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Magical Renegades

Magical Renegades

by Kattlanna
(Full title: Magical Renegades ~ Anathema to Commonsense)

In The State of Confusion, rival time travelers in rival factions cause a power struggle to escalate to the point of putting the fate of the space-time continuum at stake!

The Magical Renegades, whom are best described as rebels without a clue, must fight the League of Paine, and all while preventing another collapse of the space-time continuum! The Magical Renegades have a lot of catching up to do to challenge the League of Paine's power, since its leader stole one of the most powerful magical weapons of them all.

Follow the tale of our "heroes" who don't know the odds stacked against them, or just don't care! Sometimes, power isn't everything. Sometimes, a *ahem* "hero" must think outside of the box even if it means going against commonsense!






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Magical Renegades

(Full title: Magical Renegades ~ Anathema to Commonsense)

In The State of Confusion, rival time travelers in rival factions cause a power struggle to escalate to the point of putting the fate of the space-time continuum at stake!

The Magical Renegades, whom are best described as rebels without a clue, must fight the League of Paine, and all while preventing another collapse of the space-time continuum! The Magical Renegades have a lot of catching up to do to challenge the League of Paine's power, since its leader stole one of the most powerful magical weapons of them all.

Follow the tale of our "heroes" who don't know the odds stacked against them, or just don't care! Sometimes, power isn't everything. Sometimes, a *ahem* "hero" must think outside of the box even if it means going against commonsense!






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What does that mean? Why, it means to burn down those feelings with hot-blooded determination and resolve!

Posted twice this weekend to make up for missing last weekend's update.
And just like that, the celebratory mood got ruined, and a bit of reality kicks in. Just how do so many protagonists manage to go to school, have good grades, have extracurricular activities and save the day when needed? Do they secretly manipulate time, or do they have to sacrifice their grades, hobbies or social life? Katt and some of her friends have some unusual hobbies that take a lot of time to practice, and may also take time to recuperate from!

Adjusting to a new timeline requires adjusting how to go about daily life, because of different levels of technology. Some modern technology and social norms carried over in this new timeline, albeit the technology usually had to be recreated to work within certain limitations, and can't match their modern equivalents. A lot of it wouldn't be very practical, but it's fun to design.

Sorry for this being a week late. The next page will be ready to go tomorrow.
Renegade Midnight has to get serious, explaining the challenges ahead for their faction. The Magical Renegades are a group of neo-class mages who took up the challenge of being an opposition party against the League of Paine in this new timeline. Some of the League of Paine elite officers are also neo-class mages, because they see the potential in how these magical weapons can can be developed further to strengthen their faction's rule, and challenge the opposition.

The neo-class mages contrast with the traditional mages. This was first explained in page 57, but to elaborate on this, the traditional mages follow paths of magic that have existed for millennia. They are born with magical ability, or gain it through initiation, but to be recognized as a mage, or to be initiated as one require being approved by the Magic Gatekeepers.

Neo-class mages are a much newer type of mage. The magical weapons they wield don't require the wielder to have any innate magical ability, and it's possible to be initiated without going through all of that bureaucracy! Their weapons requiring an external power source has a very annoying downside, as Renegade Midnight can attest to in her last fight. The other known downsides are that these weapons are largely untested, and the Magic Gatekeepers are very displeased with the neo-class mages for bypassing their bureaucracy. Yet, as the Gatekeepers said in chapter 3 after the trial ended, they're desperate to see the League of Paine be stopped by anyone who can manage to become powerful enough, and foolish enough to try. By their own rules, the Gatekeepers aren't allowed to directly intervene with their full power unless a space-time disaster has happened.
That wraps the first battle, but other challenges lie ahead! Katt can handle some danger, but not knowing how to wield an untested magical weapon she acquired minutes ago while fighting magical robots and their master out to arrest her is a whole different level of danger than she's used to!
There's always a way to mess things up at the last minute, even when victory is assured! Legionnaire Princess having the advantages of two character classes, and her opponents left barely able to fight weren't enough to save her from most exploitable weakness!
With all of the advantages she has, there's no way she could mess this up, right? Riiiight?

Happy New Year! Progress with my updates didn't go as well as I wanted them to in 2017, with needing to take a hiatus for almost 2 months in May and June, and then having several schedule slips near the end of the year. Thanks for your patience! This is a new year, and a new start, and I prepared a New Years resolution to help get me back on track, after identifying some habits that were holding me back!
I experimented some more with the techniques I used in the last extra strip. We have our limits for how cheesy we like our puns. If your limit is high, like mine is, you've still probably heard, or almost used at least one pun that made you cringe!
This is what the past few pages leads to! Originally, they were just going to say that they aren't afraid to fight dirty, but I thought this was better! An extra page and a blog post will be coming up too!

I had multiple last minute corrections I needed to make to this page and the next few, which slowed them down. That was so annoying to not catch the errors until just before I was going to save those pages as finished, but it was relieved that I corrected the errors before publishing the pages! Does anyone else have that problem of being sure a comic page is finished and has no errors, but not finding them until the last minute, or afterwards?
This was one of those pages where it was very difficult to come up with a title. Legionnaire Princess tries her best to dodge while worried about how those renegades messed up her dress, but after getting caught off guard for a moment, she got mud on her face!

I apologize for the schedule slip. I had been falling behind on growing a page buffer, because lately there have been several days where the only time I was able to spend working on comic pages was between half an hour to one and a half hours before I left for work. I have to use my weekends just to catch up, but I have more of a buffer now! Thanks for your patience!
After the mud-slinging started by Renegade Midnight, Renegade Red Alert was eager to take part! Being outmatched in terms of power, exploiting enemy weaknesses was a necessary last resort. It wasn't ideal for either of them, but they might as well have fun with it! Will Legionnaire Princess' resolve stay strong, or will it crumble into the dirt?

Page 112 had a couple of bloopers I didn't notice until after they were published! I can't believe I didn't catch them sooner! They're corrected now, and a post was made about them: https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/page-112-update-and-correction/

Because of those bloopers, I went to finish some of the character sheets I had started, and finished one of them today!
Combat pragmatists in action! Renegade Midnight wanted to be the hero who'd help save the day and fight honorably, but it wasn't an option this time. When all else failed, she only had a second to make a decision - and didn't have enough energy left to slow down time to give herself more time to think about it either! Renegade Red Alert doesn't want her first battle to be her last, so she put her hopes in Midnight's decision!

I'm sorry to say that the Inktober challenge hasn't been going well for me, because I had to focus on my time and energy drawing back to working on the comic pages so I wouldn't fall behind again. :( Whatever else I can sketch for the rest of the month will still be posted on the blog.
The battle was taken down to the ground, neither of the Magical Renegades can use their weapons, and Legionnaire Princess looms closer towards them! Time for them to contemplate what will happen next! I used a different technique for this strip than I did for the others, using 1 bit black and white patterns this time. I don't know if it saved me much time compared to the techniques I used for the most of the other extra strips, but it was fun to try.

More of the sketches I made for Inktober have been posted. One of the sketches I made on the 13th may slow me down a lot yet again because it was one of the most detailed and in color, but may require a lot of corrections before it's ready to post. The worst part was I didn't notice most of the mistakes until after it was scanned, but I'm more used to working digitally than traditionally.

https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2017/10/14/inktober-challenge-sketches-105 -107/
Last page of a two and a half page recap to start the chapter! The extra strip corresponding to this page is almost complete. The preview of it can be found on this post:

https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/chapter-5-launched/

I made another sketch for the Inktober challenge today, and spent much of the weekend digitally cleaning up the other sketches because of problems with my scanner I have to work around. I didn't have enough time last week to finish a sketch and have it cleaned up for posting each day, but may the upcoming week be more favorable for me. They're almost ready to be posted, and will be posted on the blog.
I'm sorry everyone, I was going to upload this earlier in the week but was just too caught up with work, errands, and starting sketches for the Inktober challenge each day. I spent a lot of today catching up on finishing the sketches that I started last week and will post them soon, and the next page will be posted tomorrow. With this page, I experimented a bit with the visuals.
This chapter will start with a two and a half page recap of the first day of the new timeline, which should make it easier for any new readers to get caught up. I could post the next page in the middle of the week so the plot will begin to move forward again next weekend. In the second half of chapter 3, Katt and most of the others in her group went to a hotel for visitors stranded in time after taking a tour of the town, and that was after being on trial by the Magic Gatekeepers! This page shows several of the characters who last appeared around 40 pages ago, and I have plans for each of them to have larger roles later, starting the next day of the timeline.

A new, but slightly overdue blog post about the launch of chapter 5, with a WIP of an extra side strip: https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/chapter-5-launched/

I plan on participating in the Inktober challenge, and will post Magical Renegades sketches on the blog and on my twitter page. I can't guarantee I'll be able to post a sketch every day, because I have to juggle that with a full-time job along with the next comic pages, blog posts and extra strips, but I'll try my best and use this challenge as a learning opportunity because I rarely ink traditionally.
I tried, but couldn't come up with another chapter title that might work as well for this. Drawing this page was fun, and I experimented with the coloring to give it more of a watercolor effect common in Art Noveau-style illustrations. With the comic pages, the base coloring is done simultaneously with the line art because it's made with vectors, but on the characters I used vectors only for the line art.

This title page doesn't allude to the remainder of the fight continued from the last chapter, to showcase the rival faction some more. They'll appear again in the later part of this chapter. An alternate idea for a title page popped up in my mind just before I published this, but since I already got this finished, it would've been a waste of time to start over. I might draw that alternate title page idea as a bonus page if I have the time.
https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/chapter-4-intermission/

The intermission took a lot longer than I planned for it to, that I couldn't complete and upload it one week after the chapter 4 finale, and then upload the chapter 5 title page next. I'll need to remember that when I get to near the end of chapter 5, to write and draw the intermission page much further in advance to prevent this issue from happening again.

Balancing a large cast of characters can be very tricky, and there are several characters who haven't appeared at any point in the past 40 pages or more. Many of these characters will rise to more prominent roles later. Until then, the intermissions in between chapters will serve as one of the ways to give some more attention to these characters, and to expand more on the case, the setting and lore.

Posts reviewing chapters 1-3, and for chapter 4 have been posted along with the intermission post. I don't have a set update schedule for the blog just yet, but I have many ideas of what to write about that I didn't have before, that I could update it regularly again. It was launched in February, but that timing didn't work out for me. I'd try and plan for around the middle of the week, in between comic page updated since comic pages are usually posted on the weekends.
The end of chapter 4! Kayla is making the best of an uncertain situation in the snarkiest way she can think of. As soon as I put in the narration of the fight being brought down to the ground, I remembered the lyrics to "Everybody Have Fun Tonight". That song is kind of an earworm, so I apologize if you now have it stuck in your head! Are there any songs that get stuck in your head as soon as you remember the lyrics?

Tapas link: https://tapas.io/episode/802398
Deciding on the name of Legionnaire Princess's attack was difficult. I almost went with "Pretty Pretty Blaster Ray", which would be in character for Chelsea, but she's trying to be taken more seriously as her alter-ego. I also almost went with "Chelsea In The Sky With Blaster Diamond Ray", which would defeat the purpose of a neo-class mage alter-ego having a codename!

Tapas link: https://tapas.io/episode/795246

I have the time now to look at options for other image hosts. In the meantime, I changed the images to display solid colors to get rid of the upgrade notices, and to the fix the comic page navigation.
Almost finished with the chapter, only 2 more pages after this! Traditional mages are full-time mages, while neo-class mages have superpowered magical alter-egos that they change into. Chelsea, or Legionnaire Princess, is both. For neo-class mages, their alter-ego is an opportunity to present what they see as an idealized self to the world that embodies the potential they've kept hidden. It's up to each of them to reach that potential...

Tapas link: https://tapas.io/episode/787953