Kadi Fedoruk's www.blindsprings.com/BlindSprings is one of my favorite magitek stories. Yes, significantly more than the Final Fantasy series, though I have to give a few of those a pass as pretty good.
Blindsprings updates twice a week, with the occasional break in the week. It features a young girl who is locked in time and comes back to find a academic-magic society which spits on her kind, who know live sort of like gypsies. There's trouble with magic, spirits, and the racial tensions which face the city in which this takes place.
Anyways, read this comic because...
1. Art. I love the artistic style. It's both cartoony, but also has a drab 1800's London look, with a side of macabre, and I LOVE THAT MIX!
2. The Characters. I won't lie, for the first chapter I wasn't terribly into the story, but I repent of that early opinion. The characters are dynamic, complicated, and 3 dimensional. That's a good thing.
3. Girl Power. The majority of the protagonists are girls, mostly younger than 14. Usually a mix like that leaves me bored, but this is girls written by a woman and it's awesome. Stereotypes need not be followed, but they're also not just James Bond wearing a little skirt. In fact, for the most part, it's not a directly violent comic. Despite that, it still creates tension through other kinds of danger, and it's great.
So, I'd say stop reading this and go read that. The series is ongoing and has one printed book now (GO BUY IT... if it's in stock, I'm not sure) and has lived up for now.
PS The spirit masks are cool.
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