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.
After many months of writing, drawing, editing, and promoting, we are nearing the final leg of our journey on Kickstarter.
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.
In “Santa Divina Niña,” Juliette GMM Lopez’s protagonist, Nina, pushes the boundaries of her practice as a curandera to connect with deeper forces from below.
Vexingly Yours has created “Capture the Stars,” in which the shopkeeper Asolde steals every star from the heavens as a grand display of love and power.
These are only a few of the stories in POWER & MAGIC. If the last month has taught us anything, it’s that people really want queer witches of color. They want to see the power they possess, evidenced by their continued survival in this world, immortalized through art and story. They want to see themselves in their fiction, and they want to support the creative professionals pouring sweat into the very stories that set their hearts aflame.
With only 9 days left, we have raised over $25,500 of our $33,000 USD goal and are steadily rising. Whether you pledge to our campaign, share our story, or simply visit our website to learn more, we thank you for lending us your power and your magic.
About the author
Joamette Gil is a queer Afro-Cuban cartoonist and founder of P&M Press. She was raised by a practitioner of Santería yet learned how to Tarot elsewhere. You can learn more about P&M Press, their mission, and their journey at powerandmagicpress.com