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Sat, Mar 28, 2015 This is how hard-boiled types talk to shifty dames, see?

Wait, how'd she get in the car? Holy cow, I think she's magic or somethin'!

-Joe
Sat, Mar 21, 2015 Here's something of interest, the 910 CMX Art Jam will be held tonight at 8:00. I plan to participate! And it's for charity, so you can ask us artists to draw all kinds of awful stuff and we can still feel good about ourselves! Y'know, if you're so inclined. Don't expect to see me on camera though, I haven't got it handy right now. I'll still be drawing, though. In any case, good cause, good times, feel free to join in!

-Joe
Sat, Mar 14, 2015 You have no idea how close I came to deciding that Wally was just naked.

-Joe
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 Oh God, Wally. Not you too.

-Joe
Sat, Feb 28, 2015 Aw. Poor Crystal. And poor Zandra too. Heavy is the head that wears the horns.

...Say, was her tail always this long? Geez. I'm starting to think that Zandra's demonstrable cleavage was just a symptom of an entirely different syndrome.

-Joe
Sat, Feb 21, 2015 Many of you have sent me very helpful thoughts regarding Zandra's recent portrayal, and I'm grateful for the input. I'm going to try to keep it from getting out of hand and maybe tone it down a bit, though I think her allure has been permanently raised a few rungs. There actually is a potentially canonical explanation for it, though... I'll save that for later. But man, now I'm worried that I've started to objectify that guy! Look at that physique, he's a slab of beefcake. Hey, let me know if you think I'm doing it to him now! It's starting to look like the cover of a romance novel all up in here.

Honestly, this is one of those pages which gives me a headache because I just can't tell if it works or not. The word balloons, I get the feeling they're zig-zagging all over the place, and I worry that you might be confused. I know the comic's already rather unclear, and I hate it when comics get hard to follow.

Well, here... I was hoping to do this in the comic itself, but maybe a quick recap will be fruitful. So! Sandra, transformed into a demon, went crazy and had to be banished to a crazy dreamland by young wizard Jack Clarity. There she seemed to get more or less steady, returning to Earth after roughly four and a half years and re-inventing herself as Zandra. As such, she's taken control of the booming supernatural population in Miscellaneous, mostly a herd of vampires drawn to the town while she was away.

Meanwhile, Sandra's old friends (Jack, Crystal, Wally, and Sam) have reunited. They've clearly been through various adventures over the past few years and have grown in their own fashion... Wally is stronger and more aggressive, and Tomie, Jack's magic book, is now a person! Sam has a girlfriend who is also a rabbit.

They're drawn together to face Zandra, who seems intent on blanketing the town in some kind of reign of terror. Crystal's prayers for a peaceful meeting were met only with a gang of vampires devoted to Zandra. They barely escaped.

Zandra, meanwhile, ruminates in her home, the house having strangely grown into a veritable fortress during her cosmic walkabout. She's speaking to Gregore, the demonic identity of Professor Broadshoulders, the monster hunter who attempted to banish her away to Hell years earlier. He had been sent away in her place after undergoing his own transformation into a creature like her (a demonic being with human dispositions). Now Zandra communicates with him across the gulf, and they seem to be on surprisingly friendly terms...

Okay! Are we all caught up? God I hope so, I ain't in the mood to answer questions. Don't raise your hands right away, give me a minute. I'm exhausted.

Finally, I'll apologize again (again, again) for the recent outages and trouble loading images. Now it looks like it's some kind of problem with DNS, which is... ahhh, you know, it's technical. Of course I understand it, I just don't want to bore you. But listen, this is outrageous. I'm not blaming 910CMX, but blackouts do happen in any case. So I'm going to buckle down and make a mirror site of some kind so that there'll be a place for you all to look for my world-famous supercomic when this primary website goes down. It's the least I can do since you've all been so good to me. Stay tuned for it!

"Stay Tuned." Man. There's an antique of a phrase.

-Joe
Sat, Feb 14, 2015 ...Seriously though, if you think I'm starting to objectify Zandra just let me know. I care about the dignity of my comic and my comic people.

Well, "care" interpreted in a variety of fashions...

And speaking of the comic (as I typically do when I write a news post underneath it), I'd like to apologize for getting in late today. We do our taxes early in this neck of the woods, and, well... you know. Busy.

Our tech guy Thom's been busy too, getting the 910CMX server back into shape! It seems to be mostly back up to speed since the "attack" a little while ago. You might have noticed it handicapped this and a number of other webcomics for a while. Let's all wish ill on whoever was responsible and hope it doesn't happen again!

Also, Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you find yourself in the company of your own beautiful demons, whoever or whatever they may be. If not, enjoy your yearning and draw inspiration from the space left over. That's how we artists do it...

...Say, Zandra's got a real Eva Green thing going on, don't you think?

-Joe
Sat, Feb 7, 2015 In case you've forgotten or weren't with us before or just like to read descriptions of events you're already perfectly aware of, this is Professor Broadshoulders, a monster hunter who, while attempting to banish Sandra to Hell years ago, transformed himself into a demonic creature like her. His scheme backfired, but oh! There he is now! What will he and Zandra have to talk about? Hey, let's listen!

Incidentally, has anyone noticed how I've taken to drawing our main character sexier than I used to? I wonder why. It didn't matter to me so much in the old days, but it seems to be getting harder to resist emphasizing her physical appeal. Is that a manifestation of her increased confidence in her body? Or is it just my yearning for eye candy? Both? Kind of worries me a little.

-Joe
Sat, Jan 31, 2015 Wow, I'm early tonight. That's quite an achievement.

But hey, listen everyone, I want you to know that I'm aware of the recent technical problems. I don't know why the site's been flipping on and off like a...

A... a light switch... that's... that flips...

Screw it, I just don't know why the site's been flipping on and off. But I'll look into it, send an e-mail to the tech people. My control panel's buggy too, sheesh! I'm halfway through trying to revise the Cast page and the images are crapping out. Well don't worry folks, I'm on it.

And yes, I know that Jack looks like he's holding Tomie hostage in the first panel. He's not. It just turned out that way!

-Joe
Sat, Jan 3, 2015 Thank goodness for editors, eh? Well I don't have any, not in a professional sense, anyway, so I have to rely on you all. A friend e-mailed me and told me that the nail gun I'd initially drawn in Jack's hand wasn't appropriate for the kinds of nails it was firing. Thankfully I'm still in my "Grace Period," meaning that I allow myself to edit the comic within the first day (or so) of posting. So, a bit of dedicated work later, and presto! I've magically changed the model of Jack's nail gun.

Y'know, when I was doing my research a part of me wanted to use the model with the triangular shape. I guess I should've listened to that part. But if you want to see the comic the way it was before I used my God powers to change reality, here it is!

...This story isn't nearly as interesting as I thought it would be, is it?

-Joe
Sat, Jan 3, 2015 Nothing like starting a new year with a brief site outage!

No, seriously. What else is that really like?

-Joe
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 See that? That right there? Is it up yet? It might not be up yet. Well if it's up then you know what I'm talking about. I drew that roughly fourteen years ago. Ah... fond memories. Well, I can barely remember them, but I'm sure they're fond. I suppose I should have made something new this week, but what the Hell... sentimentality makes a great excuse. At least Zandra managed a few scribbles. Nothing to do with the season, but still. Happy Holidays, everyone. Zebra Girl and I will see you on the other side of the Year Barrier.

About damn time we made it to 2015. Sure took its sweet time! Well, may you make your way to it through a sea of shredded wrapping paper. Or, at the very least, fond memories. Much love to you, friend. Much love.

Well, much-ish.

-Joe
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 Y'know, part of me felt that I'd outgrown speed lines a long time ago. The other part of me insisted that they could still work if I just drew enough of them. I'm still not sure who came out on top.

Anyway! The Holiday Season's approaching its fevered climax. I hope that all of you are finding ways to celebrate and enjoy the people, places, and things that make your life better. It's very possible that I may have to take another little break next week due to the grueling festivities. You know how it is, there's blood and sweat and tears and wrapping paper, all of it coming out of a body that's already dry. But that's what makes it magical. And naturally, I have to mention how much help you've all been by supporting the comic so excellently and admirably. Even if all you do is read!

So have a wonderful time armoring yourself as we prepare for the new year to devour us whole. We'll face its innards together, and hopefully come out the other end better than we entered it. Joyful tidings!

May our gifts never be "sensible."

-Joe

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