Tuesday, May 27, 2008

That’s what I say when I want everybody to look at me for a minute. Like now.

So, okay! My name is Magic Trixie. And in case you didn’t guess because of my name…I’m a witch! See, there’s Magic-which is a no brainer, but then this is the clever part- there’s Trixie , which is both, like, tricks of Magic and a girl’s name! And, I can be pretty tricky at times, too.

This is my house. It is called a multi-unit dwelling. We live on the top floor so Daddy can use the conservatory. That’s a glass room where you can grow plants even when it’s snowing. One of my chores is to tend the spiders and ladybugs and praying mantises. Those are insects which are benafish- benofish—they eat bugs you don’t want in your garden.
This is my mom. She is really smart and beautiful, but she has one terrible habit. She will not let a kid watch Spell-O-Vision real late at night. And, she's pretty particular about what stories you see on that thing. I have been trying to break her of that habit, but she is a hard person to train.
My grandparents live in between us and the bottom floor (which is my mom’s work). This is my Gramberry.
She is what they call even keeled. That means she doesn't get mad so easy. But, she will get pretty flustered if you try and read a spell out loud from the big spell book... and flustered sometimes looks a lot like mad to me.
And this is my Grampy. He likes to race you down the stairs and take you to see plays at The Luna Theater. He calls me Spiderlegs and Punkin and other names of endearment. He has been all over the world when he was in the service and one time he had a run in with a Dragon! He gots some friends that come over to play cards with him sometimes. They teached me and I'm real good at it. They are what you call 'salty old fellas'. They had to put money in the swear jar after that time I won the game. But Grampy is sweet, too. He dances Gramberry around the living room when he thinks you are not watching and he is always holding her hand and giving her a smooch. She likes that alot I guess, because it makes her giggle.
I like being on the top floor of our house because it is good for taking off on your broom. I can’t fly the big broom yet like my Daddy... but I have a kid sized one. And no, those are not training wheels on my broom…it is… um… landing gear! On account of I do not ruin my good shoes with stopping and stuff.

I also like to be on the top floor to do a spit out my window and see how long it takes for it to hit the sidewalk. Sometimes I like gross stuff. It's funny and junk.

Tansy is my cousin. She is sixteen and has her riding license and everything. She is really good at magic and does not spit out her window because she thinks it’s kind of gross. I think it is because her boyfriend can make a super gross spit so who can blame her? Tansy does work for Mom’s café which is on the first floor of our house and is called Elixir. My Mom and my Gramberry make delicious things to eat and drink there and my MiMi (that means grandma-but 0nly if you are trying to fool people into thinking you are not a grandma) gived my Mom the money to get it off the ground, which means to start your work. This is my MiMi. (She's pretty sparkly.)
And the best part is the cookies and cakes and junk? Not only do they taste good, they got magic in them! I guess that is why Mom called the place Elixir!
But remember, you must follow the recipes for stuff exactly and there is no adding of secret ingredients unless you want all the customers’ hair to fall out, or to turn your baby sister into a dragon or something…or so I have heard.
And speaking of baby sisters, I have one whose name is Abby Cadabra. It is amazing that someone who can’t write up her own spells or make her hair turn pink can get as much attention as she does. I don’t get it, but everybody loves to watch her just lay around.
Another guy who likes to lay around is Scratches, my kitty. But laying around is one of the jobs of a cat! He’s my bestest friend and the fuzziest, purriest guy to cuddle with at night. And he’s good to climb a tree with and to tell your troubles to, but he can also be a big mouth tattle tale when you are secretly trying to practice using the big broom or attempting to make your sister disappear for Show and Tell at school.
Show and Tell is a big deal at Spectral Park Monstersorri School. I am in the First Grade. There are other grades there, but I think it’s best to be First. My teacher is named Ms.Specter because she’s a ghost. Not a spooky ghost like the one that haunts our basement, but a friendly one who haunts our brains with learning.

These are my classmates.
‘Lupe Garou is a werewolf. A werewolf is pretty good to be, I guess, but not as good as being a witch. Or at least that’s what I keep telling ‘Lupe. Her house is in the forest… When there’s a full moon, she is the scariest thing you ever wanted to borrow a dress from. She’s gotta pack of older brothers and she runs just as fast as any of them. We sometimes get along because we both have curly hair and curly hair girls stick together. ‘Lupe wants to do hair when she grows up. I suppose that’s because being a werewolf, she’s covered in the stuff, so she knows lots about it. A person could get pretty rich running a Beauty Shop for those guys, so it sounds like a good idea to me.
These are the Twins. We don’t know their names, just Twins. They are…Vampires! How ‘bout that! They do so really live in the graveyard and they do not have any parents at all! It is not a good idea to trade lunch with them. Also, you never want to sleep over at their house. There is absolutely no ‘lectricity and they don’t even have a Spell-o-Vision! And brother, are they allergic to everything! But they can float kinda creepy cool and they have funny little squeaky voices. Also they will punch holes in your paper with their teeth so you can make a Spellbook.
This patchwork fellow is my second best friend, other than Scratches. His name is Stitch. He lives next door with his mom who is very good at Science and sewing. I like Stitch because he never gets tired of seeing me make ectoplasm come out of my ears and he pretty much likes to do everything I tell him to. You have to be careful when you play catch with him, though, or sometimes he’ll throw you the ball with his hand still holding it. I swear, his mom should remember to tie double knots or use Velcro or something. Stitch would very much like to be my boyfriend but I’m not ready for a serious relationship.
Nefie is my third best friend and first best friend that is a girl. Her full name is Neferet-ta-sherit. We call her Nefie because it’s quicker. She is the most beautiful Mummy Princess I have ever known. You should get a load of her house! It is all roof and no house part. That is called a Pyramid. But even though she is royalty, she is not stuck up or anything. She is what you call ‘down to earth.’ But, her earth has lots of gold and servants and all the stuff she needs in her afterlife… like a boat with a zillion oars. I don’t even have a boat for the bathtub! We both have kitties, so Scratches has someone to play with when I go over to her place, ‘cept Scratches is a bit more active than Miu.

Here is a zample of what my stories look like!
So that's me and my family and stuff.
I like telling you guys junk, so I think I will keep doing it. Maybe I will show you my spellbook and my very own book of magic recipes. Well, they don't have so much magic in them yet, because I am just learning. And magic ain't so easy like it is in the movies or on Spell-O-Vision! You have to rememborize a bunch of stuff. And make lots of things which are very personal to you. And there's a ton of rules. Sometimes I wish we were wizards instead. They got it more easy. Specially with those glittery magical items and rings and belts and stuff. But, there you go. I spose they wish they could absorb solar energy through their witch hats...if they had witch hats.
Anyway, I'm gonna go see if Mom needs any help frosting cupcakes...that is a chore I could do all day!


Blanquita de los Bosques said...

Your work is great!!!! i love it ^^ all the pictures and the text are fantastic.

Magic Trixie said...

There will be much more. I still need to get a good header up there... But my creator has pages to illustrate!

Jill Thompson said...

So that header is there. Maybe I should change them with the seasons.

Jay Geldhof said...

Nice job, Trixie!
I knew ya could do it!

Debbie said...

Wonderful job!!! I can't wait for more. The girls are so excited!! You are super talented!!

Derrick Fish said...

Wow! This looks to be a fantastic new story. The artwork is BEAUTIFUL, with richer colors and a very lively, vibrant flair and the storytelling is excellent.

I can't wait to meet Trixie in a finished story!

Annemarie Azzarello said...

Thank you for Magic Trixie. The illustrations are
Fun and Beautiful. The more you look the more you see! Reading the book makes me think of you Jill, all the things you love! Thank you for sharing. We can't wait for the next one.

Jill Thompson said...

Magic Trixie will be posting more. She's waiting until her first adventure hits the shelves, then she will talk some more.

Texas Todd said...

Wow, this looks great! Can't wait.
I've been missing Scary Godmother (any more coming out in comic, TV, or merchandise form??).
Jill, have you read Eleanor Estes' "The Witch Family," the best witch story ever? The scene with Trixie sending attack bees made me think of Malachi the spelling bee. If you haven't read it, it's a must!

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piwackit said...

Magic Trixie is fantastic!
Picked up the 1st story & can't wait for the second installment.

As usual Jill does a wonderful job of transporting us to a similar world but with a few twists! ;)

Can't wait to see what's coming up!

BrendaSue said...

My children and I LOVE Scary Godmother and Magic Trixie looks great too! It isn't Halloween until we've seen the shows.

Texas Todd said...

Hi Jill. Magic Trixie (which I loved) got me reading my old Scary Godmother books (and watching the two TV specials), and I'm wanting to know more about the Spectral Six. Who are they? (Miss Crystal, Muerto Rico, Crypto, and ?) What do they do and will we see them in Magic Trixie or anywhere else? How about their own book??

Jill Thompson said...

I have to do an issue of Scary Godmother with the Spectral Six in it. Maybe show a whole episode because Harry falls asleep while recording it.

Juan Fleites said...

Awesome work, and the characters look very cool, i turn a fan of the little witch.