Comic 1444 - Reintroducing Moonlight Wanderers

6th Dec 2021, 11:05 AM in Special
Reintroducing Moonlight Wanderers
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Jocelyn 6th Dec 2021, 11:05 AM edit delete
Moonlight Wanderers is a fancomic, based on the game, Pokemon Moon. It follows the adventures of teenage insomniac, Maya Shimizu. Things have been falling apart for Maya for a while. She suffered a bad breakup pretty recently. Her big sister is too busy with college to spare any time for her. Her mother has dragged her to the Alola region, far from any of her friends, her life, and her dreams. And almost immediately upon arriving, Maya is involved in a freak accident where she very nearly dies!

Maya feels like she's losing control of everything, but her near-death experience - and the mysteries surrounding it - start her on a journey to find some purpose in this unfamiliar place. She's walking a dangerous path, but with the support of some of the locals and a cheerful little blue seal, Maya's determined to forge her own destiny and regain some semblance of control in her life.


There are several elephants in the room. Let me try to address a few.

"Why a Pokemon comic? Why not something original?"
If I'm being totally honest: I just want to. There's a few reasons, but when it comes down to it, I've wanted to do a Pokemon story since Pokemon began. There's something so inviting and interesting about this world, and it's just full of untapped potential. There's a lot of obstacles to telling this story in this way, but I'm committed to this, and I want to see it through. People might be surprised to hear that this is a very important and very personal story for me. It's not only self-indulgent fanfiction.

"I've never played any Pokemon (or at least not Sun/Moon specifically). Will I understand MW?"
I am very aware that most of my readership is here because they liked a queer/trans slice-of-life comic I did, so this might feel like a jarring transition. If it's any consolation, MW is actually also a queer/trans comic, and also touches on a lot of real, relatable themes. It just does so with a Pokemon-flavored coat of paint.

(I mean, everything I write is going to be a queer/trans story that gets real sometimes, so you don't need to worry about that.) ;)

But it's okay if you're not familiar with the particular game or the franchise as a whole. I'm not playing strictly by the canon lore and mythology of the games, and MW doesn't necessarily follow the story/structure of the specific game to a T. Since a lot is different, I'm going to have to elaborate on new lore and whatnot as I go (so it'll basically be like reading any world building story for the first time). This is partly because I have a lot of ideas, and partly because it kinda puts everyone on equal footing and keeps the barrier of entry low and accessible for everyone.

And personally, I'm pretty excited to see how theories and predictions differ between people of varying degrees of Pokemon knowledge and history. Longtime fans will be more likely to get any nods or references, but newcomers won't be burdened by decades of lore/rules that may or may not be applicable here. I think it'll be interesting to see. XD

"What is a Nuzlocke comic? Is that the thing where Pokemon die?"
Pokemon games are generally considered to be a bit on the easy side. So a Nuzlocke is a self-imposed challenge where if at any time one of your creatures is knocked out in battle, you are to consider them dead and you can no longer use them. It leads to great emotional attachment and can sometimes be very intense, as every choice you make matters so much more. And a Nuzlocke comic is a fairly common trend where people basically make up a story about their experience with the challenge.

In terms of theming, MW is going to revolve a lot around themes of mortality, loss, coping, and more. I think it's going to be a fun comic, I promise, with a lot of humor and cute moments, but it may be a heavy read at times too.

What it WON'T be, is a gore fest. I'm not actually into drawing explicit violence, so I'd prefer to approach it artfully and sensitively rather than gratuitously. There will be depictions of blood and scars, but that's about the extent of it. It may get thematically intense, but much like Rain, I'd prefer to keep this as PG-13 as I can (that also means no f-bombs, no nudity, etc. but I don't know if anyone expected that anyway).

"Why Moon? Why not Sun? Why not Ultra Moon? Why not Sword or Shield, Let's Go, Legends, or any other Pokemon games?"
The simple reason is it's the game I did my Nuzlocke run with (like, years ago now), and it uniquely fits with the story I want to tell in ways no other entry really does. It basically just has to be this one. That said, there may be references to other entries in the series (before and after this one), with characters and Pokemon not technically in this installment getting cameos.

"What about [insert other story idea mentioned before]?"
If you're just here to prod at me about Shangri-La or Magical or any other stories I've either started or alluded to over the years, all I'll say for now is that I haven't forgotten about anything. I have no further comment to make regarding anything other than MW today, though.


Fun fact: I've been planning Moonlight Wanderers since even before Pokemon Sun and Moon released back in 2016. I also almost started posting the comic back in 2018 to run alongside Rain (I announced it and everything), but I held back because I wasn't satisfied with the state of the comic at the time. At some point, I just decided to wait until Rain was over. So, I guess it's looking like 2022 will finally be its year.

(For what it's worth, the original idea for Rain was created in 2004 but the comic didn't actually start until 2010, so this is kinda par for the course for me, I guess. I just need to stop getting overexcited and announcing things WAY before they're ready. Whoops!) ^^;

All that said, whether Moonlight Wanderers is appealing to you or not, I have another announcement. This is not the only comic coming up after Rain is over, and the other one will not be based on any existing properties. So if you don't like Pokemon and you're not even willing to give MW a chance (though I hope you will), I may still have something for you. Please look forward to that announcement later this week. ^_^


But for now, what do you think of MW so far? Please tell me your thoughts. :)
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Tesset 6th Dec 2021, 11:23 AM edit delete reply
Ooo, this sounds interesting

Is it going to be hosted on this site, or are you going to make a new one for Moonlight Wanderers specifically?
Jocelyn 6th Dec 2021, 11:27 AM edit delete reply

I will continue to use Comic Fury (and DeviantArt) if I can, though I'll make a new comic profile for it. I'll be sure to share links to it when I'm ready. ^_^
SoraKoroku 6th Dec 2021, 11:23 AM edit delete reply
Love the Rainbow Badge touch! This sounds amazing and I will definitely be following this as I have Rain.
Sammi 6th Dec 2021, 11:41 AM edit delete reply
I'm so excited! While I am not as familiar with the newer gens of Pokemon, I am a fan of the franchise, and I was hoping this would still be the next endeavor after Rain. ^_^
Phrown 6th Dec 2021, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
I am excited to see what other work you have in store. Especially since a Pokémon comic isn’t my thing (though I’ll probably still read it).
Samwinters 6th Dec 2021, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
Looking forward to it!
TK-Dragon 6th Dec 2021, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
What? You mean we WON'T see Doom Eternal levels of Pokémon carnage? Scam. (Just kidding, actually pretty excited to see what comes next with the closing of Rain.)
Willow13 6th Dec 2021, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
Sounds like it'll be a great thing to follow and read.
AmbiguousMouse 6th Dec 2021, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
I'm super pumped for your Pokémon comic! I love Pokémon and I love unpleasant situations making young characters contemplative about their lives! Looking forward to the final chapter of Rain and the first chapter of your next work! <3
Nytheris 6th Dec 2021, 12:34 PM edit delete reply
Haha, what a coincidence, I just happened to be watching pokemon nuzlocke videos on youtube when this showed up in my feed. Would love to do a nuzlocke of my own at some point but the last pokemon game I played was emerald about 14 years ago so I'd be completely lost. This sounds interesting so I'll definitely give it a look.
Don Edwards 6th Dec 2021, 12:53 PM edit delete reply
Pokemon: Rastafarian phlebotomist.
Jocelyn 6th Dec 2021, 12:54 PM edit delete reply
Chloe 6th Dec 2021, 9:00 PM edit delete reply
A phlebotomist is a person who draws blood for various tests and the comment above is trying to say poke a man in a Jamaican accent
ValeryGraciela 6th Dec 2021, 3:40 PM edit delete reply
I tried to do a nuzlocke once on Emerald. Didn't go well.

I'm excited to read this comic, tho. Bet it'll be fun to read
Gabibutcher 6th Dec 2021, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
And I caught up! What a journey, I cried and laughed more than I thought I ever would on a comic. I am sad that I'll only read the last chapter live, but, well, I am still hyped for it! And while I am not to big a Pokemon fan, I've become a Jocelyn fan enough to give MW a read when it comes out
Gabibutcher 6th Dec 2021, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
Ah, and a question: I've seen talk of a Rain Discord on the site, but the invite I found was outdated. Can I get one? Or is that not a thing anyomore?
Jocelyn 6th Dec 2021, 7:54 PM edit delete reply

Here you go! :)
Gabibutcher 7th Dec 2021, 3:05 AM edit delete reply
Thank you very much, Jocelyn!
bgb16999 6th Dec 2021, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
I played Ultra Moon after MW was announced specifically so that I'd be "prepared." I've come to the conclusion that the main-series Pokemon games aren't really for me as far as gameplay goes, but I am quite excited to see this story.
Zebstrika83 6th Dec 2021, 9:52 PM edit delete reply
So excited to see it, I'm a huge fan of pokemon, and recently became a big fan of your comics. Maybe I should try a nuzlocke sometime.
j-eagle12212012 6th Dec 2021, 10:01 PM edit delete reply
I look forward to Moonlight Wanderers
It should be very fun and different
j-eagle12212012 7th Dec 2021, 7:42 AM edit delete reply
Personal opinion
Popplio and it's evolution's is the best Sun and Moon starter Pokemon

Primearina and the special move Dazzling Aria is the coolest thing ever
MoonWingJ 7th Dec 2021, 1:41 AM edit delete reply
Nice! Pokémon. Looking forward to it.
Absentia 7th Dec 2021, 2:20 AM edit delete reply
super excited for MW. also super curious about the Rainbow Badge tattoo (?) and what connections your character might have to Erika. Guess i'll find out.
sim 7th Dec 2021, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
yay mw is to start soon i should tell my sister she is a fan of Pokémon doesn't read comics but maybe this will convince her to give comics a try after all like me she has some similarity's to rain
Serra Britt 7th Dec 2021, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
Serra Britt
I am definitely looking forward to it! A queer/trans Pokémon comic is something that will be a great addition to the world, at least in my opinion XD
Tamlin 7th Dec 2021, 2:54 PM edit delete reply
I always love nuzlock comics, and I'll be happy to follow whichever way you go after Rain <3
Allison (not that one) 7th Dec 2021, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
I'm not a gamer (a lifetime of too many not-so-fun real-life puzzles has burned that out of me), but if I understand Jocelyn correctly that I don't need to be a Pokemon gamer or even a Pokemon fan to enjoy this new comic, I will certainly give it a try. I've loved Jocelyn's writing and enjoyed her artwork, so I'm ready to believe I'll like this one.

BTW, while I never played Pokemon, my kids were addicts, and I enjoyed the Pokemon movies, and was even okay with some of the TV shows. I really liked the way they valued kindness, loyalty, and honesty. (There's way too little of them IRL) It wasn't just cartoon characters beating each other up.
readingchameleon 7th Dec 2021, 9:11 PM edit delete reply
Oooooh this sounds cool! Def. be up for reading this.

Ah, thanks for saying you'll post links here! While I think it's awesome and cool and stuff, I'm also very forgetful so links here when it starts (and perhaps a link e.g. in the FAQ here) would be very helpful :D
Casey K 7th Dec 2021, 10:19 PM edit delete reply
Casey K
Hey, it's a comic made by you, with an art style that I've come to like a lot. I'm in. It's queer/trans related? Bonus! It's about pokemon too? Double Bonus!!

I can't wait.
Eliza 8th Dec 2021, 12:18 AM edit delete reply
I'm super excited to be here for the announcement and the series from the start!!
Thrice Cream 8th Dec 2021, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
If there's anyone who doesn't know what a "Nuzlocke" is, Jaiden Animations has a great video about her first full Nuzlocke Challenge that explains a bunch of stuff.
Jocelyn 8th Dec 2021, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
What funny timing. Someone recommended this to me, and I was just about to make lunch and watch this.
Alice 8th Dec 2021, 5:12 PM edit delete reply
Jaiden is a treasure.
Rezzolia 9th Dec 2021, 10:53 AM edit delete reply
YESSSSS I'm so excited! x3 I've been hoping you'd start Moonlight Wanderers eventually and it's finally happening! Thank you for teasing it so early on, the wait is totally gonna be worth it
Fourth Nate 10th Dec 2021, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
Sounds super cool! I haven't played any Pokemon games myself, but I've heard of nuzlocke before and I'm excited to read the comic!
Marcy 20th Dec 2021, 1:13 AM edit delete reply
Pokemon Moon is my favorite pokemon game! And the first one I ever played through start to finish. I'm glad I found your work when I did, cause now I have something to follow and look forward too!
Angeldude 26th Dec 2021, 3:46 AM edit delete reply
So it was previously mentioned that pretty much everyone will be queer in one way or another including the Pokemon themselves. I'm sure it's not a coincidence that the starter in a Popplio in that case seeing as all starter Pokemon have a male-biased gender ratio. Being a mermaid/selkie does not make one exempt from this rule. :P
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