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Sat, Jul 25, 2015 Yeah, there's not much dialogue in this one, but it occurs to me that this is slightly momentous... it's the first time in years that all of the primary cast members have actually been on the same page together. It almost feels like kind of a big deal.

Well... If we say that recaps and flashbacks don't count.

-Joe
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 Hmm... y'know, I usually don't do this, but that question mark was bugging me. No one minds if I move it, right? Okay, I think we'll let that one slide. Shhhhh.

-Joe
Sat, Jul 18, 2015 Y'know... if we're judging each installment individually by how it would probably seem to someone seeing it with no immediate context, I'd have to say this might just be my weirdest page yet.

-Joe
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 Man. I don't know if it's jet lag, but if it makes a good excuse I'll use anything. Anyhow, sorry for keeping you waiting (and having you wait for a page that barely inches the plot forward at all), but I had a grand time with family on the other side of the country. Exhausting, but grand.

Say, is anyone keeping track of how many different ways I've drawn Zandra? I've lost track of how often her physique seems to change from panel to panel. Lately it's been anywhere from "fairly toned" to "Jessica Rabbit eye candy." Well, we'll settle on a body type one of these days. Hopefully. I mean, it must be tiring.

-Joe
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 Heads up, I've been called cross-country for a magical adventure and I'll have to restrain myself from posting next week. It's a family affair, and it seemed right to turn my energies towards other things. To make up for that, have this week's comic a little early! Because somehow making the wait between this one and the next one even longer makes it better. That's cartoonist logic.

See you later guys, and wish me luck! I don't think I'll need it more than usual, but you can never have too much, right? Heck, I wish you luck all the time.

-Joe
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 Yikes. Well, maybe she's not quite over her tantrums entirely. But when you're the de facto leader of a shadowy society of supernatural creatures, it's healthy to have a bit of a temper. They expect you to snarl now and then. It's good business!

If your memory needs refreshing, "Becky" was part of the gang that ganged up on Crystal when she wandered into town attempting to contact Sandra. She's having a tough night. No one wants the boss mad at them.

-Joe
Sat, May 30, 2015 Father! The Wakers have asleepened!

Anyone get that reference...? Anyone...? Eh, forget it. Wasn't worth the effort.

Speaking of effort... Times like this, I remember why I always used to prefer hand lettering. Because, although I created the illusion, there wasn't actually any art underneath the word balloons. It was all the same stuff. So I didn't have to feel regret, working to lay down and perfect words and shapes which would cover up stuff I'd already worked hard on.

Because, man... I worked kind of hard on all that pretty stuff that you can't see under those word balloons.

Still, that's why I created the "Nude Comics" Patreon incentive! So that there's always an opportunity for people to see what I slaved over, and then slaved over again to hide.

Though I'll let you in on a little secret (if I haven't already, and if so just accept that this is meant for someone who didn't catch it the first time)... if you squint reeeeaaallly hard, you just might be able to tell that I very, very slightly erase the word balloons after I set them down. The transparency isn't really perceptible, but... I bet your subconscious mind really appreciates it. Of course, if you're getting the wordless pages through Patreon, I guess you don't have to care what your subconscious thinks!

Either way, though, thanks for looking closely. Hey, it's all for you! I want you to appreciate your presents! Because your appreciation is the best present I could receive year after year.

So I guess that does it for Zebra Girl's fifteenth anniversary. I'd like to thank everyone who's made this comic a truly worthwhile endeavor. And I will! You're thanked. I've still got lots of work to do, parts of the site to finish, books to publish (as always), and of course new pages to get out.

I guess the story's nearing a climax... I don't know when, but there's no use saying this isn't probably the final storyline. Or at least a chapter of the final storyline, before... well, maybe before something else grows from Zebra Girl's garden.

Will we make it to sixteen candles? Oh, I should think so. Seventeen? Eighteen? Gee... I dunno...

But heck, maybe if I got stuck in a coma and took a year or two off I could make it to twenty!

-Joe
Tue, May 26, 2015 Of course, her Mom took the picture. She had a nostalgic bent for Polaroid photos. The theme restaurant with the guy in the Sam Sprinkles suit was also her idea. Sandra naturally thought she was too old for all that kiddie stuff, but hey, birthdays aren't really about what you want. They're about giving other people the chance to have fun around you, right? So Sandra humored her Mom... and of course she really did have more fun than she let herself believe she was having. And Crystal and Jack sure didn't complain! But then, they were still only fourteen.

You can't tell since it's black and white, but young Sandra has crazy red-eye in this picture. You also can't tell that one of the hardest parts was getting the rough dimensions for a Polaroid photo just right. Wound up having to do some trimming in Photoshop.

Happy birthday, Sandra.

-Joe
Mon, May 18, 2015 Oh man oh man, I hate to do this. Such an embarrassing inconvenience for everyone involved. But it's unavoidable sometimes, even for someone of my vast powers.

I'm afraid that a bit of business is taking me away from my life's work this week. It's a hideous travesty that this delay takes place during Zebra Girl's fifteenth anniversary month, but... maybe we could think of it as a birthday present, giving her a single week off during which you can fill the void with the limitless wonder of your own imagination!

Yeah, let's go with that.

So I do apologize. The comic will resume come month's end. And I'll just bet it'll be even better because we put it off a little! Because that's how things work, y'know.

-Joe
Sat, May 16, 2015 ...Well, it's next week, and I didn't do anything. Sheesh. Didn't even get it up on the fifteenth! Though I guess that trick could work any year.

But shoot, it's the comic's fifteenth anniversary month! I oughta do SOMEthing. Well... maybe next time. Geez, like make a fancy birthday image or... just some kind of thing to mark the occasion... seriously, what other cartoonists do you know who would let a fifteenth anniversary come and go with nary a blip in the archives?

Still a few weeks left in the month, though. I'll just have to come up with something before June...

Maybe I'll just contemplate what an experience it's been, what a blessed opportunity for both humility and pride, honing my skills and telling Zebra Girl's story, which, I'm told, has influenced many people over the last decade and a half. But, again... I can do that anytime.

And I do.

-Joe

...Incidentally, didja notice that after fifteen years I still can't settle on a way to draw noses? 'Cause I want to draw attention to that.
Sat, May 9, 2015 Hmm.

Y'know... think I'll celebrate next week. Try to get the comic up on Friday. Make a thing out of the number "15." Never could remember the exact date, anyway...

The control panel says there are 700 comics in the archives, too. Though with filler material, guest comics, previews and whatnot, who knows what that even means!

Man. Fifteen... yeah, I'll have to do something next week.

-Joe
Sat, May 2, 2015 Hm. Kind of an awkward third panel. Enh, that's how it is when you're an artist. At least for me! Every little thing is fraught with some measure of uncertainty, like you're on a stage and you never know whether or not your clothes are an optical illusion which the audience can see through in the right light. Well... the up side is there's always tomorrow night's performance.

Been a lot of nights, now... didja notice that we're coming up on someone's birthday?

-Joe
Sat, Apr 25, 2015 This is something that deserves to be said every week, but I'll hope it's enough to just say it once in a while... thanks again to everyone who's decided to help support the comic through Patreon! The value of your generosity is inestimable, it eases my various burdens in a million thousand little ways. It's given new life to this comic, weird and tingly new kinds of life that I have yet to categorize! So thank you, even if you've just signed up for a dollar or two every month, it's impossible for me to exaggerate. It's like a billion exploding suns granting me godlike power to bring joy to everyone in the Universe!

Well... alright, that might be hyperbole. A little. But, y'know. Still!

-Joe

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