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NEWS for 04/04/09: Aren't you thankful that Mawgan Dell has more fan fiction for us? A new chunk of his story? Aren't you?? I'm so thankful, I drew on it. What did you do?? Nothing, that's what! Unless you're Mawgan, in which case you wrote it. If so, thanks Mawgan!
But wait! There's more! I said wait! Come back. Okay, someone asked if I couldn't make up a desktop of Mr. Chalk's grin, so... I did. What? That's the end of the story. Bottom row, go get it if you want it.
I'm weary now.

-Joe

NEWS for 03/20/09: I'm back, I'm here, it's okay. Don't panic.
Sorry I dropped the ball last week, but hey, we're still chugging along pretty nicely compared to how we used to... uh, chug. Anyway, look here. This is a super good update, because venerable authors Mawgan Dell and Paul Spears are getting down to business!
Mawgan's making a sequel of sorts to his epic, Angels and Demons. Yeah, I know, right? Chronicles of a Demon! Fun times.
Hooah. And hey, wow, Paul Spears! Damaged continues apace, and continues to be mildly illustrated. Damn, Paul! This stuff continues to impress me. JTHM! Z? Hell yeah, Z!
In fact, I'm impressed by all the fan fiction I've gotten from you guys. I should mention that more. I go back to the Fan Fiction section and browse all the great stories featuring my characters, and let me tell you, it just brings a smile. Man, GarethC even made a whole Star Wars parody, scene by scene! Remember that one? Ahh. Inventive. I need to finish refurbishing the site, so as to show off these graceful contributions with the dignity they deserve. I'm just the sort of person who leaves his room half cleaned, you know?
Well Hell, if you're a webcomics reader you're probably that sort of person too.

-Joe

NEWS for 03/07/09: You probably think you're getting off easy again with just a light comicling. Well, no such luck! You're going to take a brand new fan fiction by Paul Spears right in the face, and you're going to like it! Nuts, I think you might even love it. I grew so fond of it that I carved precious time out of the sweaty meat of my schedule to adorn this story with its own illustrations, elevating it to an elite status in our already highly trained archives! What is the nature of this great new story, you may wonder? Dig Damaged - a Paul Spears joint.
Also, here's something I really should have mentioned a long time ago... veteran Zebraman Tom Irony has written a kick ass comic, published through the funky machine at Zeros 2 Heroes. And it's freaking high grade! Check out how to run the business end of a zombie apocalypse at Slaughter Inc. and become a fan. Seriously, there's a "Become a Fan" button. Click it, leave a comment, make a zombie or something, and improve the comic's chances of becoming serialized or possibly even noticed by film makers!
And that's it!

-Joe

NEWS for 02/04/09: Okay... alright, enough's enough. I have had it, young man. This hasn't been working out, and I don't think it's going to. Seriously, if this keeps up the comic will just fade away within a year. And I am so sick of this glacial pace, this endless waiting, dragging the story on into eternity. We all are. So guess what, it's time for a fresh approach. It's time for a FORMAT CHANGE! Woo, yay!
I'll keep making the comic in the full-page format I've adopted, since I really don't think there's any going back to those tiny bristol boards I used to use. But here's my plan. I'll finish the pages in sections, post them piecemeal and hopefully return Zebra Girl to an almost weekly schedule. I'll put the parts together in the archives so that they can be viewed as whole pages later. The size of the update won't always be consistent, but I think we can live with that. Sometimes I'll give you a single tier, like today, sometimes I'll have a full page spread, sometimes I'll have half-pages (like the next update will be). It'll depend on the planned layout and art scheme. Are you with me so far? Are you getting this? Are you? Huh?
All I really want is to get Zebra Girl back on track, and this is the best idea I've got right now. If it works it'll breathe life back into this website and give me the time I need to handle my other projects. The story might not seem to be moving much faster, but since I just came up with this plan I'll try and make the pages more conducive to rapid storytelling so that we can move things along.
But look, this is still a pretty slim update even with Sandra scratching her scribbles, so here's something else for you to munch on. When was the last time we had fresh fan fiction to read? Right now, that's when! Thanks to our great friend Paul Spears, author of Chatroom. Enjoy.

-Joe

NEWS for 12/20/08: Hey gang. Sorry to keep you waiting again, but things came up. As things tend to do. Including! But not limited to, Christmas shopping, doctor's appointments, a trip to France, the odd blackout and the passing of a beloved family pet. Her name was Dot, and she will be missed.
Yeah. But life does go on, and rightly so, so go out and have a great holiday. Whoever you are, I'm fairly confident you've earned it.

-Joe

NEWS for 11/20/08: Well, looks like it's back to business as usual. At least... that's what it looks like...
Only time will tell the tale.

-Joe

NEWS for 11/12/08: I thought that was kind of clever. Didn't you? So Khazam finally found something that Khazandra was afraid of. That's so cute. Little Khazam looks like a teddy bear. I think I'll go hug the real one as soon as I get up. Before I go, I'd like to say what a pleasure it's been. Well, I wouldn't really like to. Honestly I don't care. I'm not sure it was a pleasure at all. Good dream? Bad? Hard to say. But we should do it again sometime. Maybe the next time Joe falls too far behind. Which probably won't be too rare. Oh well. Hopefully you'll see me again before the year is up. Even if I don't see you.
Which I might.
Good night.

-Sandra

NEWS for 11/05/08: Well, my story's almost over. I can feel wakefulness slowly approaching. Time for one more page after this. Maybe I'll take my time with it... ooh, you would just hate having to wait for it, wouldn't you? Spoiled little monkeys. I really hope I remember this when I wake up, though... Sam would love to hear this. I'm sure he would. But I'm sure you'll be happy to get back to the real world. My real world. Whatever. You want to see what happens next. Hopefully Joe's been using his time constructively, though I'm sure he hasn't. Good luck with that. It's no skin off my nose, either way.
Though... I wonder if Barack Obama is president in my world? Joe really needs to get a handle on these little details. Remind him for me later, would you?

-Sandra

NEWS for 10/30/08: Happy Halloween! Ah, I envy you. Such a wonderful time of year. I wonder when the holidays will roll around on my side of the fourth wall? Time passes strangely in a comic, you know. Hard to believe it hasn't even been a year since my last little Halloween adventure, but I have yet to see another one since. I hope it comes soon. There's no telling what I would turn myself into this time. Kisses.

-Sandra

NEWS for 10/24/08: Joe has a birthday this month, but here's a present for you. I dreamt up a couple of desktops - alright, just one desktop, but with an alternate version that has an inverted color scheme - and you can find them in Joe's piteous Store. And I suppose you can enjoy the beautiful animation on the right, featuring me standing quite still and contemplating mysterious things. What a reward for your generosity. >:)
Oh god, I just absolutely destroyed my sense of gothic menace by typing up an emoticon, why did I do that??

-Sandra

NEWS for 10/20/08: As it turns out, Keenspot generates an RSS feed for all its comics automatically! -LINK- Thank you, Alon and Kisai and all of you other people with weird names who gave us advice. Please let me know if I've let anything go wrong. I am, after all, half asleep.

-Sandra

NEWS for 10/14/08: NotifyList is such a rock up my ass. I would hunt down and strangle the people who run this service, except I'm fairly certain that it's been abandoned. The friends who got together to create it have long since gone their separate ways, foolishly assuming that one or the other of them would think to take the site down so as not to mislead their customers, many of whom continue to operate under the illusion that NotifyList is still a living endeavor. When in fact, the rooms which once housed the tiny company are now decrepit and wrecked, lonely, with cobwebs blowing in the wind coming through windows which have been crudely boarded shut. A single forgotten computer hums with life, a few desperate lights on a server, and this is all that sustains what could be charitably described as NotifyList's pathetic existence. That's the only explanation I can hazard as to its performance, why some of the messages get through, some don't and others get through days later than they should.
Fun.
If you depend on the e-mail notifications to tell you when to visit this site, you may have missed a few of my pages. That is inexcusable. Look at them through the archives.
A lot of you have been rooting for RSS feeds, and I've found a good client. They look good, anyway. Better than NotifyList. They're having server problems though, so if you all have suggestions I'd love to hear them.

-Sandra

NEWS for 10/10/08: I am so in love with myself. I wonder if I ever really could be a sort of grand evil empress? Like Maleficent. God, Maleficent was cool. One day I'll be a Maleficent. I'm definitely going to get a dress like that someday. I designed it myself, you know. Or did Joe? It gets confusing.
And some of you have been sweet enough to make art based on me! "MoonEcho" made a creature based on me using the Spore video game. Youtube. And Rebecca Hull made some lovely pictures of me posing provacatively with a demon character of her own (here) and one with just me and my clothes on (here). I think I can hazard a guess as to which one will be most popular.

-Sandra

NEWS for 10/08/08: Yay, there I am. I'm quite eloquent, aren't I? And beautiful, and imposing. There are so many perks to being a demon, one of them is that you can indulge in any sin and you don't have to feel bad about it at all. Here I am, I'm being vain, lalala, better than you. I don't know why I used to complain! And I'm smart and a good writer and a great artist and I have a great imagination too. This is shaping up to be such an adorable little fairytale, I hope I remember all of it when I wake up. When I do, I'm going to go straight to Sam's room and tell him all about it.

-Sandra

NEWS for 09/29/08: Yes, I think I tell a good story. Oh, listen, there's another comic that's got... crossover potential, or something. I don't know if it agrees with what Joe had in mind, but whatever. There's cross comicking going on. Link

-Sandra

NEWS for 09/26/08: Wheee, I'm having so much fun here. I think I tell a pretty neat story! Who knew I could be whimsical like this? This 'imagination' stuff isn't hard, I don't know why Joe complains. It sort of reminds me of my art classes, working on a deadline and throwing stuff up for critique. This is a nice page, isn't it? Though I suppose I'm showing my vanity by drawing my character so vaingloriously. But who cares? I'm a demon, I can get away with anything! Ha ha!

-Sandra

NEWS for 09/21/08: Hellooo everybody. Sandra I Amdra, broadcasting to you through the ether between fantasy and reality whilst I dream, asleep in my bed. Listen, Joe's worthless right now. We all know this, right? It's gotten to where he's actually coming to me for help. You saw what I did a few weeks back, didn't you? Check the archives. So I go to him and I say, "Joe," I say, "Why don't you take some time to create an actual backlog of comics so that you can get back to some Godly sort of schedule?" And he says right back, "But Sandra," he says, "how can I take the time to do this thing that you suggest I do when to do so would force Zebra Girl into a hiatus the likes of which would surely see it torn from the Keenspot front page and condemned to the Vault, to stew beneath venerable Yirmumah? I'm terrified of such things! Terrified!" Seriously, he said all this. I gave him one of those brief, incredulous stares that people give each other when one of them says something ludicrous. Then I say, "Well, I'm fairly certain I couldn't possibly suck worse than you do when it comes to keeping deadlines. And this is a good time to take a break in the story. Why don't you really leave the website to me for a while? I'm sort of an artist myself, and time is arbitrary to me since from my perspective this is all nothing but a dream rendered highly lucid by my now supernatural subconscious mind. And I think it would be good for me, too, in a way... I feel very relaxed here. Very stable. I could use a break." Joe then gave me one of those looks, like he somehow felt like I was saying something unreasonable, lazy little hypocrite, and said "But... what would you draw? My faithful, gorgeous, sexy readers deserve some kind of story, you know? That's what they come here for." And I say "You are such a freak, Joe. You don't even know how much you embarrass yourself. I'm sorry, that was uncalled for. Anyway, it's almost October, so why don't I do a sort of Halloween story? It would be a nice opportunity for me to test my now supernatural imagination. All this time I've been running around terrorizing people, you know, I haven't yet taken stock of all that's changed within me... I need to explore myself." And Joe of course gets this stupid juvenile look that says he's oh so proud of himself for having made an obscene connotation regarding what I just said. So I get sick of him and say "Look, just give me the keys to the website and get the Hell out of here, okay? Get your act together. Go to Canada for a week. I'll make the comic competent for the month of October. Deal?" He finally agrees and he packs and he heads out, and I'm sure he'll just waste the entire season, and after I tell my story we'll be right back where we started. What a little jackass. But nevermind that for now. Let's have a nice, solid month for a change! We'll have a great time without him. I can clean up the site and get things moving here again! See you here next... umm... next week? Yeah. Oh, this'll be funnn.

-Sandra

NEWS for 08/26/08: So... so there I am. I'm minding my own business, see? And I say to myself, I say, "I'm going to finish this comic at a reasonable pace for a change." And because I say it out loud, these people nearby mistake me for a terrorist, a crazy terrorist, see? I was... I was in Beijing at the time. So folks were on their guard for that sort of thing, because of the heated political climate. So they call for police to arrest the crazy man talking to himself, and the Chinese police come running, and I get spooked and run to the nearest building I see in hopes of finding shelter just long enough to reason out a solution to this madness. And inside the building I see... a... a race! Yes, that's it, it was a race of sorts, with many men running. Men in running clothes. Just then the police broke through the doors I had previously bolted shut with a piece of broken wood, and I saw no alternative but to join in the race and hope to lose myself amidst the crowd! I ran as fast as I could and before I knew what had happened I had won the race, which turned out to be an Olympic event. I forget which one. I was in the Bird's Nest, see? Imagine my surprise! I was all set to receive the gold in a big ceremony like I always dreamed of, but then a guy in a suit walked over to me and told me that just running in a race isn't good for winning it if I'm not a registered contestant. And furthermore, to erase the shame of my having made a fool of their athletes, the Olympic board of... Olawyers decided that my image would have to be digitally removed from the broadcast of the race. They could do that because of the time zones, see. The delay. So the same two police officers who were chasing me earlier burst into the office then, the office that the Olympic people had brought me to, and amidst the confusion I managed to subdue one of the Olympics people and switch our clothes around, so then the Chinese police drag him off and he's screaming "the American cartoonist has put me in his plaid, you fools! I'll have your jobs!" And I'm waving at him and smirking because that's just irresistible in that situation, and then the office doors close behind them and I'm alone with the other Olympics officials guys. The head guy says "Now that that distasteful business is resolved, gentlemen, we may proceed!" And they all sort of chuckle darkly and I go along with it doing my able best to imitate their gruff, vaguely sinister businesslike demeanor. And the head guy brings out this black briefcase from behind his huge desk and starts talking about how with this they'll be able to unite the world under an Olympic banner whether the world wants it or not! And he starts slowly opening the briefcase and I swear steam and thick smoke were pouring out from it, but just before he opens it completely some Olympics-looking guy bursts into the room in a wifebeater and underpants and those things that rich guys put on their legs to hold up their socks and he points at me and screams "Don't reveal the Nebulous! He is a foreign agent impostor!!" And I guess the guy I switched jackets with was a foreign agent of some sort who'd already switched clothes with the real sinister Olympics guy, whatever, so I jump out the nearest window while the Olympics guys are shrieking in inhuman tones and I land on a lovable Olympics mascot who was taking a smoke break outside the 'Nest and I bounce off his gigantic soft head and do this bitching backflip onto the pavement, you should have seen it. I throw the evil Olympics business consortium guys the finger as they lean out the window to look dour and I run to freedom, discarding the jacket as I flee! But having worked up an appetite I stop by a nearby Beijingese hot-dog stand and as I eat I look across the bar and there are the two comical Chinese police officers who've been after me all this time! We both hurriedly finish our meals and pay, like in that one Kids in the Hall skit, and then we hop in our respective vehicles and begin a merry chase which takes us across the Orient! Friends are made and adventures are had, and there are many close calls, but those two lovable Chinese police officers provide able comic relief as their cruiser becomes increasingly damaged in the madcap pursuit. Long story short, I finally save the President of Asia's life from the Olympic conspiracy, and the two Chinese cops (who finally manage to handcuff me just as I'm dusting off the President of Asia and awkwardly shaking his hand after having saved his life) are forced to drop all charges when the president announces "Why, this young man just saved my life! You blunderbusses should only hope to be as keen as him someday! I announce that all charges against Joseph England must be dropped! Unhandcuff him immediately! That's an order!" And they do of course, albeit reluctantly, and I feel kind of bad for the cops now because they were just doing their jobs afterall and now they're all flustered and defeated, so when the President tells me he'll grant me any request, I ask him to instate officers... uh... Bei and Jing as heads of security for all of Asia! And they go all slackjawed as he pins these big badges on them and I finally get my big gold medal ceremony, with heads of state and the entire Asian army all saluting me while I stand in a shaft of light and stuff, but it couldn't be televised for security reasons and I can't show anyone my medal because it's... secret, but anyway the point is I lost a whole bunch of time that otherwise would've gone towards working on the comic. The President of Asia wanted me to stay longer, he says, "Are you sure you won't reconsider? The Olympic threat is still out there! We need a brave young man like you to lead the fight!" But I say, with a grin, "Sorry, Mr. President, I already have people counting on me for another job entirely... and I'm running very late for work!"
And so now you know the story. Yessir. And, barring any more continent-spanning adventures, we'll not see a delay like that again any time soon! So rest easy. I just have to head on over to Germany to tour a newly discovered castle, and the next comic will be up in no time!
By the way, Al Schroeder's got a nifty amount of cross overing at Mindmistress, explaining the titular heroine's presence some time back. Go see!

-Joe

NEWS for 06/22/08: Did anyone get an e-mail when the comic updated on Friday 13th? NotifyList isn't the most reliable thing, I have to say.
At any rate, Sandra has updated her journal again. I'm sure you're all insanely excited about that. So sure of it.
But you may be more excited to know that Amp-Muse has added to her story, About A Boy! Pick it up where you left off! Ooh, I can't wait to see what happens next, can you?? Let's hope she updates more than, say, me! Ha ha! Oh I suck.
I would also like to draw your attention to a thread in the forums, where Pnelma Tirian lives with fan art! As you can see, she's taken to exploring the demons of Sandra's breed in spectacular fashion. I'm tempted to make a new section for them, like a zoo or something. "The Demons of Oorth! - a new exhibit at the Bronx Zoo!" Yeah, screw Madagascar. Hell is where it's at! Ah, Pnelma, you bring out the best in me.
Now, continuing on with regards to fancraft, here's some remarkable work by Shades of Grey's Robin Dempsey... which I'm highly ashamed to have not shown by now, going on a year after it was sent to me. I apologize, Robin. You may hit me if you like. It was inspired by this comic from last July, in which Sam is in Sandra's thrall. Robin actually created a brief tune appropriate to the scene, and then lyrics appropriate to the tune, and then recorded it. I have it on my iPod, and so should you, because it is haunting and neat and probably very much like what Sandra would sound like if she were musically inclined. So... enjoy. And Robin even made some more traditional fan art to go with it! For creative fans, I give thanks. And if there's anyone else whose work deserves to be shown and has not been yet, you too may hit me while you're waiting.
And of course I'm thankful for all of you who continue to donate through PayPal. I appreciate that you still think enough of this phantom of a comic to do so. I can say only that while Zebra Girl may in some ways have become an intermittent and unreliable shadow of its former self, all lulls must come to an end! You've stuck with me all through it, and someday you'll be rewarded! Then you will laugh, laugh at all of your friends who told you to give up on Zebra Girl. Lazers will shoot out of your eyes and their ashes will be your cat's litter! The sun will turn black and all will love me and despair! Keenspot will be re-named Keenstripe, and Sandra will be the mascot, and people will buy shirts and books and, and, and... I guess the comic won't be so sporadic, and... and it'll be good. Bank on it! All of it! The first and last parts, definitely!
By the way, can you tell from this month's animation? I'm a geek! If you don't get what's happening there, go get a geek and they'll explain it to you. Unless you can't see the animation because it's such a huge damn file this time. I'll have to take that sucker down soon, it'll slow the page down something awful. C'est la vie. I'll catch you later.
Though hopefully not a lot later.

-Joe

NEWS for 06/13/08: Look, there's a whole bunch of stuff that needs news-ing, but it'll have to wait because I gotta get to New York city in an hour or two. I don't even have time to berate myself! Okay okay, quickly, ah, I hate myself, no excuses, do this every time, worse and worse, never happen again, eternal shame yadda yadda. Okay? Great. I'll update again next week and there'll be good stuff. Happy Jason Day!

-Joe

NEWS for 05/15/08: Wow, look at that, I've not shamed myself again.
Here's something else that is good in this world. Some time ago DeviantArtist and fellow SCADling Crazy Chucky colored some of the earlier comics in this series, and it's high time I showed off his fine work. So if you haven't seen them already, please look at this, this, this and this. Great work, Chucky. Looks awesome. Isn't that great? Yeah, it is. That's great.
...Sorry, I'm usually just at the point of checkout when I write these newsposts. You know, because I've just finished doing the comic, and I'm all like... duuuhh. Because it taxes my mental energies, and at this point I just want to take a nap or something and let my brain not... have to... do stuff. Maybe I'll do that. Take a kick ass nap. Yeah. Enjoy the... the website, and everything. Being conscious.
That's good, like that.

-Joe

NEWS for 05/01/08:
Wow, look at that, I've shamed myself again. To express surprise could only possibly be done so in a disingenuous and irreverent fashion. But it's not all bad news. No! It's not! See, you may be wondering how such a simple scene as the one above took me almost a month to complete. Well, it didn't! No, I started work on a much more complex comic which would move the plot along in a customary fashion, but of course like I have done every single week of my adult life I managed my time poorly and inevitably found that I wouldn't be able to finish it before the month was out. Then, at the last minute, the concept for the above comic occurred to me and I was all "Wow, that works beautifully as a functional pause in the action, a simple, effective scene, and an opportunity to streamline certain elements of the plot!" Only I used not so many words. So I raced to do this comic before the last minute, but the last minute beat me like it usually does. But the good news is that as a result of all this I already have the next comic halfway done, so, haha Old Man Time, my fervor to defeat you has paid off after a fashion! Now I can definitely say that I will have the next comic finished within--
No. No, Joseph. That's a trap. I have to come to terms with the fact that, for whatever flaw in my nature, I am terrible at keeping promises. Maybe if I didn't make the damn things I wouldn't be so inclined to break them. ...Wow, this sounds really bad for my personal life, doesn't it? Getting into a whole deep area here. Alright, I'll just say that so far as the comic is concerned I'll stop throwing money at where my mouth clearly is not. I'll just keep trying to get the comic done as soon as possible, and hopefully Zebra Girl won't wind up in Keenspot's Ended/On Hiatus section.
Wow, I do not shut up once I get going, do I? I always babble after pulling an all-nighter. Alright, here's some real news then. A certain neighborhood wizard had a neat little cameo over at The Wotch last Tuesday. Thanks Anne, thanks Robin! You guys are great.
And here's something else that's great, your friend and mine (unless you're not cool, in which case he's just my friend) Bren MacDonald did an animated version of one of Sandra's old Journal Entries and posted it on YouTube! That's awesome, Bren! You're awesome! We're all awesome, hurrayyyy... gah, gotta finish this all so I can sleep again okay.
Speaking of Sandra's Journal, Sandra was feeling sympathetic so she did up a super-sized Journal Entry for today! And I... I guess she thinks it's pretty. Thank you, Sandra, it's... it's pretty. It is! Really. ...Pretty.
And, ah, here's something else that's pretty! I made a Zebra Girl mandala pattern and stuck it on a new shirt in the CafePress store, and hopefully someone (who may be you, or may not) will like it and will subsequently buy it and that will be a good thing to have happened! Mandala, what a great word! Yeah! Alright, yeah, we end on an up note! Okay!

I had hoped that the news would cushion the sting of my dishonor.
Not so much as I had hoped.

-Joe

NEWS for 04/05/08: Spring? Why do they speak of Spring? It's still the middle of winter, surely. But wait... the trees... they begin to bloom! Has the river of time become a waterfall? Have my senses blurred? Did the book of cause and effect flip a page or two ahead of my ability to read them? How can this be??
Oh my God in absolute seriousness how does this happen. I've gone on hiatus and had guest art that ran in less time than this. What is causing this insane drag? How do I lose so much time?? I'm not on vacation or anything, so how does the comic keep getting slower? How much of my audience have I now lost because I can't get my act together?? Screw that! I'm going to start on the next comic today! In fact... I can't talk anymore, I gotta get to work. Show gets on the road now! This month will not end without at least one more page!
This comic used to be weekly... I can't belive this comic used to be weekly...

-Joe

NEWS for 03/14/08: What's new! What's new, you ask? Well, the comic isn't new at all. But! Buuuuut... let's take a look at what is new! As it turns out, there's quite a bit!
I have finally started upgrading and updating the fan work, starting in the fiction section. Mawgan Dell's epic Angels and Demons is finished, and the latest chapter of Stacy Dooks' Tiger Boy is finally on this site! Furthermore, both they and Amp-Muse's About A Boy have been infested with character illustrations by yours truly, achieving an ironic evolution as fan work which has inspired the author of the work which inspired it. New art on every page!
Sandra updated her journal fairly recently (if you can still call it that), and there are finally new free desktops in the store! One of them is an expanded version of the primary image I did for About A Boy. While it does feature a copyrighted character, I'm fairly certain I don't have to worry about Dark Horse taking everything I own since even though it's in a "store" I'm not technically selling it. That's defensible, right? Speaking of the store, there are new items in the CafePress section which might appeal to you. Anything is possible, because everything is fresh and alive today! Even that dirty old FAQs section has been rejuvenated, with new information about the town of Miscellaneous (way down at the bottom of the page, with Tomie).
Lastly, I would like to settle some old scores by giving shouts out to other webcomics who, in their various styles, have shouted out to me and mine and have not yet received the shouts that they are due. I was surprised to find out how many I'd overlooked! For example, The Fan by B.T. Isaac hosted a very brief sighting of a particular wandering wizard. Hydragon and Decaf Coffee's Awfully Generic has had several subtle hints of Zebra added to its archives, and if you squint hard enough to can discern the flavour around in here and here. Wow, how do these things evade me for so long? Good thing I found L.P. Hogan's Webcomic Crossover & Cameo Archive, or I might've gone my whole life without finding these. And that's not all! The united evil overlords of Evil Overlords United (Ti-Phil, Net, and Mravac Kid by name) are apparently keeping a close eye on Sandra. And Aja over at True Magic recently gothed up the place with a familiar, if decomposing face. And finally, Asylum Laboratories have been having Zebra-esque fun for several Halloweens now, as can clearly be seen here, there, and everywhere.
So there you have it! Many new things. ...But no new comic. That's hard to make up for.
Let me tell you, when this storyline gets wrapped up I am seriously going to look into developing a simpler, more efficient drawing style. After all, the audience deserves quantity as well as quality. You all want to see Zebra Girl's story roll along, don't you? That's why you come to the sight. To see what happens next! Not to just look at what's already happened. The pretty pictures are great, sure, but if the pace of the story is sacrificed then it hardly seems worth it. All this time I've refused to sacrifice the artistic standards I've set for the sake of efficiency. But efficiency can be a facet of aesthetic quality, too, and maybe I've sacrificed too much of that. After all, many great artists tell their stories with simpler, less complicated techniques than I've used. Maybe it's time I embraced the beauty of that simplicity. Or it will be time, as soon as I get to a point where I can make the transition at a break in the plot. Perhaps I'll even give computer shading a try... I'm loathe to forsake my beloved crosshatching, but when the comic slows to freaking monthly updates, it's time to forsake something. So just you wait, you old audience, you! Just weather this one storyline with me! Because after this, things are going to change! After this, when I truly learn to refine my art, to reign in my mad artistic obsessions, I'll bring you all a streamlined Zebra Girl you can learn to depend on!
After all, I've never broken a promise to you, have I??

-Joe

NEWS for 01/30/08: Good Lord. That's three weeks to get this up, Joe. Any slower and I'll actually start un-updating previous comics...

-Joe

NEWS for 01/09/08: Uhm. Nothing much to add, I guess... oh, One More Day sucked. Yeah. That totally sucked.
That's news, right?

-Joe

NEWS for 12/23/07: I'm not going back to the old style, if that's what you're thinking. Don't think that. This is just a flashback to an overlooked spot in Zebra Girl's history. I'm hopping right back to the pro comics page format next update. Seriously, this was a kick to do for nostalgia's sake, but I can not go back to drawing that small on a permanent basis. That having been said, Happy Holidays! You probably deserve it.

-Joe

NEWS for 12/13/07: Wow. Has it actually been that long since I typed anything here?? Well... from now on I really will do this more often, like I said I would! Every update! Because people love me, I'm funny and you all want to hear what I have to say! I'm sure of it.
Hey, thanks for helping me reach another donation goal, guys. Seriously. I've actually received more donations than the meter there suggests, which I'll add to the tally for the next one, if that's okay. I just had to rush that gif into production when a certain fine someone made a hefty donation and the amount suddenly went all the way to five hundred, and I would've felt bad about adding donations made when it looked lower than it was. And I feel bad enough about totally failing to make new desktop images, I've got to do like five now just to catch up. Damn, I suck at deadlines.
Of course, I might've finished that sooner if I hadn't been working on the site, tinkering with the HTML, as is my habit. But good news! I think I finally got the front page just how I like it. So I'm sure you're happy about that. Next I'll do the fan sections! You have no reason to disbelieve me, do you?? None at all!
But here's something I'm sure you're not happy about. That mousepad I'm selling in the Cafepress store - I finally ordered one myself, and it's got this lousy white stripe along the bottom! Has that happened to anyone else?? If so, I apologize. That really shouldn't be there, I could've sworn I had it lined up so it looked right in the preview. If you ordered one and that happened to you, or if it didn't, let me know. 'Cause that bugs me. I might've fixed the problem now, but I'll order another one and see if it turns out the same.
Man, I wonder what'll happen to Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew? I hope they turn out okay.

-Joe

NEWS for 10/29/07: Expect a real update on Halloween. Really. It'll intimidate you, such an update it will be.

-Joe

NEWS for 10/21/07: Siiigghhhhhh...
I really did try. I did. I knew I wouldn't have a comic page ready for this week... there was just too much else going on in my cloudy, mysterious life to realistically consider it. But I wanted to have something for you. I was going to update the fan sections at last, and throw along some other stuff I've been working on as well, but as things turned out, the best I could manage was updating every other part of the site. So all that'll have to wait for next weekend. And the comic, too. At least, let us hope.
I hate being late. One of these days I'm going to have to figure out how not to do it.
Anyway. Hopefully by next weekend I'll have an update to be proud of. Not that I'm not proud of finally modifying the rest of the site, because, believe me, it's harder than it looks.
Unless you think it looks really hard. In which case, it looks just right. Have a nice week, and wish me luck entering the land of twenty-seven.

-Joe

NEWS for 08/02/07: Nnh. Too tired. I'm too tired right now. I say something later. After sleep is come good.

-Joe

NEWS for 07/24/07: Oorgh. Sorry, guys. Looks like I came down with a bug, or something I ate disagreed with me, or I angered a vengeful god, or possibly it was the work of some malign lowly spirit. All we need to know is, the comic will somehow manage to be delayed even more than it usually is this week.
And believe me... I don't feel any better about it than you do.

-Joe

NEWS for 07/10/07: Okay. Now, I said I'd just talk out here whenever I update, and I'm gonna stick to that. Even if I don't have anything to say.
So.
Soooo...
How-how are things with you? Yeah? Good, are they?
Okay, that's good.
Oh, and I'll, ah, get to all that stuff that I said that I'd get to. Like, soon, you know. Really. No, really.
That's good.

-Joe

NEWS for 06/10/07: Ug. Late, late, late. I seem to have fallen into a slightly less-than bi-weekly schedule. Well heck, since I'm pretty much doing a full-page comic every update that probably evens out... like... somehow. Hope that's alright with you. I'll try to keep things moving at a brisk pace, anyway.
Now is the time on Sprockets when we rant.
Let me tell you, one of the biggest risks doing creative work is in becoming a hermit. It's just so easy to withdraw from the world. Desktops are due, I haven't been answering e-mails, I've been ignoring this news section, I certainly haven't been giving proper attention to my many beautiful lady-friends who absolutely do exist outside of my fantasies. And like I say every time this happens, all that needs to change. To start with, I think I'll get in the habit of always saying something here, whenever I update. Just because I don't have much to say, doesn't mean it's not good to talk. So...
Yeah.
Oh, has anyone seen those "I'm a Marvel and I'm a DC" things on Youtube? Funny stuff, man. It's like... kind of like Matt Gardner's stuff on Newgrounds. That's good too. Comics are easy to make fun of. How about that "Ultimate Crisis of Infinite Countdowns," eh? Can't Marvel and DC go one month without starting some grotesque, bloated mega-crossover storyline? And when did Iron Man become such a bastard? I don't mind that, really, I enjoy variety and easy targets, but what is this going to do to his movie prospects? What kind of character is he going to be on film? For the last couple of decades, his only notable character traits have been that he's an alchoholic and mildly Machiavellian. Now he's this utter pontificating backstabbing politician. The latter portrayal is the first time I think he's ever had a sustained, distinct personality, but if they play him like that everyone'll hate him. Unless Mr. Downey Jr. can manage to portray bastardhood as likable, which I doubt. But what else have they got to work with? And another thing, has everyone seen the new Joker? As played by Heath Ledger? I know it's not wise to judge beforehand, but this bugs me. Why is it that every time they bring the Joker to screen they feel the need to make him more horrific with some kind of gimmicky super-deformity? Nicholson's Joker (which I did enjoy) had his face literally warped into a permanent grin, and now Ledger's Joker is, apparently, going to have huge chunky scars and crazy lipstick all over him. Isn't the chalk-white skin, red lips and green hair deformed enough? Who keeps saying we have to make one of the undisputed greatest villains of all time "cooler" or "scarier" than he's been for the last half-a-century? Cesar Romero did just fine without him being horribly deformed. But I guess in the next film series they'll have the Joker's smile be due to a batarang lodged upside-down in his jaw. No, you want to see a really great treatment of the character? Check out the fan film "Patient J." Now that, my friends, is how you depict a classic like the Joker.
Hey, I did have stuff to say after all.
Next; check those e-mails...

-Joe

NEWS for 05/11/07: Sorry for the impromptu delay, folks, the adventures of Spring have kept me busy. What do electrocuted mice, broken water heaters, exploding humidifiers and disintegrating forests have in common? I now have experience with all of them. And look, T. Campbell was canny enough to interview me! So if you're interested in hearing what I sound like over a phone line, check it out.
Another thing worth noting, I suppose, is that Zebra Girl is now over seven years old.
Yep.
I've heard it said that in the course of seven years, every molecule in your body is recycled and you have in effect become an entirely new person. I'll let you muse on the appropriate symbolism as it relates to the comic... I'm sure anything I could add will already have occurred to you... I'm going to go get something to eat. And tomorrow I'll see Spider-Man 3 with my mother.
Crazy seven years. Crazy kind of crowd to spend it with.

-Joe

NEWS for 04/08/07: Annnnd... Go.
Okay, I'm back! Zebra Girl's back! Really back! But she's come back... changed.
Yes, this is the dawn of a weird new day. No, don't be confused... that's not another guest comic. That is actually an official installment of Zebra Girl you're seeing up there. Inspired by online cartoonists like Tracy Butler, Remy Mokhtar and Bleedman, I have made a decision to alter somewhat the traditional style of this publication, to render it in a manner which may lend itself better to print and artistic endeavor. In other words... Zebra Girl is now an online comic-book.
Of course, I freely acknowledge that there are drawbacks to all this. Pacing this story in a manner appropriate to a comic book means that the plot might not advance as quickly, as each page may take more space and time to depict events as they unfold. The lettering could seem unnecessarily large, since it's being made to be easily readable in print. Please bear with me while I try this all out, and please, PLEASE let me know what you think.
Now, as for the comic itself, you may have noticed that these two... people just showed up out of the blue. Well don't worry, I'm not going to stay on this tangent long. We'll get to Sandra and her business soon, this page and the next one will be but a brief prelude and a chance for me to flex my muscles, take this new format for a test drive. So that by the time I do get back to the main characters, I'll be ready to screw with them with confidence. And you, too! Stick with me, and before long I'll be screwing with all of us in ways you have never seen!
Ahh. Oh, and I'm making a few little changes to the website itself. A nip, a tuck, you know. You probably didn't notice. Work in progress. I hope you don't mind having to go to another page for Sandra's Journal, but I thought it'd be less confusing to put it in a kind of context. Again, let me know what you think as I continue to work on the site.
I can't believe I'm using blue-line paper now.

-Joe

NEWS for 03/30/07: Eric Moore's going crazy! He's making guest comics left and right! I don't know if we can stop him!!
Okay, this is the home stretch. Eric's bringing us in gracefully with a trilogy of guestwork, and I'm sure we couldn't possibly have done better. Yes! There's more! How will Young Professor Broadshoulders handle this one?? Stay tuned to find out!
In case you don't know, Eric is the puppetmaster behind the hilarious Youthtopia and The Tailybones. Now you know. Isn't that great!? Have fun!
We're going to have fun when I get back, too. Oh, I have such things in store.

-Joe

NEWS for 03/26/07: Danielle LaBove proves her mettle with the latest fan comic. Thanks Danielle, it kicks ass! I'll just bet that if he had Internet access Gregore would spend his time being melodramatic online. Say, all of you go check out more of her great art. That is not a request.
By the way, the hiatus is nearing completion. Strange way of putting it? Let's see what happens.

-Joe

NEWS for 03/23/07: Luna-Kitsune-Blu shows us the potential downsides to Sandra's quest for humanity. Well, it'd be a downside to Sandra anyway. Awesome job Blu-Chan! You impress us all with your skills of great justice! If Zebra Girl was ever made into a real, honest-to-god manga, I know for certain who I'd recommend for the art chores. Oh, you can see a larger version of this comic in her gallery at DeviantArt.

-Joe

NEWS for 03/19/07: Let's speed things up a little, shall we? I'm getting still more fan comics, and they're all eager to have their moment in the sun! Besides, it'll be novel updating the site more than once a week for a change.
This one, this one here, is here with us today only by the good grace of Skangl! And once again Skangl, you have shown yourself to be a fan of admirable initiative and talent. Thank you. And by the way, I am VERY impressed with how you render Broadshoulders/Gregore. VERY.
Butwoah! New guest comics are incoming! Duck and cover!!

-Joe

NEWS for 03/16/07: It doesn't count as cursing! The "hi" is fuzzed out! See? Anyway, this latest guest comic is courtesy of Matthew Harris of Floyd and Mike. Thanks Matthew, we all appreciate it! Don't we, all? Yes we do. ...I know I do.
Hmm... these guest comics are coming kind of slow, aren't they? Just once a week, without any entries in Sandra's Journal... this hiatus is dragging. I'm going to have to perk things up somehow... Oh! I know! How about a new free desktop? That's somehow! Check it out in the store - number 16. On the 16th! Cute. Now I believe that's all the desktops due from the past several "Joe Does Something" drives. I believe. But in this crazy world, who knows what to believe anymore?
Speaking of which, the "blue plaid" edition of the "Does Something" project isn't doing too well. But that's to be expected, since I haven't done much this month to inspire donations! Yeah, I don't really expect money for nothing, I just put him up there because I thought leaving the "pink/orange plaid-superhero" gif up would get boring. It's really just to get a head start on when the comic starts back up again. So we'll just keep him around over next month too, by which point I'll have likely started putting comics up on this site again. If you don't want to consider donating until I actually start producing content, that's cool. And if you feel like donating anyway, that's awesome!
Now, what do you suppose Sandra's getting up to in all this time...?

-Joe

NEWS for 03/09/07: This comic comes to us (albeit primarily to me, and from me to you) from Ry Gipson. Thanks Ry! That falls fairly squarely into the category of gags I wish I'd thought of myself. It's a rare human being who can keep one step ahead of the likes of me! "Rare" being a relative term. Slightly.
And now that's it. I used up the rest of the news last week.

-Joe

NEWS for 03/02/07: Today's guest comic was written by Orion Gates of Beyond Reality and drawn by NJ Huff of Emergency Exit. They did a GREAT job and their respective comics are great too. Thanks guys!
And... that's it. I used up the rest of the news yesterday.

-Joe

NEWS for 03/01/07: I hope you all can forgive me this, but... I've decided to extend this hiatus a while. And for several reasons.
For one thing, new guest comics have unexpectedly shown up at my doorstep (including an interesting project in the forums by one Pnelma Tirian) and it would be a crying shame not to give them their day in the sun. And for another thing, this break from Zebra Girl is just going too damn well. I am getting SO MUCH DONE. I created a kickass online portfolio and heightened my HTML and Photoshop skills quite a bit in the process, I've learned how to make business cards at home for both of my websites, I've finally been getting the chance to draw and develop new ideas, my resume has been expanding, I went to the NYC Comic-con and made loads of new connections (if you were there Sunday then hey! Maybe you actually saw me. Neat, huh?) and I've generally been getting my act together in all sorts of new and exciting ways. Don't get me wrong, I love Zebra Girl as much as I've ever loved any artistic endeavor I've ever made, but taking a break from her has been such a breath of fresh air.
At any rate, the beauty of being a webcartoonist is being your own boss, and sometimes you just gotta be good to your employees. I hope the guest comics, Sandra's Journal, and the latest new free desktop (in the store) will satisfy you for now. Speaking of which, if you look in the art section of the aforementioned kickass online portfolio you'll find that I've incorporated the 640x480-sized versions of most of the desktops to date. So if you want 'em... you've earned 'em. For sticking with me and this crazy comic, if for nothing else.
I'll start the comic proper back up again soon, and I'll let you all know when. Probably sometime this month. But until then, enjoy the fan comics and... well... just try and think of this little vacation as an early anniversary present I'm giving to myself.
Has it really almost been seven years, now...? Good lord...

-Joe

NEWS for 02/23/07: So! The guest comics are rolling right along, one more to go before the month's out! This latest comes from William Duke of The Nerdening. Show your appreciation however you want, just make sure that it's shown. Read his comic, if you don't already. That's a start. Thanks William!
The Fan Site is rolling right along too, already you can find there new fan art and new additions to ongoing fiction! The place is still under construction of course, so by all means feel free to comment or make suggestions in the forums.
So that's all for now. Go now. Go look at comics.

-Joe

NEWS for 02/16/07: Hello again, hope you had a nice Valentine's, we all missed you over here, how've you been enjoying this blah blah blah down to business. Okay! Here, here's the first guest comic for this hiatus. This guest comic is by Bren MacDonald. Thanks again Bren, you continue to pay your way. If it weren't for Bren, why... you wouldn't have this neat guest comic to look at. And hey, that would be tragic.
Now, you're probably wondering what I've been doing with myself all this time. Or if not, you should have been. Because it might've been something horrifying. It wasn't, this time... you were lucky. But here's what it is! Do you remember how a long, long time ago I created another website for myself? A portfolio site? But it was only ever half-finished? Do you? Huh? Well, now it's all-the-way finished. There's not much there yet that you probably haven't seen before, but do your damndest to enjoy my Obsessive Thoughts.
But I wasn't the only one busy online this month - Phillip (that's "Shortyland05" to you forumeers) is spearheading the construction of a new Fan Site! As in, a site for fans, by fans, where fans can post fan work! Because we all know I kind of suck at keeping fan work ordered myself. So it only makes sense. We'll see how it develops, and before long I might be linking directly to this new site as the prime repository for all things... fanny.
By the way, I hope you've enjoyed Joe Doing Something so far. This last one dragged out a bit beyond a single month, just because I'm so easygoing. I mean, if I had swapped it out when February hit then you would never have known what that particular Joe would've Done! And I couldn't do that to you! It would have destroyed you! So we'll start fresh when March hits. And yes... I know I owe desktops. I'm working on 'em.
Now lastly, I'd just like to say thanks to everyone who's offered praise, support and well-wishing over the past several months. Catching up on my e-mails recently I noticed a particular number of Christmas greetings. And I have to say, again, that it really is all appreciated. Is there any better type of friend than a fan? I wonder.
It's not like I have many regular friends, anyway.
Ah, but we'll talk more in a few days, when the next guest comic goes up. Well... I'll talk. You'll listen.

-Joe

NEWS for 01/29/07: H'arright. This is sudden, I know, but... Look. Folks. ...And the folk-like. Every now and again, I just have to take a break from Zebra Girl. And you know what? It's been now and again for at least a week. This last storyline seriously took over my life. I've been neglecting the forums. I've been neglecting your fan work. I've been neglecting my other websites. I've got about a hundred and seventy e-mails I need to respond to (so if you've e-mailed me anytime in the last couple of weeks and I haven't responded... that's why). I haven't even found it in me to update the news posts on this site until right now! And, of course, I've been neglecting things in my life that don't even have anything to do with computers.
Now, we all know that hiatuses are a natural part of a webcomic's life. And I am sorry about this, I know they tend to suck regardless. But I'll be back in about a month! I couldn't stay away from you anyway, you guys've been great to me lately and it's really inspiring. And thanks to that, I've been nominated for Best Black and White Art again in The 2007 Web Cartoonists Choice Awards! That's awesome, and you're awesome for helping me out.
Now, if anyone wants to try their hand at making fan comics to try and fill the horrific, gaping void that will no doubt fester in your souls like an untreated wound while you wait desperately for the holy medicine which is my comic, feel free! Send them to me and I'll showcase them on the site and put 'em in the archives. I wonder what I would call that, in the storyline guide... Guest Comicopolis? The Substitutionalization Sensation? The Prime of Miss Jean Fancomic? Well I'll jump that bridge if I come to it. Anyhow, I know it's short notice, but that's what happens when I neglect my news section.
The site might not be totally dead, anyway. I still owe you all free desktops for the fundraiser. That Joe may yet Do Something. And there may soon be a new site altogether, to showcase fanwork. I do have other projects online, and I might post the occasional link. I've got so much crap that I need to get in line, some of it's bound to interest you!
So there. That's it for now. That's... man, looking back, that newspost kinda sucks. I can't even string sentences together in a wry or sardonic fashion right now. I must really need a breather.
Then let's say... comic retuurrrnnss... March first. Why not. Yeah. Then we'll really see what zany mischief Sandra and company get all up to in the '07.

-Joe

NEWS for 12/03/06: You may have noticed the extra-large update this week... I think we're all a little anxious for this storyline to work itself out, so I'm going to try and kick it into high gear a little. We can take a breather when we wrap this up.
Oh wow, I still haven't found time to do the fan art. Next time Gadget, next time. Sheesh, I take longer to finish things than... than something which... takes a long time... to finish... things. Yeah. ...Sorry.
Now, another month has passed on forever, but this time the monthly goal wasn't met. That's cool, it's just the second one of these I've done and I'm still testing the waters. I'm certainly not complaining to you guys, I'm still great big chunks of grateful for all the generous donations I've received, they're really helping me get by. Next time I'll aim lower, perhaps at my original goal of 500 a month.
In fact, I'm so grateful that... what the Hell, I'mo Do Something anyway. If I'm lowering the bar back down to 500 from now on then I may as well say that qualifies for this month as well. So there, see? My head explodes. That's something! And I'll come up with a new free desktop soon too. And re-vamp the store. And put up the fan work. And make print versions of my work. And, and...
One thing at a time Joe. Two at most.

-Joe

NEWS for 11/06/06: Ah, another month of events leading to other events as time instigates the evolution of the Universe and all things. Crazy!
Well, I'm ready to Do Something again. Bit of a late start this month, but there've been a few generous donations since November started and I've decided to apply them to the current round. Seems only fair. Also, I'm aiming a bit higher than I did last time - I'm still reeling from the success of the first "Joe Does Something" campaign and I don't want to seem presumptuous by upping the ante, but it would be irresponsible of me not to follow up on such apparent potential for the sake of my various responsibilities outside of this comic, and indeed, for the sake of alleviating those responsibilities for the sake of the comic itself.
Man, I don't even know what I just said. That sentence was too long. Let's just see how this works out...
Oh and don't forget your desktops! I said I'd come up with two instead of one since last month went so well... but I sort of lied, since I've almost come up with three. There's Crystal's Goth desktop and wow! Tomie finally gets a day in the sun. And since it was only common sense, I made two versions of Tomie's desktop to suit whichever side of the computer screen you like to keep your icons on. Check them out in the store, will you? Will you!?
Now by God I need to feature some fan art. But just before I do, I'm going to buckle down and re-organize my oft-neglected yet marvelous fan art pages, making them into a more streamlined and less complicated configuration so that featuring the work of my beloved followers will be all the easier. I hope no one minds, but man, it's gotta be done. Giving everyone their own page is a nice thought, but I think it's caused more problems than it's solved for all concerned. Though if anyone objects, feel free to shout out at me... though my e-mails are piling up too... damn, I'm just kind of a slob aren't I?
Stay classy San Diego.

-Joe

NEWS UPDATE for 10/26/06: Oh, I should have mentioned. Did you hear? Bren MacDonald (alias Kubrick) and some of his friends happen to have made the coolest thing ever. Yeah. Coolest thing ever. Who would have thought it'd happen in their lifetime? You best be thankful for your luck. Coolest thing ever, and you get to see it. Be grateful to Bren and his crew. Bren? The crew? We're grateful. Check out the end credits and remember their names. You all did an awesome job, and I now consider you arch-fans of Zebra Girl.
Have yourselves a party.

I have the best webcomic fans in the world.

-Joe

NEWS for 10/26/06: Well, there it is. Down on the right, by the news and beneath the news box. There's what I do this month. Do you get it? Think about it. Oh, and holy CRAP. No... Holy CRAP! HOLY CRAP, did I actually get that much money this month!? Through this website?? I did NOT expect this. I mean, I didn't even think I'd need to have that animation ready until the end of the month... I thought it would take at least that long to make the five-hundred mark... but I had to scramble to put it all together a lot sooner than I thought I would because MAN, did I underestimate you guys! Not only did we hit the mark, we more than doubled it! Oh, criminy, I'm aching with gratitude. It hurts to have fans as cool as you all. I can't articulate just how damn much this HELPS. It's like I'm Bruce Willis without shoes on getting ready to cross that floor covered in broken glass, and then, wow, someone (in this case you, the fans) throws some pillows on the ground making a rough path for me to walk on! I still have to be careful, but this makes things a lot better. And now I can sneak up and really go to town on those terrorists, even though they're actually thieves, and man, they'll be all like, "Curse you McClane! How did you navigate the broken glass without wounding your bare feet??" And I'm all like "You didn't know I have a webcomic, did you Hans? It's http://www.zebragirl.net. Look it up sometime if you get Internet in Hell." And then I'll shoot him just enough to make him stumble out the window, but he'll be hanging on by his watch or something, and he'll reach for his gun, and I'll, um, kick him and he'll fall, and it'll be fitting because if my feet hadn't been so healthy I wouldn't have been able to... kick... and... I'm done. The point is, this is great. If kept up, this is the sort of thing that could very well cement this website's future. Thanks, you bunch of Zebra Nuts.
But now I feel kind of bad, because it almost seems like I cheated you somehow... like you've earned more than just a free desktop and a late, lousy animated pun (by the way, you do get it, don't you? Think about it). I need to make this up to you. Oh I know! Instead of just one desktop, I'll come up with two for this month! It'll take some work, but you're worth it. I'll have them in the store by the end of October. ...Early November, at the latest. And the shops need new merchandise! And the fan art needs getting-to! And a new hit counter! And-and-and--!
Oh, let's just say I've got a lot to do for such fine, upstanding webcomic readers. In the meantime, stay safe, I hope all of you have a Happy Halloween, and I'll forego my scheduled stalking plans because you guys just deserve to live! Though there's this one secluded campground I'll be dropping in on, it's tradition. They don't get Internet there anyway.
Also, check out Charby the Vampirate, a kooky fun comic that's throwing a party right now. Everyone's invited, just look at the current comic and maybe here too - you might see someone you know! And then check out the rest of the archives, because that would not be bad to do.
And here's one more surprise, just to make today really, reaallly nice. Are you ready? Mawgan Dell has cooked up another heaping helping of Angels and Demons! Yes! And I just know you're anxious to dig right in to that. So you do that. You dig right in. And you enjoy. You've earned it this week.
So! I guess that takes care of this month's little adventure. Highly successful, very few casualties, no complaints!
...Of course, now the question is... what'll I do for next month??

-Joe

NEWS for 10/03/06: Hey. This is a bit impromptu, but I've been considering it for a while and figured if I was ever going to start it up, now would be the time. What are you blathering about, England? A monthly donation gimmick! See, on the right there, below the newsbox. See it?
Now, I've been hesitant to go through with this because I don't feel like I've earned the right to ask for donations, what with my sporadic mere-weekliness. But I honestly can't think of anything I have to lose, and I was emboldened by seeing The Wotch making TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH. I may just be bi-weekly at my very best, but I can live with aiming for one fourth of that.
And more to the point, I really could use some income from this comic. Money's as much a concern now as it's ever been. Not long ago I found myself actually considering moving Zebra Girl to a pay-site, and man, that goes right against my personal philosophy.
Oh, I don't want to scare you guys, I'll try and keep the comic going even if I don't make a red cent. Don't cry. But it sure would help, and look... I'm waiting patiently in that box down there to do something, and who knows what it'll be? I'll throw in a new, free desktop to boot. And the comic IS going back to weekly updates, no more fooling, seriously.
I don't know if this raggedy comic and these little prizes are worth five hundred bucks a month. But maybe they'll be worth the occasional donation to the occasional fan, and if I've got as many fans as I hope I do then that'll be plenty. So... are you feeling occasional today?
Hey, if that made just a little more sense it could almost be a catch-phrase.

-Joe

-Older news than this has long since drowned in the seas of time.-
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