UPDATED WEEKENDS BY JOE ENGLAND

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1st Oct 2017, 11:07 PM

Harry Morrow

Its kind of funny that the only outright reference to Berserk is here, before the art and story really began to have parallels to Miura's work. You can definitely see the toned down influence threaded throughout entire work however.

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2nd Oct 2017, 1:20 AM

Joe England

Well, actually, I've never read Berserk. I've heard of it, and it does sound impressive, but... I'm afraid any similarity is purely coincidental. Still, I'm glad that you find my work comparable! That's quite a compliment.

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3rd Oct 2017, 2:24 AM

Harry Morrow

Heh, I guess I see one absurdly long running labour of love starring a main character touched by demons and trying to resist their dark urges with awesome black and white art and I can't help but compare it to another.

That's really surprising to hear. I guess it shows the power of confirmation bias because I could list a bunch of things right now that I assumed were nods to or subconsciously influenced by Berserk. Makes my email look rather stupid in hindsight, oh well.

Whats the symbol in Crystal's eye supposed to be if it isn't "The Brand of Sacrifice"?

I'd really suggest checking out Berserk next time you feel you have enough free time to pick up a new series (maybe when ZG wraps up, lol). Its one of my favourite stories of any medium and I'm pretty certain that you'd quite enjoy it from what I can tell of your tastes.

Since Berserk wasn't one like I'd assumed, what have been the big influences for the series in art and story?


Can't wait for the next page and I'll bring a copy for you if I ever attend a con you're at!

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3rd Oct 2017, 2:44 AM

Harry Morrow

While you're here, do you have any plans to assemble ZB into one gargantuan hardback once its finished? Because I'd buy three or more copies of that no matter the price you set.

Oh, and don't worry, ZG is very unique and radically different to Berserk. Artistically awesome in its own right as it were. I'm just nuts and ran with a conclusion based on a few coincidences. However, now I know I'm wrong I kind of want to go full conspiritard and try to find as many "links" between the two as possbile, could be a fun exercise, guess its time to boot up MSPaint and select the red circle tool!

P.S. Talking up a different work in the same field to an author/artist is a faux pas isn't it? Sorry if I've stepped on your toes.

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3rd Oct 2017, 1:16 PM

Joe England

Toes? Stepped on? Never! And let me assure you your e-mail wasn't remotely stupid. It means a lot to me to hear from people who've enjoyed my work in any capacity. Messages like that are a treasure.

As to your questions, I suppose my influences would be rooted in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Felix the Cat (the movie), Rock and Rule, Ghostbusters, and, later in life, Mike Mignola's Hellboy. That's just a general sampling off the top of my head, measuring from childhood through the last seventeen years I'm sure there have been many other factors which pushed or pulled me in ways both subtle and blatant.

To say nothing of the audience! Coming into being during the dawn of the Information Age certainly opened new doors between the readers and the writers of online stories. And of course there are the webcomic pioneers who inspired me like Sluggy Freelance and Clan of the Cats. Too many to name, really. I'm sure Berserk will inspire me as well, when I eventually set down to read it.

And yes, when Zebra Girl's done, I'll very probably collect it all into one great big book. Now that you mention it, perhaps hardback would be an interesting format. I've always preferred paperback myself, but I know the alternative carries its own appeal.

In any case, Harry, thanks for everything. For reading, for writing, for giving thought to my work. I'm more grateful than I can say.

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