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.
I want to read it it sounds cool!:D!
I would love to see more!^3^
wow I hope you do have a chance to go through with it honestly Ive wondered if someone would make such a comic about trans people and magical girls(boys)
Cant wait to see it I love your work
I really love the designs<3
I think this sounds really interesting and would love to hear more about it.
On another note though, I'm a little confused. What exactly is a "Fem Transboy"? Is it the genderswapped equivalent of a "Tomboyish Transgirl"? I'm sorry if that's naive but the only place I've come across the term "Fem" before is in AU Genderbends and I'm fairly certain it isn't that.
It's entirely possible I'm mistaken on the terminology, but yeah, the idea is like the reverse of tomboyish transgirl. I was never really sure what to call that, but I fairly recently met a transguy who is still pretty effeminate and refers to himself as a "fem". It could be the official term, or it could very well just be what he calls it.
Mind you, if there is a more appropriate term, I hope someone will correct me.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. I don't know any official male equivalents of tomboy either actually. XD (Possibly because it tends to be seen as less socially acceptable, one of MANY prejudices that make little sense.)
Looks to be an interesting lineup at any rate.
I continue to enjoy your work on Rain,look forward to Magical.
Your incite an understanding of tg
makes you the one to present the subject . good luck
I love this idea also! :D Very interesting! :D
I love this idea! I would definitely read it, and buy it when I have any manner of money (I plan to purchase 'real paper' copies of Rain also, but currently as a college student I have negative money aka debt>money). As a somewhat effeminate trans man I find a rather large lack of any literature acknowledging my existence: a lot of trans men stuff is 'be as emasculate as possible!!1!' rather than helpful to/supportive of me. And, of course, being very geeky, the magic is a selling point too. :)
As a D&D player who is exclusively a wizard, I am dissapoint.
I'd read at least the first 20 pages.