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Fan Fiction: Legerdemain
It's a beautiful day in spite of it all.
Amethyst and Pearl had always been a study in contrast, and not always to productive ends. Without Rose's influence they had trouble reconciling their differences into a complimentary relationship (unlike Ruby and Sapphire). More often they were like stones scraping against one another, giving off sparks. They were getting better over time, but even when they weren't in conflict they still demonstrated vastly dissimilar reactions to identical affairs. Garnet found it rather wonderful.
Today Pearl was shrieking. "Why didn't you see!? Why didn't you see!?" Over and over again, a shuddering mantra marching through tears as she beat her rail thin limbs against Garnet's chest. Amethyst, meanwhile, was quiet. Mouth slack, eyes wide, a shaky hand jerking across Steven's blank face as though hunting for breath. There was none, of course. He was clearly dead.
And Garnet's slender finger stroked her chin as she analyzed the scene. At this point there was
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Fan Fiction: The Solution
The Doctor was in a mood to impress his companion a little.  But only a little, for now.  Not a lot.  So he took a moment to settle on an appropriate fragment of information.
"Seldom known fact…" he began, quite casually (as he usually began).  "Time Lords are so advanced that their very concept of numbers expanded long ago to include an extra digit between eight and nine."
His companion lit up with an appropriate fragment of curiosity.  "There's a number between eight and nine?"
"Certainly," said the Doctor.  "Well, to a Time Lord there is.  So, for example, a human being's thirteen is a Time Lord's twelve."
The companion mulled it over a little, contemplating the characteristic, comical complexity of the Doctor's world view.  "Well what's this mystery number called?"
Word association invited memories into the Doctor's mind, a few fish snatched from a vast ocean.  "The closest approximate translation in your language would be 'War,'"
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Hmm.  Pffh. So. Back to Doctor Who, huh?  Nnnnh.  Huff.  Fine.

Yes, that's the word.  Fine.  It was a fine debut.  I wasn't bothered.  But I have to admit, it felt a bit... routine. The story arc with the new companions was refreshing, and I look forward to seeing more of them, but the Doctor's (and the production team's) own rebirth wasn't much of anything that we haven't come to expect.

Introduction to any new cast members? Check. A disoriented Doctor tumbles into the lives of our unsuspecting humans? Check. Comic relief while wobbling all over the place being wacky because of post-regeneration silliness? Check. Pass out on the new sidekick's couch while blowing cosmic snore bubbles? Check. Disposable bystanders slaughtered in order to make the bad guy seem like a credible threat (and subsequently forgotten about since they're not people the Doctor knows personally)? Check. Pull it all together in time to climb up someplace high and confront the alien menace while giving a triumphant little self-affirming speech announcing that she's the Doctor? Check. Tiny bit of pathos at the end? Check. On to new adventures! It was all capably handled, but my God has it been done to death. Even the alien wasn't remotely creative. Generic honorable/dishonorable warrior predator? Pretty par for the course. I was hoping that something interesting would come out of the giant Smurf turd!

As for the elephant in the room, while I'm glad that the Doctor's new gender wasn't as big of a focus as it might have been, I found myself rather disappointed that it wasn't given a little MORE focus. And I don't mean jokes pertaining to the new biology or whatnot. This is a wonderful opportunity at which a curious mind should rejoice! Remember how Tennant's Doctor was so delighted at the prospect of having a mole on his back? Or how Smith fell over himself examining his fingers and hair? Examination is part of the usual process that wasn't quite checked this time around, and it's especially odd since this is one of the most extreme changes the Doctor's ever experienced! I would have expected that trope to be emphasized, but instead it was shrugged off almost entirely. There was precious little period of discovery, even though womanhood is a wholly new frontier for our great explorer! A baby Doctor looking in a mirror for the first time should be an adventure of its own, but we missed it! Maybe we'll get to it later. I hope?

Otherwise, she's too busy going through the motions of a typical caper, one beat after another, like Chibnall's trying so hard to show us that she's still the Doctor that they forgot to give her something truly unique besides her look. Which, to be fair, seems to be the case with most modern regenerations. They're usually basically the same goofy space person before they've had at least a couple of episodes to come into their own and find their voice. It's all part of the process, and it's perfectly understandable. Jodie Whittaker certainly isn't a BAD Doctor by any means. I'm eager to see what kind of person she becomes!

Now, it might sound like I didn't enjoy this episode, but I really did. Like I said, the new cast members are refreshing in their own right, the missing TARDIS is a promising touch, and I'd be perfectly willing to go back and watch this story again! Which isn't something I often say about regeneration episodes. Come to think of it, given how shaky those stories often are, this is one of the few which I feel quite comfortable with! And that has to be a good thing. In fact, I was often reminded of one of my favorite debuts, Paul McGann's ill-fated performance as the Eighth Doctor. Though that might have been partly due to the presence of a "Grace" in the cast, tugging at my memory. I always thought Daphne Ashbrook was an underrated companion. Never even mentioned in all these years. Sad.

Anyway, all told, I'm satisfied. I was seriously edging away, but... here I am, typing up a storm, going all on about it once again. I guess this series has hooked me in for at least one more Doctor. Fourteen and counting!

Yes, fourteen. I'll fight anyone who tells me that John Hurt wasn't a Doctor, and that I haven't a right to say otherwise (and that's happened several times).  I hope, oh, I hope that they address the numbers at some point during the season. Just a line or two could give me peace.  It's been driving a wedge between me and the show for years!  It's why it was so hard for me to come BACK. But it's an issue for some other journal entry.

Bottom line: The woman fell to Earth.  She bounced.  I've seen worse.


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Joe England
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I spent six years learning at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, and have been publishing my webcomic (Zebra Girl) since 2000. I don't drink, smoke, eat meat, or do drugs, and yet I remain worthy of pity. Then again, that might go without saying.


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priestofdune Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2018
A moment of your time if you may Mr. England.
Just wanted to say thanks. Finally got around to finishing Zebra Girl. To be honest, I think I teared up a bit. Not surprising really. I've been fallowing that comic for a decade. I was a little sad to see it go but I believe a ending is better than no ending at all. 
So again, thanks for creating such a wonderful story, wonderful characters, and a visually beautiful comic.

I have just one question now if you have the answer = whats next for you?
Personally, I'd love to see you make a comic based off that "Maniacal Laughter" idea of yours. 
But hey, that's for you to decide. I'm sure whatever you next, it will be just as wonderful.

Thanks you for your time. Good morning, good day, or good night and good luck. 
JoeEngland Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks for reading, Priestofdune.  I'm glad that Zebra Girl meant something to you.  As for your question, well, it's up in the air right now.  I'm still occupied with finalizing the print versions of the comic, and I'm looking into the local college for other opportunities.  But if and when I do begin another dedicated project, Maniacal Laughter is definitely a prime contender.  It may take a different form from Zebra Girl, but it's certainly in the cards!
The-Stormbringer Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good luck, Joe! I adore your art style, your story, your imagination, and your whimsy. I just wanted to say I've been following Zebra Girl since the early 2000s, and it is a bittersweet ending. I'm guessing you're going to take a break, but I can't wait to see what you come up with next, if anything!
kanyiko Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Joe,

I want to congratulate you on ending your epic Zebragirl.  For you it was an eighteen year chapter in your life; for me your wonderful art and Zandra's majestical journey was part of my life for fifteen years (ever so sorry for starting late! T_T )

Thank you for sharing it with us all.
RedKnight33 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018
And so it ends. I'm glad I got to read it all the way through. ;)

Though a part of me does wonder whatever happened to Angel Sandra, seeing how things worked out for Prime Sandra (or "Zandra"), perhaps we're better off not knowing. ^^;

In essence, it was really about a girl who had to learn how to mature and grow up, and she did. :)

I only hope that someday, my own star oc can be just as successful with her own series that I've been meaning to get back to work on:  SRB Ch.1 Cover by RedKnight33   I'll be fine as long as I don't have to pay too much for the internet. ^^;
Errick Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2018
I wanted to say, I've loved Zebra Girl for as long as I've been aware of it, which has been.. rather quite some time, after all.  It's sad, in a way, that it's ending, but I'm also, in a way, proud of you for bringing the story to a valid end.  Many of these comics seem to carry on long after the story's been wrung dry. I must thank you for giving us such an intriguing and entertaining creation.
JoeEngland Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks for saying so, Errick.  I'm glad that you've been along for the experience!
RedKnight33 Featured By Owner May 6, 2018
Hi. :)

I just saw something odd on Youtube.

Is this dude reading your comic?… ^^;
JoeEngland Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Professional General Artist
Ha, nah, it's just a coincidence.  People point it out to me from time to time, but the Simpsons' "Zebra Girl" comic has been popping up in the background for years.  Just one of those things!
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