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Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology

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Something witchy this way comes! This Saturday, April 29, Western Washington University will host its first Queer Con in Bellingham, Washington. My time-off has already been spoken for, so I won’t be able to attend. In lieu of gorging myself on panels and queer comics, I curled up with Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology. Collection editor Joamette Gil will be one of the event guests.

This collection is another powerful testament to community funded campaigns. Last year, the folks behind Power & Magic Press set about making this book a reality. Thanks to its success, you can now buy a print or digital copy. Fifteen black & white short stories reflect the creative contributions of seventeen women, demigirls, and bigender people of color. A handful of stories also have content warnings in the table of contents (ToC). It’s impossible for me to claim favorites; this magical gathering is all-around amazing.

“Her Gift” by Coco Candelario, reminds me of Kiki’s Delivery Service in both spirit and style. April, spunky delivery witch, is in love with her best friend, Pam, a baker with no magical powers (not in the traditional sense, anyways; her family confections are scrumdiddlyumptious!). They live in a world of “Gifted” = witches and “Ungifted” = non-magical folks. It’s an adorable, endearing story about love and friendship.

Veronica Agarwal’s “Fluid” follows Ramona/Ramon as they navigate a world in which limitations and expectations are assigned based on gender, much like our own (“Boys can’t be witches!”). The story shows affirmation and support coming when you least expect it (and need it most). “Fluid” is accompanied by a content warning in the ToC: Gender questioning, misgendering.

Imagine, if you will, a life in which you wake up every morning in a different place and time. Welcome to “The Shop that Never Stays” by Gabrielle Robinson and Hannah Lazarte. After stumbling upon a magic shop with just the ingredients needed, our witch is tethered to it. Who know how many days, months, or even years, have passed. Until…one day… I’m one of many who get caught up in the rote of life, sometimes feeling like it won’t be any other way, until an experience or a person steps through the door and rocks life off it’s hinges.

 There are so many stories that I have not highlighted here, but only because I want you to experience it for yourself! If you happen to attend Queer Con at WWU, I would love to hear about it in the comments below!

Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology edited by Joamette Gil
Published by Power & Magic Press
Publication date: January 2017

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Any Way the Wind Blows

Any Way the Wind Blows

 

The story does a wonderful job of showing the rich emotional life of Callie and Jo as asexual, aromantic women. Grant educates readers through Callie as the woman explains to Jo what asexuality means to her. These portions of the story don’t feel pedantic, which is a tribute to the author’s storytelling. Aside from the story, the text itself needs a little bit of editing here and there to clarify which pronoun refers to which character.

Most of the tension derives from the life expectations, fear, and misunderstandings about the nature of the women’s bond and about asexual, aromantic identity. Jo, a former US soldier, works as an auto mechanic in a small town. She’s under intense pressure from her parents and brother to get married. Callie, on the other hand, relishes her life as an itinerant farm-share worker. She spends months here and there on farms across the country, keeping her backpack and relationships light. When she arrives for another routine job on a California farm, she and Jo meet. Their chemistry as friends takes off immediately, guiding them through frolicky fun, inner turmoil, and obstacles.

At 15,000 words (or about 42 e-pages), you can devour this story in one sitting. I definitely recommend it!

Any Way the Wind Blows
Author: Carlin Grant
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Length: 7 hours

ISBN9781620047415  

Available as an ebook from Less Than Three Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other vendors.

***I received a copy of this title from Less Than Three Press via Netgalley***

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