MONDAY AND FRIDAY BY JOE ENGLAND

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20th Apr 2018, 12:58 PM

Joe England

For the record, I'm aware that the house's architecture shouldn't allow for so much space on that side of the big round window. It's magic or whatever.

To clarify, Zandra is giving Crystal the chain she purchased in Ellyllonville. She brought it to replace the insignia on her old belly shirt. She's always worn a halo, see?

I suppose I only gave her that motif to satisfy a whim. But there does seem to be a deeper meaning there, somewhere. It's worth noting that it may have inspired a nickname for her in far-off places. That halo might've gotten bent here and there, but she never quite managed to break the circle.

-Joe

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20th Apr 2018, 1:25 PM

Fafnir13

Half expecting to see one of the characters crying in the next comic. Would seem appropriate given the bittersweet nature of their parting.

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20th Apr 2018, 2:59 PM

Thormation

When a character says "We'll have time later", I fully expect her to be run over by Truck-san in the next panel. Or maybe I've just read too much manga recently.

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20th Apr 2018, 4:25 PM

Leak

Also - "I like trains"...

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20th Apr 2018, 4:07 PM

Mr. Casual

Dammit, this shouldn't be sad. They're friends again, they're close, they trust each other. Nobody's outright leaving.

This isn't like freakin' Casablanca!

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20th Apr 2018, 4:45 PM

morfos

So...whatever happened to Mabel?

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21st Apr 2018, 6:46 PM

Guest

Still in the Dreamworld.

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20th Apr 2018, 6:22 PM

Klikkat

Huh. I never even fully noticed that the chain was its own distinct outfit element. These are the kinds of things you don't notice when you're merely reading a series instead of drawing it and inventing the underlying logic!

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20th Apr 2018, 6:43 PM

Kaunisenkeli

The combination of that last panel and Crystal saying "we'll have time later" is really bugging me. Joe, are you about to kill a main character right here at the finish line?

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20th Apr 2018, 7:05 PM

Diego Nei

I don't think it's going that way, but I don't think there will be any time either.

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21st Apr 2018, 2:37 AM

Leif

For the longest time, I've felt like Zandra's dream WAY back of when the brave rabbit visited the wooden castle, was a vision of the future. I think Zandra knows that "time" for Crystal compared to herself is measured differently. The moments they will have together will be fleeting and brief. This is Zandra's moment of letting Crystal live her short life.

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21st Apr 2018, 3:16 PM

chaotik74

or at least until she becomes availible again. patience is a virtue after all...

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21st Apr 2018, 3:18 PM

chaotik74

and there's always a chance one or more of the involved parties will do something that makes Wally rug-worthy. *whistles innocently*

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22nd Apr 2018, 8:46 AM

Epsilon Rose

Interesting. Does that mean Zandra's finally given up her halo or is she going to get a new one?

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22nd Apr 2018, 5:41 PM

Rex Ivan

This reminds me of when college ended, and I moved out of the townhouse I was sharing with a particularly close group of friends, those who I spent the last part of my adolescence with. After that, time and distance pushed us apart. It's not that one of them died or that we had a fight or anything, but rather, everyday mundane things just get in the way of spending time together. There's always a moment where you can *feel* it begin: the fading of a friendship. You realize that things have changed and people have changed, and that you can't return to that time. We see each other on holidays, but it won't ever be like it was.

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22nd Apr 2018, 7:14 PM

Lion of the sun

When I saw the pendant all I could think of was the song "The Chain' from Fleetwood Mack

Some chains of family will never be broken.

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23rd Apr 2018, 4:17 PM

Orange Orc

I just want to say I read Zebra back in high school, but stopped reading a decade ago in college.

I was surprised it was still going and delighted it was as good as I remember.

I found out it was ending just as I rediscovered it, and it kicked me right in the feels. Zebra Girl is good, and unique, and I feel like I neglected it.

Thank you, Joe, for this wonderful webcomic.

I really, really hope we find out what Mr. Chalk's deal is.

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24th Apr 2018, 12:03 AM

DyingAce

That link to the chain's first appearance in Ellyllonville ended up with me reading the rest of that chapter, wah! Got reminded many points: scaring people livens them up, Zandra's nurturing nature with protecting Mabel, the hint of Sam being the first of the rabbit people race. Prob other little things foreshadowed I missed in the dead of the night. Clever Joe, clever.

This page really highlights it's the epilogue. The sense of goodbye in those last panels, you could replace Crystal with the readers ;-; People getting their own things to do, drifting apart. Leif brings up issue of Zandra will likely outlive her friends. At least she'll have their kids and grandkids and so on to get to know later. Old Aunty Zandra!

BTW the dreamland chapter reminded me Mr. Chalk hasn't been clearly answered who/what the heck he is. Dude helped snap Sandra out of the false world trap Incubus set and Incubus, an archdemon, wasn't even aware of him, curious. I do hope he gets at least mentioned here at the end though can accept enigmatic characters being allowed to retain their mystery vibe.

...I don't want it to end but all stories need endings D:

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24th Apr 2018, 7:51 PM

bananaforscale

The house is a TARDIS.

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