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!