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The Far Side of Utopia is a webcomic set 20 Minutes into the Future in an Urban Fantasy world where magic and technology starting to meld together. Several of the cast are Dimensional Travelers and there at least several worlds/dimensions involved.

It largely follows Peter Kepler and the various students of Levinworth Academy (a Magitek mage school - where the known programs are "Magic Use and Engineering" and "Magic Technology and Theory"...).

There is Peter, a rogue IDS (Interdimensional Security) agent with an unknown agenda, and his group. Tyler, the head of the MSB (Magic Security Branch) which is either a government branch, an afterschool club, or likely both, and Kally, an active IDS agent who is supposed to be keeping on eye on things. In addition, there is an increasing (possible to the point of never ending) list of background characters that show up, quickly going into Loads and Loads of characters territory.

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It updates Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Can be read here.


This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Art Evolution: The art is only okay, but when the earlier pages are redrawn it's fairly noticeable. Original vs New.
  • Artificial Human: It's all but confirmed that Mium and ILA are artificial humans of some sort. The rest of the people with strange haircolors may be.
  • Blood Knight: Naomi. Definitely.
  • Cute Bruiser: Naomi, Ila, Mione... Almost a prerequisite for being a bruiser.
  • Counter Spell: So far this along with Super Toughness are what we've seen Mium do.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: While not universal even for the characters with unusual hair colors, there are a handful. Purple haired Naomi has purple eyes, her green haired friend has green eyes. Mium is a partial example - his hair and eyes are both blue, but not the same shade.
  • Fictional Sport: The simply named 'Airball'. It's basically Tennis played with magic - hitting the ball physically is not required, and if the ball hits the ground, you lose the point, making it a bit less forgiving. People either rely on Kinetic Magic or Super Speed to play.
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  • Full-Contact Magic: Naomi's preferred form. According to the agent she was fighting, it's primarily accomplished by using magic to alter her Form.
  • Functional Magic: How it works hasn't been really detailed, but at least some of the characters are mages.
  • Gambit Pileup: Starting to hit pretty hard as Peter's The Plan begins to collide with pretty much every other faction's plots.
  • Government Agency of Fiction: The IDS is this, as is the 'Bureau' and the MSB (which is a branch of the Bureau), with the later two being from a different government than the IDS.
  • Kill Sat: The Skyhammer is pretty much what it says on the tin. The IDS Ace in the Hole in case the locals got rowdy. Unfortunately for them, by the time they decided to use it, the locals had The Ace on their side.
  • Immortal Life Is Cheap: Most of the more fatal seeming incidents gravitate toward the cast members that don't die from things like being shot in the head, exploded, or thrown off tall buildings.
  • Instant Runes: Whenever someone starts altering Eidos (basically using magic) these show up, including when using autocasters, though how they show up varies somewhat.
  • Magitek: While not the only form of magic, it is wide spread. Autocasters are widespread and are a cross between a computer, a wand, and gun (though it varies which the lean the closest to).
  • The Multiverse: There are at least several deminsions involved in the story so far (one invading another has been referenced), but as only one has been shown, if they are Alternate Universe or Another Dimension isn't really known.
  • Noodle Implements: Peter once submitted an expense report for a toy remote control plane, a replacement television remote, sixteen feet of barbed wire, a fifteen second ad slot on a local network, two fancy suits, and a mouse trap (though Kally's pretty sure the mouse trap was just him screwing with their boss)
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Tyler always has his right eye covered by his hair though the other eye is just an Un Reveal as we see it when his hair blows around and it's just a normal eye.
  • Powered Armor: The solider from Kor's World is sporting this. The Avon agents also had armor, but it wasn't clear if it was Powered or just futuristic riot gear.
  • Punched Across the Room: Naomi favors this, doing this twice to someone the first time she gets into a fight. The second attempt going through a small brick wall took.
  • Real Name as an Alias: Peter Kepler resurfaced after hiding... using the name Peter Kepler. Either aiming to Hidden in Plain Sight with a Refuge in Audacity or use himself as The Bait
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: There is Mium and Naomi, who are almost Color-Coded for Your Convenience in this role; with Mium being blue and Naomi being the red (purple).
  • Rogue Agent: Peter went rogue before the start of the story for nebulous reasons; if it's just a cover, IDS Headquarters wants to talk to him real bad.
  • Super Toughness: At least one of Mium's abilities include this, if the result of him jumping off the building was the concrete below coming out the loser from the fall is any indication.
  • Technicolor Eyes: From the start had a broad range of eye colors being common, but still managed to achieve this with the introduction of Mir whose eyes take the usual-unusually colored eyes a step further.
  • The Bait: There is no other reason for Peter to be using his real name; he can't have expected to Real Name as an Alias and stay Hidden in Plain Sight considering whose looking for him (and we've seen him make fake identities stick with Mium)
  • The Plan: Peter certainly has one. What is, well, we hope Peter knows because no one else does. But he definitely has one going. We hope.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Naomi and Mione both have pony tails and tend to fit more into the tomboyish category than others.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: At least half the characters (particularly the younger ones) have non-natural hair colors. It's implied that having non-natural hair colors means being a Designer Baby.
  • Wizarding School: Levinworth Academy is the Magitek equivalent of this - hasn't been specified yet if it equates more to magic college or magic highschool.
    • Probably more a Magic College, seeing that Tyler Weber apparently has his own dwelling here. Even if it's a dormitory room, it's still more indicative of a college student than a high schooler). Okay—MAYBE it's a boarding or prep school type of situation, but signs point to college.
      • Considering when a war rolls around the head of the afterschool club gets essentially drafted, probably Magic College.
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