(*A link to the panel in question will be provided when the organizers upload it to Youtube*)
(Styled in MLA, unless stated otherwise. Organized in order of the slides presented.)
For the first iteration of this panel, done for the Webcomic Library Con on August 21, 2021, the following works were used or considered:
Point: Did Bewitched really inspire the majokko/magical girls genre in Japan?
These books are a starting point for the original Bewitched trivia (aside from Mitsuteru Yokohama’s own words, which must be found eventually), but we couldn’t get copies in time. (One of the books costs $200!) However, we are still listing them as future references and for readers to look into them themselves if they have easier access to them.
Point: Japanese, American and International Magical Girls
Princess Tenko’s Japanese site can be found here: tenko.ne.jp/. She still updates her blog!
Princess Tenko’s English site is...a PDF. No joke. Since there’s no way to cite this sort of thing properly, here’s the direct link (which you can also get if/when you click the English tab on her site.)
We have a copy saved in case it ever goes down.
Point: The first magical girl webcomics
I must emphasize that were it for the blog posts under each Legendary Magical Angel Princess Celeste strip, where hinode started to link to comics eventually, we never would have found the (possibly) first magical girl webcomics! Or rather, magical boys! The following links are the blog entries and quotes in question:
February 18, 2002 entry:
"Angel Moxie: Another comic about schoolgirls with random magic powers. It's like Celeste...but better drawn! And with a cooler site layout...ooooh.…"
March 8, 2002 entry:
"Magical Boys: A very cool, very well-drawn manga that would be even better if it updated more often... "
March 18, 2002 entry:
"Shonen Chikara: How do you fight Magical Girls? Or at least, make fun of magical girl comics? With Magical Boys, of course!"
Both Magical Boys and Shonen Chikara sites can only be found through the Wayback Machine. I have tried contacting the creators through all the emails listed on their respective sites, but all the emails are dead. (There is one more venture left, and we will update if that was successful.)
MAGICAL BOYS by Kathy Hassinger and Jessica Probst (2000-2001)
The first version of the Magical Boys site.
The second version.
One of the characters was named after a friend of theirs. Please read their lovely dedication here.
SHONEN CHIKARA by theanimequeens (2000-2006)
Shounen Chikara has...a lot of sites…
Let’s go with the main site first.
If you want to understand this in modern terms, I suppose think of it as the difference between accessing a site on someone’s own server, that’s able to be super customized, versus accessing a site like Tapas or Webtoons, where everything’s minimalist corporate.
(Oops, too bitter.)
The low site, having been hosted on Fortunecity (REMEMBER FORTUNE CITY?!), unfortunately does not have all the content, if any, archived. The only thing remaining is the landing page, on which the most pertinent news noted that the authors were redoing the manga. Interestingly, they also mentioned they were hijacked???
The high site is truly a reminder of just how talented 2000s indie creators (and/or coders) could be, in our humble opinion.
Then there’s the random site from tripod (REMEMBER TRIPOD??????)
Only has an image landing page with the caption: “The Shonen boys [Yorhana, Dykeisii, Setsuna and Dorian] belong here. . . poo. Shonen Chikara!!” However, when you click the link, it was clearly meant to be the “enter” page before reaching the main site listed above.
Last but not least, these girls had the foresight, almost 20 years before it was the norm, to make a MIRROR site for Shonen Chikara!
Luckily, since Comic Genesis will outlive all of us in the sun, it’s still up (but we’ll be archiving the site later juuust in case.) The only link that works is the link directing to the creators’ livejournal, which is still up. Nothing else works; we tried. The only way to read the pages is to use the dropdown above the images and go directly there.
(Fun trivia: the first iteration of our Altar Girl is in the Keenshoujo banner dropdown!)
The animequeens had their own separate site, which is still active. Please check it out!
Their FAQ has interesting information, which I urge everyone to read. Curiously, they seemed to have received flak over choosing to concentrate on boys rather than girls for their comic. The only possible comment we can think of is: you had to be there on that old internet...
Point: most parojestic silver and bronze (aka the runner-ups)
ANGEL MOXIE by Dan Hess at Venis Productions (2002)
LEGENDARY MAGICAL ANGEL PRINCESS CELESTE by hinode at Keenspace (2002)
We did not mention or show this one, due to lack of time and not enough research done into it – but we leave it here, regardless. There’s a 2002 comic named Angelic Senshi Angie, which appears possibly to be heavily inspired by Sailor Moon (if you know, you know), but almost all the pages have not been archived. The creator is Ingrid B from Canada (but her friends call her Angie.)
Please don’t make fun of her, or we will be very displeased.
Point: Notable webcomics
PRINCESS LOVE PON by Shauna J. Grant at Tumblr (2015):
It will come back as a graphic novel at a later date!
SLEEPLESS DOMAIN by Mary Cagle (Chapters 1-2 were written by Cagle, and drawn by Oskar Vega) at Hiveworks (2015):
Luminous by Karmillina (ENGLISH VERSION)
Luminous by Karmillina (SPANISH VERSION)
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Hello, everyone! Sorry for falling off on the blogging wagon...if you've followed us on twitter or have your RSS set up in a way where you'll get any updates made to the other sections, you've noticed we've been growing and getting out there!
As of now, we have about 18 members/comics! (Soon to be 19 when I finish checking the latest submission!) They are all great folks, and their comics are even more fun! We also have been promoting in other places, and it seems that among fans of the magical girls genre, we already have been talked about! We never really expected to reach that far, but it's awesome~!
The other big update the blog will get is that we have a discord server!
Everyone can join, but just remember it's for magical girl comics and all variants! But of course, we also have general spaces to share anything and everything. If you don't know about Discord, go here and here.
That might be all we have for today. I've asked for an assistant and have received applications, so perhaps the next update will be that we have a new assistant! Hooray!
Draco Plato, author of Soul Hymn, has decided to shift gears in careers and concentrate on animation instead. They will have likely shut down all their comic websites, including SH, by the time we write this. They would prefer to work on what sparks joy and possible job, rather than continue in comics with no joy.
We here at ARADIA understand their reasons why, and can only wish them the highest of success and good luck involved with staking out a new career! Their work in Blender is top-notch. If you wish to follow their new work, click their twitter below:
One of the long-term plans for Aradia is to create a database of magical girl comics, timelines and access both old and new. We believe one of the ways we can prove the attractiveness and importance of magical girl comics is showing how much have been made, the longevity of the genre within the print comic/webcomic spheres (and not just in America either, fyi) and you know, your usual pretty colors and styles.
Today, on this blesséd Sunday, we spent some time scouring for magical girl comics on Tapastic. There might be more on the site but uh...we're worried already:
There's one or two non-Tapastic ones but that's because we followed trails posted by people in the Tapas forums. Many a magical girl comic was found due to people promoting them, and then in turn, some of these same creators would have more MG comics in their libraries. A sample of how the document is shaping so far:
There's more information to be noted and documented, of course but the priority right now is dating the creation of said comics, their update dates and the quantity of comics hosted so far. A good chunk of comics started around 2015, too many to be a coincidence. Many have stopped updating sadly. We only found 2 that were fully completed, and some who have been updating slow and steady like the little train that could.
There are some comics that are unavailable nowadays, but another thing that creating this document has added to this list: try and get some of these sites onto archive.org, so there's a snapshot at least. (And to be fair, this is a temporary measure, while we figure out how to save and properly archive these comics.)
Just fun times here at the Collective Pigeon HG!
Hello and welcome to the site for Aradia, a magical girls webcomic collective!
We hadn't gone live because we wanted some content first -- people don't trust a site if it's too empty, you know? ("People don't also trust you if a website doesn't exist either!", says somebody from the back of the peanut gallery.) So we were a bit busy over on Twitter near the beginning of the month and promote ourselves! Thank you to all who've signal boosted our promo tweets!
So, what's next? Well, uh.
Getting more people in, haha. That's just it! When we get more people in, the site will look plump and full!
But for real, the next step is figuring out information for affiliates if any wish to affiliate themselves with our collective. Besides that, just keep tinkering on design aspects in the background and working over on Twiter as well.
Thanks so much for a resounding welcome, ya'll!