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17th Nov 2017, 10:00 PM

Joe England

Updated for December, 2017: I'm afraid that after much meditation and deliberation and calculation and consideration I've realized that my plan for Zebra Girl's final days will require a few good months to adequately compile. The target date is tentatively set for February.

I hate to keep you waiting, I certainly hope that your fiery anticipation isn't dulled by the passage of time, but the epilogue is shaping up to be larger than I first figured. So many loose ends, what was I thinking? This comic's a mess! So it's going to be a bit of a production to do it all justice.

Meanwhile, Zandra is still updating her journal. That should tide us over here and there, and perhaps the website will even be fleshed out as well! The fan art, the fan fiction! For posterity, you know. If I can find the time. Which isn't guaranteed. Gotta keep this muzzle to the grindstone.

In the meantime, I'll continue to post the occasional progress report. And for the nowtime, I hope you all are enjoying your holiday season while I wrap up the work of eighteen years. It goes without saying that it would be nothing without you. Thanks, everyone. Thanks so, so much.

-Joe

November 17, 2017: I thought it would be best to throw up a placeholder. Not everyone gets the memo right away, and I want to be sure that we’re all on the same page. As I understand it, lots of folks don’t even read the news posts, but for those of you who do, I gotta say thanks again for all the kind words I’ve seen in the comments section, and of course just for being a part of this whole thing (and you can pass the word on to the folks who don't read these posts). I’m grateful for the company and the support of every one of you. Hard to believe that it’s been almost eighteen years! But you’ve sure made it worth the effort. Even if you’ve only just joined us! It certainly puts things in perspective, and I look forward to seeing this all through to the end with you.

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COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE

17th Nov 2017, 10:50 PM

Mike

Thanks for an amazing ride! It's always bittersweet to reach the end of a story that you love but I'm so glad I got to enjoy it. :D

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17th Nov 2017, 10:52 PM

Xel

Never would've guessed the comic was ending for reals.

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20th Nov 2017, 4:04 AM

Mujaki

It's always a little bittersweet when a comic ends.
But, I would rather see it end, than simply STOP. I've had that happen to too many of the comics I read.

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17th Nov 2017, 10:55 PM

Jashlin

I want to thank you for writing this comic. I started it in middle school and it has been a near daily part of my life even after college. You're an amazing artist and writer, I do hope you continue to do great work elsewhere. Thank you for everything you've done.

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17th Nov 2017, 11:31 PM

Guest

I have a theory about the epilogue, but I'm going to hold my tongue because I don't want to spoil it in case I end up being right...

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18th Nov 2017, 12:10 AM

Joseph

Even though I knew it was impossible, somehow I felt like Zebra Girl would go on forever.

You've been in my life so long, I can't remember anything else.

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18th Nov 2017, 12:14 AM

Robin

Thanks Joe. This has been a hell of a ride. Your generosity in sharing this with us is amazing. I look forward to hopefully seeing where you go from here.

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18th Nov 2017, 1:19 AM

Guest

Nooooo ;_; Don't end!

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18th Nov 2017, 2:50 AM

Luminous Lead

I will never forget the flying knife-room birds.

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18th Nov 2017, 5:14 AM

Peter Piers

Yeah, those low-flying birds... they'll get you every time.

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18th Nov 2017, 6:13 AM

(-)_(.) kadaka!

THANK YOU for not pulling what Albert Temple did with Gene Catlow. You both went online in 2000, and I'm surprised I've been alive long enough to see some of the ancient webcomics I read to actually politely finish up while some just petered out in the middle of major storylines.

Now Zebra Girl can settle into clean-up and side stories which I'll gladly read for years to come. While Catlow was suddenly struck off, and all I can find from the forum is eight-month-old comments, 'There are many notes on many computers and many paper notes and his brothers are artists too and will sort it out and Gene Catlow Will Be Finished Someday!'

Thank you for being considerate to your fans, even those who don't recognize it as such.

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18th Nov 2017, 6:31 AM

Applemask

What, dying?

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18th Nov 2017, 8:04 AM

(-)_(.) kadaka!

That too. But webcomic time dilation has created something new, the multi-decade serialized novel. Some have taken years to go through a single day. And as it's virtually always sole authorship, the fans who have invested years following a single creator have to hope and pray that person stays alive and healthy and doesn't lose interest before they finish up.

Print comics switch artists, traditional novels have other people finish works when needed. When many webcomics die, it's like leaving behind a half-done Mona Lisa with part of the face sketched in.

Now that people know how webcomics work, sure there will still be those who want to do the massive panorama with a hundred characters. But hopefully artists will realize it's better to complete a single portrait shot, of which the next one goes right alongside it, and the next one, and they'll keep on going and see how much more they can add to the growing mural.

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25th Nov 2017, 11:26 PM

Luposian

The guy died! Albert Temple didn't drop the comic, he freakin' DIED! Kinda hard to keep writing a comic from the GRAVE. Google "Albert Temple dead".

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18th Nov 2017, 8:42 AM

Aaron

I'm sad to see Zebra Girl going, but I'm so glad that you saw it through! It remains one of my favorite pieces of media anywhere ever, and I plan to take it as inspiration when or if I should ever tackle my own modern/dark fantasy story.

Thanks so much, Joe! Really and truly.

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18th Nov 2017, 2:22 PM

Rosie

This has been one of my top web comics for the last thirteen years. The worlds that were created, and the evolution of the characters have been a pleasure to witness. I think my favorite pages are when Betty first wakes up. There is so much beautiful work. Thank you for your years of dedication, and for sharing this incredible story with us.

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18th Nov 2017, 4:52 PM

Muse

Thank you, Joe ;;

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18th Nov 2017, 5:49 PM

K.C.

I've been a silent reader since about early 2002. Of all the comics I started reading online with my brother Clint, this is the first and probably last one that I will see the conclusion of. I know it's depressing, but my brother died in 2004 and this comic has always reminded me of him. I'm very glad that it's being seen through to the end.
Thank you for hanging in there, through the doldrums of hand lettering and extreme hatching, to get Zebra Girl through to the end.

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18th Nov 2017, 7:22 PM

Joe England

I don't know what to say, K.C. I'm... truly proud that I could help provide happy memories for you and your brother. Thank you for telling me.

You can always come back to this comic whenever you need it. I'll try to preserve it online indefinitely. And though it's ending, I like to think that it'll be revisited in the years to come, or discovered by new readers. That's how it goes, I guess. Time moves on, but we seldom really lose anything. At least, not in the way we think.

I'm glad that you're here, K.C. Thank you for hanging with us. It means a lot that you've read and enjoyed my work, and that it's meant something to you and your family.

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11th Dec 2017, 12:27 AM

K.C.

Thank you, sir.

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18th Nov 2017, 6:21 PM

Rock

I won't lie; I'll be sad to see Zebragirl end. Still, if you believe the story is coming up on its natural and rightful conclusion, then I say full steam ahead, and let's enjoy the ride.

Thank you for all these years of steadily-improving art and the great story. :) Do you have any plans for a future project?

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18th Nov 2017, 6:21 PM

Rock

I won't lie; I'll be sad to see Zebragirl end. Still, if you believe the story is coming up on its natural and rightful conclusion, then I say full steam ahead, and let's enjoy the ride.

Thank you for all these years of steadily-improving art and the great story. :) Do you have any plans for a future project?

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18th Nov 2017, 6:33 PM

Migraine

Ditto and ditto- Will miss this- but glad you are letting us have this 'finish' and explain. Thank you. It has been a joy all these years. Excellence is its own best reward- but nice to hear others appreciate it, too. <3

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18th Nov 2017, 8:09 PM

jonathan wint

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle could never keep homes dead and had to keep writing him thank the gods.. Please forgive me joe that I hope you are similarly cursed..

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18th Nov 2017, 10:04 PM

Darsint

Damn good comic, one of the best of all time. Highly recommended. While I'm sad to see you go, every story eventually ends. What's important is the story that comes after...

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19th Nov 2017, 12:15 AM

Lee

I’ve been following since the beginning, and have loved the journey. You do amazing work. Thank you for sharing this world with us. I’m curious if you’ve decided where you go next? Another webcomic, published books, retirement? I’m hoping an X-Files-ish spinoff about a reporter with a scarred hand and a magic camera. Whatever you do, live it well. You’ve earned it.

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19th Nov 2017, 2:26 AM

Kwyjor

How about just one more JOE DOES SOMETHING gif, for old time's sake?

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19th Nov 2017, 8:37 AM

Siansaar

I second this, with all my heart.

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19th Nov 2017, 4:57 AM

Konz

I'm gonna miss this... :-(

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19th Nov 2017, 7:00 AM

Mathieu

Thank you for the ride.
Zebra Girl was one of the first webcomics I really got into, and I will miss it, but as they say, every good thing must ends.

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19th Nov 2017, 7:55 AM

CyberSkull

The graphic makes it even more real. :(

I'm sad, but still looking forward to it.

Quite the trip we've been on, eh Joe?

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19th Nov 2017, 1:22 PM

Gaisa

I've read through your comic a few times and seen the steady progression and improvement of your artistic and story telling skill.

The number of incomplete comics, where artists go on permanent hiatus, or they die a quiet death is kinda saddening, but that's the way things go...

So, while it's sad to see your story coming to a conclusion, but all good things come to an end. In all honesty, I'm GLAD to see a comic from beginning to end!

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19th Nov 2017, 1:24 PM

Gaisa

So, what my last post failed to say was WELL DONE! I loved it! and keep up the good work on whatever your future ventures lead you to do!

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19th Nov 2017, 4:15 PM

Gammel-Gandalf

Seriously, I missed reading a new part.

Thanks for the great entertainment, take your time to make it good.

Never really like to comment, with the exception of doing so verbatim.

Well gotta find me something to read on Sundays then ... in preparation of the grande finale and afterwards.
I know it will be worth the wait.

*Thumbs up*

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19th Nov 2017, 10:35 PM

The Beast

I've said it before, but thank you for the wild ride over the years. It really shows the passage of time reading how many people, like me, starting reading this comic as pre-teens or teens, and now are in the throes of adulthood. It really shows that this was an indelible work of art that has been imprinted on our brains in the best way possible. Long live Zebra Girl!

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20th Nov 2017, 10:22 AM

Guest

Will you be starting new projects? I am a fan of your story and would like to continue to follow you.

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20th Nov 2017, 4:01 PM

Treesong

When Ursula Vernon's <i>Digger</i> came to its destined end, my Tuesdays had a hole in them for months afterward. The same thing may happen with Zebra Girl, but I have hopes of something equally good coming from you to fill the hole.

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20th Nov 2017, 6:29 PM

kvernikovskiy

I wonder what will happen to this 'prologue is pending' image when the prologue is, uh, no longer pending? Is just a very nice image, I would like it to persist somewhere.

I mean, there are many much more involved, more impressive images in the comic proper, but I'm not worried about them going anywhere and there's a nice simplicity to this one and I find myself fond of it.

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20th Nov 2017, 11:25 PM

Auron

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22nd Nov 2017, 1:46 PM

Guest

Yes. Yes I did mean epilogue.

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21st Nov 2017, 10:05 PM

Joe England

I'm glad you like it! I did put a bit of work into it. I suppose I could put it in my scraps section over on DeviantArt.

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22nd Nov 2017, 1:48 PM

Guest

Oh please do! Preserve it for all time in the annuls of internet. I mean, I could just save it, but having one backup is like having no backups dont'ch'a know.

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24th Nov 2017, 1:37 PM

A Different Mike

Why not just tweak the lettering so it says "EPILOGUE" and use it as a chapter title page?

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21st Nov 2017, 1:33 AM

Firetempest

I was reading zebra girl from the start. Was the one that mutilated their original xbox duke controller to have horns and look like her, I still have it on a shelf. Hope you will still be making imaginative worlds after ZG.

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21st Nov 2017, 10:05 PM

Joe England

Ooh, I remember that! That was great.

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21st Nov 2017, 12:56 PM

Guest

Thanks. I've really enjoyed this webcomic. Hate to see it end but that's just because I enjoyed it so much.

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25th Nov 2017, 7:54 AM

Josh

I have loved this comic from the early 2000's. Sad to see it end, but also glad it won't end up stalled out and abandoned like so many have. just wondering, are you planning to print any more of the series? I have book 1, and would love to eventually have the whole series on paper.

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28th Nov 2017, 1:32 AM

Joe England

Oh, yes, after the final pages are done I intend to start right to work on printing Volume 5! And perhaps collecting all the volumes together, but that's down the road a bit.

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25th Nov 2017, 8:01 AM

Josh

That is to say, I'd like to collect any other series you do in the futere

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25th Nov 2017, 6:14 PM

Dave!

I'm going reread the whole comic from the very beginning.

I can can't I?

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25th Nov 2017, 6:15 PM

guest

going to miss this, can we go back and reread it all over again?

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26th Nov 2017, 2:11 AM

Treesong

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26th Nov 2017, 3:08 AM

Treesong

Erm. Last week Rosie wrote 'I think my favorite pages are when Betty first wakes up.' That seems like an interesting way to pass the time as we wait to say farewell to Zebra Girl. My own favorite page was 516, our first sight of Ellyllonville. There were hundreds of excellent pages before it, but this one completely knocked my socks off. I had to go barefoot for weeks. 'Pant seats to fly by!' 'Scum! Get it fresh!' 'Cheap comics!' Lovely.

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26th Nov 2017, 3:50 AM

Guest

I remember when I first started reading... right on the ass end of the Tool storyline. I would have liked to see a redemption arc for him.

Here's hoping we see Sam back in his own universe before the curtain falls...

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26th Nov 2017, 7:29 AM

Siansaar

The perfectly mirrored features of this pic give me the heebie-jeebies.

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26th Nov 2017, 3:14 PM

LunaraGK

Thank you for this journey, I started reading this in high-school, in the early 2000's. And as this draws to a close, I can only say this. Thank you once more, for the story, for the characters, for the peek into the tapestry of this world you've woven. It's been one helluva ride.

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27th Nov 2017, 7:58 AM

Boab

I remember the early days. When it was all light and goofy and hadn't had a chance to develop into something more mature. I was in high school when I started reading Zebra Girl, and Web Comics like this, Dominic Deegan, Mac Hall all got me through some rough times.

I'll echo what a lot of other people seem to be saying - I hope this isn't the end of your Narrative works. Your work has developed a lot of nuance and just plain evolved so far it would be a shame to see all that come to an end.

That and I'd love to see what a fresh and rested Jack with all that skill and talent he's developed could do with a fresh IP.

But you have to take care of yourself, and do what makes you happy.

All the best in the future chap, and i look forward to see how things wrap up.

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27th Nov 2017, 2:50 PM

Zander

Thanks for the amazing ride! I’ve been following your comic for a while now. The first one I read was the one taking place in the magi-net because you had a guest character and I linked over from that webcomic all those years ago.

I have some questions: Will we ever see what went happened between Sam and Pooka Zin. Explanation on Mary Shrieks did I miss something? What's up with the bunnies doing the zombie thing at the start of the arc? Will we ever see Mr Brown? Mr Chalk is he actually evil? And will Zandra ever see her mom?

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2nd Dec 2017, 3:21 AM

Joe England

Glad to have you here as we near the end, Zander. If you don't mind, at this point I think I'll keep my lips sealed beyond saying that some of those questions will be answered, and some will be allowed to remain mysterious.

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30th Nov 2017, 11:45 PM

MercenaryX

Guess I'll be seeing you next project, at least it ends on a high note. I will miss this comic, but maybe we will see something later either based off it, or a spiritual sequal. I vote Spiritual because that leaves joe to do what ever he wants.

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1st Dec 2017, 2:31 AM

Long time reader

Or are they gonna fix the house? Really, that house has become a character on it's own.

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2nd Dec 2017, 8:58 AM

Wallace

I just want to say thank you, Joe, for an incredible ride. I've been a silent reader for years and while I'm sad to see this come to an end, I'm so happy to have been along for the journey. Thank you so, so much. :')

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2nd Dec 2017, 8:55 PM

Biggles

Dude I found this comic probably a good 7 or 8 years ago, and it's been my firm favorite ever since. It's the one bookmark I save for last on a sunday cause I know it'll be my favorite.

I like things dark and moody, I like fantasy, and I like actual character development. Your comic has always had these in spades, as well as having some of my favorite facial expressions I've seen in webcomics.

Huge congratulations on your achievement, I'm patiently looking forward to the finale!

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6th Dec 2017, 5:11 PM

Team Captain Ronald Chump

We'll wait as long as we have to, Joe. This is a proper work of art you've done and a work of art can't be rushed.

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11th Dec 2017, 1:56 AM

Kwyjor

Anyone else remember RPG World, and how it steadily built up to an ending that never actually happened..? My, but that was ages ago. Looks like someone finally picked that up again last year – and that it went on hiatus again back in March. So it goes.

At least Homestuck did reach some sort of conclusion, eventually; seems it can be done.

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11th Dec 2017, 5:27 AM

DFG

Ian probably has a lot of things that he's trying to do in addition to RPG World. http://steven-universe.wikia.com/wiki/Ian_Jones-Quartey

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11th Dec 2017, 5:25 AM

DFG

No worries hon. You take care of yourself and do what works for you. The majority of us will be waiting patiently.

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