When you rewatch San Junipero and you get to the scene when the nerdy guy at the arcade offers to play Top Speed with Yorkie and you see her reaction to the car crash and you die a little on the inside
I just rewatched San Junipero and I thought I was just going to look back at some of my favorite scenes, but I couldn't help myself. I loved that episode so much. I felt like Kelly represented my physical appearance and my sexuality so well(even though I'm biromantic and she is bisexual). And then my personality was a mix between Yorkie and Kelly but I related to these characters so much and I've never seen a bi wlw on tv and she honestly changed my life. Her sexuality is never erased and she actually gets to experience a happy life with a guy for 49 years and then she meets Yorkie in San Junipero and she doesn't want to fall in love but she does and wow it's such a beautiful love story. I have cried so much for this one hour episode that has changed me so much because representation matters so much and I just got to see myself on tv for the first time where I wasn't killed by a stray bullet. Every time I get attached to a wlw or a black woman they die brutally by a stray bullet and it's devestating. I have felt that pain way too much and to get this happy ending from this show that rarely ever has a happy ending just makes me smile so wide and also sad because other shows will make excuses for killing off all their poc or wlw and only leaving the straight white males invincible. I've seen it happen so so many times. It's hard to find tv where I feel represented for race or for sexuality. It's even harder to find a happy ending and an interracial couple on top of all that is nearly impossible. This episode has made me happier than any show this year because it doesn't end tragically and I didn't have to cry myself to sleep. I'm never going to get over this episode that was so raw and amazing. Kelly's relationship with her husband is never invalidated and she gets to be happy with Yorkie. And the whole episode isn't even just fluff it has all these deep conversations about life and it's just amazing. I understood these characters so much and I love them to pieces and they get to live together forever.
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!
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.
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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.