25th Oct 2015, 6:43 AM


I find it interesting how often I read Joe's early art described as being "sketchy" in write-ups/reviews of ZG (and in the lead-up to Stripes, I've been reading a LOT of them). It's a well-meaning anchor point for how very far the art has improved over comic's 15 year run, but this somewhat dismissive attitude towards ZG's early days does a disservice to how strong the comic's art already is right from the very first panel.

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5th Mar 2016, 2:28 PM


I know, it's a mystifying attitude attitude to take. Maybe those people have never tried crosshatching and so just don't understand what a pain it is. I know when I look at this early work my whole hand winces. Plus it's hand-lettered?! Nah, the detractors are just plain ignorant.

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7th Mar 2016, 12:28 AM


I like that the very first comic introduced their pointed wooden castle, which has stayed the same external shape this whole time.

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29th Mar 2016, 9:12 PM


The last two panels pretty much summarise the entire comic.

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18th Oct 2016, 10:27 AM


First page and I already love it! This is awesome, The art reminds me of a Deadpool comic I have! (I think it's the mercs for money series)

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5th Mar 2017, 12:18 AM


You can tell this was the early days of webcomics, as there seemed to be certain rules you had to follow. Like having either the artist avatar or the main characters welcome everybody to the new comic, introduce the cast, exposit the setting, and make some sort of reference to something about the first strip sucking.

I'm of the opinion that new webcomic writers should start as if they were writing strip #11 instead of #1, and act like everything is established. Then, if necessary, go back and do any introductory comics. I'm guessing that more often than not, there will be no need for any.

And if anyone is still reading this, I'd also like to recommend to any new webcomickers that you completely finish about a dozen strips and then post them all at once to start out with, then update however you like. The reason is, that readers need about a dozen strips of material in order to get hooked and/or invested, and even if it takes a month for then next strip, they will be more likely to check in if they have read 12 strips in instead of just one.

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16th Sep 2017, 11:43 AM


And so it begins...

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12th Jun 2018, 12:29 PM


If you find yourself here and are reading this comment for some reason, you should take some time to read this comic it's wonderful.

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17th Jun 2022, 10:38 PM


I followed Zebra Girl from relatively early in its conception up to the end and I'm coming back through for a re-read. While I've never really sat down to think about what my favorite webcomic is, this is definitely a strong contender.

It'll really hit its stride further down the line, but I remember what caught me about this comic even from this first strip-- the transition to darkness. The choices that go into an art style can tell you a lot about the story being told, and there is something visceral and raw in the hatching of the shadows that betrays to the audience, even moreso than the artist's evil grin in the last panel, the story you're about to get into.

Dunno if you'll see this, but thanks, Joe, for the years you put into Zebra Girl. What a ride it was, and I'm looking forward to going on it again.

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