Comic 393 - Introducing "Magical"

7th Jul 2013, 6:06 PM in Special
Introducing "Magical"
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Jocelyn 7th Jul 2013, 6:06 PM edit delete
This doesn't really have anything to do with Rain, but I thought I'd share this here too (if nothing else, it fills the emptiness where there'd normally be a post during this hiatus). ^_^

A couple weeks ago, a brand new story concept popped into my head. Obviously, with Rain as my primary focus (and being rather demanding, with constant updates and another soon-to-be print volume to be worked on), I'm in no position to be starting anything new. New story ideas can be a huge burden for me... especially if I like them (and imagine that - I tend to)! It just becomes distracting and deters me from focusing on the thing I SHOULD be thinking about. Fortunately, such diversions can be prevented if I get something physical to show myself. Usually, this means art (more specifically, designs for the main characters). Doing so clears my head so I can return my attention to Rain. I don't know why this helps, but it does.


So, what have we here?

For the longest time, I've wanted to do a "Magical Girl" story (is there a more technical classification for that, or is "Magical Girl" really a genre?). Anyway, I think I've finally gotten my idea. At this time, I'm actually just bluntly calling the story Magical (but the title is subject to change). Adding "girl" feels inappropriate though, because there are actually Magical Boys here as well. ^_^

Think of it like a cross between Wandering Son and Madoka Magica (lolwut?).

Anyway, it revolves around four transgender children. From left to right:
- A tomboyish transgirl, Carmen (born Nicolas)
- A butch transboy, Max (born Mirabelle)
- An effeminate transgirl, Nora (born Donovan)
- And a fem transboy, Riley (born... Riley, actually. He likes his name)

To give a quick, oversimplified synopsis: they become "Magical" early on and gain the power to combat whatever imminent threat is coming (I won't go into it right now). The catch is, the people they're supposed to be protecting are the very same people who oppress them for being who they are on a daily basis. On the one hand, their Magical form allows them to identify physically with who they are inside. However, it's a bit frustrating to have to fight and save these people who don't take them seriously.

That all sounds pretty deep, but I would like this to be pretty kid friendly (although, that may be tricky given the topics this will undoubtedly cover). Of note, the four main kids' ages range from 12 to 14 (I clearly need to work on this, as they look no younger than Rain and friends). Additionally, I'd like to throw in a lot of lighthearted humor to break up the heavy trans themes (heartfelt drama with LGBT themes and dorky humor is kinda my M.O. anyway).

Anywho, I've blabbed on for long enough, so I'll just leave it at that for now. If you guys show interest in hearing more, I may post character bios in the near future. Just know, that may take a while. This pic took me about a week and a half to draw in between pages, requests and book stuff. Also, don't expect me to actually start writing this any time soon. Maybe when Rain is done perhaps, but that IS still a long ways away.

But I do hope you like it, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts. ^_^

All characters and other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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j-eagle12212012 7th Jul 2013, 6:40 PM edit delete reply
I'm impressed that you have all these ideas floating in your head. You would need to have a bunch of people working for you to get all your stories going at the same time. I would be interested in this story ,although as you said the characters look older than they are, it is a story about magic so perhaps the effect of the magic extends to them appearing older as well as their inner image of themselves. Either way it sounds like a good story and the characters look good.
kelverse 7th Jul 2013, 6:47 PM edit delete reply
Oh, it looks like it'd would be a fun story to both create and read! I would like to see more, definitely. :D
Nobody Special 7th Jul 2013, 9:30 PM edit delete reply
Interesting Concept and it looks cool I'll read it
DrunkenGrognard 8th Jul 2013, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
Okay, this looks like a downright amusing tale. I'd certainly be interested in seeing what comes of it if you do decide to develop it!
Jade 8th Jul 2013, 4:48 PM edit delete reply
Love the idea. It's definitely something I'd like to read.
TransDude 5th Aug 2014, 11:27 PM edit delete reply
I love the idea, but in future, please don't use "butch" for FtMs. "Butch" is used almost exclusively for lesbians, and can be a really frustrating term for me and probably other transguys. Thanks!
alice 17th Nov 2014, 5:42 PM edit delete reply
Emma 17th May 2015, 6:13 PM edit delete reply
This is awesome! I've been wanting to find a trans magical girl story for ages!
Drew 20th Dec 2016, 3:35 PM edit delete reply
Ooh. If you don't mind, I think I may do a comic ever so slightly based on this (mostly just with the idea of a group of four trans kids, a masculine trans girl, masculine trans boy, feminine trans girl, and feminine trans boy)
I'll probably change the names and I'm definitely going to change the designs, I already have a few of my own designs in mind...
Anonymous Reader 28th Apr 2017, 3:17 AM edit delete reply
I am a reader of the Rain comic, and I can't wait for Magical to be written!
(Or at least started. How long will it be until it starts for real?)

I had a funny idea involving the "bunnerfly" in Magical.
We know nothing about Hotot's history,
but assuming the bunnerfly is immortal,
it would be funny if Hotot accidentally slipped into Latin at some point,
like asking
"Visne esse magica puella?"
instead of
"Do you want to be a magical girl?".

(I am in a Latin class at this time.
I am pretty sure I translated the English to Latin correctly,
especially because I plugged the Latin I got into Google Translate,
and it gave me back the correct English sentence.
Some Ed 13th Jun 2017, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
I've wanted to read Magical for quite some time. I'd imagined it with a more heavily transwomen cast (four transwomen and a transman), but imagination rarely matches reality 100%. I'm sure, having read as much Rain as I have, that you'd make it more awesome than I can imagine.
AriaOfEffect 17th Sep 2021, 12:31 PM edit delete reply
Yes please, I could really go for some magical trans people. (If, uh, you're still looking for input, lol)
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