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6th May 2017, 1:52 PM

Joe England

I have a zebrannouncement to make.

This week is Zebra Girl’s seventeenth anniversary. Seventeen years of me writing and drawing this story, and you (or people like you) watching that story unfold step by step. And I suppose now's as good a time as any to clarify something. I’ve been putting it off for a while.... Maybe I was hoping it went without saying. Maybe some of you already know! But it's my job to say it out loud.

This is Zebra Girl's final storyline. Heaven on Earth. It’s the home stretch.

Oh, don't worry, I think we've still got a ways to go. Hell, at a page a week it's not like anything happens too quickly around here. And, ultimately, something might happen afterwards! Like a sequel of sorts. Nothing ever truly ends. But our perception depends largely on what isn’t strictly true, and on the untrue level things end all the time. And Zebra Girl as we know it is on its way towards its last page.

There’s no simple way to describe my feelings about that. Naturally, a lot of it concerns my gratitude to all of you who read my work and help it along! I’m sure I’ll have more to say in the coming weeks. And then, hopefully, I'll have more to show.

To be honest, I really considered ending it with the conclusion of the previous storyline, with Zandra returning to Earth and her future left ambiguous. But I figured I had to go one more mile, and man, I’ll tell you, I didn’t expect it to be this wide! At over 160 pages to date this has been the biggest chapter by a long shot. And in this time I’ve found myself growing in ways I never quite expected (and also in ways I did expect, rather ruefully). I stirred up controversy! My work evolved in directions both good and unsettling. All things considered, I think it really was worth it.

But now the story’s reaching a natural endpoint. A point at which I think we can close this book and look forward to a new beginning.

In a while. Like I said, we’re not kicking you out of the apartment just yet. There’ll be time to pack.

Let’s hope it’s not too cold outside.

Incidentally, now that that's said, may I wish you a happy belated Cinco de Mayo! Y'know, I'm ashamed to say that all these years I somehow never noticed that the comic's anniversary was right around the same time as a noteworthy Mexican celebration. I always just marked Free Comic Book Day. It's never too late to learn something that's been staring you in the face for years!

Well... actually, when I put it like that, I guess there are plenty of times when that could be too late.

-Joe

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6th May 2017, 2:17 PM

Guest

I think I have been reading for nearly all that time, and it has been an amazing trip thus far. Thank you!

... You never posted that fan art I sent, but, you're a busy guy ;D

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6th May 2017, 2:20 PM

Joe England

Wait. I didn't? I'm usually attentive when it comes to that. Could you clarify your identity and the fan art in question?

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6th May 2017, 2:24 PM

Guest

1) Send Sam home before it ends.
2) Tomie's supposed to "leave" Jack ("to be lost until needed again")... that is a thing that needs to happen, leave Jack's fate open-ended.
3) End it the same way it began, with you back on that throne from the first page. Maybe even drawn in a simpler style like the first page was.

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11th May 2017, 7:56 AM

NJNerdQueen

1) Sam is happily married and established in our world, happier here than he'd been in his own world for a long time.
2) Jack is Jack-the-Plaid, and apparently in a loving relationship wit Tomie--why screw with that? Why revert him to being normal and powerless?
3) The throne thing has potential.

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11th May 2017, 7:56 AM

NJNerdQueen

1) Sam is happily married and established in our world, happier here than he'd been in his own world for a long time.
2) Jack is Jack-the-Plaid, and apparently in a loving relationship wit Tomie--why screw with that? Why revert him to being normal and powerless?
3) The throne thing has potential.

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11th May 2017, 7:56 AM

NJNerdQueen

1) Sam is happily married and established in our world, happier here than he'd been in his own world for a long time.
2) Jack is Jack-the-Plaid, and apparently in a loving relationship wit Tomie--why screw with that? Why revert him to being normal and powerless?
3) The throne thing has potential.

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17th May 2017, 11:44 PM

Joe England

Well, I make no promises and offer no spoilers, but hopefully what's on the way won't fall too far short of your standards!

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6th May 2017, 2:58 PM

Taxus

Joe, I'm in the navy, and I'm going to be spending most of this year at sea. I look forward to seeing where this is when I'm ashore again for a while come Dec 22nd. If you're done by then, I guess your books would be a great thing to spend some sea pay on.

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17th May 2017, 11:42 PM

Joe England

I'll try not to disappoint you, Taxus! Good luck out there!

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6th May 2017, 3:18 PM

RockCandyAsylum

I don't typically speak out, I'm more of a lurker... But I gotta say, Zebra Girl has been one of my favorite comics through the years and you have been a huge inspiration to me. I strive to reach your level of telling the story not just through words, but through your art. I hate to see it end, as with any good story, but I've enjoyed the hell out of it and recommend it to friends every chance I get. Thanks for this ride, and the inspiration. <3

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17th May 2017, 11:41 PM

Joe England

I'm proud to have given you inspiration, Rockcandyasylum. It's an artist's highest aspiration. Thanks so much for being here.

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6th May 2017, 3:25 PM

Diloolie

FFFFFFFFFFFFFF

I don't know whether to shout in joy or cry in dismay.

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6th May 2017, 4:02 PM

Fafnir13

I am really glad you didn't end it sooner. That would have been too much of an open-ended finish.
Looking forward to seeing what you've got planned for the finale.

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17th May 2017, 11:39 PM

Joe England

Thanks, Fafnir13! So am I.

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6th May 2017, 4:46 PM

Leif

Fantastic

PS: No matter how Zebra Girl ends, I have a gut feeling it will be phenomenal. The story telling and artwork has only improved over time and that consistency is hard to pull off (no pressure :P )

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17th May 2017, 11:39 PM

Joe England

Oh there's always pressure, Leif. Comes with the job.

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6th May 2017, 4:51 PM

Tremork

Dunno what to say..

I mean all this years... phew.
Im just hoping that you dont let some storylines/arcs open. That all makes sense in the end and that all important qustions get there awesome answer.

And please take your time :)

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16th May 2017, 9:57 PM

Joe England

Well, I think I can promise that last one, anyway! Maybe.

Really, I tend to stay away from promises. They seem to be a jinx where I'm concerned.

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6th May 2017, 4:52 PM

(-)_(.) kadaka!

Sluggy Freelance is wrapping up. Nukees reads like it's finishing. Gene Catlow stopped when Albert Temple dropped dead. Schlock Mercenary has advanced to the dead end where everyone is eternal with god mode powers available and pretending life is still interesting while fighting annihilation, the final boss.

And now Zebra Girl will end relatively soon.

I might have to start finding other webcomics to read.

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7th May 2017, 2:00 AM

Guest

I wouldn't count Schlock dead yet. Only when the mortals outpower Petey somehow or the Pan'uri crush the galaxy.

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6th May 2017, 5:06 PM

Umbral Reaver

Zebra Girl is my favourite comic of all time. I will miss it when it is gone. You better make sure the finale is the best you can give!

Zebra Girl has been a place of solace and comfort for me through the hardest parts of my life, during my awakening as a reviled 'other', demonization from my family and eventual and still ongoing process of self-acceptance.

In a way, Zebra Girl has been a sort of empowering 'totem' for me to reflect on when I'm down (which is a lot):

If the world decides I am a demon, then let this demonhood be wonderful.

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16th May 2017, 2:00 AM

Joe England

That means a lot, Umbral Reaver. Thanks very much. I'm honored to hear that my work has been significant to you. That's the most that any artist or writer can ask.

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6th May 2017, 5:29 PM

Dracinos

Wow, I've been reading this comic since about 2002 finding it through Keenspace (I think). It's weird to see that it's actually in the final storyline, but nice to see that it will reach its conclusion. It's been a hell of a ride, and I'm excited to see how you decide to end this.

Cheers to you, good sir, and thanks for the amazing story so far.

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6th May 2017, 5:45 PM

Spider

I think that's about when/where I picked it up too. This comic has been present in my life since before I was in middle school. I've read and re-read it so many times over the years, and always find some new detail I missed before. I buy every book when they become available and I'll miss it greatly when it's gone... but it will certainly feel nice to get some closure for these awesome characters and the author himself too! I hope you have great success in anything you pursue going forward, Joe! Know that you'll always have a fan in me.

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16th May 2017, 1:57 AM

Joe England

Thank you, Spider! That's good to know.

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7th May 2017, 3:58 AM

Draco Ex Machina

Wow, I guess we're all coming out from the woodwork now, eh?

It's the end of an era.

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16th May 2017, 1:58 AM

Joe England

You're welcome, Dracinos. Thanks for being here with it. Cheers right back!

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6th May 2017, 5:30 PM

John Smith

It's bittersweet to hear that the comic is drawing to a close. I've enjoyed your art and your stories for many years now, and it's always sad to see something you love end. But on the other hand I think a lot of webcomics run long past when they should have ended, until the artist is bitter and burned out and just quits. I'm happy to see you've found a place where you think the story should wrap up. I hope you continue making webcomics, I'd love to see what you do for your next series!

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16th May 2017, 1:56 AM

Joe England

Thanks, John!

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6th May 2017, 5:53 PM

Ace Dreamer

I've been reading this since at least the early 2000s, and enjoyed and been bemused by where you take the story. The characters have grown so much. I'd hope that as you bring Zebra Girl to an end you find other stories that you find worth telling, whether I'm lucky enough to read them or not.

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16th May 2017, 1:56 AM

Joe England

I hope so too, Ace. And I hope you're there!

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6th May 2017, 5:58 PM

Crazy Chucky

Wow... I've been reading since I was in high school, and I coloured pages of Zebra Girl for a SCAD assignment. Zebra Girl's been a part of my life for a long time, and it's been a great ride. Looking forward to what will no doubt be a great conclusion. Endings are bittersweet, but I admire you for bringing it to an organic finish, rather than going into infinite hiatus as so many webcomics do, or running on into obscure mediocrity, the way of so many TV shows and newspaper comics. I look forward to seeing your other work going forward. Keep on rockin', Joe.

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16th May 2017, 1:55 AM

Joe England

I aim to, Chucky!

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6th May 2017, 7:03 PM

Diego Nei

17 years? I've been reading this for 17 years? And it's ending?

Dunno if I go with "Time flies when you're having fun" or "all good things must come to an end".

Either way, thanks for sharing your creative side Mr. England. Quite a trip, from goffy to dark and then some.

PS: My favorite story arc was Jack's astral/virtual mage gathering, one does not see character growth like that everyday!

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6th May 2017, 8:12 PM

Destrustor

Just go with the whimsical and mix the two together. It's what the comic would want.

"Good things fly when they must come to a fun end"

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14th May 2017, 10:02 PM

Diego Nei

Well, no reason why I can't binge read the whole thing for the 3rd time once it wraps up, right?

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16th May 2017, 1:54 AM

Joe England

I'm glad I could provide something satisfying, Diego!

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6th May 2017, 8:20 PM

The Gorram Batguy

Wow! It's been something like 15 years for me. I remember it was Thanksgiving weekend, I had a bad cold, and I was in my college dorm room trying to write a paper, and I discovered your comic. You were in that early story arc with Sam's dimension. It's been a great ride ever since and I look forward to seeing how it all "ends" and beyond. Thanks for sharing your great work with all of us all this time!

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12th May 2017, 5:44 AM

Joe England

You're welcome, Batguy! It's been my genuine pleasure. Thank you for taking the ride.

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6th May 2017, 8:21 PM

Destrustor

Man, it's been so long I had to think about it for a while before remembering how I found this comic. Anyone remember Anthrozine?

Yeah, good times...


Bleh, this weird feeling of seeing an establishment, a fixture of your life for so long, draw to a close...
You're sad but you know this has been coming since the beginning, so it's like that sadness has also been a rock in your life this whole time and it's almost comforting by now, and having it renewed by this kind of confirmation is heartwarmingly bittersweet...

...Yeah. Thank you for such long-lasting, nearly-infallible devotion, Joe. I'll make sure to savor every new page until it ends, and keep this whole saga in my heart for as long as I can.

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6th May 2017, 8:23 PM

Destrustor

P.S.

And I hope seeing such sincere, heartfelt sentiments coming from a banana in a top hat brought you at least a smile.

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12th May 2017, 5:42 AM

Joe England

Oh, Destrustor. They'd have brought a smile to my face no matter what kind of fruit was wearing that top hat!

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6th May 2017, 9:03 PM

Guest

Man. You just forget sometimes that long-standing webcomics eventually come to an end. And it manages to hit you like an ax swing every time. I don't want this to sound too much like a premature eulogy, but still. Thank you for this comic. I enjoy it a lot. :)

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11th May 2017, 12:19 AM

Joe England

Glad to hear it! That makes it all worthwhile.

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6th May 2017, 9:49 PM

Paireon

Man, I can't help but feel somewhat sad about this...

Well, gonna enjoy the ride while it lasts. Thanks for the good times, and all the best in your future endeavors.

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11th May 2017, 12:16 AM

Joe England

You're very welcome, Paireon. It's been my privilege.

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6th May 2017, 9:50 PM

jake

i've been reading you since the very beginning - i'm 31 now and i remember reading zebragirl when i was 14. you've covered an enormous distance in that time, and your skills - not just drafting but storytelling, atmosphere, lyricism, comic timing - have improved at a quadratic rate. i will be very, very interested to see whatever you do next, and very disappointed if you melt away into the aether.

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10th May 2017, 11:52 PM

Joe England

Thanks, Jake. It's a special thing to hear that someone's been with the story since the very start. I'm proud to know that I've kept your interest all this time.

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6th May 2017, 10:54 PM

Shade

I normally don't say anything on these pages, but I have comment on how bittersweet it is to know that the comic is finally wrapping up. I started reading when I was about 14 and just getting into webcomics. I even remember how I found it, through a link in one of the Mindmistress stories. I stopped reading for a few years, but I always found my way back, and it's apparent how long I've been reading now that I'm 26.

As the years have gone by, and various webcomics have either usually gone dead, or more rarely wrapped up, this one has been a constant mainstay, showing how much a webcomic can grow in both terms of plot and artistic quality. I'll be sad to see it go, and not sure if I'll comment again, so I'll just take this moment to thank you, Joe, for giving me something very unique and special to read for all these years. Also, thank for not stopping the storyline in the middle of an arc because you got too burnt out to continue. That's happened so many times to so many webcomics I've read that I get a little gunshy whenever a comic I love goes on hiatus for a long time.

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10th May 2017, 8:47 PM

Joe England

It's great to hear from you, Shade. Good to know you're there. I appreciate all the time and patience you've given. Even if you had never left a comment, the comic is still better for having you in the audience. Thanks.

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6th May 2017, 11:50 PM

CelekDraco

I've read you since your second year, I think and I've always enjoyed your comic. I look forward to adding this story arc's print volume to my collection of the others.

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10th May 2017, 2:41 PM

Joe England

I look forward to giving it to you, Celekdraco!

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6th May 2017, 11:56 PM

CelekDraco

If you were to do a poster of cast characters in your awesome black and white style, say around 17x11". I know I for one would snap it up in a heartbeat and frame it on my wall. Especially if I could get it signed.

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10th May 2017, 2:40 PM

Joe England

Hmm. I might make a note of that!

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14th May 2017, 8:06 AM

euphewl

BEST idea I've read yet! YES! Signed drawing of the cast of characters would be ***gold**.

Many different possibilities for this too (now I'm excited, see?)
- one of just the main cast,

- one of protagonists (on left) vs antagonists (on right) facing off...

- one of EVERY character that's ever appeared, like a "Where's Waldo" type of thing, where you can pick out each one "ohh! There's the lady cop! Look, there's the little girl! Remember when she was stranded on the roof? Haha! There's the goblin troubadour! There's Black Betty!" That sort of thing :)

I'd buy one of each!!

And now the gravity of the announcement is kicking in. ...damn. I'll really miss Zebragirl. I don't recall when I started reading, but it's been over 15 years, at least. It's been awesome, and for however long it's been since you went to the once-a-week updates, this has been my Sunday morning routine. Coffee and Zebragirl. I just hope you do something else next with that awesome story-telling gift you have, so I can follow it and fill the void where Zandra lives :)

In any case - I can not give you enough thanks for the awesome story lines, the great artwork, and your entertaining personal posts that you have gifted to your fans for 17 YEARS. That's one hell of an accomplishment!

Whatever you do, you've made a lifelong fan out of me - you are tremendously talented and I can't wait to see what you do next!

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7th May 2017, 1:32 AM

Dae

This does feel like a comfortable end to the series- if it were an HBO offering, it'd feel like a fitting final season.

Though I gotta be honest, I can't wait to consume your future media offerings.

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10th May 2017, 1:06 PM

Joe England

Well, I'll try to make them tasty.

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7th May 2017, 2:06 AM

Ginny

17 years? The final arc? Oh man... I've been reading this comic I was 18. I'm now 31... Jesus... This is both amazing and very sad. I'm so happy it ran for so long, but knowing it's going to end soon(ish) breaks my heart.

It had to come eventually. Thank you for seriously bringing a great story told by great artwork. It's inspiring to see how far you've come artistically. ;___;7

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10th May 2017, 1:06 PM

Joe England

Thanks Ginny. I'm proud to have broken your heart!

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7th May 2017, 2:25 AM

K

Happy anniversary! (There's a lot I could say about The End coming, but I'll save it for later I think.)

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10th May 2017, 1:02 PM

Joe England

Hey, I'm glad just to hear Happy Anniversary!

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7th May 2017, 2:35 AM

Tzen

So what will Joe England do after Zebra Girl ends? Another comic, in the same or another setting? Retirement? Something different altogether?

I must admit that I'm quite sad that Zebra Girl is ending, but I can see why Sandra's story-line is reaching its conclusion, even though I think the setting has a wealth of stories left. I've been reading the comic for about 16½ years at this point. One of the few remaining comics from back in the day, and perhaps the one with the most talent AND drive behind it.

I do hope that Mr. England finds another project, and continues to share it with us.

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10th May 2017, 1:01 PM

Joe England

Thanks, Tzen. I hope so too!

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7th May 2017, 2:59 AM

HiddenElephant

This is the end? Well, it makes sense; you can't go much further from here on out. It's a good run, though I think I've been reading for at max two years. It's inspirational stuff, mate.

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9th May 2017, 11:20 PM

Joe England

Thanks, Hiddenelephant.

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7th May 2017, 4:02 AM

Draco Ex Machina

Well, it's definitely the end of an era.

Kind of fitting, because the comic itself is also about endings and beginnings, the transition of eras as it were.

It had to happen sometime. I would have loved to see many zany adventures in this crazy world you've been making Joe, but on the other hand, if you're going to end it, this is a good storyline to do it on.

Thanks for all the years, Joe. It's been a fun ride from the beginning, from a reader who's been right there with you.

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9th May 2017, 11:16 PM

Joe England

You're welcome, Draco. It's been all the better for having you here.

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7th May 2017, 4:42 AM

morfos

Well...you're not alone, Joe. A chunk of comics have wrapped up or are wrapping up around this time. Dr. McNinja's finished, Sluggy Freelance is finishing...sites that have felt like they've been around for ages.

Perhaps webcomics have certain natural lifespans, or webcomic artists reach certain points in their lives where they need to move on. That you've gone the duration of some of the other greats is a testament...a lot that started out the same time as you did didn't make it anywhere near this far.

Even though you're hanging up the story, I hope that means you're not hanging up the pen. Keep us apprised.

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9th May 2017, 11:15 PM

Joe England

I will, Morfos. I'll try.

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7th May 2017, 7:06 AM

Peter Piers

That's a sad announcement, but a sensible one. It does feel as though loose ends are being tied. Ever since Sandra embraced her inner demon this webcomic metamorphosed from a "status quo joke-of-the-week" into an actual storyline, with a prologue, various chapters, character development, and the protagonist going through intense, intense changes. Zandra is finding herself after a long time of searching, and there is a sense of closure - literally; of everything that was flapping loose now closing in, converging into a finale, something that'll conclude the story and bring a meaning to the adventures of the gang.

Knowing when to stop is an art. I respect you all the more for it.

There are only two things I would REALLY REALLY like to be explained further before it's all over, so I guess this is my one chance to let you know. :)

1) I'm uncertain about the whole Tool/Tom thing. There seems to be a consensus among readers that Tool was the "SamUniverse" version of Tom, but it's made clear during that storyline that Tool wasn't actually FROM the "SamUniverse". Sam did recognise Tom, but he called him "Tom", not "Tool", and AFAIK the only time when the name "Tom" was used during that storyline was in that fateful line, "to embrace the boy called Tom" - but that line was part of an inner monologue. So I'm really confused here. :)

2) Mr. Chalk. I *so* want to know what his deal is. I guess he'll have everything to do with the final wrap-up.

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7th May 2017, 7:09 AM

Peter Piers

Actually, there's one more loose end - Eve's "prophecy". But if that one were to be left unanswered, it'd maybe add to the mistique. :)

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7th May 2017, 3:35 PM

Guest

I think Chalk was left on the cutting room floor after other plots and plans came along. He even says it himself "What was I but a passing voice in your head" during her run in with Incubus.

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8th May 2017, 2:19 AM

Peter Piers

Somehow I can't quite believe that. Mr. Chalk lived past the gimmick strips, where he was first introduced with his own gimmick: a line like "Try to figure out who I am, though I'm sure *they* know already", the "they" probably meaning us readers (making me feel quite stupid as I haven't ever figured it out). He was instrumental in setting Sandra free from Lord Incubus, making him quite important. Even if he's just a part of Sandra, there's too much mystery around him for me to believe he's made his last appearance ever. He even changed his appearance as Sandra got to see him more clearly. When you develop a character and make him appear in fulcral plot ploints over the years like that... well, I find it unlikely he was just a wisp of a trashed plot.

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9th May 2017, 11:13 PM

Joe England

Yeah, I'm definitely going to try to tie everything up, as you say. Mostly everything.

Regarding the Tom/Tool connection, my logic was a bit fuzzier back in the day, but I guess the idea was that in Sam's world Tool's actual name was known but not widely publicized. Kind of like how Hitler is "Hitler" more than he's "Adolf."

As for Mr. Chalk... well, for right now my lips are sealed. He's always been the sort of thing best left in the dark, and leaving others in the dark as well.

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7th May 2017, 7:06 AM

Peter Piers

Once this is over, would you consider a Zebra Girl omnibus, with all the strips, all the stories, and the entire Ask Zandra section?

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9th May 2017, 4:38 PM

Joe England

I'm already considering it.

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7th May 2017, 8:51 AM

Siansaar

Huh, now that's...unexpected.
When something has been going on this long, you just kinda expect it to go on forever.
...Damn, 17 years? But now that I think about, I probably DID start reading this while I was still in school. Man, time is...something.

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9th May 2017, 4:37 PM

Joe England

It sure is. Even if it's nothing, it's something. Time is a great trickster.

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7th May 2017, 10:20 AM

Diomedes

Shades of Ciocie from KillSixBillionDemons from Tomie, there.

Man, I feel like I've been reading this strip for most of that time. Hope you keep drawing and arting. What do you think is ahead of you? Gonna become the next Oglaf?

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9th May 2017, 4:27 PM

Joe England

Oglaf is great stuff. And I've certainly been drawing with a sexier slant lately.

In fact, now that you mention it, some years ago I was toying with a particular concept. ULTHAX! The Mad! Kind of an Oglaf thing, but without the pornographic elements. The hook would be that there's a barbarian who's legitimately crazy. Like, he does things that don't make sense. He slaughters a cat to free rats from its reign of terror. Carves a ritualistic tattoo into a potato. Steals a ruby from the eye of a hundred foot statue so that he can grind it into powder and sprinkle it on a cupcake before deciding he's not really hungry for ruby cupcakes anymore.

Well, it seemed funny in my head.

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7th May 2017, 11:03 AM

NJNerdQueen

For TWELVE YEARs, this has been my favorite webcomic. I just want to say thank you. Thank you so very very much for this incredible kick-ass story, Joe. When it's done, I'm buying all the volumes. All of them. I want the whole story in print, just in case the site ever loses its domain name or the internet becomes sentient and rises up against us. I will be very interested to see what you do next.

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9th May 2017, 3:51 PM

Joe England

You're welcome, Njnerdqueen, and thank you for reading. I intend to have the final volumes created promptly after this last storyline concludes. If the Internet does strike back then we'll need print to survive the Electric War!

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7th May 2017, 12:18 PM

GrawlixComix

Zebra Girl was one of the first webcomics I ever read. Sad to know it’s coming to an end, but I’ve had fun following the gang’s adventures, and am glad they will conclude before the story risked jumping any sharks.

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9th May 2017, 3:48 PM

Joe England

Yeah, that was part of my reasoning as well. I don't think I've jumped any sharks just yet, but the women are getting hourglass figures and it's almost a plot point. Might be a warning sign. I can see the ramp and the fins nearby.

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7th May 2017, 12:22 PM

Anon

Its good when a story closes after a completed arc, instead of just slowly fading. After this many years of a great story I think I m fully satisfied and wont mind it coming to an end. though I will probably lurk around for a bit and check for epilogues fan art and other stuff.

I do kinda regret not participating with the community and Joe until the end. Thanks Joe this is one best stories online or otherwise that Ive spent this much time on.

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9th May 2017, 3:38 PM

Joe England

Thank you for your time, Anon. You're still a part of the community! And yes... I always knew I wanted to bring the comic to a definitive close. You're right, there have been too many great series that just faded away. I promised myself I wouldn't let that happen to Zebra Girl.

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7th May 2017, 4:36 PM

Kwyjor

I literally can't believe this. Seventeen years and it's just going to ... end? No, it's going to persist one way or another.

Just last week I was prompted to start looking through the early archives. Remember strip 5, "I couldn't think how best to fill this thought balloon so I decided to end with a pretty flower"? Remember all the "Joe Does Something" GIFs? Remember the discovery of the convenience of Prismacolor and how it was going to spell the end of delays forevermore?

I hope this isn't related to the resent "controversy". In all these years of the strip I cannot recall something else resembling said "controversy".

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9th May 2017, 3:35 PM

Joe England

Ha, no, this was going to be the last storyline pretty much from the start. I'm actually thankful for that dustup, it was a good experience in some ways. Though it certainly didn't do much to change my mind.

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7th May 2017, 5:01 PM

Damonk

I can't wait to see your final act unwind, Joe, and will certainly savor each stroke and syllable scratched between the Now and the When.

But now I also can't wait to see what wor(l)ds you will weave next once this particular BW curtain drops a last time.

Thanks for the ride so far, and now GET BACK TO WORK, guldurnit.

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9th May 2017, 3:26 PM

Joe England

Thanks Damonk, it's been a great ride!

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8th May 2017, 12:11 AM

Novalyyn

Final storyline? Huh. I thought I'd seen you say you never wanted to end it at some point... not that I can really hold it against you if that's changed. But I'm sure I'll continue to enjoy it to the end, just as I've enjoyed the rest. ^_^

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9th May 2017, 3:28 PM

Joe England

I remember saying that. But past a certain point, it's not up to me. Sometimes the story wants to end. Enjoy, though! By all means, enjoy.

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16th May 2017, 12:10 AM

Novalyyn

A story shouldn't be forcibly dragged past its appropriate ending. :) No matter how much we might want more.

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8th May 2017, 12:27 AM

Mr. Casual

All good things come to an end. It's been a wonderful, zany trip, and I'm glad to have gotten to read/view it.

Hopefully if you do start up something else, you'll let us know so we can read that, too. :)

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9th May 2017, 3:25 PM

Joe England

Hopefully! I was always lousy at letting people know where I am. You might have to keep an eye out, I tend to get lost!

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8th May 2017, 12:32 AM

Eric

17 years... wow. It's a strange sort of nostalgia to feel for a world that never existed in a long lost art style... like my own past is shaded by your work. I was an impressionable age when I started. Thanks for the story. You've made me dream of stranger worlds.

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9th May 2017, 3:24 PM

Joe England

Then I've accomplished a great achievement. Thanks, Eric.

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8th May 2017, 1:11 AM

Lucius Appaloosius

I've been following ZG ever since it was featured in the old TSAT: quite a run, I'd say... 7@=e

I'm sure you'll manage to tie up a lot of loose ends, and deliver a bang-up conclusion. Here's hoping you find pastures new after this.

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9th May 2017, 3:23 PM

Joe England

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8th May 2017, 6:13 AM

Lyndane

Dr McNinja's over.

Zebra Girl is ending.

Wasted Talent ended.

Who else is next? :C

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12th May 2017, 9:29 PM

Squirrelmaster

Zap! ended, but then Wilde Life started. So it's ok.

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13th May 2017, 1:46 AM

guest

Dr. McNinja's over?? What?! It's like a webcomic apocalypse :(

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8th May 2017, 6:51 AM

Aslook

17 years ago I was 6. I did not start reading it then.

I did however start reading Zebra Girl in high school whilst waiting for it to start. Good times, good times.

I'll miss it when it's over.

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8th May 2017, 1:56 PM

JasonAW3

So,essentially, we are looking at the end of Zebra Girl, Chapter 1, even though you've put four books out?

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9th May 2017, 3:22 PM

Joe England

Maybe. Sort of. Possibly. Kinda.

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8th May 2017, 4:09 PM

Packbat

Thank you for this comic. I love it, I love what you've done with it, I love where you're going with it ... it's been amazing and fascinating and funny and meaningful. (Sam's whole 'I am in the middle of combat and 97% focused on that but that last 3% is going to be snarking no matter what happens' deal in this strip is A+.)

Thank you. Thanks for letting us know what your plan is. Thanks for everything you've made.

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9th May 2017, 3:22 PM

Joe England

And thank you for reading, Packbat. That's what makes it what it is.

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8th May 2017, 5:11 PM

RIP the Dream

Looks like they are going to have to move you aren't they.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WebcomicsLongRunners

Man between you and Dr. McNinja im going to need some new long form webcomics. Hopefully Girl Genius doesn't kick the bucket anytime soon.

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9th May 2017, 1:38 PM

Voidbane

Onward to a satisfying conclusion that everyone will complain about for decades to come!

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9th May 2017, 3:19 PM

Joe England

Oh I think so.

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9th May 2017, 9:55 PM

Greyghast

Will be here till the end.

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9th May 2017, 11:03 PM

Joe England

Thanks, Greyghast. Good to know.

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10th May 2017, 1:10 AM

Auron

I mean it makes sense this is the end. It's been a wild ride. You've certainly grown past being too lazy to fill in bubbles and turning the comic sideways just for fun. I have been reading this for a and it's been a blast. No idea how long but definitely not since the start. I couldn't read at all until a good few years into the comic's run. I love the world you've built. This gigantic multiverse is amazing and contains what might just be my favorite quote.
"Experience has taught me that the world's much more whimsical than reality would have you believe."
Love this universe and the characters in it. Think you'll do anything else in the same setting? Well I guess you did say there might be a sequel of sorts. With the current update schedule we'll see the end of this in a year or two. If you're going to do something new I'll be exited for what comes next.

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10th May 2017, 1:07 PM

Joe England

Thank you Auron. I suppose we'll have to wait and see what experience and reality have in store.

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10th May 2017, 4:16 AM

Thorin N. Tatge

This comic has a lot of remarkable things going for it, but one of the things that impresses me most about it is that you're so facile with... how do I put it? Not having the writing be stale even though it's so self-aware. So much of the story is about stories or things from legend, and traditional magic, and even though your characters are always discussing things and predicting what might happen, they never predict things into a corner or discuss things until they're boring. You've always got another fresh angle, and I just love that. You're a writer the reader can really trust. Thank you!!

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10th May 2017, 1:08 PM

Joe England

You're welcome, Thorin. I'm honored that you think highly of me!

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10th May 2017, 3:33 PM

Luposian

Another artist was planning on ending his comic and died before it was concluded. If you know who I'm talking about, great. If not, then maybe the name Albert Temple or Gene Catlow will ring a bell. Events like that tend to scar you and you worry that it could happen to anyone... especially if they say they're closing up the comic... the green rabbit waits for us all! :-D

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10th May 2017, 7:12 PM

Joe England

I didn't know about Mr. Temple. That's terrible. I wasn't partial to Gene Catlow, but I respected his imagination, world building, storytelling, and artistry.

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10th May 2017, 11:23 PM

Guest

I would LOVE to see Jack drawn in Joe's style.

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11th May 2017, 9:39 AM

The Gorram Batguy

"The power of Jiminy compels you!"

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11th May 2017, 3:21 PM

Azek

Its been awesome to watch your writing and art evolve over the years! Good luck on the final stretch man.

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17th May 2017, 11:48 PM

Joe England

Thanks, Azek!

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12th May 2017, 2:26 AM

Peter Piers

I think I've mentioned that I have a bunch of comic strips (for Zebra Girl and other comics) as my rotating wallpaper. It's cool to look back at that random archive once in a while.

For instance, my currently active wallpaper is the one that made me realise that Berserk/Tommy/Southpaw is the girl who called "Dibs on the wolf" when Bloo was making her speech to all the other vampires.

I just love these little details.

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17th May 2017, 11:48 PM

Joe England

So do I, Peter. So do I.

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12th May 2017, 9:52 AM

Saurotitan

I am a newer reader of this comic, and it seems like whenever I get a new comic to read, they start wrapping up. Please continue with these characters! Somehow- perhaps a new comic?

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17th May 2017, 11:47 PM

Joe England

We'll see, Saurotitan. At any rate, thanks very much for joining us! It means a lot to have you.

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12th May 2017, 7:52 PM

Xultanis

Man, I can't believe it's really been that long. Well over a decade of enjoying this webcomic. Honestly it was the tongue in cheek humor, the edge of mystery without taking itself too seriously that originally drew me in. Then as the art and storyline evolved (in fantastic and amazing ways!) I just couldn't get enough.

Am I sad? Not that it's ending, although I will miss it. But please, for the love of the fans, release a special-edition Strange-Old-Book-In-The-Attic omnibus. Especially if we can get it signed! The quality of the art, the small details in the images and the story, it's honestly one of, if not my absolute favorite webcomics and has been for years. I'd love to have a good hardcopy to leave to my kids (when I eventually have some to leave a mysterious old attic book to, at least).

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17th May 2017, 4:17 PM

Nobody of Import

I'd like to second that.

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17th May 2017, 11:46 PM

Joe England

Oh, I sign every book I send out! And I wouldn't be surprised if something just like what you suggested happens to pop up sometime in the future.

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13th May 2017, 12:12 PM

pomme grrl

Just realized I started reading this comic more than half my life ago. Shit. Going to miss it when its gone

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17th May 2017, 4:16 PM

Nobody of Import

I strongly suspect there's a few that can make this same claim, Pomme Girl. Unsure where I'll get one of my mainline "weird" fixes that's actually not so much weird as it's epic and surreal at the same time.

I'm hoping that our artist does more things...

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13th May 2017, 1:00 PM

winger

hmm would love some back do random jokes and a kingdom build story both more mild ones tho

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14th May 2017, 6:35 AM

Blayzeing

It's been a pleasure to read this comic; I can't remember when I started. I think it was one of the first few comics I ever read. Your work is impeccable, and like all good story tellers you know when to draw things to an end. I'll have to buy physical copies of all the books when it's finished.

It's taken me a week to work out what to say. Still probably didn't nail it. Best of luck with everything.

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17th May 2017, 11:45 PM

Joe England

Oh, you nailed it, Blayzeing. Thanks very much.

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17th May 2017, 4:14 PM

Nobody of Import

No, not trying to change your mind...just wondering about a few of those loose ends.

Nefastis?
Chalk?

There's a few other open ended items...unless this is the end of the first epic arc and the beginning of a whole new one revolving around other adventuress of our heroes or other heroes in the same universe?

Anyhow...thanks, many thanks for all the pieces of this epic from the beginnings until now. I've enjoyed every minute of each installment.

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17th May 2017, 11:45 PM

Joe England

I'm glad for every minute I've given.

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