MONDAY AND FRIDAY BY JOE ENGLAND

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Tales of the Wooden Castle
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14th Sep 2021, 1:45 AM

Joe England

Aagh. Oof. And I mean that sincerely! Might’ve finished this sooner if it wasn’t for the back pain. I was fine for a while, then out of nowhere it suddenly feels like my arm’s falling off. It’s mostly better now, but only mostly, and if I sit and work too long it creeps in again. Age, right? That’s what a lifetime of poor drawing posture and mouse-clicking does to you. They say we hurt the people we love, but it’s the things we love that wind up hurting us back! Hurting my back, specifically. It’s as frustrating as introducing a kid and never quite explaining where she comes from.

I hope it was worth it. This was the first time I’ve finished a page by creating pure grey tones entirely with a program (besides the pen and ink cross-hatching). I hope it looks alright compared to the old markers.

And do you like Zandra’s exhibition? I’m still obsessively trying to revise her gown. I never forgot the initial reception of the first version (at the time someone called it “dreadful nonsense”, and oh, lord, that still stings), and I’ve been attempting to redeem this semi-gothic fantasy craziness ever since. I’m most fond of the design in panel 4, but if you talk I’ll listen.

Aches and pains notwithstanding, I’m also contemplating what to do beyond the Tales of the Wooden Castle. I have several concepts for a sister series to follow Zebra Girl, and I’m torn. Maybe literally, judging by the muscles around my shoulder blade. Zing! Ow.

And, yes, I’m still working on the confounded Omnibus. I promised myself I would annotate every single page of all five volumes, and I’m almost halfway through Heaven on Earth. We’ll see that hardcover printed yet! And I’m sure once you read my occasionally relevant thoughts beneath all those pages you’ll say, “Yeah, this was definitely worth the wait!” How am I sure? Because I will beg you to say it no matter what.

As always, thanks for being here, and I hope things are going well for you and your loved ones, wherever you are. Needless to say, we’re still in the midst of a pandemic, so please, continue to exercise caution! Wash your hands, wear masks, socially distance, and befriend that vaccine! I want to have you around for a long, long time.

- Joe

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14th Sep 2021, 7:33 PM

otter

YAY! More Tales! Thank You!

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15th Sep 2021, 1:59 AM

Refhi

I, too, am glad.

And don't worry about the dress. She's gorgeous and you know it.

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19th Sep 2021, 1:32 AM

Joe England

I like to think so, Refhi!

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19th Sep 2021, 1:32 AM

Joe England

De nada, Otter!

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15th Sep 2021, 4:50 AM

Zikar

I liked the original design, to be honest.
The person who called it dreadful nonsense seemed to be looking at it from a practical standpoint... the thing is dresses aren't really designed to be "practical," they're designed to look striking and eye catching.
If you want something practical then you don't wear a dress, lol.

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19th Sep 2021, 1:33 AM

Joe England

You might be right!

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15th Sep 2021, 5:21 AM

Steffen

IMHO dress 3 is more intimidating then dress 4, but both looks great (just for different occasions).
Also, very cool detail that Zandra changes her body along with the dress.
For your back pain, I would suggest a trip to a chiropractor to get a professional massage, it can work wonders.
Take care :)

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19th Sep 2021, 1:35 AM

Joe England

Thanks, Steffen! I did try a chiropractor about a year ago. I think maybe I went to the wrong kind, though.

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15th Sep 2021, 12:31 PM

Havenchaser

I am definitely most fond of the plump Zandra, surprisingly friend shaped for your local fiendish overlady.

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19th Sep 2021, 1:35 AM

Joe England

Yes, she's as friendly a fiend as you're likely to find.

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16th Sep 2021, 6:57 PM

ttaxus

I have befriended the vaccine as of last week! Now I can stop withdrawing from society due to the pandemic and resume withdrawing from society *by choice.*

Zandra's interactions with Clarity are always so freakin adorable.

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19th Sep 2021, 1:36 AM

Joe England

Good for you, Ttaxus!

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16th Sep 2021, 8:18 PM

Cubist

The dress: Meh. It's purely in accordance with Zandra's whim-of-the-moment, ennit? Just run with whatever you feel like at the time you're drawing it, and do not give two wet farts in a hurricane about "consistency". It's not like Zandra would do that, you know?

Back problems: Ouch! A chiropractor is prolly a good idea here. But make sure you get one who's basically a massage therapist—the flavor of chiropractor that insists everything can be cured by spinal manipulations is Not What You Want.

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19th Sep 2021, 1:36 AM

Joe England

Yeah, like I told Steffen, I think I tried the wrong kind last time.

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17th Sep 2021, 2:07 AM

Morfos

If she can manipulate her body and the dress, is the dress part of her body? Or is it more that she's able to manipulate matter or light or just the brain's perception of her? (Kinda like panel 1, btw.)

I've always been impressed with your use of shadow, especially those times when it intrudes and encroaches on the situation. It could also maybe be rationalized as a reflection of her mood, when she's doing the encroaching or when the encroaching is being done to her. To have shadows more mellowed out and rendered perhaps reflects her current state of mind, which seems to be approaching tranquility.

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19th Sep 2021, 1:37 AM

Joe England

I'm glad you like the shadows, Morfos! I do worry about that. I've always wished that I could master higher contrast shading.

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17th Sep 2021, 6:32 PM

CyberSkull

It took me a lot of looks to figure out the changes in the first 4 panels. Grace is right, change blindness is real!

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19th Sep 2021, 1:38 AM

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