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24th Apr 2018, 12:21 AM

Joe England

Aw.

This page technically did go up on Monday, but just barely. That's a good sign that it's time for a break. And I hate taking breaks, but I also hate rushing the art! Especially since I'm still suffering the minor nagging physical stresses which stem from the combination of a twice-weekly schedule and my customary, wretched, hunched, Gollum-like manner of working.

So, with apologies, I'm announcing a small hiatus while I give myself a few weeks to finish the very final pages. Because I just have to. The next page will appear on the eleventh of May, and by then I think I'll be sure that the last pages of Zebra Girl will be consistently birthed.

Seriously, I do hate to call a breather. But it's the last hurdle, and I can't bring myself to hurry to the end. The current pace is wearing on both my body and my muse. And a muse is a terrible thing to abuse. We all lose! So, please, excuse. ...Me.

To reiterate, as of now the comic is taking a minor break, to resume its conclusion on Friday, May 11th. Well, I won't really be taking a break. I'll still be working! Albeit with more measured strides.

Though I think I'll try and post an anniversary picture for Cinco de Mayo on the 4th. I never did a Cinco de Mayo picture, and it'll be the last anniversary Zebra Girl will ever have!

Our Girl's finally going to be eighteen. I wasn't really sure we'd hit another anniversary! I'm happy that we made it to adulthood.

Thanks for your time, folks.

-Joe

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24th Apr 2018, 12:06 AM

Lachlan R

"I never knew her happiness could hurt me so much" Is that a demon thing? Or just a regular loneliness thing?

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24th Apr 2018, 12:22 AM

Joe England

Regular loneliness thing, I think.

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24th Apr 2018, 1:24 AM

Guest

Having it be a demon thing seems so much more logical. If pain makes them orgasm and be content (that's what I got out of it anyway, what with tearing Broadshoulders apart) then it would only fit that happiness and such would drive demons away.

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24th Apr 2018, 2:22 AM

Joe England

You would be right, if she were a real demon. But Zandra is Nefastis, a demonic being with a human soul. She has a human capacity for empathy which immunizes her against a true demon's natural revulsion to positive emotions.

It can be very confusing when the happiness of a loved one causes pain. But the human condition is known for its propensity to fall out of step with logic.

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24th Apr 2018, 5:07 PM

XiomBRAG

If you're lonely and depressed -- no matter how on top of things you seem on the outside -- happy people cut like a serrated blade. Especially people you know, if they don't see how you're feeling and decide to leave you alone. You feel resentful and sad. Of course, this isn't fair, they can't read your mind and know the feelings you're hiding, but feelings aren't fair or logical.

Which is the shorter reply: Feelings aren't logical. Zandra's behavior doesn't have to be logical to be human rather than demonic.

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24th Apr 2018, 11:23 AM

Song-fox

has everyone just missed the fact that Sandra is in love with Krystal and never told her? I would think that's pretty obvious....

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24th Apr 2018, 5:05 PM

Novalyyn

You don't have to be in love with someone to feel hurt that they don't need you, or that others make them as happy or even happier than you do. You just need to feel used to being the one who's there for them.

There is also a crushing shame one can experience when forgiven for something you don't feel you deserve to be forgiven for, especially by one who seems so innocent as Crystal. That might still be an issue here.

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24th Apr 2018, 5:10 PM

Novalyyn

Oh. Also a sense of loss when the one who's always insisted on staying to comfort you... doesn't.

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24th Apr 2018, 5:25 PM

aripuppy

Yeah it's kinda wild when people just. Ignore literally all the hints in the comic about Sandra being in love with Krystal.

Like yeah you can totally feel hurt by someone's happiness but. It's pretty explicitly clear that she's hurt because Krystal is in love with someone else, and she wants to try and do the right thing by her.

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1st May 2018, 3:11 AM

Fire

At least wild magic turned Mike into a girl to better suit sandra's repressed desires. But nothing fixes that unrequited love (in that way) since Krystal definitely loves her as a sister.

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29th Apr 2018, 8:49 PM

Valentine

I think Zandra is hurting here for several reasons that align. She has recently become aware of how much Crystal means to her, both as a friend and due to what she now recognizes as attraction. They were close growing up, and only became separated with Sandra’s banishment. Crystal was offering a golden opportunity to go back to a close relationship. Zandra knows how happy that would make her, and that she could steer the relationship to be even more over time. Beyond demonic perceptions of the likely paths of events, she has a better understanding of herself and others now, and she knows the value in what Crystal is offering. But she also knows that Crystal has grown too. She and Wally are building a life together, and if Zandra becomes a central figure in Crystal’s life agin, it will mess that up. So at this crossroads, Zandra steers events to take a more peripheral role in Crysta’ls life. She will see her happiness but not be a part of it, and be a distant protector but not a close friend. Zandra has a very good idea of what might have been, and she’s willingly giving it up shortly after becoming aware of how much she really wanted it. Metaphorically, after learning that she still has a heart and that that’s a good thing, she cuts a big chunk out and gives it away. Of course she’s hurting.

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18th May 2018, 12:26 AM

Joe England

Psst. Valentine... you called it.

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5th May 2018, 11:24 PM

Harr0wed

Oh, that's a regular loneliness thing.

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24th Apr 2018, 1:25 AM

Alex77

Awww, there have been many times I wanted to do that over the years but this takes the cake.

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24th Apr 2018, 1:26 AM

Alex77

Give her a hug I mean, the message got cut, sorry.

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24th Apr 2018, 11:44 AM

Pope W T W

I kinda thought you meant "sit in the attic and cry while the sounds of happiness drift up from below," which -- while it would make me sad for you -- would also make sense.

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24th Apr 2018, 1:42 AM

Custodes

As the comic comes to a close I'm wondering if I missed what ended up with Mr. Chalk.

The last I remember seeing him was helping Zandra against Lord Incubus in the Black square/Subfusc.

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24th Apr 2018, 2:02 AM

Joe England

Don't worry Custodes, I don't think you've missed anything where he's concerned.

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24th Apr 2018, 3:52 AM

Dainpdf

We've been here for nearly two decades. A couple weeks more won't hurt. I'm actually a bit glad we get to extend the life of ZG by a bit more. What will we do once it's over? No one knows. We've had Sandra, or Zandra, with us for the great majority of the new millennium. Surely, once her story is over (over for us, that is), chaos will follow.

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24th Apr 2018, 8:11 AM

Siansaar

Great work on the expressions!
What's that book?

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24th Apr 2018, 11:45 AM

Pope W T W

It's the book Crystal gave her earlier in the scene, as I recall.

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24th Apr 2018, 11:47 AM

Pope W T W

...or not. I could have sworn someone handed her a book earlier, but looking back, she was already reading it when Crystal walked in.

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24th Apr 2018, 1:12 PM

Joe England

It's the book that Crystal published, a story about an evil little girl loosely based on Zandra.

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24th Apr 2018, 12:35 PM

Gaisa

Hmm, While Crystal may be partnered with Wally, something in her expression makes me think she was trying to hide her own feelings.
Its clear she does love Zandra, like she cares a lot for Wally, but who is she IN love with?

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24th Apr 2018, 5:00 PM

XiomBRAG

I think it's complicated. I think she's happy with Wally, and while she has feelings for Zandra, it's important to remember that not long ago she was turned against her. "You don't get to talk to me like that anymore."

And now she's the evil little girl, except she isn't evil. Hmmm.

Sometimes it's important to recognize who is good for you and who isn't. And to accept happiness and not look a gift horse in the mouth. Crystal has always been weirdly complex for someone who seems so simple on the surface.

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24th Apr 2018, 10:37 PM

Voidbane

Beautifully human of her.

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24th Apr 2018, 11:59 PM

Drakkenmensch

I want to hug her and comfort her as much as I fear those tears would pierce right through my skin and dissolve my shoulder muscles.

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27th Apr 2018, 7:12 AM

DieKatzchen

Oh wow. 18 years. In a few weeks I will have officially spent half my life reading this comic.

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1st May 2018, 6:55 PM

Joe England

I know, right?

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28th Apr 2018, 1:28 AM

Kerinbot

Nothing clever to say, just ... wow. I am going to miss this comic SO MUCH.

I too am actually glad for the hiatus that stretches out the Ending Times a little bit more...

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28th Apr 2018, 6:30 PM

jonathan wint

The woman she loved and never Admitted Loving Loves anther .. Whats confusing about this hurting her..

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1st May 2018, 6:33 PM

Vosla

Sometimes you wish people won't feel anything for you so you can't disappoint them anymore...

Joe, it's been a long time. Thank you. Zebra Girl was a nicer part of my internet experience. Somehow this story stirred something inside up. "I became a monster long ago but I genuinely wish no harm." And in that stone that I call heart, there is a little piece still beating for you people. I love Zarah; I love you, Joe; and I love you all.

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1st May 2018, 6:54 PM

Joe England

I think some people would say that even a tiny fragment of a heart carries an infinite potential to love and be loved. We love you too, Vosla. Thanks for taking something valuable from my work. I hope it serves you for a long, long time.

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2nd May 2018, 7:40 PM

DemiserofD

She seems to have a hard time keeping good friends. They keep trapping her in other dimensions or staying behind in other dimensions or wanting to destroy all of creation.

Some people just can't catch a break.

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5th May 2018, 1:41 AM

Dracos

It's been good watching these many years. Gotta wonder: What's next on the big journey of Joe?

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9th May 2018, 12:46 AM

Xero

Damint whydo allthecomics isuddenly rememberi used to rwad all seem to be ending as i re find em

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