The witch is labeled mischievous and evil because she defies her role, refusing to be silent, passive, or selfless. She is embraced by many as a feminist symbol, a gender outsider. “We are the granddaughters of the witches you couldn’t burn.”
Queer women of color are not the granddaughters of the witches who didn’t burn: We are the witches who are still on fire.
That’s why I decided to start a project with just us: because we shine our brightest together.
It’s common for creative people of color to find themselves in sparse company after joining a collaborative project. This is especially so for women of color and non-binary POC, as white supremacy and patriarchy love to work hand in hand. By April of 2016, I had amassed a collective of women of color, demigirls of color, and bigender people of color eager to realize my idea: a comics anthology about witches called POWER & MAGIC.
The stories within are as multifaceted as their creators. Everything from finding love and embracing the unknown, to checking your power and testing your limits, is set against a backdrop of fantasy where powerful witches of color are the heroes of every tale.
Jemma Salume’s “Convolvere” is about a social butterfly witch whose power stems from the connections she makes with everyone around her.
“After The Dust Settles” by Ann Xu follows Jia, a teenage girl struggling to learn from her late grandmother’s grimoire without knowing how to read her ancestral language aloud.
Illustration I did a little while back for Newsweek for an article juxtaposing teenagers of the 60′s with teenagers today. So one half of the spread is Twister circles and the other half is apps. I always appreciate when I get the opportunity to draw woc. You’d be surprised how often some people try to steer you in the away from depicting poc or women for that matter, because “this article isn’t about that.” As if it needs to be. So props to my art director for letting me do my thing!
The new movie, called Hidden Figures, has just released its first trailer. Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer star in a movie about how we sent a man to the moon– using the brain power of Black women.
POWER & MAGIC is a comics anthology about queer witches of color for teens and adults ages 14-and-up. The book is over 160 pages long, black and white, and contains 15 original stories blending fantasy, drama, humor, and romance.
On January 27th, I asked if any women of color out there were interested in making comics about queer witches of color, an archetype near and dear to me… The answer was a resounding yes. POWER & MAGIC is brought to you by a team of 17 women, demigirls, and bigender creators of color.
The witch is an icon of power. She represents transcendence, healing, insight, defiance, feminine monstrosity, and a sacred relationship to the self, the community, and the universe. From the euphoria of holding the stars in your grasp, to the sacrifices we make to reach them, POWER & MAGIC explores what it means to be a person of power in all its complexity.
After 7 months of hard work to complete the anthology, we’re ready for your orders! Every dollar we raise here on Kickstarter goes toward covering print costs, paying the creators, and rewarding you with limited-edition extras and ever-increasing book quality! Read below to learn more about our backer rewards and about our system for paying creators.
POWER & MAGIC is edited by Joamette Gil, a queer Afro-Cuban cartoonist and founder of P&M Press. You can learn more about P&M Press, our mission, and our journey at PowerAndMagicPress.com.