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Posted 9/22/08 , edited 9/22/08


GAH!!!! 500 points to posts on forums? That's too much. ACK! But I finally got them.

Anyways I've finished the series and I liked it. Mahou Shouju is not my personal favorite genre but I LOVE Mary Bell. Why? I dunno. But I feel sad that there are no more episodes. Hopefully the movie will be subbed to get a last chance of seeing her. Well until that, I've decided to draw a fan comic. My original idea was to make only 100 pages but I feel I'll make more than that. I'm sure I will also end it but let's see where it goes.



Drawing Tambourine is fun but I kept forgetting he has a bow tie. I never really noticed it on the show. And Mary Bell is not easy to draw. It may look it but she's not easy to draw I tell ya.



Thicker line this time and different font. It looks alot nicer with thicker lines if you ask me but I prefer to draw with thin lines. I'm aware that I misspelled Pansy in the beginning because at first I thought that's how you spelled it but I later realized you spell it with a 'y' and forgot to fix it.

Mary Bell looks alot better here don't ya think? What? You don't like my Mary Bell?



NO! I lost the mommentum and Mary Bell looks strange here. BLEGH!!! But Tambourine is always fun to draw.



According to the first episode, the only thing Mary Bell can make is cocoa. :P



Thin lines again. This time I think they look good. No shading though. I think I drew Mary Bell better here.

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That's it for now. Will make more later.
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Posted 9/28/08



I seemed to have made a mistake with Ribbon. His hair has been reversed here. The side with the ribbon should be on the right not the left. Oh well, not like anyones gonna notice. And Mary Bell continues to be hard to draw. Especially since I got no real concept art. I'm mainly using screencaps from episodes. I reverted back to thin lines as well but I'm still experimenting. Background has been added too but only outlined. Instead of using the fill tool, I simply shaded with the pencil tool, giving a pencil sketch look.
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I finally got use to drawing Tambourine without looking at reference but it appears I drew him wrong as well but I don't have enough pics for reference to rectify him.
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I tried to recycle less here but it was getting late and I wanted to watch some anime before going to bed so I recycled just a bit. I also realized that I keep drawing Tambourine with only two petals on his hat. Originally he was suppose to give the illusion that his other two petals were behind but now that I'm making dynamic poses, that's not possible to do anymore. I really need some concept art for this anime.
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Well I'm late for work posting this. Whatever.

I just found out Tambourine has 5 petals on his head, not 4 so I this time I drew them instead of two. I also made his body more short and plump. I hope it looks alright. Regardless, I'm still drawing him wrong but as long as they look like they suppose.

I gotta go to work now. I'm late.
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I guess Tambourine ditching Mary Bell is some kind of shtick although it's only been shown in like 4 episodes. What a bad friend. :P

I'm surprised I was also able to draw Mary Bell in the 7th panel almost the same as the one in the 6th. Since that's the case, I should've just copy and pasted then edited. I guess I'm improving in my drawing skills.
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Officers Bro and Noppo come into the scene but dammit, I hate the way they came out. I only had one screencap to work with. OI! How I truly need the concept art for this anime. I tried my best so don't be too harsh on it.

Here's another thing about the anime I don't get: Why is Mary Bell the only one who can use magic but only when Tambourine is around? Every other magic user can use magic without the assistance of anyone but Mary Bell, in order to use her magic, needs a fairy to summon. My guess is that maybe Mary Bell needs to mature before she can use her powers without the need of assistance. But this theory don't work since there was another magic user around her age in another episode that didn't require a fairy. So my other guess is that she probably has even more magical powers than anyone else since she's the only one with a henshin and can produce almost any spell she can think of. I think I'll stick with the second one but I'll have to rewatch some episodes where Tambourine leaves Mary Bell alone to see if this plays out.
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Posted 11/4/08 , edited 11/4/08


It's been 9 days since I updated. Mainly because I've been watching more anime lately and I never really made a schedule for this comic.

Anyways, I tried to recycle less once again but as you can see, the backgrounds don't match with some frames. Maybe I should recycle more. The third panel has the DON sound effect. I see this alot in manga but don't know what exactly it's spose to be but always wanted to use it so I used it here. Tambourine was changed yet again. I decided to draw his body more short and plump. I'm sure this is almost the way he looks in the anime. Originally I wanted Mary Bell's bump to be somewhere in the middle of the forehead but the way I draw her, I couldn't cuz of the hair so I decided to make it appear on the side of the head but maybe I drew it too big?

If Mary Bell looks very different from the way I draw her, that's prob cuz I drew her angry. In the anime she mostly gets disgruntled but once in a while she gets angry so I couldn't find the right look for her. In my opinion, it seems out of character mainly because in the anime she's good friends with Tambourine and will rarely get angry with him. She mostly gets angry when someone tries to do something to him but will sometimes get angry at him directly but will make up in end. In my opinion, she should get angry in the times he ditched her and left her powerless, and that's what I decided to do here.

This page was also suppose to be the final page of this small bee episode but I didn't want to take too long to upload so the next page will the last page of this.
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Posted 11/11/08 , edited 11/11/08


I feel as though I've changed the way they characters look. Tambourine and Mary Bell look different to me for some reason. Maybe is because I haven't been working on this comic as much lately.

Once again, Mary Bell is out of character here. This time she is giving Tambourine punishment. This is not like Mary Bell but I felt that even Mary Bell has her limits, so she would not stand for Tambourine's selfish act of survival and would do something to make him pay. This comic is starting to reflect my own views more than the original creators. Even though I'll try to keep this comic's overall presentation as close as to the creators, some of my ideas will end up creepy in about, creating a different Mary Bell.

This page uses alot or recycling. As you can tell most of the frames are reused, albeit edited, which is one reason why this page only took me an hour. I'm no real comic artists so I just do what I know. The last frame is a night scene. I don't know how to draw black and white night scenes so I decided to just use a heavy shadow on the left side, meaning the moon is shining on the right. I think it gives the illusion of darkness.
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Posted 11/25/08 , edited 11/25/08



I left this webcomic empty for half a month. I've been busy with other stuffs and since this comic is not a main priority, I didn't work on it. That and also my inspiration to work on this webcomic is fainting since I haven't seen anything about Mary Bell for a while. I should rewatch some episodes to rikindle my spirit.

If you've read up on Crynchy's news, on January 8th, there are gonna be some changes, I hope this doesn't affect this anime. :(

Okay, on to the comic. As you noticed it's in color. BLEGH! Even though I made Tambourine good, everything else was rushed. I had an idea what I wanted on my mind but implementing it onto the bitmap was harder so I had to do something completely different from what I had in mind, making the illusion that Tambourine is standing too tall. OI! I'll do some in color but I'm sticking to B&W for the majority of this comic. It's easier to work with.
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Posted 12/4/08

To anyone who reads this webcomic (if any), I'm taking December off to work on something else so no more comics until January.
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