, but I'm sure they're fond. I suppose I should have made something new this week, but what the Hell... sentimentality makes a great excuse. At least Zandra managed a few scribbles. Nothing to do with the season, but still. Happy Holidays, everyone. Zebra Girl and I will see you on the other side of the Year Barrier.

About damn time we made it to 2015. Sure took its sweet time! Well, may you make your way to it through a sea of shredded wrapping paper. Or, at the very least, fond memories. Much love to you, friend. Much love.

Well, much-ish.

Sat, Dec 20, 2014 Y'know, part of me felt that I'd outgrown speed lines a long time ago. The other part of me insisted that they could still work if I just drew enough of them. I'm still not sure who came out on top.

Anyway! The Holiday Season's approaching its fevered climax. I hope that all of you are finding ways to celebrate and enjoy the people, places, and things that make your life better. It's very possible that I may have to take another little break next week due to the grueling festivities. You know how it is, there's blood and sweat and tears and wrapping paper, all of it coming out of a body that's already dry. But that's what makes it magical. And naturally, I have to mention how much help you've all been by supporting the comic so excellently and admirably. Even if all you do is read!

So have a wonderful time armoring yourself as we prepare for the new year to devour us whole. We'll face its innards together, and hopefully come out the other end better than we entered it. Joyful tidings!

May our gifts never be "sensible."

Sat, Dec 6, 2014 Anyone recognize this lady? Hmm. Looks vaguely familiar. Ah who cares, there's sex up there!

I guess this means the comic's a grown up now.

Sat, Nov 29, 2014 I thought about turning Zandra into a turkey. But nah, she deserves a break. And she clearly feels that the monsters do, too.

Heck... don't we all?

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.

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!

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.