Watch here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vDA9zbSIRw
(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 // SPANISH VERSION
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