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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


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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

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. 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. 5 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. 4 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!

  4. 4 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.)

  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

    Thistle & Verse

    I've listed the stories included with a synopsis of each. If I had a strong reaction the story, I included that as well. Convolvere - Very brief story of witch I assumed to be polya Her Gift - Cute story of witch helping her non-witch crush in a baking competition Your Heart is an Apple - Snow White tries to date again after heartbreak. Includes clever fairy tale references The Whisperer - Girl plagued by insecurities seeks haven in train for lost souls and witches. Art was cute, but I didn't unders I've listed the stories included with a synopsis of each. If I had a strong reaction the story, I included that as well. Convolvere - Very brief story of witch I assumed to be polya Her Gift - Cute story of witch helping her non-witch crush in a baking competition Your Heart is an Apple - Snow White tries to date again after heartbreak. Includes clever fairy tale references The Whisperer - Girl plagued by insecurities seeks haven in train for lost souls and witches. Art was cute, but I didn't understand how time on the train worked and some of the events leading to the central conflict. Fluid- In a world where magic is the domain of women, a bigender witch questions if he can still practice magic given his gender identity. After the Dust Settles - Witch tries to summon her grandmother to tutor her in the language her family no longer speaks so she can better access her culture's magic. Really appreciated the message of this story. Te Perdi - Woman makes a deal with the gods to save her girlfriend with a terminal illness. Enjoyed the twist in this story, which brought a new perspective to this trope/ concept. Capture the Stars - Cute story of a girl who catches stars to impress her crush. Def Together - At a school for witches, a deaf student develops a crush on a blind student and tries to make a move. I struggle reading comics without text, but this was one of my favorites of the anthology. I loved the character designs and how expressive the art was. There are gender nonconforming witches, witches with lip rings and gauges and facial tattoos. Luha - A flunky tasked with monitoring a witch finds out her assignment isn't all that it seems. The Shop That Never Stays - Woman finds herself inexplicably bound to a shop that changes locations every day and tries to escape its pull. As the Roots Undo - A girl questions her birthright to lead her village when her crush is cast out for witchcraft. Santa Divina Nina - Witch contacts a supernatural creature. I didn't understand this story because I don't know anything about the cultural context, but the art was great. This was a very spooky story, heightened by the vivid depictions of the supernatural being and rituals/ You'll Know When It's Time to Go - Witches always know when it's their time to die. I liked how gentle Death looked and the flow of her hair and dress. Songbird for a Vulture - Witch feels haunted by images of ravens and fire. I liked the creepiness of the artwork. There's a lot of heavy shading.

  7. 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! <3 I can't wait to see the next anthology from this company when it comes out :D 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! <3 I can't wait to see the next anthology from this company when it comes out :D

  8. 4 out of 5

    McKinlay

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

  9. 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.

  10. 4 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-...

  11. 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.

  12. 4 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)

  13. 4 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.)

  14. 4 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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Waffle

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

  16. 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." 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."

  17. 5 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...

  18. 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. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 5 out of 5

    Richelle Priscilla

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

  21. 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!!!

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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. 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    This is a fantastic, fabulous, gorgeous—okay, I can go on and on—collection of comic shorts about queer witches of color by....queer people of color. I laughed, I cried, I cheered intermittently, and if you follow my reviews you should probably realize that this doesn't happen too much. This collection deserves so much more attention. The illustrations and stories are wonderful, and that cover is breathtaking. This is a fantastic, fabulous, gorgeous—okay, I can go on and on—collection of comic shorts about queer witches of color by....queer people of color. I laughed, I cried, I cheered intermittently, and if you follow my reviews you should probably realize that this doesn't happen too much. This collection deserves so much more attention. The illustrations and stories are wonderful, and that cover is breathtaking.

  26. 5 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#

  27. 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. 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.

  28. 5 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.

  29. 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!

  30. 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!

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