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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. Cover by Ashe Samuels 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. Cover by Ashe Samuels


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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. Cover by Ashe Samuels 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. Cover by Ashe Samuels

30 review for Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    This was absolutely excellent. Every story had a different vibe and style, but they flowed together so well and I want to know about 150% more about every single individual world every one of them takes place in. Full of soooo much diverse rep. Every main character is queer, and all are POC. There are blind witches, deaf witches, witches with chronic pain, and many who deal with depression. It's a really beautiful collection and I HIGHLY recommend t.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anna Marie

    OMG THIS IS SUCH A GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL COLLECTION!!!! my fave stories were Your Heart is an Apple by Nivedita Sekar [it has an ex-mermaid ariel as a cane user and it also just is like...... b e a u t i f u l]. i cried at its loveliness!! then i love as the roots undo by joamette gil, especially this lovely line: “they called her witch. I called her moon.” and then lastly i ADORED songbird for a vulture by Naomi franquiz, it was so tender and gorgeous [also one called like the shop that never stay OMG THIS IS SUCH A GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL COLLECTION!!!! my fave stories were Your Heart is an Apple by Nivedita Sekar [it has an ex-mermaid ariel as a cane user and it also just is like...... b e a u t i f u l]. i cried at its loveliness!! then i love as the roots undo by joamette gil, especially this lovely line: “they called her witch. I called her moon.” and then lastly i ADORED songbird for a vulture by Naomi franquiz, it was so tender and gorgeous [also one called like the shop that never stayed but i can't remember who that was by! it was rlly cute tho] these are adorable stories about kindness, love, witchcraft, family, healing and power!! <3 <3

  3. 5 out of 5

    Luce

    My favourites were Your Heart is an Apple, Capture the Stars, The Shop That Never Stays and Songbird for a Vulture. But all of the comics had something profound and lovely of their own. (A note on the shelving: most stories in here are ff, but not all. One has a trans protagonist. I haven’t marked it as “lesbian” because even though the pairings are predominantly ff, not one of them ever explicitly denotes sexuality.)

  4. 5 out of 5

    CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

    What a great collection! Other comics anthologies I've read didn't have true short stories that stood on their own, but Power & Magic really did! My favourites were "Your Heart Is an Apple," "The Whisperer," "Te Perdi," & "The Shop that Never Stays." And there were only a few that didn't really do it for me. There was a nice mix of drawing styles, serious & light-hearted stories, and different cultures & ethnicities. You can't go wrong with these stories about queer witches of colour! What a great collection! Other comics anthologies I've read didn't have true short stories that stood on their own, but Power & Magic really did! My favourites were "Your Heart Is an Apple," "The Whisperer," "Te Perdi," & "The Shop that Never Stays." And there were only a few that didn't really do it for me. There was a nice mix of drawing styles, serious & light-hearted stories, and different cultures & ethnicities. You can't go wrong with these stories about queer witches of colour!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Do you ever just feel really recharged reading comics by queer people? I feel so alive and simultaneously heartbroken by some of the stories in this anthology.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Such a beautiful wonderful book. I loved most of the stories in this book, and the contents page even gives content warnings for any stories that need it!

  7. 5 out of 5

    McKinlay Dennis

    Liked most of the stories. Only loved a couple. Still totally worth the read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chasia Lloyd

    BEST way to spend an evening. This queer witch comics anthology is filled almost exclusively with women or nb/trans people of color along and loads of disability + mental illness rep. Some stories made me squee or giggle. Others made me cry. The rest made me so grateful to be in the same timeline as these talented creators.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mir

    Honor-listed for a Tiptree Award. https://tiptree.org/2019/03/gabriela-... Honor-listed for a Tiptree Award. https://tiptree.org/2019/03/gabriela-...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Colleen (Soggywarmpockets)

    Such a refreshing collection with a great showcase of gender and racial diversity. I highly recommend if you like witches and can get your hands on a copy.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    I’ve been really jamming with comic anthologies lately, and this was one I was really excited about when I backed it on kickstarter last year. It’s basically the radness that’s on the tin–an anthology focusing on the work of queer women and nonbinary people of color with a witches theme. There’s a line on the back cover I really like: “The Queer Witch Comics Anthology explores what it means to be a person of power in all its complexity.” Like with any anthology, the quality and style varies from I’ve been really jamming with comic anthologies lately, and this was one I was really excited about when I backed it on kickstarter last year. It’s basically the radness that’s on the tin–an anthology focusing on the work of queer women and nonbinary people of color with a witches theme. There’s a line on the back cover I really like: “The Queer Witch Comics Anthology explores what it means to be a person of power in all its complexity.” Like with any anthology, the quality and style varies from story to story. There were a few I was underwhelmed by, but I can also say there were just as many that blew me away. My absolute favorite was Your Heart Is An Apple by Nivedita Sekar, but even saying that makes me think of a bunch of others I really enjoyed. I could be here for awhile just listing my favorite details. Something that stuck out to me in particular about the anthology as a whole was how many of the comics wove in metaphors about a huge variety of topics from discrimination to death to mental illness to heritage to recovery. It felt like the comics all had something very unique to say within the set, so it worked beautifully as a collection. Some of the comics were a little dark and hard to read. I don’t know if this is because they were originally done in color (the book is in black and white) or whether there was a printing miscalculation or what. But tbh, I can’t really fault an indie publication for some publishing bumps, you know? I’m too glad the book exists in the first place haha You can buy your own digital or print copy online! There’s also a sequel anthology on kickstarter right at this very moment! (as of 7/21/17)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    A beautiful collection, thoughtful and expressive. Not all the stories spoke to me personally, but the ones that did were truly meaningful to my life. It's a volume that stays with you. Standout stories include The Whisperer by Arianne Hokoki, which in addition to being a wonderful story about depression, self acceptance, and love, is phenomenally drawn with a beautiful, saturated style. Her Gift by Coco Candelario, which looks like Steven Universe and Kiki's Delivery Service had an adorable, bak A beautiful collection, thoughtful and expressive. Not all the stories spoke to me personally, but the ones that did were truly meaningful to my life. It's a volume that stays with you. Standout stories include The Whisperer by Arianne Hokoki, which in addition to being a wonderful story about depression, self acceptance, and love, is phenomenally drawn with a beautiful, saturated style. Her Gift by Coco Candelario, which looks like Steven Universe and Kiki's Delivery Service had an adorable, baking baby. Def Together by fydbac earns the spot for best character design. Their unnamed MCs are gorgeous in a way you'd never see in mainstream comics. But for my money, the volume saved the best for last. Songbird For A Vulture by Naomi Franquiz is arresting. Heartbreaking. Beautiful. The collection itself is nicely laid out. The table of contents includes content warnings on five of the fifteen stories, (including both The Whisperer and Songbird For A Vulture, so be careful with my recommendations,) which I appreciate and hope indicates the future of publishing. The cover is drop dead gorgeous and deserves to be front facing on any shelf. I want a poster. The section "Meet the Coven", with each author's self portrait is also very nice, since a lot of anthologies don't bother with a section on their contributors. (If nothing else, go look at Aatmaja Pandya's portrait because oh my god.)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Sara

    This is one of the best books I ever read. Taking in the amazing set of artists and stories being told there has never been a book I felt so fully represented in. Queer people united in telling a great selection of stories about power.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Abbey

    I backed this on Kickstarter and I'm happy to say I do not regret it. It includes a wide range of stories and styles. My favorite stand-outs include "Your Heart Is An Apple" and "The Whisperer."

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    The Queer Witch Anthology from Power and Magic Press is a project that has been near and dear to me for a number for reasons: it was a Kickstarted comics project, it was put out into the world by a publisher of creator-owned comics that is QPOC-operated. Lastly it was led by one of my favorite artists/comics personalities from Twitter which would be Joamette Gil whom I had the opportunity to finally meet in person at Geek Girl Con last year. (Jo gives GREAT hugs by the way!) This review is a lon The Queer Witch Anthology from Power and Magic Press is a project that has been near and dear to me for a number for reasons: it was a Kickstarted comics project, it was put out into the world by a publisher of creator-owned comics that is QPOC-operated. Lastly it was led by one of my favorite artists/comics personalities from Twitter which would be Joamette Gil whom I had the opportunity to finally meet in person at Geek Girl Con last year. (Jo gives GREAT hugs by the way!) This review is a long time coming and I’m happy to finally get it out: The Queer Witch Anthology from Power & Magic Press is one of my favorite comics Anthologies that rise from Kickstarter and a book you should have on your shelves. First thing’s first, I gotta applaud the editorial staff for labeling table of contents with trigger warnings. This was something I noticed immediately on my first read through and wanted to publicly acknowledge because I can’t remember if I did so on Twitter. Here’s a few of my favorite stories that serve as great offerings for what this anthology has to offer: After The Dust Settles by Ann Xu “After The Dust Settles” focuses on Jia a witch who is quickly working her way through what magic can teach her. One day her mother gives her something that once belonged to her grandmother who was also a witch. It’s a type of family heirloom that has been passed down from generation to generation and it’s a more fitting gift for Jia because her mother never got the chance to read and use it. She takes it, immediately grateful and eager to see what’s within. What she isn’t expecting is to feel so left out of the loop as her grimoire is written in her grandmother’s native language and it’s been far too long since Jia has spoken or felt a need to use it. Insecurities rush in. Jia is nearly swallowed up by them: she’s never had to work so hard at magic. Everything she’s been taught so far seems insignificant. She feel insignificant. Her magic feels insignificant. On top of that she’s starting to feel like a failure; that she’s be the one that her grandmother, and ultimately her people, all the witches before her will have a legacy that will die with her. I won’t lie to you–it’s a story that will pull on your heartstrings–but it is also a story about dedication. Xu’s short is also about commitment to yourself: to bettering yourself, to believing in yourself and in knowing that your ancestors are never too far away. Xu’s artsytle masterfully captures the spell casting in a way that sets the tone where you can see Jia’s struggles each and everytime she casts. When she’s studying hard pouring over the text, you can amost see her desperation on the pages. “When the Dust Settles” is a damn good example of the best that this book has to offer. Power & Magic carried so much weight! Here you had themes of grief, bravery, life transitions, and challenging the norm. You had your children of immigrants, children being wanting to make their ancestors proud, and children seeking validation. You had Folks who didn’t see them selves as female all the time, those who were falling in love, disabled folks, folks just trying to cope in healthy ways. You had way younger characters and older characters. People using sign language and people using their canes to get around. Each creative team in this book brought their A game and it showed weaving some many great tales involving magic, mischievousness, wisdom and the power of friendship, community and sometimes love. Read the rest of my review here: http://blacknerdproblems.com/power-ma...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Jowitt

    Does what it says on the tin, really: a delightful and varied collection of comics featuring queer witches, with a lovely diverse range of settings, styles, characters, and creators. I'm not a great comics reader so am probably missing some of the subtleties, but it made for a very enjoyable afternoon's reading.

  17. 5 out of 5

    feux d'artifice

    i really like the idea of queer witches comic anthology but i wish it was more and better

  18. 5 out of 5

    Richelle Priscilla

    This was wonderfully magical and full of spirit and love and power. I will be treasuring this forever.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Snail

    "Your Heart is an Apple" by Nivedita Sekar is really wonderfully drawn. Loved the fairy tale princess references, made me feel like the characters had good depth even within such a short number of pages. "The Whisperer" is charming, but difficult to focus on because everything printed so dark. It looks like the comic may have originally been drawn in color (?) and then converted to grayscale... And if that is the case, I bet the color version is beautiful! A preview image for "Fluid" really made "Your Heart is an Apple" by Nivedita Sekar is really wonderfully drawn. Loved the fairy tale princess references, made me feel like the characters had good depth even within such a short number of pages. "The Whisperer" is charming, but difficult to focus on because everything printed so dark. It looks like the comic may have originally been drawn in color (?) and then converted to grayscale... And if that is the case, I bet the color version is beautiful! A preview image for "Fluid" really made me want to pick up this book. Such cute art and great inking! "After the Dust Settles" is also beautifully drawn and wonderfully atmospheric. "The Shop That Never Stays" has to be my favourite story in the entire book. Even though I guess the story only took place over a few days, it felt like the characters were together much longer, and that made their relationship that much stronger to me. "You'll Know When It's Time to Go" also has great art, I enjoy every panel. The ending felt abrupt, but maybe it was supposed to. The writing in "Songbird For a Vulture" stood out as being really poetic. An excellent book, I look forward to supporting future volumes and more stunning artists! Bravo, Power and Magic Press! Keep it up!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Derek Newman-Stille

    Power & Magic is an incredibly potent collection of narratives that have needed to be told. It is a reminder that we Queer people need to have narratives that don't just include us, but CENTRE us, making Queer lives the central stories. As a youth I searched through comic after comic to find a magical mirror that would reflect some element of myself back to me, tell me a story that I could see myself in, and Power & Magic is the collection that I have best seen myself in. So often our Queer narr Power & Magic is an incredibly potent collection of narratives that have needed to be told. It is a reminder that we Queer people need to have narratives that don't just include us, but CENTRE us, making Queer lives the central stories. As a youth I searched through comic after comic to find a magical mirror that would reflect some element of myself back to me, tell me a story that I could see myself in, and Power & Magic is the collection that I have best seen myself in. So often our Queer narratives tend to be about realism and often that focus on reality erases the rich imaginative possibilities we embody. I think that is why the stories in this collection spoke to me so strongly - they weren't TRYING to reflect reality, they wanted to open up worlds of possibility. They wanted to show us the magic of Queer lives, the transformative possibilities, the rich potions that form from our thoughts and feelings and imaginings, the spells that we speak out into the world when we demand that our voices be heard. Power & Magic, much like magic itself, is a work of imagination, but it also illustrates to readers that imagination HAS power, and that the stories we tell shape our world.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barry Raifsnider

    This was a really, really good anthology. I liked the art in all the stories, and liked basically all of the stories too. I'm definitely gonna look up all the authors/artists to see their other works. It was really nice that there were content warnings underneath the stories that needed them in the table of contents, it'd be awesome if this kind of thing happened more often. And I was glad to see there were quite a few fat characters throughout the anthology. My favorite stories were Her Gift by This was a really, really good anthology. I liked the art in all the stories, and liked basically all of the stories too. I'm definitely gonna look up all the authors/artists to see their other works. It was really nice that there were content warnings underneath the stories that needed them in the table of contents, it'd be awesome if this kind of thing happened more often. And I was glad to see there were quite a few fat characters throughout the anthology. My favorite stories were Her Gift by Coco Candelario, The Whisperer by Arianne Hokoki, and Songbird for a Vulture by Naomi Franquiz. I definitely recommend this anthology.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jaymee Goh

    A wonderful little anthology covering a range of love stories, from sad to sweet to bittersweet, and a range of art styles as well. The most striking is "Def Together" by fydbac, starring a deaf witch crushing on a blind witch, with ASL in place of lettering except at the very end (which is a great little punchline that heightens the meet-cute of the story). Definitely a thing to read as the world is falling apart around one's ears.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maia

    A wonderful collection of short comics edited by Joamette Gil. All of them were good, but some of the standouts for me are "Convolvere" by Jemma Salume, "Your Heart is an Apple" by Nivedita Sekar and "Songbird for a Vulture" by Naomi Franquiz. This book is now available both in print and as a PDF on Gumroads: https://gumroad.com/powerandmagicpress# A wonderful collection of short comics edited by Joamette Gil. All of them were good, but some of the standouts for me are "Convolvere" by Jemma Salume, "Your Heart is an Apple" by Nivedita Sekar and "Songbird for a Vulture" by Naomi Franquiz. This book is now available both in print and as a PDF on Gumroads: https://gumroad.com/powerandmagicpress#

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Rose

    4 Stars! Very beautiful stories by incredible women, I loved the messages and diversity in this book as well as the mental health aspects of some of them. I feel it wasn't for me completely (I don't struggle with a lot of these issues, though some of them really moved me more than others), but I would recommend this to nearly everyone because of the messages behind them.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alexia

    I loved the comics so much! Even the sad ones were so heartfelt and most of the stories warmed my heart and brightened my day when I read them. I wish the anthology was longer, just because I enjoyed reading it so much.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jaina Bee

    This is beautiful and brilliant. Excellent from the editing to the printing. I want MORE! (Yes, i have already read it multiple times!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Waffle

    An extremely strong anthology (I loved ALL the stories) with gorgeous art.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Camille

    Lovely and brief anthology and a great introduction to a bunch of wonderful creators. I am really happy to be able to support these talented coven of color!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Garrison

    Summary and What I Loved: (Note: since this is an anthology, I’m just going to discuss a few of the stories rather than the collection as a whole.) “Her Gift” This is a lovely little comic about April, a witch, and Pamela, a baker. They have an adorable, loving relationship. April helps Pamela bake a cake and suggests Pamela enter into a baking contest. However, things get a little mixed up when April offers to add magic to Pamela’s cake. Pamela feels offended by this and that April doesn’t appreci Summary and What I Loved: (Note: since this is an anthology, I’m just going to discuss a few of the stories rather than the collection as a whole.) “Her Gift” This is a lovely little comic about April, a witch, and Pamela, a baker. They have an adorable, loving relationship. April helps Pamela bake a cake and suggests Pamela enter into a baking contest. However, things get a little mixed up when April offers to add magic to Pamela’s cake. Pamela feels offended by this and that April doesn’t appreciate Pamela’s culture and values, and April leaves. Pamela does enter the baking contest, though, entering her magic-free cake, which she feels is representative of her values and cultural heritage. April ends up coming to the contest and is supportive as ever. The story ends with a wonderful declaration of their love. I really enjoyed this comic for many reasons. It has a whimsical, soft art style that easily translates in black and white. The story itself was cute but full-hearted and sympathetic. I would call this fluffy goodness with a dose of real substance and a story that could easily be read and enjoyed by both the young and older reader. “Your Heart is An Apple” This comic doesn’t really have a plot. It’s more of a poem in comic form about how relationships affect us after they are over. I can’t really summarize it more than that without getting into opinion, so let’s get into that. I found the use of metaphor in this comic really compelling. I think it grapples with the difficulties in having close relationships and the fallout when they end. I also appreciate that it highlights the role that other relationships play in our grieving/coping process. Honestly, this was probably my favorite of the entire collection. This was a sad but sweet comic that I feel like I will return to and again and again. “After the Dust Settles” This comic centers around Jia being given her grandmother’s old spellbook. Jia tries to cast from the book, but has difficulties. She feels guilt and shame for being separated from her grandmother’s language (and culture), which she blames for her inability to cast. But her loving girlfriend suggests she try again and perform a séance from the book. Jia tries and succeeds in summoning her grandmother’s spirit. This story touched me because of it’s message about the difficulties of connecting with our forebears and family’s culture. I found it inspiring that even in the face of difficulties, like not knowing her grandmother’s language, Jia still pushes on and succeeds in forming a connection. I also really appreciated the art style, which was simple but also beautiful. The séance scene in particular really came alive across the page. What I Didn’t Love: Mostly, I had difficulties with some of the art styles in individual stories not doing well in black and white. This may be a nit-picky thing, but I think it’s important that in comics the art if very clear and easy to see no matter the medium. This wasn’t an issue in all of the stories, but some like “Te Perdi” or “Def Together” were hard to understand in certain panels because of this. I also would have liked a little more cohesion in tone and reading level. I felt like some of the comics grappled with really mature subject matter, which I appreciated but wouldn’t feel comfortable passing on to a young reader. But some comics, like “Her Gift,” were adorable and I think appropriate for most ages. Would I Recommend: Yes. While not all of the comics really came through for me, some of them were just spectacular both in art, subject matter, and story. And, even if I didn’t quite love a story, I felt like the whole collection itself sung with a sensitivity to life and love and the inherent pain and joy in both. Really, I think a lot of work and love went into these stories and their compilation and it really shows. I would definitely recommend this book to older teens, young adults, and adults. I think a younger teens might enjoy this but would suggest parents review first.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brandie

    Wow! Such a great collection! I don't think there's a bad story in the bunch! And that cover! Gorgeous! It's hard to pick favorites but I'll give it a try: I loved Your Heart is an Apple by Nivedita Sekar about Snow (yes Snow White) but the evil queen/witch is not her evil stepmother but a lover/partner whom she gives her heart to only to have it replaced by an apple as the queen walks out of her life. Snow slowly returns to the dating world and you watch as she struggles to mend her heart and mov Wow! Such a great collection! I don't think there's a bad story in the bunch! And that cover! Gorgeous! It's hard to pick favorites but I'll give it a try: I loved Your Heart is an Apple by Nivedita Sekar about Snow (yes Snow White) but the evil queen/witch is not her evil stepmother but a lover/partner whom she gives her heart to only to have it replaced by an apple as the queen walks out of her life. Snow slowly returns to the dating world and you watch as she struggles to mend her heart and move on. She meets other women who are also struggling with relationships gone wrong, Beauty from Beauty and the Beast, Ariel who can no longer return to the sea permanently, and finally Sleeping Beauty who Snow finally connects with and as SB helps her move on, Snow also helps SB. Very well done! I kept thinking about this story days later! The Whisperer by Arianne Hokoki about a woman coping with depression. She meets another woman having a similar struggle and together they help each other. Fluid by Veronica Agarwal about Ramona/Ramon struggling with identity. In the end, another witch provides Ramona/Ramon with material to help them find comfort in who they are so they can make the decision on their own and not based on who others think they should be. Heartwarming.

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