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11th Jun 2018, 11:28 AM

Joe England

And that’s Zebra Girl.

Well, I have to thank everyone. Being thankful is a big part of my philosophy. So! I’m thankful to my family, naturally. Mom, Dad, Sarah… I’d like to dedicate Zebra Girl to Ashley, Sarah’s upcoming daughter and my niece to be.

And there are the fellow artists and writers who’ve been such helpful friends over the years… Raven, Jim, JP, Ian, T.O.M., Anne and Robin, and so many others… if I’ve left anyone out, please, forgive me. But there’s so many! It really takes a village.

And, of course, every one of you who’s taken part in this whole thing, who’s supported it in one form or another, whether through Patreon, by purchasing the books, or with simple encouragement. You. I consider you a friend.

Speaking of Patreon, now that the comic’s officially finished I’ll certainly understand if anyone chooses to end their support (I’ll be sending the last batch of wordless comics out to you all soon)! That said, I don't think I'll be closing the program just yet, since I do still have to create the final volume of Zebra Girl (and potentially a collected omnibus at some point in the future). And, heck, I'm still a starving artist.

I’ll also be finishing certain parts of the website. The archives need to be updated to include the old April Fools’ day strips and the proper dates for most of the old comics. The fan art and fiction sections are long overdue…. I guess I won’t be receiving much in the way of fan work anymore (though "Mister Dictionary" created what might be the very last one by vocalizing Chalks poem in remarkable fashion). But, who knows! Maybe the comic's conclusion will inspire people somehow.

Maybe the comic will inspire people for a long time. I hope so.

Next Friday I think I'll make a bookend page. You know, like a sign saying "Zebra Girl has concluded! Look through the archives to experience the journey!" Something like that. I might answer a few lingering questions.

I'm not sure how to feel right now. Good, I think. Kind of small and big at the same time. As usual, I'm running on a degree of sleep deprivation which blunts my ability to translate my emotions per page. I'm sure I'll find the words later.

For now, I'll just say... I hope you enjoyed your stay.

I know I did.

-Joe

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COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE

11th Jun 2018, 11:19 AM

Quin

Thank you for an amazing ride, and for being such an awesome person! Even when something happened in the comments that made me look sideways a bit, you handled it with absolute grace.

I have so many questions about all the details that have beendropped into these last fee pages, but I suppose that’s intended on your part. Zebra Girl ends with some mysteries. If you ever come back to tell stories about any of them, I’ll be waiting eagerly, though. Congratulations on a completed work.

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11th Jun 2018, 12:00 PM

Guest

I think he should do an AMA in reddit now that this is complete. "I just completed a webcomic of 18 years and boy are my arms tired."

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12th Jun 2018, 9:12 AM

fastpilot

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11th Jun 2018, 11:21 AM

Mri_Kel

I've been a reader since around 2005 and I just really have to say it was worth it. You brought some really great characters to life in an amazing world with a story that was always entertaining and left me breathless and guessing many times. So here's to you Joe England and a job well done.

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11th Jun 2018, 11:34 AM

CrankyCat

Thank you so much for all the years of Zebra Girl!

The End

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11th Jun 2018, 11:34 AM

Conor

What a ride. Thanks for the great story. I'll be keeping an eye out for whatever, if anything you decide to do next... and also for book five so I can throw money at you.

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11th Jun 2018, 11:36 AM

Mooncalling

I don't think I have ever commented, but I just wanted to say thank you for all the years of beautiful art and story. I have memories of sitting in my dorm room circa 2002 stumbling onto Zebragirl back on Keenspot from another webcomic I used to read back in the day, The Devil's Panties. I have read many, many webseries over the years, my interests waxing and waning as time passed. By this one, this is the only one I have stuck with for so long. Through the breaks and hiatuses, and the move from keenspot, to another host that never let me register for the forums, to here...I have always followed. So again, thank you Joe for sharing your creation. Thank you for giving us this delightful and haunting story. Just, thank you.

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11th Jun 2018, 11:39 AM

Wallace

Thank you for such an incredible experience. I will miss this story, but I'm glad you were able to bring this saga to a fitting conclusion.
I raise a glass to you, sir. Thank you for sharing this tale with us.
I look forward to seeing what you do next.

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11th Jun 2018, 11:45 AM

Héctor I.B

Man, congratulations, im moved even when im not the oldest reader(started around 2016) but i had a great ttime seing your art evolve, because tobe sincere the first pages are a pretty messy.
Anyway i see your thanks and i respond with an ultra mega hyper evolved luxury ultimate edition:THANKS


and a potato

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11th Jun 2018, 11:56 AM

Big Nemo

I have little to add, to what other people here have already said... Congratulations, and thank you for sharing your work with us. Both your writing and artwork are superb, not to mention the ability to bring this beautiful tale to its end over all these years (how many promising webcomics I have seen crash and burn during the same years!)

I have no idea what you are planning to do next, but I am surely looking forward to it!

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12th Jun 2018, 4:18 PM

Question Asker

What's your avatar from? I know it's from a video but for the life of me I can't remember where I saw it

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12th Jun 2018, 5:07 PM

Song-fox

The video is called "Everybody Else Has Had More Sex Than me"
The 1 on his chest is how many time he's had it
and his keyboardist, who wears a bag over his head, is 0

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15th Jun 2018, 4:11 AM

Big Nemo

Correct ;-)

The song is from an Australian band named TISM. Crazy bunch. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TISM

Video by artist Bernard Derriman.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa6-XaqpAeNg-6OSzNPhtbQ

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11th Jun 2018, 11:58 AM

OldKobold

Thank you for years of entertainment and wonder. You've done amazing work and I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

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11th Jun 2018, 11:58 AM

Vicki

Thanks for a great read. I remember stumbling on this comic in high school and now I've been out of college for five years... time has flown by. Thanks for sticking with it when so many other good stories have been abandoned. Are you starting another project after this one?

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11th Jun 2018, 12:01 PM

Nekko

Glad I read to the end.

Amazing story. Amazing progression in style. Amazing characters. Amazing everything. this was a great achievement and you should feel nothing but pride. Thanks for the fun ride!

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11th Jun 2018, 12:04 PM

Guest

And that's game. To bring joy is a wonderful thing and you certainly delivered Trapezius-sized bucketfuls with each strip.

Time to relax for a while, you've earned it (15 seconds should be enough, right? Producing art can be hell and we know there's no breaks in hell, now are there).

Just let us know when you're off on a new project, so we can be there on the day it's put out for the first time :)

Maybe the bookend page can be you evolving to a new form (as Nefastis) or a "CUT! That's a wrap!" scene with Sam behind a camera as if he were back producing his old show. :)

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11th Jun 2018, 12:05 PM

AuthorX

Wow, I've been thinking about what you say since the epilogue started, but I never came up with anything that felt grand enough. I guess I'll just say that I've been reading Zebra Girl for a long time - not since the beginning, but it certainly feels like a long long time ago - and it's strange for it to be finished. Zebra Girl is one of those comics that I would send pages of to my friends, and didn't understand why they weren't immediately sucked in by the art and mystery. I used Mr. Chalk as my online avatar on and off for a while (I wasn't trying to be an edgy villain, I swear, it was just a cool riff on an "anonymous" face). I think it shaped the way I think about urban fantasy, especially Jack's form of wizardry, more than the one or two sessions of White Wolf games I played in college (although now that I think about it, this would make a good setting for Urban Shadows). Heck, it also changed the way I thought about comics when webcomics were all the rage, and I was convinced black and white comics were "lazy" (yes, your elaborate linework was anything but)

I guess that's the most profound thing I can say: this comic has been a part of my life and impacted my thinking in obvious and subtle ways, and while it's strange to think of it as a closed book, I'm glad it had a solid and hopeful ending.

And as a Chalk fan/speculator, thanks for letting him have his last hurrah before the book closed.

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11th Jun 2018, 12:20 PM

Fafnir13

I certainly enjoyed my stay and I’m sure i’ll even visit again. Could be fun to run through the archives in one go.
When you do make the omnibus (potentially years down the road, I’m sure), would you consider a decently sized appendix with extra bits you’ve dropped like how the world will deal with the rabbit person population and other bits of interesting lore?

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11th Jun 2018, 12:20 PM

Nestor

What? It's over? No I wasn't ready!

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11th Jun 2018, 12:23 PM

Nadriel

It's been an enjoyable read- been (quietly) here since the beginning. And I'll now have to go through and read it all again!

Thanks for all the hard work and for the enjoyable and interesting story!

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11th Jun 2018, 12:24 PM

Theome

I've been following the comic since 2002, and I have to say that it has been quite a wild ride. I'm so glad to see that it game to an ending that I hope you were happy with. There's maybe one thing I would have loved to have seen, or to know what happened, and that is what happened for both Viv and Mabel, since it seemed like they would eventually connect with her in the future, especially with all the magical folks in the world now.

Regardless, thank you for the years, and thank you for the stories.

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11th Jun 2018, 12:34 PM

Jason

Thankyou for everything Joe. 18 years and a world turned from one to another. Its hard to think its already been that long with so much change. You're lucky and so are we, to have had a fun ride/read over the years. I hope you continue to do so amazingly at everything you try as you did here with this crazy but wonderful webcomic.

Thankyou again for creating a long worked on wonderful gift and just giving it away to the world. It's a bit of a happier, better place for it.

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11th Jun 2018, 12:34 PM

Jason

Thankyou for everything Joe. 18 years and a world turned from one to another. Its hard to think its already been that long with so much change. You're lucky and so are we, to have had a fun ride/read over the years. I hope you continue to do so amazingly at everything you try as you did here with this crazy but wonderful webcomic.

Thankyou again for creating a long worked on wonderful gift and just giving it away to the world. It's a bit of a happier, better place for it.

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11th Jun 2018, 12:41 PM

Guest

This has been just so wonderful. Thank you!

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11th Jun 2018, 12:46 PM

Tiny Dragon

Thank you for everything, your work is fantastic

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11th Jun 2018, 12:48 PM

Sarah

I just have to chime in to share an ode to this great artist and the world's best brother.

He has given his time, his caring, and his art for eighteen years because that's just who he is--someone who gives everything of himself to others.

And you all have given your time, caring, and, in many cases, art right back... what an awesome circle of awesomeness! If this isn't the circle of life (cue Lion King) I don't know what is.

It has been a pleasure to behold. And I look forward to seeing it continue on through the years as new generations get to experience (and add stories to) Zebragirl.

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11th Jun 2018, 11:28 PM

Joe England

Aw, shucks, Sarah! Thanks. And, hey, she's right, everyone. You're awesome!

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11th Jun 2018, 12:52 PM

Piebald

Oh wow Sandra's world has changed so much! Tomie was the third eve after all! I can't believe this is it. Such an amazing comic, I'm going to miss it. All these years reading, now there's gonna be a zebragirl shaped hole in my heart. Thanks for the ride Joe!

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11th Jun 2018, 1:18 PM

Miscy

Thanks for the wonderful present this year and for all you've given me over the years. I've enjoyed your comic so much. Hope you share another story with us again in the future. Thanks again.

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11th Jun 2018, 1:19 PM

Miscy

It's my bday :)

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11th Jun 2018, 1:19 PM

Guest

Heavens it's gotten dusty on this webpage. I think somebody's chopping onions, too. Does anyone have a tissue?

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11th Jun 2018, 1:23 PM

GameSage

Thanks for all the memories, Joe. While I never participated much in the community, you made something that was a wonderful outlet for a nerdy teen feeling out of place in the world. I'm glad you get this closure and wish you luck in your future endeavours!

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11th Jun 2018, 1:33 PM

not a dog

Thank you for your work on this comic! I can't even imagine working on a creative endeavor that lasts for 18 years -- having read through the archives, your love for "Zebra Girl" shines through at every stage of its development.
If you ever publish the entire comic in a single volume (I like keeping serials together, but my personal library tends to migrate on me), I'll find a way to purchase it. Especially if there's a hardback version that looks like Zandra's book of memoirs at the end!

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11th Jun 2018, 1:36 PM

Arratay

Hello. I was around since 2011 and in that time I read your story three times throug up to the latest update at the time. First time was when I found this story, second time was when you were on hiatus when Sandra become Zandra and for the third time when you anounced that this is the last chapter of this story. Now I'm going to make it for the fourth time. In those years I was checking every friday/saturday (due the schledule at the time) for updates and I know that I will continue to do so onward. This story is masterpiece of art and I hope that you will not let us wait for too long for your next project. This page leaves me with this bittersweet feeling of love and longing. I wish you lot of happines in your life. You are a wonderfull person and a wonderfull artist.
Thank you for all the time and effort you put in this story.

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11th Jun 2018, 1:39 PM

Casewerker

Thankyou, Joe. I've been following this from almost the beginning, and seeing it come to an end is poignant. This is a really well realized ending at that. "Wonders never cease." Perfect last words of the comic to show the future world that Zandra has helped build.

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11th Jun 2018, 1:47 PM

Michael B. Engish

Congradulations on completing a goal that took a generation, Joe. You've gone from wannabee comic artist to pro, and made characters that people will remember for their rest of their lives.

If you were a pony, right about now you would be stretching out a new pair of wings. Well done!

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11th Jun 2018, 2:11 PM

Zander

Congrats on finishing the series in such a great fashion. I've been reading this since the magi-net arc not sure how long ago that was. Thanks for everything!!!

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11th Jun 2018, 2:12 PM

Michael

Thanks Joe!!!

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11th Jun 2018, 2:12 PM

Silent Reader

I've never commented before, but I felt I should at least once now that the final page has been posted. I started reading your comic when I was fifteen (I'm thirty now, time flies!) and it's definitely the longest running comic I've ever followed. So many fall into indefinite ends and never have any sort of conclusion. It's nice to see the story wrap up.

Thank you for all your hard work. I enjoyed reading your story over the years and will definitely keep an eye out on any future projects you might have in the future. Good luck!

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11th Jun 2018, 2:23 PM

DotRook

I'm smiling so much right now. The town of miscellaneous has never looked quite so bright and alive.

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11th Jun 2018, 2:32 PM

Gromweld

Thank you for your time and creativity, Mr. England. It has been appreciated. I look forward to whatever you choose to do next.

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11th Jun 2018, 2:33 PM

Kirt Dankmyer

Hmmm. And we're left to wonder about that little girl. Probably just as well.

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11th Jun 2018, 2:35 PM

Ginny

... I don't know what to say that I haven't said already.

I'm so happy it came this far, but I'm so depressed that it's over...

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11th Jun 2018, 2:46 PM

Throne-King

This has been one of the best stories I’ve followed to the end. I celebrated a birthday Yesterday, and reading the last page today takes me back to when I first found it. The art, the story, the characters. Nothing made me happier to read and share this journey with all my Friends. I would get miffed when I caught up to the current page, knowing I’d have to wait.... again. But this, this was something worth waiting for. This was something that demanded attention and commanded respect. So thank you Joe, for making everyone’s stay enjoyable. It brings a tear to my eye to see it end, but this is the most awesome post- birthday gift I unintentionally received. Thank you.

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11th Jun 2018, 3:10 PM

Vic

The perfect world for me is right there, in fiction. Always beautiful and out of reach. Real life is pointless, lonely and now even more empty.
Thank you. Just wish it didn't have to end.

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11th Jun 2018, 11:27 PM

Joe England

Fantasy grows out of reality, Vic. Believe me, I've been meditating on this for a long time. Fiction makes plain the finer points of life, it would be nothing without the world it comes from.

It's true that the way of things can be hard, bitter, and disappointing, but fantasy is not separate from the waking world. It's part of it. Every good dream has its roots in the hearts and minds of real people.

And just as reality feeds fantasy, sometimes fantasy feeds reality. We take what we need from our stories and wishes and apply them in different ways to our lives and the lives of others. The influence of these works lingers and spreads and grows as they're revisited and retold. And there's always another story to find!

I'm sorry if the world seems pointless and lonely and empty, but fantasy is just one of the tools we have that makes it less so. It's not an escape, it's medicine. And if my work has made the world a little better, then there are others all around you which can do the same.

That's how I feel. Maybe it's treacle, but I know I'm not wrong. I know that my world is better just by knowing that you're there, Vic. That you've enjoyed my work, that it's meant something to you, and that it's had the power to make things a little lighter. So take care, Vic. And believe me, there are always ways to make life seem a little more meaningful, a little less lonely, and a little more full.

Stories aren't exits, they're guideposts pointing back to reality. They show the best of what's really out there.

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11th Jun 2018, 3:16 PM

Ovnuniarchos

Thanks for giving us these 15 (are they 15?) years of magic, and for ending it, instead of aborting it.

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11th Jun 2018, 3:23 PM

Alberic

Thanks for the wild ride, Joe. Can't quite remember the first page of Zebra Girl that I ever read (sometime after the "Angels with Dirty Fur" arc, at least) but I guess I've been reading it for a while. I'm sad that I have to retire it from the roster of webcomics I check regularly, but I'm so glad that it had a finale rather than meandering off into obscurity, unfinished. You've created something beautiful... thanks again for sharing this with us for so long.

If you do that hardcover omnibus, I'd probably get it, even though I already have a few of the paperback volumes with the intention of rounding out the set. This is one of those series I'd pass down to my future kids, and a big, durable book seems like just the thing that'd stand up to the years of wear and tear.

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11th Jun 2018, 3:38 PM

NJNerdQueen

Thank you so much for this comic, joe. I've been reading for, God, 12 years? 13? It's been my favorite for all that time. Thank you so so much for all those years of enjoyment. Are books still on sale? When will the final volume be available for purchase?

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11th Jun 2018, 3:53 PM

Vero

I love how bittersweet the ending to this fantastic comic was. You've done amazing Joe, you stuck with this comic and evolved it into something wonderful.

As for Zandra, I like that she's looking out into a legacy created by her and her friends (Wizards, werewolves, vampires, rabbit people and BOOK people!?)

I wish you the best, and hope that you continue to create stories, be it in this setting or something brand new.

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11th Jun 2018, 3:58 PM

Dainpdf

Thank you for all these years, and congratulations on finishing! It's still surreal.
Oh, and in the end I didn't cry. Felt like doing it, but it just didn't come.

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11th Jun 2018, 4:08 PM

Kaza

thank you so much for this comic. i've been reading it since middle school (or therabouts) and it's so beautiful and one of my all-time favorites.

i love it so much, and this is a lovely place to end it.

i hope you keep making comics, your art and storytelling are so gorgeous.

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11th Jun 2018, 4:20 PM

Andrew_C

Congratulations on and thank you for this wonderful story.

I haven't always followed it dedicatedly, but Zebra Girl has always been one of the webcomics I come back too. The art and storytelling has been amazing. I may have mentioned it before, but this is one of the few webcomics to take proper advantage of the black and white medium.

Good luck with your next projects!

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11th Jun 2018, 4:28 PM

Destrustor

I feel like going on some epic speech, as long and great as I can make it, to honor everything that led to this. To pour pages upon pages of praise and admiration at your feet in the hopes of impressing upon you just how I feel, but I think the flowery words and grandiloquence would only distract from the truth of this very simple sentiment:

Thank you, Joe.
For all the hard work spent on making this story come to life, for all the dedication of keeping it up for eighteen years, and for the courage of letting go of this huge part of your life.
Thank you. You're certainly one of the people I respect the most in the world, and likely the one I admire most deeply.

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11th Jun 2018, 4:29 PM

Leif

Thanks Joe for a great story. Enjoy your rest, I'm sure you'll be busy again soon enough.

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11th Jun 2018, 4:39 PM

Frith Ra

Just adding my thanks and appreciations to many years of absolutely delightful (if quirky) artwork. I look forward to whatever you may do in the future (after the well-deserved and much needed rest), and hope that it's not too long (for my sanity's sake) before the itch gets to needing scratched again.

You've been an inspiration.

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11th Jun 2018, 4:46 PM

Shared Knowledge

Thanks. It's been wonderful to read, and to look at your style evolve day after day. It's rare to find a story that focuses so much on the evolution of characters. Oh, so many I enjoyed and loved!

It's sad though. It's the end. No more Zandra? Seriously? Won't you draw something sometimes, improvised, random, casual, about the crew? Such a story is difficult to shake off too. You can't just say "Here, I'm done" and close everything in a drawer. It's the way of artists to grow with their works, and something of their creations is destined to remain in them.

What about you, too? Where can we follow you? I'm sure you won't stop drawing either. And it would be a shame to let such a gorgeous style go.

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11th Jun 2018, 4:50 PM

TheSlugLady

I've been following this comment for years, and it's one of the few where I would get super excited when it updated. Everything from the art, to Viv's story to Zandra's character, EVERYTHING has been inspiring and fantastical. The world you made has inspired my own creations on some level. I adore this comic and can't wait to pick up the rest of the volumes to reread when the wifi isn't working. I can honestly say that ZebraGirl is one story I'm going to come back to again and again for a long time.

Thank you so much, Joe, It's been a HELL of a ride!

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11th Jun 2018, 4:54 PM

shiiallah

Thank you, Joe. Thank you for everything. I'm glad we were able to see the end. Thank you for showing it to us, and sharing it with us. Thank you for taking us along on this journey for the past two decades - it's been a hell of a long, strange trip and I wouldn't trade any of it. I hope you continue creating art and sharing it with us. :)

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11th Jun 2018, 4:59 PM

TheThird

Thanks for the ride, Joe. Let us know when you're starting up your next project!

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11th Jun 2018, 5:14 PM

morfos

Yeah, about that...Got a mailing list?

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11th Jun 2018, 5:11 PM

OwlBear

the Journey was great, I'll miss being on the road with you! i look forward to your next project

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11th Jun 2018, 5:12 PM

MochaKimono

It's bittersweet to see the comic end. I've been reading since this page: http://www.zebragirl.thecomicseries.com/comics/262

I was one of the early fanart contributors. I should make some new art to submit.

I think it's time to give the whole comic another reread, in fact. And I can't wait to see what other projects you make in the future, Joe.

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11th Jun 2018, 5:15 PM

Rob

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11th Jun 2018, 6:00 PM

Xel Unknown

Thank you for ending this lovely epic of a tale. Stories always better once they've gotten an ending in my opinion, far better an ending, any ending then none.

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11th Jun 2018, 6:02 PM

Sigurther

Excellent comic, satisfying end.

So what's next? XD

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11th Jun 2018, 6:03 PM

DrBry

I shall miss you.

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11th Jun 2018, 6:07 PM

Kilmo

I’ve read Zebra Girl since it was on Keenspot — geez, sixteen years ago? Of all the webcomics that came and went, Zebra Girl was the only one that stayed with me all this time. Over the years, it grew way above and beyond the quality and scope I saw in other webcomics. I forget when it happened, but at a certain point I just started thinking about it as “a comic I read on the web” more than “a webcomic.” Whatever you call it, it’s an incredible work that you should be immensely proud of, and I fully intend on owning whatever real-world compendium this gets piled together into, which I hope happens.

I’m sure some other people who’ve never commented before probably know where I’m coming from, but I hope you know your work had an audience beyond the names that popped up in the comments field from week to week. Thanks for making this and sharing it with us over the years. I’m really looking forward to whatever it is you do next, and however long it takes, I’ll be there for it.

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11th Jun 2018, 6:21 PM

ViolentSleep

I've been reading Zebra Girl for a very long time now (since keenspot at least), and I'm genuinely sorry to see it go. But what a fantastic journey it was, and a beautiful ending to my favourite webcomic.

It was an amazing story, and wonderful artwork to go along with it. I hugely appreciate all the work you put into it Joe, and I look forward to seeing what, if anything, you'll do next. This has been an amazing journey.

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11th Jun 2018, 6:28 PM

Thorin N. Tatge

I absolutely did enjoy my stay. Wish I could visit a lovely developing town like this one.

And wow, look how amazingly artful you got over the years! Zebra Girl was really an expertly wrought comic by the time you were done with it.

I expect I'll reread it eventually since there was so much goodness I forgot along the way. And maybe direct a person or two this way in time.

I also appreciate your love for rabbit people. =)

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11th Jun 2018, 6:28 PM

Michael Bugg

Joe, I've been reading since the early days, but never really commented before. Thank you for the wonderful ride, and your devotion to actually seeing the story through to its proper ending. And if there are some threads left dangling, well, that's life. To quote Robert Jordan, there are neither beginnings nor endings, but this is AN ending.

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11th Jun 2018, 6:38 PM

Z

Thanks for everything, man. It's been a fun - and very long - ride and I've thoroughly enjoyed it.

I honestly think that your comic is one of the few that should stand up there with many of the other great comics. And I don't just mean webcomics either.

Thanks for letting us share in this world and its characters.

I hope you do something else soon (though not so soon that you get burnt out) and that you'll keep us all informed.

See you, space cowboy.

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11th Jun 2018, 6:48 PM

Tarot_Deck

I haven't been with this comic for too long, at least not in terms of how long it's been around for, I only started reading a couple of years ago. But still, those have been an amazing couple of years, and this comic has played a large part in that, so thank you. And hey, the last page is on my 18th as well, so thanks again, even though you didn't realize it. I hope to one day see you make a new story for us all to enjoy in future.

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11th Jun 2018, 6:53 PM

Guest

BRAVISSIMO!!!

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11th Jun 2018, 7:11 PM

Shade

And that's the end of it. There's a song that has the refrain, "And the world spins madly on." I do believe that sums up both this last page and the end of the comic as a whole. Just because the story has been completed doesn't mean that the fictional world is ever truly done with in the hearts of its readers.

It's the mark of a good series when fans continue to clamor for more and ask questions years after the medium has been completed. You see that with ones like Harry Potter, where people still want to explore the world in various forms even long after the main series was completed. I feel that is the case here. We got AN end, but perhaps not THE end, if that makes any sense.

In the time I've read Zebra Girl, I've gone from a young teen to my late twenties. It's been a lot of changes just as the comic has gone through many itself. I feel it is a tale ultimately about growing up and finding your place in the world. I'm still working on the second one, but it's nice to think if characters as odd and quirky as this cast can do it, I too will find my own way in this oftentimes strange and unusual world.

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11th Jun 2018, 7:38 PM

Okori

Man.... I've lurked all this time, for 14 years that I've been reading. I've never spoken up because I was too shy. I really regret it... But now is as good a time as any to say what I feel.

This comic, and your hard work has been so so inspiring and motivating. When I was first creating comics, I looked up to you so much, and I enjoyed your world building, your monster designs, and how much love you put into your environments and each of your characters. Even though it's a black and white world, it felt full of vibrant colour to me. Everything is so rich and wonderful. Watching your art get better and better gave me a lot of hope. Even when you took breaks and returned, it was reassuring that it was okay to do that.

This is something I've come back to again and again, to re-read and will keep doing so as long as it's here to read.

Thank you for all your hard work, thank you for this story. I appreciate it so much. Making something like this, for free, on the internet feels thankless sometimes so I'm glad people are and have been telling you how much they love it. I love it so much. Thanks for Zandra, and for showing her coming to accept who she is. It's such an important message.

I don't know what more I can say to tell you how much of an impact your work had. It was just... huge. And even though I'm sad it's over, I'm also extremely happy that it came to a nice end.

Good luck with every new endeavour. If you start something new whenever you're ready, I want to read that too!

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11th Jun 2018, 7:54 PM

Rex Ivan

Wait. Was Mr. Chalk's poem what she was reading in those papers laid out on her desk? Is that what she's commenting on here by saying "that's kind of charming"? Did he somehow manage to imprint those last parting thoughts as his fading dust dispersed over the pages? Looks like he managed to stick around a little bit longer after all. Also, that last scene of the "human world" is looking more and more like all those sprawling surreal scenes of the Subfusc, like Zandra allowed parts of that world to follow her into ours.

Hey, so I've been reading your web comic for probably about 16 years now, lurking for the most part. I've always enjoyed your sense of humor and your style, and especially the way you tell stories without actually revealing everything directly outright. Thanks for doing it. I don't know if you'll make your next project a public thing or not, but if you do, I'll stick around for that one too. Thanks again.

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11th Jun 2018, 8:02 PM

Tyler

And thus it ends.
Not with a Whimper nor a Bang.
But, with a tip of the hat and a polite goodbye.

It seems surreal that this is ending but, right somehow like a great and amazing beast lying down for a well earned rest. Well, thanks Mr. England, for bringing us this comic and allowing us entry into your world. Have a nice life.

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11th Jun 2018, 8:10 PM

Cheuk

As another silent follower since the beginning, I wish to add my thanks for such a great story. It's sad to see the comic end, but at the same time I couldn't have imagined a better sendoff. Wish you all the best in your future endeavours!

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11th Jun 2018, 8:15 PM

Del

I hope you're not tired of being thanked yet! I started reading Zebra Girl around late 2000, which makes it just a little more than half my life I've been following it. Seeing it end now is like saying goodbye to an old friend. I read the whole thing start to finish to prepare for this, and I teared up more than once.

So thank you. It's been a wonderful journey, and whatever stories you decide to tell in the future, I'll be awaiting eagerly.

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11th Jun 2018, 8:47 PM

Derecho

Thanks for the ride! It's been fun following along for... I don't dare even try to think of how long. Thanks again!

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11th Jun 2018, 9:09 PM

RoaKaun

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/slow-clap

Applaud Heathens! It Is Finished!!

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11th Jun 2018, 9:18 PM

Gadora

Heck of a run. Thank you for sharing your work! It's been good times.

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11th Jun 2018, 9:38 PM

TheHiddenElephant

Vampires and werewolves and rabbits and books and goblins and demons and good memories all around. Another story ends, and it was good to the last page.

My memory is terrible. I know TV Tropes directed me here. I think I caught Zebra Girl just as you hopped onto Comicfury, right after Zandra in Wonderland or something like that. Either way, I cleared through the archive in a day and instantly bookmarked the webcomic. Of course, I later joined ComicFury, and realized you were on here too. But it was good times all the way around.

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11th Jun 2018, 9:46 PM

foxtrack

What can I say other than, its been a magical ride. I've been watching this comic for so long that I've forgotten when it was. None the less, it's a great thing to see such a work of art end on such a high note.

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11th Jun 2018, 10:16 PM

Your Obedient Serpent

I've been following since almost the beginning, Joe. Thank you for eighteen wonderful years.

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11th Jun 2018, 10:50 PM

Umbral Reaver

I've been here since near the very start. The comic has resonated with me so much. I'll miss it.

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11th Jun 2018, 11:14 PM

Guest

So few last so long or get to end on purpose, on their own terms. I'm glad you got both.

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11th Jun 2018, 11:23 PM

Omega

THANK YOU
THANK YOU
THANK YOU
THANK YOU
ITS BEEN AMAZING!

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12th Jun 2018, 12:35 AM

Greg

Hi Joe,

I just wanted to compliment you on doing an outstanding job. Every now and then there's a story that has something extra, that special spark that takes it from being merely idle entertainment to something more meaningful. Something that makes you feel like you’re tapping into something really important and true. I don’t think it’s the kind of thing that can be quantified or broken down, and I don’t think anyone’s ever done it justice with words, but whatever it is, you caught it with Zebra Girl, and you made something that will always stay with me. For that, thank you.

Best of luck in all of your future endeavors,

Greg

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12th Jun 2018, 12:51 AM

khazad

Thank you so much for this wonderfull comic.
I'll keep on visiting the site just to see if there are news about future project and of course the published books.
I'll miss Zandra & co... sniff

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12th Jun 2018, 1:24 AM

Ellie

What a great final page! What a fantastic ending line, and what a fantastic ending illustration!

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12th Jun 2018, 1:37 AM

e_voyager

That was a very very nice way to wrap up the story. Thank you for all the years of great Comics Joe.

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12th Jun 2018, 1:46 AM

Auron

'S that you I see in there Joe? If so glad you're admiring what you've created along with the rest of us. Just remember to keep us updated on whatever you decide to do next.

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12th Jun 2018, 2:15 AM

Sxeptomaniac

It's nice to see a story come to a conclusion, even if a little sad, sometimes. It's even better when it comes to a satisfying conclusion, and I think Zebra Girl has done that. Not everything has to be tied up in a neat bow, but we've seen the main characters grow, change, deal with pain and loss, recover from failure, and so much more.

I think I picked up the comment somewhere in the first couple years, and I'm really glad you stuck with it, and that I kept coming back to read more. Thanks for sharing the world and characters you created with us.

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12th Jun 2018, 2:16 AM

Tux

Holy shit, man. What a ride. What...a...ride. I've been lurking for--God--probably 15 of those 18 years, if not more (I may have commented once or twice), but I have always looked forward to every new installment of the comic. You've developed a phenomenal talent, and I look forward to where it goes next. Bravo.

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12th Jun 2018, 2:33 AM

Kaunisenkeli

Joe, I would just like to thank you for the years of this wonderful comic you brought into my life and the lives of others. I first started reading this around 2005-2006 as I was leaving the USAF and finally starting to get a grasp on an important issue in my life. Can't believe it's been so long, and through so many patches of light and dark. Thank you again, and good luck with future projects!

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12th Jun 2018, 2:56 AM

CW

Well, it's been an absolute pleasure.

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12th Jun 2018, 3:09 AM

Lachlan Redfern

I've said it once, and I'll say it again: This is my favourite comic. Nothing has gotten under my skin and in my dreams as this. Thank you Joe.

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12th Jun 2018, 3:27 AM

Novalyyn

This is the third comic I have gotten to see wrap up into a good, solid conclusion. I have been sad for each, seeing them go, but so very glad that they got a proper close.

Thanks for the ride. It was a delight.

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12th Jun 2018, 4:19 AM

arkbuilder12

Its been a long and wonderful ride, Thank you, thank you so very much for sharing it with us.

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12th Jun 2018, 4:33 AM

Sergio Caporal

For entertaining us all this time, with a beautiful story, charming characters, good irony and a only-apparently-light narration.

It has been one of the best online comics i ever read online all those years, and definitely one that deserves to be preserved in a cartaceous version.

Good luck for all what will come next and, once again, thank you very much.

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12th Jun 2018, 5:36 AM

BMcG

I have loved your comic since I first binged my way through it over night instead of writing an essay for university in 2004. Your art struck me immediately, the humour and the story kept me coming back. Your character development has been masterful.

Of all the webcomics I’ve read over the years, you’re has consistently been my favourite. Even during long hiatuses, I’d check every few weeks or every other month for an update while other comics undergoing the same hiatuses would fall forgotten from my favourites lists.
Reading Zebragirl has kept me working to improve my own art and storytelling and to try new styles and techniques. Seeing your work evolve over time helped with that. I feel like I grew up while your comic did.

Joe, Zebragirl will be missed, as will your often hilarious posts and ruminations below. The world is a little richer for having Zebragirl in it. Thank you for having the courage to end the story rather than let it grow stale.

I’ll check back again and again and again until the final book is released, eagerly waiting to complete my collection!

Thank you for giving Zandra, Crystal, Jack, Tomie, Wally and ALL their friends (and enemies) to the world. It’s been amazing.

I enjoyed my stay.

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12th Jun 2018, 5:50 AM

Mark

Thank you Joe!

I don't know what more to say than that. It really has been a remarkable ride, truly remarkable.

To have watched your art evolve over the years, to have seen the characters portrayed by that art evolve themselves has been a thing of utter joy.

Thank you.

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12th Jun 2018, 6:52 AM

Snadar

it has been a long run, and I have enjoyed it very much!
thank you.
been following Zebra Girl since 2002 (or was it 2003? or 2001?) yet this is my first comment ever. :)

will be ordering all the books together when finally available. I how you'll shipping to my distant corner of the world...

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12th Jun 2018, 7:28 AM

Synfony

Thank you so much, Joe. Take a rest, now, do something, or nothing, just for you.

I look forward to whatever you get up to next.

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12th Jun 2018, 7:40 AM

Siansaar

I see a Joeee...
Also, anytime you link me to an archive post, I feel compelled to read on and on and tend to waste half my day. Curse you!
Nah, but it's fun to see how your art and writing evolved every time.
Can't actually remember when I stumbled upon this comic, but I think I was still in school.
I'm sure it'll hit me much harder later on when I think about it.
Good show!

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12th Jun 2018, 8:07 AM

Joe Coyote

Bravo.

Congratulations on your journey Joe, it's been a hell of a ride since the beginning. This ending seems to be the best type, as it gives me the same bittersweet feelings as the end of Star Trek: The Next Generation or Deep Space Nine... The sort of slow panout of the world, without the feeling of burnout on the world but just that this story has reached a nice stopping point.

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12th Jun 2018, 8:18 AM

D0V1

Thank you for amazing work all these years and congratulations to rare feat of finishing web comic :)

From regular reader of many(10? - frankly have no idea) years.

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12th Jun 2018, 9:15 AM

fastpilot

How do you feel about fanfic? Crossover fanfic particularly? I'd kind Of like Jack the Plaid & company (some of them anyway) to show up in Gravity Falls and/or Sunnydale, CA.

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14th Jun 2018, 3:58 PM

Joe England

How do I feel about fanfic? Why, positively, of course! And crossovers are fun all day! Sunnydale? Gravity Falls? Sounds great!

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12th Jun 2018, 10:32 AM

BeerWolf

Joe, I thank you for this.
It's been wonderful.

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12th Jun 2018, 10:32 AM

BeerWolf

Joe, I thank you for this.
It's been wonderful.

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12th Jun 2018, 11:07 AM

McG

Thank you, Joe. And I'll thank you even more if you pick up the pen to give us something new and different, or to explore a new corner of the Zandraverse, or even if you change your mind and decide to write more ZG somehow.

Keep creating, and sharing it.

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12th Jun 2018, 11:37 AM

Spider

I've been reading Zebra Girl for the majority of the time I've been alive, and I didn't think I'd feel so emotional about it ending but here I am, a little overwhelmed! I'm gonna take some time to collect my thoughts and reply back but for now: Thank you so much Joe. Continuing to work on this all these year must have been horribly difficult at times, for various reasons, but you pushed through and wrapped it up. I imagine no one is as bittersweet about the end as you are. I look forward to any future projects you participate in and I hope your sister has a safe and easy birth!

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12th Jun 2018, 11:58 AM

Felix Domestica

... by ordering the PDFs to date.

(Since that's the goal, this isn't a complaint per session, but: $5 shipping fee on PDF order seems gratuitously wrong; you might consider fixing that.)

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12th Jun 2018, 12:00 PM

Sayman

I am a little surprised at how sad I am to see this end, I've been following for many years and will miss the routine of checking for the next update. But it's a great finale. If you ever do a full hardcopy, I'll be in line! :)

Thanks for the good times.

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12th Jun 2018, 12:05 PM

Jamster

I've been following this comic since..jeez. I don't know? 2002? 2004? I really don't remember. Rarely commented, but it has been my daily weekend glimpse into something absolutely fantastic.

I can't wait for the final book and the Omnibus. Book 1 and 2 are sitting on the shelf, still in the packaging, untouched, mint-conditioned and treasured.

I..hope there isn't also some sort of snack in there. ...That would be awkward someday.

Ahem.

Thanks you, Mr. England, for all those years :)

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12th Jun 2018, 12:13 PM

Gaisa

In all my time, I've only known of four (including ZG) web comics that have come to a proper conclusion, whereas others fell by the wayside.
Congratulations on being the fourth to complete such a fantastic feat!
Your comic and Zandra's story have been something I've followed since I first became aware of it, a long time ago.
Well done and good luck on your future ventures!

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12th Jun 2018, 1:57 PM

Argentan

Thank you for that wonderful story. It was quite a ride to see it evolving from hilarious to real deep. How your drawing style evolved. So, also thank you for all that time. I'm hoping you'll start something new...

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12th Jun 2018, 2:27 PM

Mike

Beautiful ending. I know it feels strange to me to have the series I have been reading for 16 years end, I can only imagine how it feels to you.
I want to say thanks for all the stories this past decade and a half and to let me know wh3n the omnibus will come out.
Also what happened to a lot of your extras tab bqck in the Keenspot/Keenspace days? Miss some of the little doodles you did there.

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12th Jun 2018, 2:27 PM

Mike

Beautiful ending. I know it feels strange to me to have the series I have been reading for 16 years end, I can only imagine how it feels to you.
I want to say thanks for all the stories this past decade and a half and to let me know wh3n the omnibus will come out.
Also what happened to a lot of your extras tab bqck in the Keenspot/Keenspace days? Miss some of the little doodles you did there.

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12th Jun 2018, 2:28 PM

Mr. Casual

Well, this was a long time in coming, but "all good things", etc. I've been saving my thoughts on this ever since it was announced this comic was ending, and I'm still not sure I have them all together on it. But now's the time.

Zebra Girl has been, by far, one of my favorite entries in my massive webcomic bookmark-roster.

The artwork has always been superb and detailed and interesting, with all kind of intricate details and fun things to look at, even back in its early "silly" days. Hell, I even fondly remember the "Joe does something" bits. Which I guess this counts as? I'll say it does.

The story, itself, was long and winding, like any good franchise-arc should be, with lots of twists and turns and surprises. I honestly never thought it'd come this way, with the old Sandra eventually becoming "Queen of the metaphysical world", or whatever she is now. I don't know that I'm _happy_ with this outcome, as Sandra always seemed far too lost, far too anxious, far too _human_ to rise to this level of ultimate power and confidence. But I am satisfied with it, as it's been a very good read, and it has been wrapped-up well.

All-in-all, Joe, I just want to say thank you for sticking with it. I know you've had problems with the project in the past, and almost lost faith in it once or twice, but you found the strength to carry on, and you really did it. You finished this massive, beautiful beast. :)

Thank you, truly. It's been a ride. We'll see you on the other side.

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12th Jun 2018, 3:02 PM

Dee

Thank you for the comic. I've been reading on and off for the last 10 years. Sad to see it end. But glad that it was given a proper end. So many other comics never get to that point and the artists vanish.

Although, it would be great if you considered more stories within the world of Zebra Girl. Even if they are just short comic stories.

I do have a question, maybe I missed it, but was there ever an explanation for the girl Zandra tucked into bed and her identity? I'd really like to know where she came from.

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12th Jun 2018, 6:51 PM

shiiallah

To me, the girl that Zandra tucked into bed a few comics back looks an awful lot like another version of Mabel. Zandra did want to be her mother, but she wasn't ready - perhaps now she is?

http://zebragirl.thecomicseries.com/comics/595

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12th Jun 2018, 3:57 PM

Steve Ford

Sorry I haven't posted comments much over the years. I've enjoyed the entire run, having started in 2001 (or maybe it was 2002?).

One of the themes that has been especially meaningful to me are the connections that are forged between people, and how some of them last through thick and thin, and others crumble to dust on the winds of might-have-been. 18 years ago, I had a major life change, and it was striking to see my own relationships evolve in parallel with Sandra's.

(It's also an interesting coincidence that, 18 years ago, I craved humor, but as the years progressed, my hunger for depth grew. Zebra Girl's evolution tracked my own pretty closely.)

Anyway, thanks for sticking with the story and bringing it to a good stopping point. You're one of the greats.

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12th Jun 2018, 7:26 PM

KLCtheBookWorm

I can't remember when I started reading, but I was immediately grabbed by the story and the art. Thank you for both and bringing the story to a close.

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12th Jun 2018, 7:57 PM

CyberSkull

Wow.

Quite the journey.

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12th Jun 2018, 8:44 PM

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13th Jun 2018, 12:09 AM

Trivia

I started reading in 2001, often with year long breaks between epic catching-up sessions. It always felt like somewhere out there, you were still making this incredible work of scratchy, high contrast, skilled draftsmanship that I could always lose myself in.

I identified so much with Sandra, with feeling like a monster, finding your humanity in spite of it.

This comic is one of the reasons I became an artist (which I did professionally for almost a decade before selling out and getting a Real Job, art's just for fun and the occasional rush project now), I could never draw a good Sandra, but the coils and spirals you added in every page are a part of what goes into most of the work I love.

Thank you. I feel like we're around the same age (I'm turning 34 soon), and I always felt like I was watching the experience of a peer, with knowing nothing about them.

ANYWAYS this became much more about me than about this awesome work, but I just wanted to let you know how much your work touched a teen, all the way through their life and into adulthood.

Thank you Joe, can't wait to see what you do next.

(And maybe I'll try giving Zandra a shot now that I'm a little more studied)

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13th Jun 2018, 12:49 AM

Coyote

Thank you for many years of delight. Zebra Girl will always be one of my favorite comics.

You managed to entertain, to tell a story, and to spark even more stories - and you went on for years!

Best wishes. May you have success in all your ventures. And if you ever do anything else you can show off, I know we'll all love that.

But wherever your journeys take you, thank you for the one you took us along.

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13th Jun 2018, 1:07 AM

Baby Blue

This comic has been quite the ride for me over the past few years. I started reading in 2006, then dropped it for a few years. I dropped a lot of webcomics in that time. I came back in 2012, and oh boy did I binge. For the past ~6 years, I've checked every day for an update (excluding breaks/hiatuses.) I just want to say Joe, you did a phenomenal job, in both art and story.
I am sad that this journey came to an end, but I am glad for having been here to experience it.

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13th Jun 2018, 1:45 AM

JSoup

I started reading this comic way back in 2001 and it's on my regular check list since then. It's been quite the ride. Thank you for sharing this story and sticking with us over the years.

Aside from purchasing physical copies when all the volumes are available, I'll be waiting to see what you come up with next. Perhaps another 18 year story. :D

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13th Jun 2018, 2:30 AM

CD

I don't do "fan mail" or typically leave comments to artists, but Zebra Girl has been one of my weekly habits since the beginning of the run. I'll miss seeing new strips, but thank you for this wonderful story, thank you for keeping with it and refining your craft over the years, and thank you ending it well.

I don't know what your plans are from here, Joe, but I hope another story finds you, i would be delighted to follow you for another string of years. I wish you success and happiness in whatever your next steps are.

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13th Jun 2018, 3:29 AM

Catie

Thank you, Joe. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It's so good, and I've loved it, and I miss it already. I'll be rereading for years to come. I'm glad it brought you joy.

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13th Jun 2018, 5:31 AM

Valentine

Now this is interesting. It's a much closer match for the dream than I'd expected. I'd thought that "Khazam's" visit was a premonition about one possible outcome of Sam's post-return visit, where Sam would ask pointed questions and leave uneventfully instead of being knocked out. But with the accuracy of the dress, city, and "Khazandra" name, does this mean that a young rabbit will be visiting at some point?

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13th Jun 2018, 8:00 AM

Oh man

I've been following thing under the name Ren since the beginning with little commenting but thank you. I am trying not to cry. This had been a wonderful journey to behold, thank you so much ❤!!! You are an inspiration to my 31 year old heart :'3

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13th Jun 2018, 8:44 AM

Scribbleykins

Many, many thanks for this wonderful ride, Joe. As a long-time fan and follower, it's strangely gratifying to see this amazing personal project of yours, filled with lovingly handcrafted art and fiction, come to a successful, if wistfully bittersweet (and lovely!) conclusion. And I really do mean the long-term bit! It's gotta be something like 16+ years now that I've followed Zebra Girl. The comic's like an old friend I keep dropping by - or possibly a landmark location of significance that I just can't stop revisiting as I try to move on with my life. Though now... now at last, perhaps I CAN CAST OFF THESE CHAINS OF ENTERTAINMENT AND FINALLY BE FREE! FREEEEEE!

Nah. Gonna buy them books when I can.

My funds are sparse at the moment, but my hope is to eventually stock all of the ZebraBooks for my personal library. It's an abiding work of artistic passion that sprung out of the webcomics era of the early 2000s AND YOUR CREATIVE HEART and is worth it for that and so many other reasons besides. What else can I say? You've left an impression.




Oh right, I can totes say a whole lot elses.

Best of luck with all future endavours, Mr. England, and I hope you'll keep us all abreast (HUR HUR) of them! So long, and thank you for all the stripes, you maniacal crosshatcher! Remember to do your squats and to keep a healthy lifestyle! Live to be a million starving artist years! (Which in human years I think is past 100?) Drink your milk! Brush your teeth! Catch up on 18 years' worth of lost sleep! And above all, take care.

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13th Jun 2018, 8:55 AM

Jon Lycett-Smith

I think I've been reading since sometime in 2002, and loved your writing at first read, your artwork caught up fast and I remember my love affair began with the Wolves around strip 311.

Sandra's journey through the human condition via damnation and redemption has been a part of my weekly life, and I salute your effort and talent.

Thanks Joe.

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13th Jun 2018, 9:48 AM

Jeff

Found this right around the halloween arc with Mike. It's been a pleasure.

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13th Jun 2018, 10:24 AM

John

What an amazing ride. Thank you.

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13th Jun 2018, 12:15 PM

NoRAd

Thanks, Joe. It's been real (actually it's been modern fantasy, but you get what Inmean).

Looking forward to your next project, but I totally understand if you need a break from update pressure.

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13th Jun 2018, 12:51 PM

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13th Jun 2018, 1:34 PM

Ice Raven

Thanky most kindly for the great Story / Art! ;)

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13th Jun 2018, 3:39 PM

JeBas

Thank you, I've enjoyed the ride.

Hopefully, after a well deserved rest, you are cursed with creativity again, and you share that journey with us in the future.

Regardless of whether the curse takes or not, I have loved the art and found myself staring at certain pages just to take it all in, and I found the story as interesting as the art work. I'm grateful for the trip, and thank you for taking me along.

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13th Jun 2018, 4:29 PM

Vosla

Joe... I stand by my last comment. Though the story of Zebra Girl is concluded and you are "free" to do other stuff for a change... You know you have still the fantastic world you created and could come back anytime to tell another story. Maybe it's a short one about a hopelessly ineffective goblin assassin or a massive one like the travels of Eve. You did spoke the spell and your world, the world of Sarah/Zarah expanded all that years and got more and more excellent (both in art and story) while you learned your ways in it until this very moment of closing the book on it. The story ended but the world remains. Shoo, make something of your liking, something to take a break, something new. A part of me will wait in that magic realm you've woven, smile to those who explore your story as new readers (Dang, that sounds... a bit scary). It's not only that other people are able to explore - you can return anytime if you see fit. A note at the end: No, I'm not crazy or a drug addict. Just an aged wanderer who recovered his inner child and the magic from the childhood. So if you ever happen to meet a massive, big black-clad guy with a feeble grin and a terrible german accent - there is a chance it might be me, just wave back. Just kidding, I never ever leave my troll cave. I don't need the light, I have stories like yours.

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13th Jun 2018, 5:16 PM

Onearmed Atlas

Ab aeterno, ad infinitum, nihil novum sub sol.

To all things comes an end.

I'll miss you Joe, I'll miss the feelings that Mr.Chalk gave me, that sense of suspension when it felt that the story could only become more intense and exciting.

To all things comes a beginning.

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13th Jun 2018, 10:55 PM

Dark Lord of Bunnies

Thank you Joe. I've enjoyed your work for...what feels like forever. I remember the hiatus you took years ago and hoping that it wouldn't become permanent. I'm so glad it didn't. You gave us a beautiful journey, and an end beyond any I hoped for. I look forward to whatever you do next and buying that big omnibus edition- I'm a sucker for GIANT BOOKS.

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13th Jun 2018, 11:02 PM

K.C.

That is all.

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13th Jun 2018, 11:18 PM

Verant

My first time commenting, right as the curtain closes. I've been following Sand-Zandra's adventures for years now, and while it's a shame to say goodbye, it has been quite the pleasure seeing you craft this story. Thank you for sharing it with us, and for all your work.

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14th Jun 2018, 4:26 AM

Tseug

Ever since I stumbled across this (so long ago that I can't remember why or how I found it in the first place) it has been an absolute pleasure to read. A moving, warming and chilling, surprising delight.

You have managed to put together something special. Something that I have recommended to all my friends (though none have read because they're all tasteless freaks who don't understand that webcomics can reach this level of quality). Something that I will be sad is coming to an end.

But something I am glad to have experienced before the end.

Thank you.

And good luck!

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14th Jun 2018, 10:47 AM

DemiserofD

What a story! You've got a great thing here. You should go back and redraw some of the earlier comics ;)

Well done.

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14th Jun 2018, 2:40 PM

Fikule

Just curious, not worth a comic, but are you able to clear up what happened with Broadshoulders?

Is he still in hell under Zandra's control or did she ever let him out?

Also curious if, as I live and breathe, Mary Shrieks went to London :P

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14th Jun 2018, 6:50 PM

Joe England

Not to worry, Broadshoulders and Zandra parted on surprisingly good terms! No word on Mary's proximity to London, though.

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14th Jun 2018, 4:27 PM

Kirt Dankmyer

Ah, yes, Keenspot. That's definitely where I started reading this. I sometimes go back there and shake my head that Superosity still exists. But it birthed a few good things, Zebra Girl chief among them.

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14th Jun 2018, 4:38 PM

l33tninja

Thank you for the comic. I'm happy-sad it's finished. All the best.

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14th Jun 2018, 4:45 PM

Regina the dragon

Thanks for the story! I have more to say. But, like good endings, Let's keep this short. I came at the start unsure, and uncaring. I stayed in the middle intrigued, and ...Interested? I stayed to the end somewhat satisfied, and gracious.

Maybe, just maybe, I'll start my own? There might come a time, but in the end I thank you. For all the time, and unknowing support. through the years you made a few tough spots... live able to say the least.

FIlled a hole I didn't know I had. So again thank you. If i write a tail. Maybe you'd come? I love to share one with you! Just gotta wrangle the characters is all!

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14th Jun 2018, 5:32 PM

Raven

This has been a trip from beginning to end. Been watching this comic for years, I honestly don't remember when I started but it has always been a treat.

Better to end with grace than to live on as a zombie and I dare say you pulled off this ending with quite a lot of flare.

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14th Jun 2018, 10:04 PM

Departure_Dave

Wow, that house got massive compared to the first page. Just like the cast. =)

The town seems a lot more full now too!

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14th Jun 2018, 10:22 PM

A Long Time Reader

Wow!!
Awesome story!
And you completed it!
(That's an amazing accomplishment!)

Thank you!

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15th Jun 2018, 12:24 AM

Bloodwyvern

Congrats, and thank you for such a wild ride.

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15th Jun 2018, 2:19 AM

Kerinbot

Goodbye...
Just for now, and not forevers.

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15th Jun 2018, 7:37 AM

MelTorefas

Found this comic more years ago than I can even remember. Sad to see it end but it ended well, and you can't ask for more than that!

I wanted to say that this comic was a huge source of inspiration for me. In particular, Sandra's travels after Jack banished her had a powerful impact on me. I loved the locales she visited and the strangeness of everything, and it made me want to create a sort of dreamlik setting of my own.

I've been working on that setting for about 6 years now; it is the most rewarding creative project I have ever done, and I owe a lot of it to Zebra Girl. Thank you for the comic, with all its ups and downs, and good luck in whatever you do from here on!

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16th Jun 2018, 2:55 PM

impern

i found this story so long ago, and i've followed it on and off for - since i was a teenager, honestly, and well into being an adult now. seeing Sandra find a happy ending, content in herself? it means a lot, somehow.

it's been an excellent ride. i'm glad to have been here to see it as it comes to an end.

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17th Jun 2018, 12:14 PM

Dara

It's hilarious to go back to the first strip and the original version of the house. It makes a lovely contrast, and hey, it's even metaphorical.

Thank you for everything.

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17th Jun 2018, 10:56 PM

Dae

Is it right to pour one out for the comic?

I feel like it would be more appropriate to find some odd seed which would germinate in a fine, japanese bourbon.

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18th Jun 2018, 11:26 AM

Silverhand

18 years doesn't seem like a such a long time, until you realize that the story evolved along with the creator and the readers that stuck around to finish it. There were times when I was worried the comic would just die, but you kept it going all the way to the end. Thank you for an amazing story, I am sad to see it end, but I am also glad it did end. All good stories do eventually reach an end. Joe Good luck with your next ventures and maybe someday in the future I will add to the story in my own way or share the story with my children when they are old enough.

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18th Jun 2018, 5:18 PM

The_Rippy_One

Welp, I was here in the early days, and I'm here in the late ones.

and I mean late; I just re-read it all...well, at least it's almost time to go to sleep again, so, yay?

damn, what a ride.

and now I'm crying.

crud.

I AM GOING TO MISS YOU, YOU DAMN RABBIT!

you better not bug out on us. you are important to us joe!

And I'm going to miss all your characters, too. quite a lot.

but, it was...a good ending, all things considered. a proper one.

...i do hope you do more...you've got a talent...well, several, if we are being accurate.

do you know how hard it is to proof read through tears?

Will so buy the omnibus. XD Just tell us when and where.

I wouldn't mind seeing some vignettes about how things go for everyone. brief character studies, a day in the life of each of our principle players; nothing overacring or complicated. Just a thought if you find yourself at loose ends for what to do on the patreon.

ah gods joe. you did well. you did damn well. and it's been an honor to be along to watch.

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19th Jun 2018, 10:58 AM

CorvusCorax

It's been just one week and I'm already missing the comic.

Would you be willing to do some occasional humorous short-strips covering Zandra's reign? No grand storyline, just shorts that can be read in any order and are funny or thoughtful or both.

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