MONDAY AND FRIDAY BY JOE ENGLAND

ABOUT-ARCHIVE-ASK ZANDRA-CONTACT-MAIN-SHOP-SUBSCRIBE-SUPPORT
ZEBRA GIRL
-POST A COMMENT-

COMMENTS FROM THE AUTHOR

view Joe England's profile

12th Mar 2016, 11:07 AM

Joe England

So I guess this'll be the "news post" for now. I gotta admit... I'm a little conflicted right now! Should I focus on trying to rebuild the old site, or focus on making THIS the default Zebra Girl page?

Lots of you seem to dig this comment system. It's sure surprised me, all this time I thought that the forum was so seldom used because the comic was just unpopular! But now... it's great getting so much immediate feedback.

I gotta think about this. Feel free to say which site you prefer.

Incidentally, I had a good time at the Big Apple Comic Con. I would've said "great" time, but, well, I got so little sleep the night before that I was unconscious half the time at my table.

Still. The waking hours were nice!

-Joe

end of message

COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE

12th Mar 2016, 11:44 AM

softbats

forums are just sort of big and overwhelming and creaky in 2016! it's fun to be able to instantly comment. can't wait to see tomie in spikes!

end of message

14th Mar 2016, 12:00 PM

lurkergao

to post in a forum requires some inconvience you have create/remember your user/pass and the only ppl that reply to you are diehards that look down on you for the noob you are. posting here is waaaaaaay easier.

end of message

14th Mar 2016, 1:27 PM

Christopher

I tried to register once in the Forum.
The email I needed to verify never reached me, so I kinda just forgot about it.

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 12:37 PM

alex solomon

Something tells me that vampires won't get the point of all those spikes.


ba dum-bum.

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 3:11 PM

Morfos

If Tomie gets spikes, wouldn't that make her a book that's hard to digest?

end of message
view Marika Oniki's profile

13th Mar 2016, 9:56 AM

Marika Oniki

I'd say more like a prickly subject.

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 12:40 PM

alex solomon

though I will give crystal credit for having SOMETHING covering the easy-to-get-to viens and arteries. Le'ts hope they don't go for the thighs. because a bunch of female vampires going for crystal's thighs...would...be....WRONG....


I'll be in my bunk.

end of message
view CrankyCat's profile

12th Mar 2016, 2:00 PM

CrankyCat

Wood spikes. Extra edgy.

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 2:00 PM

Mr. Casual

I'm all about comment systems, these days. Much easier than having to register for hundreds of forums on all the comics I read. Just gotta watch out for spam and such.

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 2:04 PM

Sabreur

Liking the new site, my only complaint is that I don't see a vote button anywhere?

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 2:07 PM

Zigadenus

I tried to register for that forum once when I thought I had something clever to say and it took like a week or two for my acount to be approved. I'd forgotten about registering it took so long.

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 2:45 PM

SleepyOrigami

I really dig that news posts and comments stay with their associated comic on this site. The other site had the news posts get lost to the ages slowly over time.

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 3:12 PM

Random Reader

Part of why your forum may be so empty is because the larger, general forum is being anally slow with new users. I made an account -MONTHS- ago, like back around... was it September? I got approved fairly quickly but then it gave me a message that I needed ADMINISTRATOR permission to actually make a topic or anything and to please email the forum admin. I did. Never heard anything and still can't say a word on the Zebra Girl forum.

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 3:21 PM

spriteless

holy crap I did not realize 910 had gotten so bad. I got an account years ago for el goonish shive, and was surprised they had the same login.

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 5:15 PM

Random Reader

I think part of it might be that the 910 forum has become huge, but there seems to be only ONE admin. The email I contacted was more of a private email address (instead of something like "administration910@email.com") which makes me think there's only that one admin at the uppermost level of management.

end of message
view Marika Oniki's profile

13th Mar 2016, 9:59 AM

Marika Oniki

Yeah, I kinda got the same vibe. Tried to sign up to 910 in general, but never got approved (despite a number of follow-up attempts at communication).

end of message
view SleepyOrigami's profile

13th Mar 2016, 12:14 PM

SleepyOrigami

It kind of bothers me too that the entire forums was deleted recently. Like, if you follow the link at the top of this page, it gives you a 404 error. And if you dig in to it from the top page of 910cmx forums its just gone: http://community.910cmx.com/index.php?/forum/18-zebra-girl/ <at the time of this post shows 0 topics, even though there used to be a fair few threads.

end of message

14th Mar 2016, 4:31 AM

Umbral Reaver

I signed up for an account a couple of years ago, I think. I never got the validation email.

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 3:21 PM

KLCtheBookWorm

Dude, this is awesome. Comments are quicker than forums that you have to register for, go to another page, etc.

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 3:24 PM

Draco Ex Machina

I second the fact that you just had bad forums before. I tried to register a few times, but was never actually approved to post our anything like I guess I needed to be.

That said, I really like the comment section. It is fun to read people's comments on all the pages. Also it is fun to comment.

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 3:26 PM

Spriteless

I like the new site.

A lot of sites I visit use Discus comments, which makes it easy to find other comics commented on by people with comments I like. That would be cool free advertising almost like word of mouth.

Of course, you already have a comment section, so setting that up might not actually be easier than this.

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 3:37 PM

Elyeli

I'm a huge fan of this comic. I absolutely love the characters and the art. In my opinion too few artists really appreciate black and white art (in comics especially) and fewer still take the time to get really good at shading. I've seen plenty of good artists who seem to think that adding color will automatically improve the art, even if it doesn't, and many end up with lower quality art as the result.

Oh, and I for one like the comments as I rarely enter forums. Still I vote for whatever works best for you, so you can keep bringing us your awesome comic.

Also Tomie: the sexy spikey spellbook or goth girl grimoire?

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 4:10 PM

ZB

Something odd I just noticed with the site styling-- none of the clickable links show a hand cursor when moused over. At first I thought all the navigation links were broken!

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 4:14 PM

Migraine Maldetete

Right? Saying no one liked the comic? This one has been my favorite through 3 computers-- so not sure how many years. Always keep my bookmarks!! Love the look, the story-- always watching for the next page to appear!

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 4:30 PM

Cashooz

Would having everyone wear plaid be a good idea?
Could Jack use them to support his allies?

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 4:57 PM

Gaisa

And now you know better Joe.
I've learned form hard earned experience that users are lazy, we like things simple, and the simplest way to do things is when its right in front of you... heck, I didn't even know you had a forum!

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 5:08 PM

ilvos01

I wonder if anyone else can hear Tomie's voice. There's no indication the same rules from before haven't changed.

end of message

14th Mar 2016, 9:35 AM

Spriteless

Good catch! Wow!

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 5:19 PM

PeepeePoopooFartpoopOink

I haven't looked at the comments so I haven't seen if this was addressed, but could there be a way to build a comment system in the old site, if it can be brought back up? I preferred the old site, but this works too.

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 5:48 PM

Random Reader

There is at least one benefit to the forum now that I think about it. The forum is easier to discuss things from older pages or that span multiple pages or multiple story arcs. This comment system is nice, but most people don't look to older pages for in-depth discussion.
That's why I originally tried to get on the forum. I noticed some little details spanning several of the older pages (going all the way back to Sandra's dream of Kazandra!) and wanted to share them and a little theory I had, and wanted to see what other readers thought. Comments like we have here aren't the best medium for that sort of discussion.

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 7:02 PM

Kallac

Love the current layout & comment section, site looks real slick!

I was a little worried about the author's comments but that seems to be working alright, so count this as a vote for the current look!

end of message

12th Mar 2016, 7:16 PM

Xellos

I dislike forums because of the necessity of making an account for each one. Having a quick and simple comment system makes it so much easier to give feedback.

end of message
view Destrustor's profile

12th Mar 2016, 11:08 PM

Destrustor

I'm pretty much on board with the comments.

I actually thought the lack of comments was because you generally didn't even want them for whatever reason, and I was likely deterred from trying out the forums by how empty they were in the first place.

end of message

13th Mar 2016, 12:36 AM

Merula

Joe- been reading for nearly ten years now. This new site is worth it. :-)

end of message

13th Mar 2016, 1:05 AM

Hidden Elephant

Simply put, the easier it is to communicate, the more communication will happen. And this is so easy it's ridiculous. It's lovely. It's fantastic. It's awesome. It is that, and many other words that mean we (or at least I) like it.

end of message

13th Mar 2016, 1:23 AM

Isher

Your comic rules.

end of message

13th Mar 2016, 2:03 AM

Sam

Honestly, I think an open comment section trailing below your comic might need to be moderated, Joe. God knows you'll get people who post some nasty shit on here in the inevitable future.

end of message

13th Mar 2016, 5:04 AM

Cyggles

Comment systems are fantastic. You might want to look into a system like Gunnerkrigg Court's, where comments need to be approved before being posted, though. Just seems classier or something.

@Comic: Tomie with spikes will be the most adorable thing ever, I guarantee it.

end of message

13th Mar 2016, 5:41 AM

Jarjar

The peanut gallery was there all along, Joe. You just had to let the voices in.

end of message

13th Mar 2016, 7:31 AM

Guest

Test.

Can you post anonymously? I don't care to have an online identity or to be identified.

end of message

13th Mar 2016, 9:18 AM

jonathan

I miss the Forum I could make more uncensored jokes about paper-cuts.

end of message
view euphewl's profile

13th Mar 2016, 9:31 AM

euphewl

I like being able to comment per comic.

I LOVE that you put your own commentary section back in, my weekend Zebragirl fix is now complete again.

and... poor Wally.

end of message
view Marika Oniki's profile

13th Mar 2016, 10:01 AM

Marika Oniki

I'm liking the new site. Feels a bit more finished.

end of message

13th Mar 2016, 2:19 PM

Nestor

I too was rebuffed by the forum the last time I tried, you may try disqus when you/if you get back to the old site. Comments are a bit of a mixed bag, it seems you inevitably end up with some gasbag quasi troll who annoys everyone, but on the other hand it's nice to know people are paying attention

end of message

13th Mar 2016, 10:49 PM

John

Oh dear Zandra not Disqus. Anything but Disqus. Disqus is like what a comment system would be if it were actually a giant steaming corrosive dump someone had taken on the browser. There are comics that I've quit reading because they put Disqus comments on their main page so even checking it made my browser hemorrhage memory like it was in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's until I had to put it out of my misery before the kernel out-of-memory killer did it for me.

end of message

14th Mar 2016, 1:36 AM

Squirrelmaster

That's what adblock is for. But yeah, don't put discus on here. I tend obsess over discus/fb spammers and it will eat hours of my time trying to knock all of their sites and redirects offline.

end of message

14th Mar 2016, 8:14 AM

Nestor

Honestly not that fond of disqus myself but not to that level of phobia, lol. This system here seems to be working well, so "not broken, don't fix it" seems to be the order of the day

end of message

13th Mar 2016, 3:52 PM

Bix

If you were feeling particularly motivated and preferred the old site, I don't see why you couldn't manage to set up a commenting system there as well.

I wanted to say you are absolutely my favorite comic artist as well. I just can't get enough of your art style.

end of message
view Joe England's profile

14th Mar 2016, 2:08 PM

Joe England

Thanks very much!

end of message

13th Mar 2016, 9:24 PM

Geowend

Of course, the vampires might think she is a spiked drink...

end of message

14th Mar 2016, 4:10 AM

Dervish

I agree with the others, a direct comment system is easier to use. The only thing I'd miss is something to notify me that someone's replied to one of my comments - and you can handle that with a cookie.

end of message

14th Mar 2016, 4:40 AM

Umbral Reaver

I notice a few people have avatars. How does one go about doing that?

I apologise for being blind if I'm missing something obvious.

end of message
view Umbral Reaver's profile

14th Mar 2016, 4:49 AM

Umbral Reaver

Ignore me! I figured it out.

end of message
view Lord Jaguar's profile

14th Mar 2016, 1:21 PM

Lord Jaguar

I had the same problem but now we are both registered. :D

end of message

14th Mar 2016, 10:23 AM

Siansaar

Crystal is giving me Mad Max vibes.
Really dig the Mike Mignola-esque filler panels.
And yeah, immediate posting without registering and stuff is nice.

end of message
view Lord Jaguar's profile

14th Mar 2016, 1:20 PM

Lord Jaguar

Yep this new site is great! Enjoying the comments. People were just too lazy to go to the forum before, true fans like myself showed up to post every now and again.

end of message

14th Mar 2016, 5:42 PM

Argent

People love instant gratification. After a while, you'll have a hard core of regulars, you can start pushing them to a forum system... but you really don't need to do that if you're just wanting feedback on the comic.

There's a couple of comic forums I have accounts on, but mostly I prefer it if they have something like this. Or Disqus.

Something that supports Gravatars would be good.

end of message

16th Mar 2016, 1:51 PM

not someone else

There were forums? *checks header* Oh wow, there were forums. All these years I presumed you were just one of those artists who doesn't like talking to people.

I like this site design, it's purty.

end of message

16th Mar 2016, 11:29 PM

JasonAW3

Joe,
Personally, I prefer the old layout, but with the addition of this comment section. As to Crystal's new Spikey Goth look, I think I'll refrain from any pointed remarks, but she does look sharp...

end of message

16th Mar 2016, 11:44 PM

Random Reader

I am seeing lots of people in support of the comment system, but I'd like to repeat that I feel it would also be nice to have somewhere that we can discuss the comic over longer-term rather than just what's relevant to the current page. Discussions like character motivations over several arcs (Mr. Chalk or Black Betty anyone?) or trying to find hidden symbolism or make up crazy theories about what might happen next. It was a discussion such as that which prompted me to try and join the Zebra Girl forum, and I'd still like to share some of my ideas if given a chance.

And I mean "share" in a way that won't be totally buried and mostly ignored after a few new pages, the way comments like these tend to end up.

end of message
view Joe England's profile

17th Mar 2016, 2:29 PM

Joe England

Actually, 910CMX has set up a new forum for Zebra Girl. You can find it through the link in the menu at the top and bottom of the page.

end of message

17th Mar 2016, 6:04 AM

MushroomBroom

Digging the new comment system Much easier to respond rather than going through endless approvals. Might want to switch to "moderated/approved comments" in the long run however Where someone vets them, communities can turn toxic/flood with spam otherwise.

end of message

17th Mar 2016, 5:07 PM

l33tninja

I like the comments. I registered on the forum, but there didn't seem to be any conversation there. I like this because there is clearly conversation here.

Great comic, btw

end of message

18th Mar 2016, 11:42 PM

Mechwarrior

Like a big, angsty porcupine...

end of message

19th Mar 2016, 5:08 AM

Roscoe3000

If possible, definitely keep the comments *and* forums around. It satisfies the most, I'd think. Been a fan for more than 10 years, myself. Keep going, Joe!

end of message

19th Mar 2016, 8:07 AM

Revereche

As a fan for 13 years, I say that I like the new layout. MY WORD IS LAW

end of message

26th Mar 2016, 8:07 AM

Volkai

end of message

27th Jun 2018, 6:52 AM

Applemask

Wally got swole

end of message
-POST A COMMENT-