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8th Jun 2018, 12:03 AM

Joe England

In case you missed the memo (and my memos are easily missed), this is NOT the final page. The final page will appear on Monday (June 11th). I thought that I could wrap things up sooner, but Zebra Girl, she squeezed me for just a few more days of life.

Not that the comic is “dying,” necessarily, any more than a story dies when you finish the last chapter and close a book. I would like to think that many of you will return here over the years (and millennia) to come, seeing it a little differently each time, or introducing fresh eyes here and there. After all, any new reader can simply start from the beginning or order the books (soon to include Volume 5), and not have to even worry about a late update to stall their momentum! Not like you poor suckers who saw the whole thing unfold in real time, waiting through every hour of a racing deadline.

Real time. Eighteen years… ah, I’ve rolled that number over in my head so many times I’m sick of it. Art can’t be measured in years. It’s measured by what you put in, and what you take out!

I feel fortunate to have become a web cartoonist. I’ve had the opportunity to progress while receiving prompt feedback from my audience thanks to this miraculous technology that fortunately came into its own just as I was doing the same. And that close connection, that ability to hear you, has had an undeniable influence (especially lately). I’ve tried to stay true to my own vision, but nothing can be observed without being changed by observation, to say nothing of communication! As such, we can truly say that you’ve had a hand in steering this ship! Some have even helped keep it afloat! But every one of you has made this comic greater for being a part of it, even if all you did was lay your gaze across a page!

I’m thankful to the medium, to my audience, and to every opportunity and advantage I’ve had which has allowed me to do what I love for the past eighteen years (however grueling it’s been). And now, I’m thankful that we’ll have seen it through to the end.

For all my ego, this isn’t about me. This is about the work! It’s about you! Because without you, the work scarcely exists! And now, I think I can safely say that it’s a work that’s noteworthy.

The next page will be the last. So let’s… God, is it that late? I gotta get to work! Man, this last push has been brutal. Updating twice a week is crazy. I don’t know how some cartoonists DO it! I swear, this has been madness from day one.

-Joe

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COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE

8th Jun 2018, 12:16 AM

Xel Unknown

Woah, next page is the final one... I still don't believe it's really ending. The ending comes. Just woah.

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8th Jun 2018, 12:26 AM

Kwyjor

I get the feeling Mr. Chalk wasn't originally planned to have such an extended farewell..?

This is nice too.

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8th Jun 2018, 12:51 AM

Joe England

Well, Kwyjor, this is what I mean when I say that I'm grateful for the opportunity to receive feedback from page to page. Honestly, you're right. The original plan was slightly different. But so many people were bitterly let down that I had to conclude they were right. Chalk DID deserve more than I was providing. And if I can't fix what I did wrong, I can at least work from there.

And, as always, as I contemplated this the structure of the story strengthened like a muscle being worked. The final pages improved because I was forced to give that much more to them. I worked, and did my best, and things worked out for the best. So, again, I'm thankful to my readers for giving me a way to be better. At least, I hope it's better!

Now, I'm of the opinion that an author has failed when they feel they must explain something to the audience directly. But for what it's worth, I might explain my reasoning behind Chalk's final departure during the next update. And perhaps that'll help some more.

You might have noticed I'm using this comment as a posting board for an addendum to the Author's Note. You just happened to be the first to bring up this very pertinent subject, Kwyjor! Good for you.

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8th Jun 2018, 2:55 AM

Guest

You did good either way. You inspired me to have a similiar Chalk-like entity riding on the tails of one of my parties (they just don't know it yet...) so Chalk falling away here isn't a total loss for him. He'll get fresh playthings...

I'm rather surprised he didn't show up in the Outlands because it seems that's where he'd be strongest, what with the "fleeting questions" pestering Sandra and other "literal interpretations." Then again, Incubus himself took that spotlight (despite being a sun made of evil). If there's no room, there's no room. Well, maybe rented from the goblins...

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8th Jun 2018, 4:58 AM

NoRAd

He kind of did, when Zandra was trapped in Lord INcubus' mind prison thingy.

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8th Jun 2018, 3:35 PM

Chaos

"So, again, I'm thankful to my readers for giving me a way to be better. At least, I hope it's better!"

Oh, yes, ah-hah. Even leaving the previous page as-is without anything else wouldn't have been terrible, just a little disappointing (certainly not 'bitterly'), and in no small part because Zebra Girl has such consistently high quality and has been so good about... basically everything. One shaky note over eighteen years? If only everything in the world could be that consistent. And having something like this to turn the page to pretty well ameliorates all of the concerns I raised.

Gotta say I've always respected you as an artist and this attitude (everything in this comment, that is) is why. So thank you-- for this page and the meaning behind it, and for the whole wonderful experience that Zebra Girl has been.

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8th Jun 2018, 5:29 PM

Joe England

You're very welcome, Chaos! Thanks again for your feedback, and for reading!

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9th Jun 2018, 10:40 AM

Sigurther

A fitting end, I could have taken either, really.

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8th Jun 2018, 12:30 AM

ttaxus

Hard to believe it's almost done, I've been reading since... 2003? Holy shit, I started reading this fifteen fucking years ago. The way your art has evolved from the first strip to now is amazing.

There's going to be a paperback volume 5, right? I'd really like to buy the whole set once there is.

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8th Jun 2018, 12:32 AM

Joe England

There certainly will be! And I'm considering an Omnibus, as well.

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8th Jun 2018, 2:55 AM

Guest

You could do what Freefall does, and do a Speed Reader. It's on their site somewhere... as it scrolls down, new pages are loaded.

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8th Jun 2018, 4:07 AM

ilvos01

I will definitely buy an omnibus. Even if it's like, 65$. Hell, even 200$, though I don't think those would sell well.

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9th Jun 2018, 8:44 PM

Pyre

If its a hard cover Omnibus just take my money! *throws money at Joe* I have a preference for hard covered collections as oppose to digital. To quote Black Betty 'Only humans would make something as unkillable as books and then make a way to kill them' Books are still unkillable to me.

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8th Jun 2018, 6:24 PM

Jeffrey Nonken

I'd prefer electronic format, myself. I find I have far too many books.

Atoms take up physical space. Bits do not.

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9th Jun 2018, 2:32 PM

Guest

well, not *your* space anyway. All hail the cloud!

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8th Jun 2018, 12:31 AM

Dainpdf

Gee, Joe. Just as I leave a comment on a page, you go and post the next. That was serendipitous. Almost like a dialogue.
This poem was nice. It does help with the Mr. Chalk payoff. I still feel what I just posted on the other page still applies, but this was probably a nat. 20 on your saving throw.
Completely changing the subject, I recently watched a video on YouTube the other day that reminded me of Crystal's comments on storytelling and real life. It was Folding Ideas's take on Skyrim, and while it's a pretty old video I'd just like to leave the mention here. I hope that's okay.
Thank you for the comic! One more to go. I think I might cry.

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8th Jun 2018, 12:36 AM

Joe England

Go ahead, Dainpdf! I won't judge. I appreciate every sentiment you feel compelled to give.

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11th Jun 2018, 2:35 AM

Dainpdf

Oh gods it's going to be here soon. I am not prepared.

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8th Jun 2018, 12:35 AM

E_voyager

Somehow chalks final words being some sort of poem makes sense. I read it as if it was a character giving a soliloquy moment of time that seems endless from their perspective but is not more than the blink of an eye

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8th Jun 2018, 2:56 AM

Guest

When I saw the poem I thought "is that goblin singing again?" (which wouldn't be so bad)

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8th Jun 2018, 3:54 AM

E_voyager

I looked at it more as chalk venting his final thoughts and feelings to the audience as his promised ending took hold.

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8th Jun 2018, 12:37 AM

Pope W T W

I do feel a lot better about Mr. Chalk now.

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8th Jun 2018, 1:04 AM

Sunseeker

I do so love your poetry. It's always something that, I think in part due to its rarity in your work, has really added a special element that I don't find in many other comics.

I will miss the art too. There's a quality here, especially from where you started, that stands above a lot of the stuff out there.

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8th Jun 2018, 1:06 AM

Joe England

Thank you, Sunseeker! I'm glad to hear that. I don't know if I'm a good poet or not, but it's lovely to hear that the little rhymes I drop here and there are enjoyed as well as the rest of the work.

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8th Jun 2018, 1:36 AM

Diego Nei

...kinda feels like a promise of a new comic with Chalk as the main baddie?

One can hope, heh.

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8th Jun 2018, 2:17 AM

Z

This is a nice gesture to the fans, thanks man.

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8th Jun 2018, 3:43 AM

Joe England

Well heck, in a way, it's ALL for the fans, Z!

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8th Jun 2018, 2:18 AM

Mister Dictionary

https://vocaroo.com/i/s0AP4AA2Sbdi Here's a recording of me reading that poem, done on a crappy built-in laptop microphone. Not sure whether or not it matches the tone you were going for!

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8th Jun 2018, 2:59 AM

Joe England

Bravo! Hey, bravo! Well done, Mister! Very nicely played!

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8th Jun 2018, 2:45 AM

Darchangel

Wow, I can't believe it's been 18 years. 2000 was when I suddenly had access to broadband via work, and discovered the existence of webcomics. Zebra Girl was one of the first I found via one collective or another. I was instantly drawn to the style of Zebra Girl, and the substance kept me reading. Though I'm sad to see this particular story end, that's the way of things, and I'd rather that than to have it fade away, abandoned, or even worse, become a parody of itself in an attempt to keep going. A number of once-loved webcomics have gone one way or the other, and it's just sad. Thank you, Joe.

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8th Jun 2018, 3:23 AM

Joe England

I do take it as a point of pride that this is being properly wrapped up, Darchangel. Hard to believe we've come all that way! I'm glad that we've traveled together, and I'm also proud that you've found it worthy of your time. And quite a time it's been!

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8th Jun 2018, 3:08 AM

JW

Man, I can hardly believe after reading this comic for just over 17 years (bookmarked on 4-4-2001), it's now almost over.
And I think this might be the first time I ever commented (sorry about that).

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8th Jun 2018, 3:16 AM

Joe England

Well, heck, it's never too late, JW. I'm glad that you've been here to share the experience. And it's always especially gratifying to hear from someone who's been here from the start! To know that all the time I was writing and drawing, you were there reading. Thanks for being part of the adventure!

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8th Jun 2018, 3:32 AM

Sans-sanity

This is great. Myself, I liked the last page, and I would have been happy if you left it as it was. With this new page you've defined Mr Chalk a little better. He's still an unanswered enigma, but now we know the terms of the riddle a little better... but understand the answer never mattered anyway.

Faced with an lose and dangling thread you've snipped it rather than undertaking a hurried tying. Wonderful.

I think that what you've done here will read really well for future readers doing the straight run.

If I had one critique it's that if you had kept mum about the circumstances surrounding this course I would have been *floored* by its artistry and positively gibbering about the sheer long-game I'd have presumed you'd taken ;)

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8th Jun 2018, 3:50 AM

Joe England

I almost kept quiet about it for that very reason, Sans. But I've always tried to live by the notion that honesty is the best policy. And if the people in the audience have influenced me in some particular way, then they deserve credit where it's due. But I'm glad it meets with your approval, anyway!

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8th Jun 2018, 3:52 AM

Paul Rogers

I'm really glad for this extra page here. It's a much better send-off for the almost-character, giving a little more insight into Chalk's nature and motivation. On the previous page I didn't get the sense that the Chalk we were seeing was the same one as the prior appearances of the character. (Cue fan outrage! Careful, we're a crazy bunch!)

I think this page does a great job of connecting the past version to this version and gives a much more proper ending for the character than originally intended. I'm more than satisfied with it now.

As a bonus, I think having this exposition in the narrative after he's been dismissed/ignored (rather than before) ends up being more fitting as a conclusion. There's nobody to tell his story but him, and nobody to listen.

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8th Jun 2018, 12:48 PM

Joe England

That's pretty much what I was hoping for, Paul!

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8th Jun 2018, 3:55 AM

Leif

This page is what I was after and now I feel like an ass for being so critical on the previous page. The hazards of watching the story unfold in real time I suppose. Thank you for the story and looking forward to the last page!

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8th Jun 2018, 12:47 PM

Joe England

No need to feel bad, Leif, I'm grateful that you gave your honest impression!

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8th Jun 2018, 4:23 AM

Guest

So interesting with this being the second-to-last last page. Chalk's musings take on a whole new meaning with the comic itself drawing to a close. I originally came to Zebra Girl through a link on Mindmistress, another comic which ended quite some years ago. I was a teenager then, just really starting to explore the net. I found webcomics to be a fascinating subject, especially since we had no comic shop in town, and even if we did, I had no money to buy them with. So free comics in a different format seemed a pretty sweet deal to me. If my memory hasn't slipped, I do believe that was just after Broadshoulders tried to drag her to Hell and instead she went completely crazy for a time. I did stop reading at some point when she met up with Eve and Mabel, mainly because I wanted to read the story as a whole rather than just a part at a time. But I always found my way back here.

It's been a wild ride and watching Zandra grow essentially from girl to woman while I have done pretty much the same journey myself in real time feels both bittersweet and a touch surreal at the same time. Essentially, that's what this whole story has been, the main cast growing up one page at a time. As much as it saddens me, I am thankful this wonderful comic is going to be getting a proper goodbye. I'll ramble much more on my last comment when the next page gets posted.

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8th Jun 2018, 12:49 PM

Joe England

Yeah, I hear you... I think I'll be rambling too!

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8th Jun 2018, 4:29 AM

Departure_Dave

Maybe it's the cadence of the verses or the tone of the piece, but I hear Chalk's ending to the tune of "Joker's Song" by MoS https://youtu.be/gVok-7tDFF8

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8th Jun 2018, 12:49 PM

Joe England

Nice tune, thanks for the link!

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8th Jun 2018, 4:43 AM

LURK

I'm trying to remember how I even found this comic now. TVTropes perhaps? Crazy to think you've been working on this comic for 75% of my life :D

I didn't mind too much how Chalk had been sent off in the last page, but this is a very nice preservation of the enigma that he was.

I would say so long, but that sounds a bit final, so I'll just say thanks for all the fish!

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8th Jun 2018, 12:51 PM

Joe England

I think... I feel good about it.

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8th Jun 2018, 5:07 AM

Kerinbot

Now that the comic is old enough to vote, I wonder what it would have chosen to vote, if given a chance, on whether to continue or to end here, at your chosen stopping place. If a comic could have a self-conciousness, as Tomie did, would it want to remain in its current state? Or would it choose to be set free, to end its incremental state, and launch into the community of Finished Works, that now can be read online, or in collected volumes, or in whatever form it may transmute into, in the future? Or will it come to regret the passing of the stage of its development where it could still continue to grow and mutate? I hope someday there are little updates, special holiday features or short after pages, such as some authors, like Rowling has done with Harry Potter or Dorothy Sayers did, with the Lord Peter Wimsey series. It would be lovely to poke a head in now and then, just to see them live and breathe again for a moment. But for the most part, I just want to say how VERY much I have loved this series, how much I will miss it, and how much I look forward to your next project. Zebra Girl may be drawing to an end, but I surely hope that (after a suitable rest) we will again be able to look forward to new sequential graphic/text storytelling from one of the current masters of the art. In other words - please don't leave us hangin' TOO long.

Tell us more stories! Please?
with love for all you have shared with us,
Kerinbot

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8th Jun 2018, 12:54 PM

Joe England

Aw, Kerinbot. It's been great having you here, and it's wonderful to feel wanted. Believe me, I'll always have motivation to continue making and distributing my art while I know that people like you can enjoy it!

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8th Jun 2018, 6:44 AM

CyberSkull

It's been a beautiful madness Joe.

😭

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8th Jun 2018, 1:00 PM

Joe England

The best kind, Cyberskull!

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8th Jun 2018, 7:06 AM

Sunreon

Turns out you CAN train zebras. With clicker training!

That never would have worked for Chalk, though. It's a positivity-based method.

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8th Jun 2018, 1:01 PM

Joe England

Yes, it takes patience. At least eighteen years.

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8th Jun 2018, 8:53 AM

MCWagner

"A rabbit, a rat,
Something easy like that,
God knows, you can't train a zebra."

Awesome signoff there. Long-timer here who will have more to say on the final update, but I just wanted to chime in with the voices that liked your poetry here.

And to say that I, also, would love an omnibus if one became available...

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8th Jun 2018, 1:02 PM

Joe England

It's a fine time to chime in on the rhymes, Mcwagner! Thanks.

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8th Jun 2018, 3:01 PM

Guest

I'm sure Black Betty approves...

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8th Jun 2018, 9:01 AM

Someonesomewhere

Didn’t someone somewhere in the comic said something about a third Nefastis

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8th Jun 2018, 9:12 AM

Voidbane

Svengali...

In a single word you explained so much,
Kudos!

A source of inspiration I suppose?

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8th Jun 2018, 9:22 AM

oiojes

I've been following zebra girl for 18 years? Doesn't seem that long. I remember an earlier strip but when I looked for it I couldn't find it.

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8th Jun 2018, 9:32 AM

Klikkat

Definitely a fitting sendoff for Chalk - I felt like the previous page was more of a dismissal, a recognition that Chalk was SUPPOSED to have a big impact, but that he never managed to be more than vague foreshadowing and a secret to be examined at some nebulous future point in the story.

With the story over, such a future point is obviously impossible to reach - so the choices become "Dismiss the dangling thread and move on" or "dedicate a whole bit to explaining what it was and ruin the reveal." So a bit of meta commentary on the idea of a lingering mystery feels very fitting for the way Zebra Girl's approached stories within its supernatural world.

This page instead makes it a proper DEPARTURE, and thus feels less contemptuous. That's a lot more fitting for a character who's been with us for a few hundred pages and over a decade.

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8th Jun 2018, 9:33 AM

Fafnir13

Well...this certainly sets up Chalk as being a bigger part of the next Zebraverse story (if such a thing ever happened).
Although it would be delightfully ironic if the exact thing happened to him again. He’s just chalk, undeserving of a full story, always scraping at the edges of another’s greatness. What a horrible curse that would be.

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8th Jun 2018, 11:20 AM

Nestor

Yeah I'll chime in with the others to agree this rounds out the previous page nicely.

Now if we could only guilt you into a few hundred more pages just to wrap things all up nicely.... ;P

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8th Jun 2018, 11:51 PM

Joe England

Hmmm. Well... I suppose I could.... Nah.

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8th Jun 2018, 12:51 PM

Aaron Beal

Thanks for this page. I like the poem. It makes clear that Mr. Chalk isn't done, but moving on, which is a note of... I hesitate to say "hope" but something like that.

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8th Jun 2018, 3:00 PM

Ratha Shadar

I still remember the first time I saw the zebragirl, as a cameo in Mindmistress. It was enough to make me hunt down the webcomic and make me read. And now we're at the end. Holy shit. This has existed to me for such a long time. We're finally at the end. So many webcomics just peter out and stop updating. Or maybe I just stop reading at some point. But this one, this one here? It's ending. I'm here at the end. Wow. You did great. Thank you for the awesome read.

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8th Jun 2018, 11:50 PM

Joe England

Thank you for finding it awesome, Ratha.

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8th Jun 2018, 5:28 PM

Novalyyn

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8th Jun 2018, 11:49 PM

Joe England

Aww. Back atcha, Novalyyn.

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8th Jun 2018, 9:14 PM

Eric Jobes

Mr. England sir....i am torn. on one hand i am sad to see this wonder comic end but on the other hand i am happy. Your comic helped me out through a lot of rough times. and while i will admit that i have not read it in its entirety...i will most assuredly be buying physical copies of it when i can. I look forward to your next projects and i wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. Your fan

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8th Jun 2018, 11:49 PM

Joe England

I'm proud that my work has been a help, Eric. I wish you the best of luck as well. Zebra Girl is better for having had you here.

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8th Jun 2018, 11:09 PM

Tyler

Just as an aside I just wanted to mention that I may havr used Mr.Chalk as a villain in an RPG I DM'd a while ago. I had him show up in a couple characters dreams and offer little hints and riddles or just talk with them being sinister and mysterious.

Eventually one of my players got sarcastic and flippant with Mr.Chalk. So, Chalk reached behind him and casually pullout a calculator and, still smiling, break it. The second it broke, I informed the player that, his character couldn't remember how to do math. I eventually had him kind of just wander off into the sunset and let all of my players confused and lost as to what or who he was.

I never told them.

it felt like it was a fitting end for him to just sort of disappear when he got bored of them so, he did.

I might have mentioned this already but,Thank you Mr.England for bringing us all on this journey.

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9th Jun 2018, 1:10 AM

Joe England

Thanks for coming aboard, Tyler. Give your friends my regards! Wish I could have seen that play out. It sounds like you're a good DM! At any rate, you certainly have good taste in villains!

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9th Jun 2018, 12:38 AM

Pishi

Oh how she wished, and he did go away!

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9th Jun 2018, 1:05 AM

Joe England

He certainly did! Very fitting epitaph for a man who wasn't there, Pishi.

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9th Jun 2018, 1:47 AM

Inkwell

I've been reading since 2005 or so, and I've enjoyed it the whole while, and Zebra Girl remains my favorite webcomic to this day.

Thank you greatly for all the work you've produced.

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9th Jun 2018, 12:06 PM

Joe England

You're greatly welcome, Inkwell.

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9th Jun 2018, 7:35 AM

TomRay

You need to "take a page", in a sense from "Charby the Vampirite"-----GO back and re--draw some of your earlier work in your more advanced ART style.--It will increase the "Quality" of your overall Comic.----Give YOU something to do AND give your readers something to anticipate.

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9th Jun 2018, 12:10 PM

Joe England

Honestly, Tomray, I'm of a mind to look forward more than back. I like for my old work to stand on its own, an honest testament to the evolution of story and style.

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10th Jun 2018, 3:47 PM

Piebald

I really disagree. I think he should leave the older art unchanged. Seeing how his style has changed over the years is part of the fun. :)

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9th Jun 2018, 8:11 AM

euphewl

Joe, thanks for creating such beautiful work. Your website has been something I've looked forward to reading for 18 years now... but thank you also for so much more than the masterpiece you've created.

Thanks for making deadlines for yourself, and then caring if you met them. Thanks for reading all our comments, and for caring what your fans think, whether or not it was nicely stated. Thanks for creating such a unique and twisty-turny tale. Thanks for allowing your story to develop like a living thing, allowing it to surprise you in the direction it headed - it became so much more tasty for us to devour in that way.

It speaks to your character that you have created this thing, behaved in this way, and toiled for our entertainment for so many many years. I will truly miss reading new Zebragirl posts - but you bet your fuzzy white tail that I'll be re-reading the archives, the books - for years to come.

So thank you for creating something that became a part of my life. I'll always cherish it!

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9th Jun 2018, 12:04 PM

Joe England

What can I say, Euphewl? It's been my genuine privilege. For my part, I'll always cherish the value you've given to my work. Thank you for the opportunity.

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9th Jun 2018, 8:21 AM

Siansaar

Nice. This feels better for chalk.

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9th Jun 2018, 9:30 AM

Bix

Oh man, I'm a complete sucker for your poems.
I have to say that it's great to see you're taking feedback this seriously even up until the very last page.

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9th Jun 2018, 1:40 PM

Contact_Lost

I had a dream last night that extended the comic a few more pages, which I feel it needs to do in order to not feel rushed. Not man,y but like five more.

Basically Sandra projects herself via third eye to somewhere that peaceful spirits exist after their mortal bodies have ended. Basically they're presented as massive trees with base trunks shaped in detail like the head of whoever they were in life. In the dream, it was Crystal. They weren't like interactive, but they changed according to whatever the spirit the tree represented felt. In this case, the Crystal-tree was asleep, and then it released a single seed which was caught on the wind and carried away, eventually landing and with the help of repenting spirits (like Bloo), is successfully buried and takes root.

Basically reincarnation.

But yeah, had a dream about it. Basically I think the comic needs like three more pages to extend the ending. It just feels rushed, I really would have liked to have seen more changes to the world than Sandra just telling us about them. Sam and MAry's offspring, the living tomes, Crystal's family, etc and so forth. Definite ends and legacies to the characters we've bonded with over the past two decades.

If anything it really feels like you're ending things right as you're hitting your true stride.

I just don't have much of a connection to Michelle, Rebecca or Pooka-lady, Clarity. They're last minute additions to the comic (Michelle acts entirely different from Mike, who was entirely different as a vampire than as a human so it's more or less a new character to me). And if Clarity is the girl from the Other World, well, I didn't really connect with that storyline at all.

I know, last minute criticisms, but I've been reading this comic since Broadshoulders first appeared. I don't want it to go, it's pretty much the best comic on the Internet. Best writing, best art, I'm gonna miss it terribly. There's /nothing/ even remotely close to it's caliber on the Internet.

I just wanted it to have a proper send off with definite closure. No cryptic statements or nebulous comments that leave things open to interpretation of the imagination. It just leaves things unfinished, I feel.

Anyway, Joe, no matter what my feelings are about the ending, the comic has always been magnificent.

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17th Jun 2018, 9:10 PM

Joe England

Thanks, Contact. That sounds like a beautiful dream.

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9th Jun 2018, 2:36 PM

Hangover Included

I thought i'd already said all I have to say, but I realized I have one more!

I'm grateful that, among other things, we the readership got enough advance warning that the comic was winding down that I've had a chance to accept it. I'm going to miss having new chances to explore the Zebra Girl world and watch the personalities grow and change, but I think I'm prepared for it by now.

Thanks for everything, Joe!

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9th Jun 2018, 5:18 PM

M.A.

Taken all together, pretty damned amazing. Thanks much for a good ride. So, it may be too soon to ask, but do you have further comics projects pending? I hope...

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9th Jun 2018, 6:19 PM

Triscribe

Congratulations, Joe. I started reading Zebra Girl several years ago during a webcomic kick that's since died away, but I never stopped coming back to see what was new with your gang. This whole story has been amazing to watch unfold, and I hope you keep on creating, even if it isn't for this tale anymore. :)

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9th Jun 2018, 7:55 PM

Vero

Joe...I'm in denial about the comic ending, so.... I see a very faint 295 in the background. So there's at least 295 volumes of memoirs? If so... Oh my god, how much time has passed!?

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9th Jun 2018, 10:21 PM

Wyld_One

*smirk* gotta set Jack on fire for olde times sake... all in fun ya see...

Gotta say like the story. The art was interesting in how it changed over time. Hope to see more of your work in the future too.

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10th Jun 2018, 10:21 AM

systemfailure

I have been a reader since the Tool arc, and have to say thanks for all the memories. One last update to go, it feels like forever ago my friend told me about this comic "Zebra Girl". My initial reaction was, "what the hell is a Zebra Girl? Some furry comic?" He told me no it wasn't, so I gave it a read and liked it ever since.

I have to say thanks for the stories all these years, it was a blast to watch the comic mature from a more gag a day comic with heavy fourth wall breaking side doodles like Jhonen Vasquez into a full blown story. Hell I am glad I looked it up again to read it after that huge break of several years, to read it through again and saw there were new updates.

Though I do have one question. what happened to the "What Jack Saw" picture that used to be in the extras tab? It seems to have been blasted off the internet.

Either way thanks again for all the stories, just feels like another chapter in life to be finished.

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10th Jun 2018, 2:24 PM

Some grateful dude

I don't usually comment anywhere, but I've been following this on and off, almost from the beginning I think.

I think I'm speaking for pretty much everyone here when I say: Thank you very much for all the time you were willing to spend on to tell us this story.

I wish you all the best in your future endeavours, good luck and just a good time in general, mate. :)

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10th Jun 2018, 3:04 PM

Anon

God, I've been following this comic for at least 10 years, if not more. It's been amazing watching your style mature, both your drawing style and storytelling. I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

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10th Jun 2018, 3:55 PM

Piebald

I can't believe it's almost over! It's been so many YEARS, I literally grew up with this comic. Joe thank you so much for sharing your story with the world!

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10th Jun 2018, 4:07 PM

Porcelainbunny

Wow, 18 years...
I hadn't even clocked 18 years on my punch card yet when I first started reading this. I've been following it for literally over half of my life. (I'm sure you're like... oh, gee, thanks for reminding me how old we all are). I won't sit here and gush about how awesome you are, especially keeping your content free all these years. There were definitely times I would not have been able to have a subscription (But your work is hanging out on my bookshelf now). I'm not usually one for leaving a comment. Many of the comments here have said what I would say anyway, but I just felt it would be somewhat rude to not stop and say thank you. Thank you for taking the story through to its conclusion despite the time and energy it took from you.

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10th Jun 2018, 4:28 PM

Auron

When's Zebra Girl's birthday? I'm not sure which one of us is older at this point, me or the comic. I certainly haven't been reading as long as some people but I'm glad I got to read along for a few years. Even in the time I've been reading you've progressed as an artist. You still have things to learn, but who doesn't? Basically this is a long way of saying I like your comic, and I'm glad you ended up giving Chalk a final goodbye. Of course, I'm not even sure if you know whether or not we'll see Chalk again. I suppose we'll see? I must admit that I'm incredibly excited for the end and whatever you do next.

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10th Jun 2018, 4:56 PM

Rock

Dear Mr. England,

I haven't commented on your work half as often as I should have, or would have liked...

But thank you. Thank you for the years of ever improving art, and for the phenomenal story.
I've laughed. I've flinched. I've bitten my fingernails. I have thoroughly enjoyed it all. ^_^

And I look forward to whatever you may start up next.

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10th Jun 2018, 11:11 PM

HoneyThistle

The final page approaches. I'm fucking stunned. I can't wait to share this saga with my nieces and nephews. They don't exist yet, but they will, and I will have the paperback story of Zebra Girl to share with them once they do. I'm ordering them all as soon as volume 5 is available. Thank you, Joe. This has been one hell of a ride.

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11th Jun 2018, 9:58 AM

3DJutsu

Hey Joe, I just wanted to post a comment here and thank you for the journey you've taken us all on. I've been with the comic since it came out and I've followed the story over the years.

It's an ambivalent feeling, I wish the comic would go on but I'm also glad it's found an end. It is as they say after all, all good things must end.

It's been an amazing ride and I wish you the best in all things to come. So long and thanks for all the memories!

d-(^_^)z

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11th Jun 2018, 10:25 AM

Rondo Dito

Mr. Chalk, nothing but an unfilled outline. Feels appropriate. Now to wait for the finale!

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