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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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Earlier in this new timeline, the Magical Renegades tried to overthrow the League of Paine, but were defeated. It was a crushing defeat. In terms of raw power, the League was vastly more powerful because they're backed by the power of one of the Magic Gatekeepers' superweapons in their possession!

Katt is a brand new recruit who hasn't even been in this new timeline for 24 hours, and doesn't know of the defeat the Magical Renegades suffered at the hands of the League, but she is eager to fight, and Ima is also eager to fight again! It may have been bad for Aurora to withhold that information, but "You should join my faction to help avenge our crushing defeat" may not be the best recruitment pitch.

I meant to post this yesterday, but I was sick then, but I'm feeling better now.
Ima was excited that Christina asked about why she wasn't allowed to leave the citadel since she joined the League, and imagines an opportunity for vengeance, and to show the might of the League! This page is also shows a preview of some more mage alter-egos! Christina's, Monica's and Claudia's alter-egos have appeared in silhouette form on page 44, but here's a glimpse of them now!
Christina got herself back together and remembered what she wanted to do next! Visiting Ima's office, Christina asks why she hasn't been allowed to leave the citadel.

Sorry for the late update. I'm trying to get my update schedule back on track yet again. It was doing better the few times in a row I updated on Saturdays instead of trying to update on Sundays. It's better for me to get it out of the way instead of waiting until the last few hours. When I miss a weekend update, it often slips my mind during the week because of work, even when I keep trying to remind myself. This is a habit I've been trying to overcome since I went back to work full-time.

For some good news, I got a newer phone a few days ago, and I'm happy because it's much faster than the phone I've been using for years. My old phone became too slow to load some websites, and webcomic sites were too slow to load on it, so I couldn't read comics on my work break. Now I have a chance to!
As much magical power the League has, some mundane problems still affect its members!
After an awkward start, Christina and Yumeko find out they have more in common than they seemed to! From opposing classes and factions, their loyalty is now to the League!

I forgot to mention it in her introduction, but Yumeko is 1,000 years old.

In this timeline, the Royal Military Police's power became more limited after Ima took over. The Royal Military Police are now a subcontractor to the League, and some officers aren't happy about that.
Let's be diplomatic about this and shake hands...

Sorry for the schedule slip again. It's been difficult juggling keeping up the page buffer when I try an art challenge, because from both times I tried one last year, the drawings for those challenges took up nearly all of my time that I spent drawing. I spent this month catching up on comic pages, but I'm now up to page 159 almost being finished, and this chapter will end on page 162. So excited to almost have another chapter finished! I'll also be posting page 152 before the weekend to make up for missing the first weekend of the year.
Happy New Year! Reaching page 150 is another milestone, and it's the first update of the year! I'm happy about this timing! I made an art summary for 2018 and wrote about how comic updates went for the year, and a post with the rest of the sketches I did for the Christmas drawing challenge.

https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2018/12/31/2018-progress-report/
https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2018/12/30/christmas-drawing-challenge-d ays-6-7/
A new elite officer had just enlisted for the League of Paine, and is a defector from the royal family's military.

Christina was about to say that she was prepared to fight to the death, and would rather die than surrender to the royal family's forces. On a less serious note, very little time has passed in-universe. This new officer had just enlisted, but most of the League's elite officers were enlisted earlier that day!

I only made it to the 7th sketch out of 12 for the Christmas Drawing Challenge I mentioned on the last update, and am not sure whether I should complete it. I went overboard again on the sketches and how long they took, except for the 7th one. After Christmas, my enthusiasm for this challenge dropped, and I expect it'd be gone by New Year's Day. It was fun to attempt, and I got some extra side content from it, so there's that.

The third and fourth sketches: https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2018/12/25/christmas-drawing-challenge-days- 3-4/
Chelsea was only given a warning, which Ima would've given if Christina didn't, but she's still not feeling assured...

Last weekend, I started another drawing challenge, but have a comic page buffer built up beforehand. When I saw this, I couldn't resist, but I'll need to work on getting some of these sketches done in one day. It's easier for me to go overboard than to keep it simple.

https://magicalrenegades.wordpress.com/2018/12/23/christmas-drawing-challenge-d ays-12/
The dynamics between a mage and their familiars are explained. It's usually only traditional mages who have familiars, so Chelsea had a lot of power she could've better utilized, being a traditional mage from one of Confusion's most prestigious lineages, and also a neo-class mage with extra power granted to her through her alter-ego and magical weapon. Could've harnessed the best of both classes, but here she is getting schooled by Christina! For comparison, Christina is only human in her normal form.
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-d id-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.