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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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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
Part of the Magical Renegades' creed is "No such thing as too much firepower", but that idea gets challenged again! Sorry for the late update. There were some finishing touches I needed to make before uploading, but I've had very little time to work on comics this past week. I will have the next page ready for tomorrow.

For each page I'll be including the link to the Tapas page, in case readers prefer the scrolling format, or want to avoid the unsightly image hosting notices here until I can find a solution to that.

Page on Tapas: https://tapas.io/episode/786828
Renegade Midnight couldn't keep her cool, so she fired away, not caring if it took up all of the power her weapon had left! Renegade Red Alert was speechless by Midnight's action, over whether it was awesome or went too far! The magical attacks that mages use against each other usually aren't meant to kill, but mages don't want to risk turning their back on an opponent that still has enough power left to fight. I checked what SJ's rules were on violence again, and I hope this doesn't cross the line.
The end of a trilogy of boasting and dramatic posing! Next up, the fight begins! Legionnaire Princess is Chelsea, a direct descendant of Confusion's only royal family. As the ruling dynasty, it didn't last for very long, lasting for less than 70 years, and the reason why it abruptly came to an end changed from one timeline to the next: because they were overthrown in the first, resigned and abolished their royal titles in the second after the overthrow was thwarted, but in the third timeline, they could keep their royal titles, but were pressured to abdicate their political power in exchange for protection from a certain time traveler. Because of the third timeline, she's now in contact with her ancestors, which may lead to some very awkward conversations between them…
Now it's Renegade Red Alert's turn to boast, even though it's not a good idea to give out any information to an enemy! Except for with Legionnaire Princess who first appeared on page 100, it's been more than 30 pages since any of the officers in the League of Paine appeared. I plan to focus on them more in the next chapter. I'm not too satisfied with the dialogue in the bottom panels, but I couldn't think of anything better that wouldn't take up too much space, but I've imagined that the League would have their own rule book about combat with some oddly specific clauses in it.
The hiatus lasted longer than I wanted it to, but it gave me more time to build up more of a page buffer. The start of a new month on the weekend felt like the right time to update again! Adjusting to a new workload and schedule was a challenge, but I always mustered some time each day to keep working on the next pages.
Magical Renegades is on hiatus now, which is why I missed an update last week. I ran out of a page buffer weeks ago, but was reluctant to go on hiatus because of it, so I was rushing to finish pages for several weeks. As much time as I spend on each page, rushing without a buffer led me to make a lot of mistakes on recent pages that I had to go back and correct!

This hiatus is planned to last for a few weeks, and I'll use it to build up a page buffer, and to be more careful that I don't overlook mistakes in a hurry again. I'll be starting a full-time job very soon too, so I'm needing to build up as much of a buffer as I can before then to make sure I can continue updating regularly. I may post the next page this weekend if I feel like I have enough of a buffer prepared.

I haven't posted on twitter lately because I've been too busy with working on the next pages, but I'll do what I can to keep readers updated. Sorry that not posting about something like this sooner is a bad habit of mine that I'm trying to break.
I saved the "Through the Fire and Flames" reference for this instead. That song inspired this picture! I didn't plan on including the words on the lower right side of the picture, but the picture seemed off without a description to give it some context. I planned on keeping it simple, but it became a lot more ambitious.

Sorry for the delay with this. I ran out of a page buffer for multiple reasons. I'm reluctant to take a hiatus, but if I take one, I plan on it to be for just a few weeks to build the buffer back up again. WIPs will be posted on my twitter page.

I made this milestone picture to show the triumph I've felt over the struggles and pitfalls that can come with rebooting, and the joy of being able to move forward again and make it this far.

Have you rebooted a comic before and felt this way about rebooting?
Reached the page 100 mark, and near the end of chapter 4! Deciding on a title for this page was hard. I could've also gone with "A foe that wasn't mist" or "Through the Mist and the Fog, Princess carries on!"

The milestone page will be next, some time before next week's update, and I wanted to make sure it was polished before posting. Thank you everyone who's read this far!
They haven't been able to catch a break. It's been one fight after another! Almost there to page 100, and I'll have a milestone picture for it too!

There were multiple bloopers on the first panel that I didn't notice until after it was uploaded, but have been corrected now!