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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:

  • All in the Manual: A lot of the finer details about the universe of the comic (e.g. the magic system, how certain political systems like PACT work) aren't usually explained in the comic itself, due to the fact that most of the characters already know them. Instead, some of those details are stated in the fan wiki or by the author in the commentary for a comic page, or even in the comments if it won't act as a spoiler.
  • 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.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Some are present in this setting, with various degrees of "intelligence", though most are not widely known to the public (at least in Malsa). One particular variety is a Self Modifying A.I., or S.M.A.I. for short. As the name implies, S.M.A.I.s are able to edit and adjust their own parameters and coding in order to more efficiently carry out their goals and programming. Unfortunately, most people who are aware of S.M.A.I.s are often concerned about them as their ability to modify themselves makes S.M.A.I.s inherently unstable, which only gets worse as they get closer to the end of their "useful" lifespan. One of the most notable examples of a S.M.A.I. in the story is Mium/M.Y.M.
  • Blood Knight: Naomi. Definitely.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In regards to Eidos constructs (both animate and inanimate), which appear as either blue, green or red, and they are rated from weakest to strongest in that respective order in terms of durability, stability, etc. Red "living" constructs in particular are noted to be very dangerous to face in a fight, as they can interact with physics much better than other constructs while still having the benefits of being a magical construct (e.g. losing a head may impede a red construct but it won't necessarily stop them).
  • Counter Spell: So far this, along with Super Toughness, are what we've seen Mium do.
  • Cute Bruiser: Naomi, Ila, Mione... Almost a prerequisite for being a bruiser.
  • 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.
  • Designer Babies: Designer Children are exactly that, children who were genetically modified from birth (perhaps before) to have enhanced abilities. Most of these children are usually more physically fit or smarter than a regular child (though there is no guarantee of this), and some of them also have enhanced or specific magical abilities. Making a Designer Child is an expensive process, so often they are seen as a sign of wealth, status, or both, with the Families have a large population of Designer Children among their ranks. Not much about the laws regarding Designer Children except that they have to have unusual hair color and eye color as a sign that they're Designer Children, and it's (probably) illegal for them to dye their hair a different color.
  • 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.
  • 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: As outlined on this page, (which is a wiki that the author runs and it lines up with what's seen and told in the comic), magic is performed by altering the properties of an object on a metaphysical level (a.k.a. Eidos, as it's called in-universe) to cause changes in the physical world (e.g. lowering or raising the acceleration of an object in motion). The strength of a mage is determined by a combination how far their range of affect is (from personal to a battlefield) and the complexity of their "calculations" in Eidos (e.g. creating animate constructs, changing the density and substance of an object), though there are also outliers with abilities that are not yet fully understood such as teleportation.
    • There are also at least two type of mages in this setting (at least as understood in Malsa; Central seems to have their own definitions such as "witches"):
      • There are Natural Mages, who are wizards who have to study how to perform specific calculations in Eidos, but could theoretically perform any type of magic as long as they know the right calculation. The majority of people in this setting are technically Natural Mages, though most of them aren't trained to make full use of this.
      • The other category are Innate Mages, who are people born with the ability to perform certain Eidos calculations by instinct, and thus are capable of casting them much faster than a Natural Mage normally would. They are technically also Natural Mages, but would still need to study to learn new spells and they often lean on their Innate ability as it just comes easier to them. Examples of Innate Mages are Naomi Atarah (physical enhancement) and Tyler Weber (ice magic).
  • 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. The establishment of the MSB created some tension between Malsa and the IDS, as the MSB was made to look after certain jurisdictions that the IDS was meant to cover.
  • Hero of Another Story: The author has said in commentary that this is the case for many of the cast (such as Tyler or the Consul), it's just that the story starts from the point when Peter and his circle start attending Levinsworth, and they are our viewpoint characters for the most part.
  • 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.
  • Interservice Rivalry: This seems to be the biggest flaw of the IDS as a whole. Together, they represent a union of powers that could theoretically take on any force. In reality, the various departments are embroiled in their own schemes (some good, some bad, some potentially catastrophic), and are often lead by people who seem to hate the leaders of the other departments (stand-out examples are Bianca and Arron Kepler, though Arron is at least more justified, and actually didn't interfere much with her until things escalated).
    • Peter even points out that if even 5% of the IDS could cooperate, they could do near anything... but he also gives a list of people working/had worked for the IDS (including himself and Arron) and states the only two things most of those people have in common:
    Peter:"Three letters [The I.D.S.] associated with them and a dislike for most of the other people on that list."
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Occam's Razor: Referenced in this comic, where Mium and Ila have kidnapped the President of another country as part of one of Peter's schemes. Said President tries to use it to try and reason out the specific goal behind his abduction, but only demonstrates why it's very dangerous to apply that type of thinking to politics, as pointed out by Mium.
  • 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.
  • Perception Filter: Ellipsis. It allows the user to effectively be invisible to the naked eye, or makes the user look "unremarkable" or unrecognizable as themselves to observers. It can be seen through, though the only ones we've seen do this are Naomi (who used a type of Aura Vision to do this) and Arron (who pioneered the trick, but who may or may not have been bluffing about actually seeing through it). The only confirmed users we've seen so far are Tom, Arron and Peter. It's unclear if this is magic or some sort of technology.
  • 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. That is, well, we hope Peter knows what he's doing 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.
  • Wall of Text: Many pages can end up like this (or close to it) due to much of the cast being fairly verbose. This is particularly true with conversations with Peter.
  • 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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