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In a city by the sea, eight magician apprentices are competing for the spot as representative to the king. Using their magic and familiars, each contest draws them closer to their goal. As if being a teenager wasn’t hard enough, contending against your friends for a future job is one more burden. Lucy, one such apprentice, wants it more desperately than most. But it’s not easy when their master seems too distant and uncaring. Meanwhile, Lucy’s rival, Philomena, isn’t so sure she wants to be the representative, despite pressure from her father. As for the others, they’re just doing the best they can, while trying to keep their animal familiars alive. Through it all, the city’s sentinel statues sit and watch, guarding the city by the sea where anything can happen.
Written by Taylor Robin, Never Satisfied is a magic-kid comic that breaks stereotypes, starting with the characters. Robin has eight main cast members, two of whom are non-binary; most of all, she has Lucy, one of the said non-binary people, the main character. While trans, non-binary, asexual, and agender characters are becoming more frequent in comics and other media, they are usually side characters. But not only has Robin written Lucy as the focus, they are presented as human: flawed, happy, arrogant, frustrated, and all other emotions in between.
Robin draws her artwork with medium lines and details, using natural color schemes for humans, animals, and backgrounds. Art-wise, she has gone with the usual motif of having exceedingly detailed background and landscapes, contrasted with the “cartoon” aspects of the characters, both human and animal. This technique helps readers to easily relate to the characters, while also giving a beautiful and unique world to inhabit. And Robin has done well in creating relatable characters. Besides having fringe spectrum characters, she’s drawn a multicultural cast with different bodies and features. One example is Philomena, the secondary main character, a plump Latina girl, who can hold her own against stronger-looking opponents.
Never Satisfied is a wonderful comic about young magicians coming of age, and the magical hijinks that ensue. You can read it at NeverSatisfiedComic.com.