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.
I loved Carmen's prologue and I'm so excited that you're continuing with this project! I literally squee'd when I saw the poster! :D
I saw the first episode of Madoka Magica yesterday. It probably would have made more sense with a few pounds of shrooms and lsd :P
Seems like an excellent and cool concep/series :O
I love this concept. I would read the hell out of this. This is great, the possibilities for drama are huge. I think one thing to keep in mind is that in these types of stories, unless there is a compelling villain, or maybe two or three, then the fight scenes start to feel like they are distracting from the story rather than being an integral part of them. I really like Rain because there are no true villains, just weak or ignorant people who give in to their base nature sometimes. I think a more clearly evil villain would be useful for this story though. I'm so glad to hear you're feeling better too! I can't wait for you to keep writing :)
okay I have finally caught up with this story, how does the posting schedule work? I can't stop reading this because of how much this relates to me. THIS IS SOOOO GOOD, WHAT IS THIS FEELING THAT I HAVE? IS IT HOPE THAT IM FEELING?
Epic! I love it!
PLEASE!!!! THIS SOUNDS AMAZINGGG!!!!!! <|:D
I find it awesome, like everything you have done so far. The magical-girl with trans makes me think of kämpfer, an anime in which the main character changes gender because they are female warriors.
Keep up the good work and live on !
effeminate is a term only applied to men, the ideal word you want for that sentence is feminine
My first thought was "wow, that's like that old question about 'what if you could change gender at will' and most trans folks wanting that power to use it only once", but the rest of the introduction made Magical's cast kinda blessed-with-suck.
Sounds like an interesting story, but I hope you won't abandon Rain anytime soon.