Comic 606 - Magical - Teaser

27th Nov 2014, 1:01 PM in Special
Magical - Teaser
Average Rating: 5 (6 votes)
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Jocelyn 27th Nov 2014, 1:01 PM edit delete
So, if you're new to this, Magical is essentially a "magical girl" story (although the cast does include a pair of magical boys as well). If that doesn't clear it up, think something along the lines of Sailor Moon or even Madoka Magica. The real distinguishing factor here is that all of the kids are transgender. They go through an average school day, dealing with all the hardships that come with the territory of being who they are (bullies, family, friends, themselves, etc), but there's still another side to their lives.

They're given a chance to become heroes. Accepting this, they can transform into a physical form befitting of how they feel inside. In addition to being able to identify the way they want, they gain powers to fight the forces of evil that threaten their homes and lives (more on that another day). Pretty sweet deal, huh? The catch is that their magical forms can be dangerous if maintained for too long, so it's not as though they can just live like that 24/7. A rest period to recharge their magic is required periodically so that they have the power they need to fight when necessary. Furthermore, when they are engaging with their enemy, who are they really protecting but their oppressive families who continue to disregard them and the bullies who continue to antagonize them. So is this magic really a dream come true, or just yet another burden to bear?

It all sounds very heavy, but much like my work with Rain, the drama is balanced out with a quirky sense of humor and (hopefully) charmingly likable characters (and now with more action!). Unlike Rain though, which deals with themes spanning a great deal of the LGBT spectrum, Magical focuses almost exclusively on trans matters (which are far more diverse than some might think). A character or two may be gay or bi perhaps, but it's not something I mean to focus on in great detail. This doesn't mean you have to be trans to enjoy the story, mind you. Even if you can't identify directly with a transgender character, a lot of the problems they face are still pretty universal.

Anyway, I've talked about this a little in the past, but I've been writing a set of short stories called Magical: Before the Magic during this hiatus. What these are, are little prologues chronicling a day in the life of each of the main characters before the plot really begins) I decided I wanted to draw this piece as a supplement to establish a comparison between the main cast, in their daily lives (above), alongside the heroic magical lives (below).

In the top part, we see (from left to right):
- Carmen (born Nicolas)
A tomboyish trans girl actively in transition.

- Max (born Mirabelle)
A butch trans boy troubled constantly by his overbearing mother.

- Nora (born Donovan)
An effeminite trans girl, bound by her fears of an uncertain future.

- Riley (born... well, Riley)
A somewhat femme trans boy newly coming to terms with being transgender.

Each of them wears a pendant too, which is what allows them to transform. Carmen's is on her belt loop, Max's is wrapped around his wrist, Nora's is around her neck concealed under her shirt, and Riley's is actually worn like a belt (technically, where they keep them isn't really relevant, but I dig little touches like that).

In the bottom part, the same characters are shown again in their preferred magical forms. While there are some small differences, they do look like themselves for the most part (a large degree of the changes are where I can't show). Carmen stands in the foreground with her bow. To the right of her is Max, unarmed but with bracers that greatly increase his strength. On the left, Nora can be seen wielding a rod. Finally, we see Riley in the back with an impressively large sword.

But it's not all combat either. Since they CAN use their magical forms at any time (as long they adhere to the resting limitations), it's possible for them to use them for other purposes. Sometimes, perhaps to acquire information, and maybe even in an attempt to help solve some of their everyday problems. I'm still toying with this, but I'd like to see a bit more diversity in the use of magic.

Anyway, I've blabbed enough. I just wanted to offer a new image with a little bit of new information. At this time, this is just a teaser for the future. Magical is a project I'm really enjoying, but don't anticipate it starting up in full force any time too soon (kinda have my hands full with Rain at the moment). But with that in mind, I may periodically post some new images here and there (or maybe there'll be another cameo in Rain). Mostly this'll just be to get ideas out of my head. But people have shown a lot of interest in this so far as well, so I'm happy to keep you posted. I'd offer to answer questions about it, but there's probably only a small window of what I can talk about at this time. Still, if there's anything you want to say or ask, feel free. You might bring something important to my attention that I hadn't considered.

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Magical, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
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Zor15 27th Nov 2014, 2:49 PM edit delete reply
This looks so cool!
Elliot 27th Nov 2014, 3:50 PM edit delete reply
I just binge-read this entire comic in two days and I love it so much ! I've never read a webcomic about a trans person before and it's cool to see the experience through an mtf perspective rather than the ftm one I have. Good job and keep going, I can't wait to see how this plays out!
j-eagle12212012 27th Nov 2014, 7:00 PM edit delete reply
I like this story, I look forward to more stuff about it
Jax Rhapsody 28th Nov 2014, 5:37 AM edit delete reply
Reminds me of this idea that's been swimming in my head called Pandoras Box. I wouldn't make it too much like Sailor Moon, those style anime have kinda went by the wayside, like Knights of The Zodiac, or Power Puff Girls Z, but I think I got the primise in the example; secret powers and whatnot.

What if when they transformed, they turned in to their spirit sex, for lack of a better term? Like the transgirls turned in to actual girls, and so on- not to say a transgirl isn't a girl, I mean like, this is really hard to explain without sounding like an ass.

Theres an anime about a boy who gains his families superpower lineage, which only the women get, he was like the first born son, so when he got the power and used it, it turned him into a cisgirl. That's what I was trying to explain. Maybe advanced use of their powers could make them the gender they aspire to be, so instead of just changing, they just are, and it makes them even stronger when they do change, because they become who they want to be, even powered down, becoming their spirit gender.

I'm hoping this makes sense, lol at a writer who can't explain a plot idea.
Murasaki 28th Nov 2014, 5:23 PM edit delete reply
I started reading this series last night and just caught up. This has been really inspiring so far. I hope to find friends as nice as Rain has soon.
Nora 26th Mar 2015, 1:06 PM edit delete reply
Wait, what? I share a name with one of these awesome new characters?
Of course she had to be the girliest one. Not that it's a bad thing.
Come to think of it, excluding the clothing, we look kinda similar, too...oh, dammit. Here we go again!
jackrich 1st Aug 2015, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
Oh ho ho ho... you're a shameless fandingo, peddling your other wares on us here...

Shit, looks like I have more to read cx
Some Ed 15th Jun 2017, 6:12 PM edit delete reply
OMG how does this only have one vote? Oh, wait, it has two votes? Where did that come from? ;)
SleepIncarnate 25th Feb 2020, 1:32 PM edit delete reply
Just got done reading the Before the Magic prequel stories and am looking forward to the eventual release of the series as a whole. I do wonder how intentional it was to have the more butch duo be the shorter pair while the more femme duo is taller. But glad to see that everyone (with the exception of Riley so far) does have some form of cis allies, at least at present.
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