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23rd Feb 2018, 12:07 AM

Joe England

Welcome back, my friends, to the show that actually is ending. We're so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside!

Remember, as of now Zebra Girl is operating on a Monday and Friday schedule. So we're all on the same page!

Well I'm not. I'm working quite a few pages ahead of all of you. You don't think I could pull a twice-weekly schedule without a backlog, do you? I'll still be lucky if I manage to keep pace, even with a head start! But we'll surely be solid for a good while yet.

Regarding the here and now... and the then, too... Suze is remembering Jen Stone, the focus of an elderly storyline. The others are referring to adventures that I had considered illustrating for them at one time or another which kept them busy while Sandra was in the Outlands.

Sam "meeting his maker" was a trip to see the creator of the Sam Sprinkles cartoon character which our heroes grew up watching, which was apparently an echo of the world Sam comes from. It was a bittersweet experience, kind of like Mickey Mouse meeting Walt Disney. The man in question was not long for this world, and meeting Sam was a meaningful experience for the both of them.

"Chinatown Brown" was an idea I toyed with for years, but who might be best left unseen (but yes, he was the guy that Broadshoulders once left a message for). The concept was that he would be a parody of the Blaxploitation genre, an immortal martial artist monster hunter who's been operating since the seventies and remained notably anachronistic, having modeled himself after the masculine archetypes which were prevalent in pop culture during his heyday. He would have taken himself seriously, but still would have carried the air of an antiquated stereotype. Frankly, I was never sure if I had a deft enough touch to avoid making him offensive. Anyway, the notion was a little too goofy for the comic's later years since I'd grown out of the more absurd humor I favored in the early days. So if any other cartoonists want to pick up the idea and run, you've got my blessing. I bet Raven would have fun with it.

Jack also mentions three towns, each of them a shout-out. Two are references to some of my neighbors in the "transformation" themed category which some webcomics fall under. Moperville belongs to Dan Shive's El Goonish Shive, and Tandy Gardens is the home of Anne Onymous and Robin Ericson's The Wotch, both fine ongoing sagas which I hope you peruse. Red Hart is a reference to Tiger Boy, a fan fiction written in Zebra Girl's own backyard by Stacy Dooks. I can't currently provide a link since I'm still working on restoring all of Zebra Girl's fanfics. That section of the site actually does exist, but none of the links lead to stories yet. It's on the bucket list. But I did finish the cast page! Sort of. It's just the central cast, no villains or anything. Well, it'll do.

Man, this is turning into a commentary track. I have a feeling that'll be a theme for some of these upcoming pages. No better time to look back, I guess.


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23rd Feb 2018, 12:35 AM


Moperville and Tandy Gardens I have heard of, but "Red Hart" is a new one on me.

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23rd Feb 2018, 1:01 AM

Joe England

I've just now completed the news post, you can read all about it.

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23rd Feb 2018, 12:47 AM


Welcome back! I saw the update and got very excited! :)

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23rd Feb 2018, 1:11 AM


Luckily I checked it today on some odd notion, I must have a sense about these things.
I am sad, but also glad the story is coming to a close since nothing lasts forever.

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23rd Feb 2018, 1:24 AM


And we're off. If this ride is anything like the ride you've been giving us all these years, we're in for a hell of one.

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23rd Feb 2018, 2:36 AM

Nemo Specific

Y'all ain't dead! That's always pleasing.

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23rd Feb 2018, 4:39 AM


Wheee... it's the final countdown!

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23rd Feb 2018, 7:38 AM

Peter Piers

Fantastic, it's back!

Oh crud, it's tying up the loose ends and coming to the very end.

Talk about bitterwseet.

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23rd Feb 2018, 11:53 AM


"Sorry I could not keep order. I was a bit tied up."

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23rd Feb 2018, 1:56 PM


Yay, they're back!

Hey Joe? Would you consider running a bit of Q&A in Ask Zandra after the epilogue is over? Giving people the chance to ask about things they feel wasn't explained.

I saw another webcomic doing it that way, by having the characters answer the questions it closed the door on "what happened next" questions but still answered most lingering questions

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23rd Feb 2018, 2:15 PM

Joe England

Hmm! I'll consider it. Though I'm hoping to address most of the dangling plot threads by the end.

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23rd Feb 2018, 6:05 PM

Jeffrey Nonken

Thumbs up for the ELP reference. :)

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23rd Feb 2018, 6:26 PM


Now I really want to see Zandra in Moperville. ZG and EGS have gone in very different directions since the days of

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23rd Feb 2018, 8:45 PM


With each post in this final arc I'm happy that things are getting wrapped up neatly instead of just indefinite hiatus, but also sad that the comic I've been following for a long time is ending.

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24th Feb 2018, 6:24 AM


Yay! Welcome back!

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24th Feb 2018, 9:30 AM


Poor officer lady. I'd have one hell of a headache, in her position.

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24th Feb 2018, 3:32 PM


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24th Feb 2018, 4:21 PM

Joe England

Ah, of course! Forgive me, I forgot to mention Jen Stone. Jen was the focus of another long-ago storyline which introduced Suze as a side character. I'll include that in my reminiscences.

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24th Feb 2018, 11:29 PM


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