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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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Christina unofficially has duties as a nurse, because she became a nurse in the previous timeline, but her credentials didn't carry over. Her office is a combination of rococo and cyberpunk styles, which are two of my favorite architecture styles, but they were a challenge to combine! There's also an easter egg I slipped in.

Blog post for pages 144 and 145: https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2018/12/08/comic-update-pages-144-145/
Chelsea returns to the palace in the League's citadel, where she is greeted by Ailene, who just wanted to be helpful! While they're not looking, a new character sneaks by!

The blog post for pages 142 and 143 has been posted. https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2018/11/25/comic-update-pages-142-143/
Ima knows how to turn difficulties into opportunities for improvement, and to practice evil laughter! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Another blog post has been published, and it's about how the Inktober challenge went for me this year. It was an interesting learning experience. I knew I wasn't going to complete sketches quickly enough, so why not take the time to experiment, and write some extra material to go along with them?

https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2018/11/18/inktober-challenge-2018-how-did -it-go/

I posted this on a Saturday instead of a Sunday to see if this will work better for me and to keep me from the habit of finishing or posting something at the last minute. I had the past few days off from work, which gave me some extra time to rest and get more comic work done!
Chelsea is lucky that she has few potential replacements for her role, but Ima was able to find a positive out of what happened!

Lily mostly speaks with Middle English grammar, with some fancier words where simpler ones would've sufficed. In panel 1, an approximation of what she's saying is "Oh, this is a problem we need to take care of! When she returns, do you want me to administer punitive action [punishment]? Or do you want me to inflict it [to her]?"

The comic update announcement for up to page 141 has been posted. I'll need to catch up on that, because I spent so much time on Inktober last month and part of this month that it threw me off schedule. Most of them were started the day they were for, and I wasn't able to finish them the same day, but I'm happy that I didn't give up, and I made the sketches to be extra content tied to this comic! If I try Inktober next year, I'll need to focus on speed drawings to get them done on time.

https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2018/10/28/comic-update-pages-139-141/

https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2018/11/06/inktober-challenge-2018-wrap-up /
Ima gets told the outcome of the battle between Renegade Midnight and Legionnaire Princess! The first panel shows off Ima's office. Lily is there viewing some files, and it's been a long time since she last appeared! Ima's CRAY-1 computer is also there because she brought it with her when she went to the past. The reason is simple, because it looks cool!

Keeping up with Inktober has unfortunately become harder, and it has taken a lot of the free time that I spent drawing this month. I should've kept the sketches simple, but I got carried away a lot. At this rate, I'm not going complete it on time, but I still want to complete it, because I gave up on it last year early in the challenge.

The sketches up to day 26 have been sketched, and have been posted up to day 20, except for Day 13. That sketch slowed me down so much, and it spiraled from there.

https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2018/10/27/inktober-challenge-days-19-20/
The title is based off a line from the Breakfast Club theme. I also could've gone with a "Dust In The Wind" reference for the title.

The sketches for days 4-7 of the Inktober challenge have been posted: https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/inktober-challenge-2018-days-4-7/

With hot-blooded determination, Claudia is eager to prove herself to her sister, and to the League to prove she's not her more famous sister's shadow, and that she won't be forgotten! But then worrying too much set in again! Claudia is originally from the 19th century, from the 1880's to be more precise, and got stranded in the 21st century during the second timeline. She had to learn how to use modern technology when she got stranded, and can use it without problems now, but is afraid that she will never live down the initial difficulties she had getting used to it now that she found out that she knows the tech support person she consulted, and she's another of the elite officers in the League!

Getting sent back to the 1880's with the creation of the third timeline allowed her to return home, but she can't escape the technology that also made its way to the past!
Claudia questions her worth as an elite officer for the League of Paine, and believes that she was recruited as an afterthought only because she is Susana's sister, since Ima wasn't able to recruit Susana. Having a family member who's regarded as a historical legend will do that. It's a lot to live up to, but Claudia wants to prove her worth and doesn't want to live in her more famous sister's shadow.

I'm sorry that this page was late. I got caught up with working on more pages while trying the Inktober challenge again this year. The sketches for days 1-3 are finished and posted: https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2018/10/04/inktober-challenge-2018-days-1-3/

These took longer than I should've spent on them, but I have enough of a buffer built up to get me through the month without missing updates even if I spend most of my free time on sketches for Inktober. As with last year, I participated in the Inktober challenge to practice drawing freehand to work on my technique and efficiency so I can make sketches that require fewer and fewer corrections.
Claudia is trying to write the League of Paine's official report of that night's battle against the Magical Renegades, but it's difficult to when one of the League's own officers had a humiliating defeat! To the League's advantage, people's access to news in this time period and timeline aren't as immediate as it is for us.

The blog post announcing the chapter 6 launch has been posted: https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2018/09/23/comic-updates-chapter-6-cover-pag es-136-138/

I need to stop forgetting about the blog so much, and remember to post comic update announcements more quickly after an update is made. I haven't promoted it much, but it has extra content, sketches, bloopers, the chapter intermissions, and any other extras I can think of. For some good news, I have a new computer that I'm using for most of my work, and have been able to spend more time working on the comic every day!
I almost couldn't come up with a title for this page, as with the last one. This page shows ore of the communication device that Monica was using, which is a hybrid between a radio and phone. Designing devices for this timeline is fun! Radios didn't exist in the 1880's because development for them began in the 1890's, and the computers that are seen are mostly based off of the ones from the 1970's and 1980's, but they do exist in this timeline because of the anachronisms brought forth by time travel and the space-time continuum getting messed up. Phones existed back then, but were much less practical. Electric lighting was impractical and expensive to produce until the 1890's, which carries over to the new timeline, so the League of Paine palace having so much lighting is a sign of their wealth.
Kattlanna
September 9th, 2018
Monica didn't say what group she was previously from, leading Christina and Claudia to do some speculation of their own!

This page wasn't all that difficult, except for the background on the last panel! I said on the page 129 update that I downloaded Blender and started figuring out how to use it, but this background was still made with only vectors. Baroque and Rococo architecture details are so difficult to draw at an angle.

Two weeks ago, I got a new computer, but I'm using my previous one as a backup, and for older programs I still use on occasion. I started using the new computer to work on comic pages. The new computer has a touch screen, and an extended keyboard allowing me to use some shortcuts that I can't on my older computer, and I can use Inkscape much more efficiently on it, which should speed up the process of making each page a lot! Still getting the hang of drawing in Krita, but I'd like to make some sketches and illustrations with it. My older computer is not very practical to run Blender on, so I might try that again on the new one.
This wraps up how Monica and Ima met, leading to how Monica joined the League of Paine with a seemingly unrelated skill. It all started one day because of a lost book in a library, who dropped it, and who found it.

Sometimes it's also the skills we least expect that open up opportunities! Unfortunately just as Monica is more in the mood to tell stories, it's time for the others to go! Barging in still isn't very nice.

I'm so sorry for the schedule slip that turned into an unplanned hiatus, but I've been working on Magical Renegades every day, and it's now out of hiatus!
…Night goes on, this night goes on… But it will finish in this chapter, and the first full day of the new timeline that the protagonists will see will start! The chapter cover pages are usually drawn in an Art Noveau-esque style. This chapter title is based off of a song from the 1980's ("This Beat Goes On"), and it's one of those songs I most strongly associate with that decade so I wanted to mix up the style up a bit with 1980's aesthetics! This was was a lot of fun to draw!
Replacement prologue: http://magical-renegades.smackjeeves.com/comics/2640723/prologue-part-1/

Mid-chapter 1 (pages 13-16) replacement: http://magical-renegades.smackjeeves.com/comics/2640730/p-13-redo-behold-the-phenom enon-of-time-traveler-spotting/

I said I'd either post the chapter 6 title page, or the replacement prologue and mid-chapter 1 sections next. This week, I went with the more ambitious option, and am happy to finally get these finished and posted! The chapter 6 title page will be the next update.

These replacements are in the same places in the archive that the old pages are, but the old pages are being reposted in separate updates. The old pages can be found in the archive http://magical-renegades.smackjeeves.com/archive/ under "Replaced pages (old prologue and mid-chapter 1)", and there is some commentary about them.

Those two sections didn't quite seem final to me, and I had issues with both of them that I felt compelled to replace them once I could to better introduce some characters. Sorry that these took so long. I may have let my perfectionism get the better of me, and went overboard. Development on these started last spring, and they were put on hold for months halfway through. I spent the past 5 weeks finishing all of these up.
This is the old version of page 16, which was reposted under its original release date. The replacements are in chapter 1. This is one of the pages I had the most trouble with writing. It's like the idea I had was better in my head, and I couldn't get it on to paper, and onto the screen just right. It happens. Not every page turns out exactly like the idea I had in my head, but it's only with these pages that I felt compelled to replace them. The mid-chapter 1 pages had that problem the most.

Otherwise, to keep moving forward, I know I can't let perfectionism keep getting the better of me. I want to keep doing my best, but there is a degree of a page being close enough to what was planned, or good enough, that I have to accept with some pages so progress doesn't get slowed down, and there may be other webcomic creators who feel the same way about their pages.
This is the old version of page 15, which was reposted under its original release date. The replacements are in chapter 1. Of these pages that were replaced, I liked how this one turned out the best, and regret that I couldn't fit all of the gags in the replacement pages. The length of the chapter would've changed, and it may have led to also needing to replace pages 17 and 18, but that would've been too difficult. The replacements that were made already took a lot of time, and went way over the time I expected.
This is the old version of page 14, which was reposted under its original release date. The replacements are in chapter 1.
There was a lot I had to cram into this page, and regrettably, I didn't have the space for the selfie gag from the old page 15 without changing the chapter length. This page shows that Katt also met Aurora, when it had not previously been established that they knew each other at all until page 72! That sounds contradictory doesn't it, talking about how something was originally established in a future page?
Melody is a traditional mage who makes potions, but these replacement pages show off two of the forms of elemental magic she can use! Katt was originally introduced on page 18, and was introduced as being one of the super soldiers, or ubermages. The others don't know that, but she uses what she has left of her powers to show off as a stunt performer!
This is an updated version of the old page 13, moved up one. In hindsight, Tricia hasn't been a major character like what was planned for her to be. Not yet at least. Maybe she will get her chance to shine.
This and the page 15 redo were two of the most time-consuming pages I've ever made, surpassing how long page 129 took to make! The middle of chapter 1 felt like the weakest part. Katt's, Alicia's and Melody's introductions seemed clumsy. They didn't seem complete, so these replacement pages are to better show how they interact with each other, while also showing a bit of Katt's and Melody's powers with elemental magic.