The Muse Mentor is a pretty cool webcomic by Amy King! It updates once a week, on Fridays.
Mona lives on the mental plane, where thoughts, impulses, notions, and ideas exist and interact in human form. But her real dream is to be a muse; someone creative, who inspires great works in the physical world. Someone who has a passion, has a purpose. But when you don’t even know what it is you’re good at, the end goal feels like an impossible dream; that is, until Mona runs into Esteban, a cynical fellow who happens to be a muse preparing for his own ascension.
With six months until his big day arrives, Esteban agrees to act as Mona’s tutor and help her find a talent that will set her on the road to Musehood. The challenge is far from simple, but with enough determination perhaps Mona can find out what she truly wants to do. I mean, when it’s either that or work at an alehouse for all your life, the choice seems clear. Getting there, however, is another matter entirely.
The Muse Mentor features some gorgeous art and character designs, with every character having a distinct look and personality. But what’s probably one of its best features is how it flips the notion of the “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” over on its head. Mona is a beautiful and petite woman with a love of life, to be sure, but she is the one seeking life changing advice instead of handing it out, and seeking it from the brooding male lead of all people. And despite the more fantastic elements, the story manages to ground itself with the events and trials of day-to-day life.
While not a high-stakes quest, Muse Mentor is important in that it captures that moment of transition into adulthood, the awkwardness and fear that comes from trying to figure out what you want out of the rest of your life, and finding the courage to pursue it. Even if you don’t know what you want out of life, you won’t get anywhere without looking, and this comic reminds us of that.